Music, Radical Islam and Canadian Values – How Islamists bully Canadian School Boards into embracing their Medieval Agenda

“What should alarm all of us is the fact that the proponents of radical Islam have found space where they can bully our elected representatives into subservience, force our school boards into submission and strut their Islamist ideology to force Saudi Islam on to Muslims — some of whom may not be aware of their own rich musical history, especially if they have arrived here from India.”

Masthead
September 7, 2016

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

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Kellie Leitch

The debate about “Canadian values” — started by Kellie Leitch, one of the candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party — erupted into the predictable insinuation that she was racist, xenophobic and guilty of the ultimate offence of the times: Islamophobia.

Fortunately, for her, it did not take long for the question of Canadian values clashing head on with medieval beliefs to erupt when the Globe and Mail on Tuesday reported on how a number of Muslim families in Toronto had taken their children out of music classes, insisting they “cannot allow their children to be in the same room where musical instruments are being played.”

The story revolved around Mohammad Nouman Dasu, a Quran teacher at Scarborough’s Jame Abu Bakr Siddique mosque, who led the campaign to ban Muslim students from being exposed to music.

It wasn’t just him. The senior imam of the mosque, Kasim Ingar, told the Globe and Mail: “We [Muslims] here believe that music is haram [forbiddenl]. We can neither listen to it, nor can we play a role in it.”

Imam Ingar, who also heads the Scarborough Muslim Association, added: “We do not compromise with anyone on the clear-cut orders and principles conveyed by the Prophet [Muhammad].”

Kellie Leitch and her supporters or opponents may not know that music; particularly instrumental music, pits two visions of Islam against one another.

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Musicians in Esfahan, Iran.

One Islam embraces the sitar and sarangi of India and the qanun of the Arab world. The other vision of my faith is an essential component of the radical Islam of Saudi Arabia that also includes moustacheless beards, armed jihad proponents who restrict music to the beating of a dull camel-skinned primitive drum, known as the “duff.”

What should alarm all of us is the fact that the proponents of radical Islam have found space where they can bully our elected representatives into subservience, force our school boards into submission and strut their Islamist ideology to force Saudi Islam on to Muslims — some of whom may not be aware of their own rich musical history, especially if they have arrived here from India.

The late Maya Angelou, who wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, once said: “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” But then she was an infidel destined to burn in hell according to some Saudi-influenced imams of Toronto.

To those who are offended at the defence of Canadian values, I ask: How low will you stoop under the weight of white liberal guilt to accommodate those who hate music?

You, whose ancestors produced Shakespeare, will you let his love of music be mocked as a sin? The Bard wrote in Twelfth Night:

“If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

The hatred of music by radical Islamists and the Muslim solution to such contempt of our values reminds me of the Ottoman solution in dealing with the Saudis of the early 19th century.

In 1802016-09-12_09-35-342, the first Wahabbi Saudi state attacked Iraq and ransacked the tomb of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson in Karbala. Later these Wahabbi fanatics occupied all of what is Saudi Arabia today.

The Ottomans, relying on their Egyptian army led by an Albanian general Muhammad Ali, struck back and after a long war, defeated the music-hating Wahabi Saudis in 1818. Ottoman retribution was swift and fierce. The Saudi capital of Dirye was destroyed and thousands beheaded. Suffice to say there was no ‘Last Post’ bugle call for the dead.

The Ottoman Turks dragged the defeated Saudi ruler Abdullah bin Saud back to Istanbul where they tortured him by playing music in his ears; the instrument being the lute, supposedly forbidden in Islam. Its is said the Saudi was driven insane by the music and was soon beheaded with his naked body put on display on the streets.

But that was 1818 and we are in 2016.

arrahmanIf it were for me, I would host a rock concert by a Muslim band in the parking ground of the car dealership next door to Imam Ingar and Mullah Dasu’s music-free mosque, of course after evening prayers are over.

Have Ingar and Dasu not heard of their fellow Indian A.R. Rahman who converted from Hinduism to Islam to sing and perform music like no other? I am sure they’ve heard of Nietzsche, who said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

9 comments for “Music, Radical Islam and Canadian Values – How Islamists bully Canadian School Boards into embracing their Medieval Agenda

  1. Ramesh Joshi
    September 12, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Without Western Culture of Democracy and Human Rights and Eastern culture of Peace , Music, Plurality the world will be what the Whabi and Salafi sect of Islam want.
    Hopefully, over the due course of time these different sects of Islam will duke it out and spare the world of the ridiculous ideas of hate for Music, Democracy, Freedom of Speech and Thought, and Human Rights for the good of the world.
    May the critical thinking people of the west and east join hands in helping eliminate the cancer of hatred created by this Political/Religious philosophy for the good oh humankind.
    It does not have to be by bloodshed but open discussion of ideas without the shield and shelter created for religion and worship at the cost of all other philosophies.

  2. red
    September 12, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    an interesting take on the subject:

    https://youtu.be/YTTS3L-HRQ4

  3. September 13, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    I don’t believe this for one second the primary belief of Muslims is that they do not believe in proseletize to other religions that is why the Ottomen empire was so successful.Please know your facts and history before you start telling falsehoods about a religion and there is no music in a mosque it is like a Jewish temple only the Rabii or a Imam chants prayers and verses.Get your facts straight PLEASE!

  4. Koki
    September 14, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Dear Mr Fatah:

    Thank you for making Canada a better country

    • drvajra
      October 23, 2016 at 8:28 PM

      What the Fatah are you talking about? The hardcore communist, a former jailbird in Pakistan, making Canada a better country? Have your head checked out!

      • Zaheer
        February 20, 2017 at 2:19 AM

        Very few people dare to speak truth like Fatah , but truth can’t be hide very long , there will be millions fateh comming soon.

  5. sachin
    October 11, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    if this will in hindi it will be more convinient for all indians reader….

  6. Mo
    December 13, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    Tarik for prime minister!

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