The horrific killing of an entire Muslim family, allegedly mowed down in London by 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman has left all Canadians traumatised. We had barely absorbed news of 215 dead aboriginal children at a residential school in Kamloops, when we were jolted from our collective slumber by the reality of hatred and racism that simmers just below the surface of our contrived calm exterior.
But as it is with every such tragedy, the mandarins who have crafted their leadership in 'multicultural' society cry victimhood without ever glancing at the mirror to vet their own prejudices.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh appears to have found the right chords to curry the Muslim vote. Exaggerating the xenophobia that Muslims face, Singh declared:
Muslims are not safe in this country. And Muslims wonder... how many more lives will it take? How many more families will be mauled? Mauled down in the street? How many more families will be killed before we do something?
Really Jagmeet Singh? Who gave you the right to speak on behalf of this country's Muslims? Do you even know the many Muslims in Canada who consider other Muslims as worthy of death? Have you ever spoken up for Ahmadiyya Muslims hunted down in your favourite Pakistan? Perhaps you should meet my Shia Muslim in-laws or my Kurdish comrades, Iranian exiles or Muslims of Balochistan who can see through the supremacist hatred of the mullahs towards the West in Canadian mosques.
Let me assure you Mr. Singh, both as a New Democrat and as a Muslim, it is only in Canada that I feel safe as a Muslim. Not in your imaginary Khalistan or in Iran, Turkey, or Pakistan that fuels much of the terrorism and hate around the world out of their consulates and embassies in Europe and North America.
Jagmeet ji, have you not heard the latest hate-filled Islamic sermons in Canadian mosques? Here is one belched out on May 21 by Canadian Islamic cleric Imam Younus Kathrada.
He told the youth in the congregation that Muslims' enmity towards the Jews is "just and logical."
Kathrada said that anyone who does not hate "the enemies of Allah" (non-Muslims) has no place in the mosque and should find a church or a synagogue. He explained that the Muslims hate the Jews because of their "disbelief in Allah." He concluded his sermon asking Allah to grant victory to jihadis and asked Allah to destroy His enemies.
He then elaborated:
There is a difference between the two [types of] enmity. The enmity of the Jews towards the believers [Muslims] is unjust, whereas the enmity of the believers [Muslims] towards the Jews is just and sensible.
The Islamic cleric went on to say:
Oh Allah. Give strength to Islam and the Muslims, humiliate the infidels [Sikhs, Jews, Christians, and the polytheists [Hindus], and destroy the enemies of Islam. Oh Allah, grant victory to those who wage jihad for Your sake everywhere.
As for the alleged London killer, it's in question whether xenophobia or racism were instigating factors. The London Free Press reports he was 'laughing' when arrested by the police.
Was it 'Islamophobia' that triggered the driver's actions? I doubt the suspect knows much about Islam to be Islamophobic. What was racism and xenophobic was given the name 'Islamophobia', thus handing over the debate back into the hands of Islamists still smarting from their 2005 defeat in trying to sneak Sharia Law in Ontario.
It was Muslims like me, Mr. Singh, who campaigned against the introduction of Islamic Sharia Law into our Family Court system, yet we were all labelled 'Islamophobic', including the Deputy Speaker of the Quebec National Assembly, Fatima Houda-Pepin.
So, what is Islamophobia you ask? Until 30 years ago, no one had heard this term. It first came up as a slur against Muslims who reject religion as a source of public law and who moved to Canada to flee theocracies such as Iran, Pakistan, Somalia where any Muslim challenging or critiquing the doctrine of medieval Islamic law was labelled an apostate worthy of death by any other Muslim.
Whereas a Christian, Hindu or a follower of Judaism is free to challenge orthodoxy and debate each other to form separate groups, this fundamental right enshrined in the 1948 UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights is not available to Muslims.
Most Muslim victims of violence and ethnic cleansing are killed by fellow Muslims.
I say this because anyone fighting so-called Islamophobia is not fighting racism. A Muslim could be from Nigeria, from Indonesia or White as in Tartars and Chechens or even a White convert. The fact is most Muslim victims of violence and ethnic cleansing are killed by fellow Muslims.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims who have died in Somalia and Syria were victims of other Muslims. The genocide in Muslim Bangladesh was committed by Muslim Pakistan; the attempt to erase Black Muslims from Darfur was the work of Muslim Sudanese Arabs.
Yet, Islamists among us–those who wish to implement the radical Muslim Brotherhood agenda in North America and Europe–love to invoke the term Islamophobia since they know this protects them and their medieval right-wing ideology being challenged by the rest of Muslims.
As long as the politicians of this country kow-tow to the Islamist establishment and empower them without challenging Islamic supremacist ideology, the narrative that demeans Christians, Jews and Hindus in coded language will find deeper roots.
Tarek Fatah is a Robert J. and Abby B. Levine Fellow at the Middle East Forum, a founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, and a columnist at the Toronto Sun.