crrns_control February 6, 2018

A new report released by the American Center for Democracy reveals that during a 2017 lecture at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, a prominent Canadian Islamic scholar told the audience that the Canadian government wants to bring Sharia law to Canada because it is “simply the way Muslims are doing things”.

“The Canadian government wanted the Muslims to be able to regulate their own issues of marriage and divorce and set up a system of mediation and arbitration to solve their problems amongst themselves [according] to Sharia Law, so it is not a burden on the court system which is already so bogged down. The government told us – we would like you to have this system, and we would like to work on these initiatives with you [because] It’s unfair that a screech is created over everything and anything to do with Islam” Mufti Aasim A. Rashid told the audience.

Rashid, who grew up in Edmonton and holds a Masters’ degree in Islamic studies, is an educator and author who serves Muslim communities across Canada. From 2010 to 2015, Aasim held the position of Director of Religion and Islamic Education for the B.C. Muslim Association and is currently teaching and managing at the Al-Ihsan Educational Foundation, in Surrey, British Columbia.

Aasim says that the Canadian government wants Muslims to be able to regulate their own issues of marriage and divorce according to Sharia Law.

“And what I said about the Canadian government, the Canadian government wanted the Muslims to be able to regulate their own issues of marriage and divorce and set up a system of mediation and arbitration to solve their problems amongst themselves [according] to Sharia Law, so it is not a burden on the court system which is already so bogged down. The Canadian government wanted people like myself to sign off on custody cases where there was an allegation of parental abduction to verify that is the parent who was taking the child off to that country, are they Islamically authorized to do so or not, because there are many Muslim countries that we need see that verification from a Muslim scholar.”

“That is what Sharia Law means. And the government told us we would like you to have this system, and we would like to work on these initiatives with you. It’s unfair that a scare is created over everything and anything to do with Islam.”

In 2003, Ontario came perilously close to legalizing Islamic Sharia courts, but after a fierce debate and protests by Canadians, then Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty stepped in and pushed back against Sharia.

In 2008, the municipal government of Edmonton in the province of Alberta became the first in the nation to deny men access to its public swimming pools during certain hours of the week after Muslim women demanded to swim without men around, in accordance with Sharia Law. Muslim Link, a website serving the Canadian Muslim community, posts schedules of “Mosque Sisters’ Swim” for women only, in which women are urged to respect Muslim modesty by covering up from the navel to the knees.

Imam Mohamad Jebara, chief imam at the Cordova Spiritual Education Center in Ottawa, told the CBC that Sharia Law, which is a methodology for life that regulates everything from personal hygiene and charity to pilgrimages and burials, is already in Canada. “It’s all around you”, Jebara says. “Every time a Muslim goes to pray, whenever I cook and take food to my neighbours, that’s me exercising what Sharia teaches me.”

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