July 17, 2009Terrorist bombing in Jakarta:
MCC condemns attack: "Doctrine of Jihad must be abandoned"
TORONTO - The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) has condemned the jihadi terrorists who carried out the twin blasts in Jakarta yesterday.
In a statement, the MCC called upon Islamic leaders around the world and specially in North America to not just denounce the terrorists, but to categorically distance themselves from the doctrine of "Armed Jihad" or "Lesser Jihad" as promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and the Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan. It was their late founders --- Hassan al-Banna and Syed Maudoodi respectively --- whose teachings about Jihad today form the foundation of all Islamic terrorism.
"Unless we Muslim recognize that the ideology of Jihad cannot work in the 21st century, we will face more of terrorism. There is no point in merely denouncing terrorism while giving a wink and a nod to the theology that gives Islamic validity to such acts of terror," said Sohail Raza, president of the MCC. "The doctrine of Jihad must be abandoned," he added.
He said if we are to ensure that Canada is safe from the cancer of jihadi terrorism, then the clerics and Islamist groups who distribute radical jihadi literature in Canada's schools and universities, must be confronted. "One cannot denounce terrorism in the name of Islam and then defend the doctrine that justifies these killings," Raza added.
The MCC president also criticized the leadership of the Left that treats Islamists with reverence and feeds their addiction to self- imposed victimhood. "Jihadi terrorists are not some progressive national liberation movement such as the ANC or the Viet Cong that deserve the backing of the Left," said Raza. "On the contrary Islamists represent a reactionary and fascist force whose victims are mostly progressive Muslims, women's rights workers and the most marginalized in society," he added.-30 -
-For more information, please call Sohail Raza at (416) 505-1613
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