The Radical Indoctrination of Canadian Muslim Youth
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As the Ontario Education Ministry launches an investigation into the
Ottawa-area Abraar Islamic school at the centre of a controversy for the
alleged involvement of at least two of its teachers in a student's essay
glorifying the murder of Jews, public attention should be drawn to the fact
that Canadian Muslim youth are increasingly being exposed to radical
Islamist ideology outside of schools, be it in madrassas, at the mosque or
through youth associations.
One such association is the Ontario-based Young Muslims of Canada
(YMC) whose stated objective is no less than "the establishment of Islam in
North America in its entirety and comprehensiveness". The YMC, just as its
US-based sister association Young Muslims of North America, constitutes the
youth wing of the Islamic Circle of North-America (ICNA).
ICNA is the United States' second largest mosque federation. It
maintains a Canadian division as well, though it does not federate mosques
as in the US. Often called the North American branch of the al Qaeda-allied
Jama'at-I-Islami Pakistani jihadist group by leading experts on radical
Islam, ICNA is under investigation by FBI counter-terrorism agents for
alleged terror ties and fundraising activities. ICNA is also listed among 24
other Islamic organizations suspected by the U.S. Senate Committee on
Finance of "finance(ing) terrorism and perpetuate(ing) violence" in a
December 23 2003 letter sent to the IRS requesting a thorough examination of
ICNA's financial records.
Unsurprisingly, given its genealogy, YMC propagates a radical brand
of Islam among Canadian Muslim youth through Halaqas (youth study circles)
which serve as nodes in the association's network. In order to make its
message more attractive to its young audience, YMC publishes a wide array of
colourful brochures written in hip colloquial English and French. One such
brochure warns for instance against "Shaytan's arrows" (Satan's temptations)
and recommends young men living in "Temptation Island" (i.e. Canada) to
"step out only when you have to" to avoid throwing glances at "scantily
Downloadable lectures sponsored by YMC condemn the Western way of
life and warn Muslim youth not to stray from the path of virtuous Islamic
behaviour. For instance, a lecture entitled "Amusing ourselves to Death"
warning about nightlife and the perils it poses to Islamic youth describes
Yonge Street Friday night revellers as "cockroaches". YMC acknowledges
the difficulties tied to resisting the call of Western lifestyles and offers
this tip: "It is through sacrifice that you can truly learn to love Allah,
and to live and die for Him!". As if to bluntly overstate the ontological
irreconcilability between Muslims and Kafir (disbelievers) and inspire fear
of adopting non Islamic values or practices, YMC quotes Abul A'la Maududi,
founder of the Pakistani terror group Jama'at-I-Islami: "God is pleased with
Muslims and displeased with unbelievers. He promises award of Heaven to
Muslims and warns unbelievers that they will be consigned to Hell".
Beyond the obvious teaching of contempt for non Muslims' lifestyles
and Canadian society as a whole, YMC props Jihadist radicals as role models
for Muslim youth. In a section of its website dedicated to "Great people of
Islamic revival", one comes across radical Islamists such as Hassan
al-Banah, founder of the seminal Islamist organization, the Muslim
Brotherhood, of which the terror group Hamas is a Palestinian "military"
branch, Pakistani Jihadist Abul A'la Maududi, or Palestinian-born Sheikh
Abdullah Azzam, one of the first "Afghan Arabs" and founder of the
Mujahideen Services Bureau, an organization whose structure would form the
base of Osama Laden's al-Qaeda.
YMC 's online library is virtually a who's who of radical Islamic
teaching. Young Canadian Muslims can delve into radical propaganda such as
al-Banah's Jihad which teaches "Holy war is an obligation from Allah on
every Muslim and cannot be ignored nor evaded" and to "prepare for jihad and
be the lovers of death". Young minds are encouraged to feel hostility for
their Canadian homeland in Sayyid Qutb's Milestones which propounds that
"any place where the Islamic Shari'ah is not enforced and where Islam is not
dominant becomes the home of Hostility [Dar-ul-Harb, more precisely
translated as the House of War] for both the Muslim and the Dhimmi
[religious minorities tolerated by Muslims in exchange of a special tax]"
and that "A Muslim will remain prepared to fight against it...".
Alternatively, YMC members also learn to fear and loathe Jews on the basis
of exiled Tunisian Islamist Rashid al Ghanuchi's explanation that "The
Zionist threat is endangering the Islamic nation and the world, and is a
threat to values, family and religion. It aims to get rid of everything good
about humanity". Characteristically enough, enlightened Muslim thinkers
such as Ibn Rushd , Al-Kindi, or Al-Farabi are not on the YMC reading list.
No counterweight is offered to YMC's library of extremist thought.
The continued existence of associations such as YMC which extols
contempt for non-Muslims, rejection of the West and Jihad against the
"disbelievers" quite literally constitute a ticking bomb for Canada. Terror
experts all point to the fact that the new generations of jihadists are
increasingly composed of Muslims born and raised in Western societies.
Letting YMC and like-minded associations prosper in Canada and other
countries will guarantee that young Canadian citizens are indoctrinated in
the ways of radical Islamism and Jihad. Reluctance on the part of Canadian
authorities to take legal action against such associations and failure on
the part of parents to expose those who would let the deadly poison of
jihadist ideology seep into the young and influential minds of their
children is a recipe for social unrest, if not disaster. It will take a lot
more than a mere investigation into the Abraar Islamic school to uproot the
seeds of hatred sown by the Islamists among us.
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