September 11, 2011
Tenth Anniversary of 9/11:
MCC welcomes Prime Minister Harper identifying
"Islamism" as a major threat to Canada's security
TORONTO - The Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC) has urged the Canadian
and U.S. Governments to understand and challenge the fundamental
ideological doctrine that inspires Islamic Terrorism, drawing
countless young men and women born in the West to hate the societies
that sustain and nurture them.
In a statement issued on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist
attacks on the USA, the MCC said, "Ten years and a trillion dollars
later, we are more vulnerable to our enemy’s machinations than we were
on that sunny September morning of 2001 when evil rained hell from the
skies. The jihadi terrorists’ 9/11 attack on the United States shook
human civilization to its core. The colossal amounts of money spent to
defend our lifestyle and values were not enough to stop 19 Arab men
armed with mere paper cutters from bringing a superpower, a nation of
300 million, to its knees."
The statement said, "In a war that has pitted the 21st century against
the 12th, tens of thousands of young men and women have died, or have
been maimed, fighting the international jihad, but have little to
account for it. Today, Islamists are far stronger inside the West than
they were on the eve of 9/11, and we must address the question why we
have failed to defeat our enemy."
"The reason we have failed is because the United States has failed to
challenge the doctrine that feeds jihadi terrorism and Islamic
extremism--Islamism. Instead of challenging Islamism, the White House
has tried to appease the enemy," said Salma Siddiqui, newly-elected
president of the MCC.
She urged the Canadian Prime Minister and the US president to
recognize the difference between ordinary liberal Muslims and their
Islamist counterparts. "Islamists are the ones that hold authority on
political Islam and use it as a political tool and a destructive
weapon, whereas, ordinary Muslims are just 9-to-5 ordinary people
like any other Canadian or American." she added.
The MCC president also said that the emphasis on "interfaith meetings"
is futile as it is being used by Islamist groups to manipulate and
silence critics of Islamism. She said, "interfaith meetings between
rabbis, imams, ministers and priests are about faith. And this isn't a
matter of faith; it's a matter of politics."
In this respect the MCC is quite impressed by Prime Minister Stephen
Harpers’ acknowledgement of Islamism as a top-most threat to Canadian
security, said Tahir Gora, secretary general of the MCC. "However, the
MCC is distressed by Opposition and so-called left-leaning groups'
inability to recognizing Islamism as a threat to our society," added
"The MCC strongly believes that by not recognizing Islamism as a core
problem within the Muslim community in Canada, our society is pushing
Muslim community to a marginalized edge at large. MCC holds major
Islamic organizations responsible for this scenario."
Tahir Gora also requested that both the Canadian and US governments
track all monies coming into Islamic Centres from the Gulf Arab States
and disallow cash donations at mosques. Such a system of cash collections
has the potential of money laundering that funds the spread of anti-Westren
propaganda of the Muslim Brotherhood. "We urge Ottawa and Washington to
place the Pakistani Jamaat-e Islami and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood on
the list of terror supporting organizations," said Gora. The MCC also
appealed to Islamic centres funded by overseas money to help ordinary
Muslims get integrated in our society rather than preaching to them an
alienation that encourages them to wear veils, medieval dress codes and
spread hatred against non-Muslims.
The MCC also appeals to the media to not portray Islamists as sole
representatives of a large Muslim community in Canada. MCC firmly
believes that the ordinary Muslims by distancing themselves from the
Islamists can prevent any further potential terror attack in the name
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For further information, in Toronto please call Salma Siddiqui at (613) 864-4306