Promo poster for Tarek Fatahs’s show in India.

Promo poster for Tarek Fatahs’s show in India.
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A Canadian Muslim campaigner against extremism speaks out

A Canadian Muslim is facing an Islamic fatwa against his life.

Pakistani-born Tarek Fatah, Canadian author, columnist, broadcaster and Muslim, is an long-time outspoken critic of extremist interpretations of the Koran.  Although Canadian, he also hosts a broadcast in India where he expresses his views on social situations and informed interpretations of the Koran. That has earned him a death sentence. He has also spoken out against the federal Liberal non-binding motion to condemn Islamophobia in Canada and “all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination”. It also called on the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to carry out a study on how racism and religious discrimination can be reduced and collect data on hate crimes.

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At the Avantivarman Temple in Kashmir that was destroyed byinvading Muslim armies
At the Avantivarman Temple in Kashmir that was destroyed by invading Muslim armies © supplied

For his efforts to counter extremist views, Fatah is under threat of being killed in India with an arrest there last week, and another just today of people tasked with assassinating him to shut him up.

Here in Canada he appeared before a Parliamentary committee looking into condemning “Islamophobia”. The motion known as M-103 was introduced by Iqra Khalid, a Liberal MP and Muslim representing  a riding near Toronto Ontario.

Fatah says the word is used to stifle any criticism of Islam. When he appeared before the committee, he said he was verbally attacked by a committee member, and was not allowed to respond.

 Hosting the show ’Fatah Ka Fatwa’ on India’s ZeeNews with guestShazia Ilmi, a Muslim politician from Delhi.
Hosting the show ’Fatah Ka Fatwa’ on India’s ZeeNews with guestShazia Ilmi, a Muslim politician from Delhi. © supplied

He also fears the “motion” is in the process of eventually becoming a law, in which critics of Islamic extremism, such as himself, could become criminalised by the law.

Iqra Khalid, the Mississauga-Erin Mills Liberal MP who sponsored M-103
Iqra Khalid, the Mississauga-Erin Mills Liberal MP who sponsored M-103 © CBC

He is also critical of reaction by many politicians outside Quebec in regard to Quebec’s new law to ban face coverings, saying he is astounded that Canadian politicians seemed to be in essence defending the burka.

2011- A Pakistani man recently arrived in Canada disguised himself in a burka to fool security cameras before killing his estranged wife in Toronto
2011- A Pakistani man recently arrived in Canada disguised himself in a burka to fool security cameras before killing his estranged wife in Toronto. Fatah is astounded that Canadian politicians seem to defend the burka and face covering. © via Tarek Fatah- Toronto Sun

He is also amazed that women continue to be segregated in mosques in Canada, saying it’s like a return to the 12th century.

He says on his website he has listed several cases of men robbing stores and banks while completely disguised wearing a burka, and of a many who disguised himself with a burka in order to kill his wife.

With exiled Bangladesh author Taslima Nasreen who has a death fatwa on her and lives in New Delhi after escaping from Dhaka and then later Kolkatta where Islamists tried to kill her.
With exiled Bangladesh author Taslima Nasreen who has a death fatwa on her and lives in New Delhi after escaping from Dhaka and then later Kolkatta where Islamists tried to kill her. © supplied

He suggests that religious entities not be allowed to accept cash in order to prevent illegal end use, and that any charitable religious group that threatens another group should immediately lose charitable status.

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One comment on “A Canadian Muslim campaigner against extremism speaks out
  1. Blue Collar Rural White Man says:

    This is a very very smart man, listen to him. We need to empower people like this to lead the Islamic world, only then can they know peace. Keep up the great work Tarek, it seems like your native Pakistan is beginning to show signs that they are taking your lead in rooting out islamism, and opting for peaceful existence. Us Canadians are behind you!