Thursday, 8 November 2012
Toronto Islamic school will not face charges over anti-Jewish curriculum: police

From the National Post

A Toronto Islamic school whose teaching curriculum disparaged Jews and encouraged boys to keep fit for jihad will not face criminal charges but police said they had identified curriculum materials they found concerning.

A York Regional Police report on its investigation of the East End Madrassa said the school syllabus used offensive passages lifted from Iran, “challenged some of Canada’s core values” and “suggested intolerance.”

Police held Principal Masuma Jessa and Imam Syed Mohammed Rizvi responsible for the materials, which referred to “crafty,” “treacherous” Jews and contrasted Islam with “the Jews and the Nazis.”

Curriculum excerpts

“Islam has allowed boys to engage in sports for one specific reason and that is to always keep them healthy and strong. But why should a Muslim be healthy and strong? Firstly, it is necessary to take care of the body because it is a gift from Allah. Secondly, so that you may physically be ready for jihad whenever the time comes for it.”

“Islam is a dynamic, comprehensive school that aims at the rectification of the social and economic systems of the world in a special manner. Unlike the beliefs of the ancient Romans, the Jews, and the Nazis, Islam is not restricted to a certain community of a certain race, but is for all human beings…”

“No doubt any wise, humanitarian person accepts such a combat and admires it [jihad] because there is no other way to achieve the sacred ends of the Prophets.”

“End of Jewish Plots and Treacheries: Ever since the Prophet’s entry into Madina, the treacherous Jews had vehemently opposed him and his Islamic call, evoking memories of their hostility to the previous Prophet, Jesus Christ, half a millennium ago. The crafty Jews entered into an alliance with the polytheist Quraish in a bid to stamp out Islam. They conspired to kill Prophet Muhammad despite the fact that he was lenient towards them and had treated them kindly, hoping to convince them of Islam’s truth. But eventually as Jewish plots and aggressions increased, he had no choice other than to take up arms against them, in order to protect Islam and the Muslims. At the battle of Khaiber which is famous for Imam Ali’s heroic exploits, the Prophet defeated them ending Jewish intrigues and conspiracies in Arabia.”

Source: Curriculum, East End Madrassah,

Police said the investigation forced them to stray beyond their law enforcement role “into an educator’s role to determine what is acceptable to teach young Canadians from a religious perspective,” the report said.

“What needs clarification is the degree to which we tolerate the exposure of young impressionable minds to the promotion of a belief or ideology while it denigrates other communities or faiths. The vetting of offensive language in religious teachings poses to be one of the great constitutional challenges of our post-modern, secular, liberal democracy.”

The East End Madrassa lost its license to use Toronto District School Board property shortly after the police investigation began six months ago. The school apologized and said it would review its curriculum.

The Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which had complained to police about the school, said it was disappointed no charges would be laid but praised police for the investigation.

Posted on 11/08/2012 5:07 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
8 Nov 2012
Hugh Fitzgerald

No charges? No closing of the school? No deportation of the staff, including being stripped of citizenship if they had managed to obtain it under obviously false pretenses? Incredible.

8 Nov 2012
Christina McIntosh

 The Canadian Prime Minister should be sent two things.  He should be sent the account of Mohammed's attack upon the Khaybar Oasis, as described in the excerpt from this infinitely vile 'schoolbook' cited in the National Post article.  Captioned: 'blaming the victims: the Muslim version'.

And to go with it, for purposes of comparison, he should be sent a copy of what the scholar S Margoliouth had to say, in 1905, about the significance of Khaybar:

"The taking of Khaibar marks the stage at which Islam became a menace to the whole world.

'True, Mohammed had now for six years lived by robbing and brigandage; but in plundering Meccans he could plead that he had been driven from his home and possessions; and with the Jewish tribes of Medina he had in each case some outrage, real or pretended, to avenge.

'But the people of Khaibar, all that distance from Medinah, had certainly done him and his followers no wrong; for their leaving unavenged the murder of one of their number by his emissary was no act of aggression.

'Ali, when told to lead the forces against them, had to enquire for what he was fighting; and was told that he must compel them to adopt the formulae of Islam.

'Khaibar was attacked because there was booty to be acquired there, and the plea for attacking it was that the inhabitants were not Moslems.

'That plea could cover attacks on the whole world outside of Medinah and its neighbourhood; and on leaving Khaibar the Prophet [sic] seemed to see the world already in his grasp...

'Now the fact that a community was idolatrous, or Jewish, or anything but Mohammadan, warranted murderous attack upon it; the passion for fresh conquests dominated the Prophet':

David S Margoliouth, in Mohammed and the Rise of Islam, pp. 362-363.

Mr Harper should also be given more details about the circumstances of the taking of  Khaybar, as they appear in the canonical texts of Islam, known to all instructed Muslims, and contemplated by them with nothing other than unrepentant triumphal gloating: the attack  at dawn upon unarmed farmers as they went out to cultivate their fields; the slaughter of many of the men; the enslavement of many of the women and children; the torture-murder of Kinana; the rape, that very night, by Mohammed, of Kinana's teenaged wife Safiyyah, and his stuffing her into his ever-expanding harem.  That is what the Muslims are teaching their children to admire, and to view as just and as justifiable - a mass-murderous, plundering assault upon peaceful oasis farmers, the murder of a man and the rape of his newly-bereaved wife.

And the question should be asked, pointedly: if any other school in Canada, run by any other group, had been found with textbooks containing similar sorts of stories, and similar teachings - teaching its students, for example, that wholesale destruction of a Jewish community was justified on the basis of "Jewish intrigues and conspiracies" - would that school be permitted to continue in operation?

It might be worthwhile sending the same passage from margoliouth's book, to the National Post editor, along with relevant pages from Mr Spencer's 'The Truth About Muhammad'.