Canadian imams issue fatwas against terrorism

Via CBC:

The 20 imams associated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada said this marked the first fatwa by the Muslim clergy declaring attacks on Canada and the U.S. to be attacks on Muslims.

“In our view, these attacks are evil, and Islam requires Muslims to stand up against this evil,” the imams said in their fatwa.

Better late than never, eh?

But in all seriousness, this sort of thing ought to be encouraged as far as possible. Western Muslim groups typically give token condemnations to acts of violence, but these fail to attract much attention outside their own community. It’s stupid to speak of “international Islam” as a monolith. But if Muslim liberals (in the Jeffersonian small-“r”-republican sense) can exert some moderating influence on the Zeitgeists of the international families and communities they are in correspondence with, they are obliged to take as strong a possible stance against terror.

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One Response

  1. I’m going to have to keep tract of this. The possible fall out could be interesting/bad.

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