Parshah Emor – Leviticus 21:1-24:23
Torah Reading for Week of May 6-12, 2012 – Iyar 14-20 5772
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|Islamic Shia Study Centre – Centre Madrasah|
|The Islamic Shia Study Centre (ISSC) or better known as the Centre Madrasah is an independent body operated under the umbrella of Islamic Shai Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto.|
|Islamic Shia Study Centre – East End Madrasah|
|The name of this organization is “ISLAMIC SHIA STUDY CENTRE – EAST END MADRASSAH” affiliated with the ISLAMIC SHIA ITHNA-ASHERI JAMAAT OF TORONTO (ISIJ). Here after referred to as the “East End Madrassah” (EEM).|
|Islamic Shia Study Centre – West Madrasah, Brampton|
|The name of this organization is “ISLAMIC SHIA STUDY CENTRE – West MADRASSAH” affiliated with the ISLAMIC SHIA ITHNA-ASHERI JAMAAT OF TORONTO (ISIJ). Here after referred to as the “West Madrassah” .|
A complaint filed by Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center has prompted an investigation of the East End Madrassah, an Islamic school which operates out of David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute, a public high school in Toronto. As reported by the National Post, East End Madrassah’s level 8 curriculum, posted on its website, was found to contain invocations for jihad warfare and Islamic Jew-hatred.
What was not discussed, almost axiomatically, is that these calls for jihad against non-Muslims, and rationalizations for Muslim Jew-hatred, were drawn, in appropriate context, from the Koran, and Sunna (the hadith, the Muslim prophet Muhammad’s words and deeds, and sira, the earliest pious Muslim biographies of Muhammad), Islam’s most important, sacralized canonical sources. This glaring omission—failing to identify, let alone elaborate upon, the canonical Islamic references often plainly cited in the “offending” curricular materials—is entirely consistent with the coverage of similar stories in recent years, for example from New York City, and Fairfax, Virginia, in the US, and indeed virtually all mainstream reportage on the education of Muslim children attending Islamic schools in the West.
Just as predictably, representatives of the Jewish community reacted with shock and indignation that their delusion of a Canadian cultural relativist paradise had been momentarily shattered. Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, opined
To think that this is happening right here in Canada, in our backyards, in our own country where we promote tolerance, diversity, understanding, human rights, and bringing those types of concepts over the from the ancient world if you will, its just unbelievable.
David Spiro, Greater Toronto Co-Chair of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, in a 5/7/12 press release, added,
Using religion to promote hatred among youth is not just offensive and abhorrent – it shows a stunning disregard for Canada’s basic values of decency and tolerance.
The East End Madrassah issued a press release (5/7/12) in response, noting the institution had been “in existence for almost 40 years,” and “graduated thousands of Muslim students,” ostensibly “taught to respect and value other faiths, beliefs and to uphold Canada’s basic values of decency and tolerance.” Moreover, the press release offered an “unreserved apology” to the Jewish community for the alleged “unintentional” offense caused by the so-called “item”—i.e., an entire curriculum derived, as indicated, from the Islamic Laws & Ethics series of a local Toronto imam and scholar, Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi. Touted as a moderate champion of interfaith dialogue, Rizvi supports lethal punishment for so-called “apostates,” those who forsake Islam, and condones child marriage, i.e., at “nine lunar years,” for females. Imam Rizvi, at his best, is a public purveyor of Islamic supremacism as faux “pluralism,” arguing that non-Muslims who did not submit to Islam and its prophet’s “invitations”—certainly at the advent of the creed—were rightful targets of the aggressive jihad campaigns waged against them. The good imam also openly avowed his current anti-American and “Anti-Zionist” views in a 9/23/11 sermon which referred to both Western nations, in Koranic terms, as deliberate “corrupters” of the desired Islamic world order, invoking Koran 2:11 (“And when it is said unto them: Make not mischief in the earth, they say: We are peacemakers only”).
Despite this toxic brew of uninformed, perhaps intentionally deceitful reporting, willfully blind, overwrought Canadian Jewish community reaction, and Muslim community dissimulation (or “taqiyya”), the curricular materials in question are a mere straightforward rendition of mainstream Islamic teaching on the Muslim institution of jihad war, and Islam’s sacralized Jew-hatred.
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With love of Israel,
Meir Weinstein, National Director
Jewish Defence League of Canada