Muslim vs. Muslim in Canada’s National Elections – Column in The Toronto Sun

“I asked [Karim] Jivraj to react to his fellow Muslim’s support of the niqab. “It’s very unhelpful,” he said. “The niqab has no place in Islam.” The reality that appears to evade Mayor Nenshi is that most terrorists today are Muslims and most of their victims are Muslims as well.”

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Here’s the real war within Islam

Mayor Nahed Nenshi (left) and Conservative candidate in Toronto Karim Jivraj, both Muslim sons of immigrants to Canada from Uganda, but on the opposite sides of the political and ideological divide.

Mayor Nahed Nenshi (left) and Conservative candidate in Toronto Karim Jivraj, both Muslim sons of immigrants to Canada from Uganda, but on the opposite sides of the political and ideological divide.

October 17, 2015

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

“There is a war going on and the war is within Islam.”

In one short sentence, 29-year-old Karim Jivraj, the Conservative candidate in the federal riding of Rosedale-University in downtown Toronto, summed up the crisis that dominates political discourse today, including in Canada and the U.S.

Jivraj was speaking Sunday at an all-party debate hosted by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW).

There he found himself under attack by Liberal, NDP and Green candidates from other ridings, as well as the audience of young professional Muslim women, many in hijab, many of whom gave him the hostile treatment of silent glares and rolling eyes.

If we are seeing a war within Islam, the CCMW debate — or “panel discussion” as they called it — was an illustration of it at the local level.

On the one hand, here was Jivraj, an exuberant young Muslim man who is a son of refugees from Uganda.

He was beaming with confidence, extolling the virtues of the West and Canada, urging his fellow Muslims to rid themselves of self-inflicted victimhood, to take advantage of the opportunities of living here and to soar to any heights they wished.

Jivraj’s positive attitude was in contrast to the gloom and doom scenario of racism and “Islamophobia” painted by the other political candidates.

The irony that they, as Muslim immigrants or children of Muslim immigrants, are running for the Canadian Parliament, two of them — the Liberal and NDPer — with a good chance of winning, was lost on them.

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