COLUMN: Fatah – Islamic call to arms on Toronto wall

- October 2nd, 2013

Jihadi battle cry on Toronto mural

by Tarek Fatah

In the ongoing argument in Quebec about the proposal by the Parti Quebecois to outlaw all displays of religious symbols by public servants, there is general consensus the real issue is not the cross or the kippa, but the hijab and niqab.

Lost in the din of the debate were the words of a Muslim school teacher from Montreal who joined “Rassemblement pour la laicite,” a pro-secularism group that backs the PQ plan.

Leila Bensalem, born in Algeria, while lauding the PQ initiative, expressed concern over the list of demands for religious accommodation at her school that keeps on growing, from halal food to separate gym classes for boys and girls.

Bensalem’s words echoed those of former Supreme Court of Canada judge Claire L’Heureux-Dube, who observed in a radio interview that in her travels abroad, “there are more uncovered faces in Pakistan and Morocco than there are here” in Quebec.

What Bensalem and L’Heureux-Dube have observed is part of a larger movement among Islamists in the West to vigorously assert their presence as well as their separateness from non-Muslims, whom they consider the adversary, if not the divinely designated enemy.

If the hijab and niqab upsets them, imagine how Bensalem and L’Heureux-Dube would react if they saw what one Toronto-area mosque has adorned on its wall, in a huge, two-storey mural.

It’s part of a Quranic verse that has over centuries been a battle cry of jihadis and the armies of the Islamic world.

The mural, at the west end of Toronto’s Little India on Gerrard Street, has verse 13 of the Qur’an’s chapter 61 “Al-Saff” (The Battle Array) painted in tasteful Arabic calligraphy.

It reads: “Help from Allah (is near) and a speedy victory (is assured).”

The words are innocuous and otherwise poetic.

Islamists will insist they are harmless, but it would be a falsehood to suggest the verse is not associated with doing battle with the infidel enemy. After all, these same words were once inscribed on the handles of Islamic swords and are today sung as Islamic battle songs by Jihadis.

According to Ibn Katheer, the 14th century Islamic scholar, in the verse “The Battle Array” (Al-Saff) Muslims are told that if they are willing to sacrifice their lives and possessions in the service of Allah, then not only will they find Paradise after death, but the conquest they desire over their enemy will be theirs very soon after they confront the enemy.

Another contemporary Islamic scholar, Mufti Muhammad Shafi in his nine-volume “Comprehensive commentary on Holy Qur’an”, had this to say about this verse.

“There is one blessing that will be granted (by Allah) in this world. Which is the Divine help and imminent victory, that is conquests of enemy territories. If the word Qarib (near) is the opposite of Hereafter, it would include all later Islamic conquests of Arab and non-Arab territories.”

Which begs the question. Who is this enemy this Toronto mural wants Muslims to fight against? Where is this non-Arab territory that this mural wishes us Muslims to conquer and be victorious over? Could it be Canada?

 

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6 comments

  1. jason vollmer says:

    we are we forced to endure their rhetoric on our walls and public places.Leave it at home.

  2. jason vollmer says:

    We are we forced to endure their rhetoric on our walls and public places.Leave it at home.Leave them at home where they are happy with the status quo.

  3. Ken says:

    Interesting that when making a comment about islam the comment has to be ‘pre-approved’. Is the Toronto Sun afraid of repercussions?

  4. Yosi Derman says:

    Once again, Mr. Fatah confronts Canadians forthrightly with the truth.

    Canadians–and our freedoms–are the chosen enemy in this (at this moment) ideological war. Our government’s fundamental job is to protect us from threats foreign and domestic to our lives, property and freedoms. It must take heed of the Islamic threat and institute measures to protect them.

    One step would be to fortify the right of free speech against the Islamic onslaught. He who “defames Islam” must be protected from threats instead of being dragged before a Human Rights Commission. As well, our “hate speech” laws must be rescinded or at the very least severely curtailed to allow for vigorous, freewheeling, debate. At this point, there is a malignant tendency by law enforcement to treat the protester as the problem–remember the man walking his dog near an “Al Quds Day” rally who police handcuffed and questioned after he defended himself against assault by the crowd.

    The measures should not stop at the above, but robust protection of free speech is a solid beginning.

  5. Lindsay says:

    It’s arrogant things like this stupid mural that feed the fears of the uninformed and create anger on the streets. The mural on the mosque is a perfect example of arrogance and out right disrespect for Canadians. Cover it up, or tear down the mosque or round up and deport the whole fk’n congregation of this mosque, every man, women, and child, and if they have Canadian citizenship, revoke it.
    There is also the possibility that members might go shopping and just never make it home, ever. Who really knows what will happen when we have been pushed to far, insulted to much, and our way of life threatened beyond what we the majority of Canadians will tolerate?

  6. Sam Brace says:

    Islam is a religion of violence and oppression. They of course deny this and will eagerly quote verses from the Qumran to demonstrate this. The facts and history of Islam show clearly that they (Muslims) are driven to conquer and destroy any and all other human beings that disagree with them

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