Tarek Fatah on the Present Islamic Condition

Published: June 20th 2010
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Tarek Fatah on the Michael Coren Show
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“I am a religious person,” Fatah told Shalom Life, “but secular doesn’t mean non-religious; it means the separation of religion and state. We have the first amendment in the States, the Constitution in Canada, and the world has evolved to a point where our laws no longer come from the Bible, Quran, Gita (a Hindu text), or the Old or New Testament.


“Our laws are made by parliament. I believe in my religion, but politics and law have to come from non-religious sources. Of course we take modern guidance from Torah, Quran, and other religious texts -but we cannot create law from that.”


According to Fatah, there also needs to be a clearer distinction between Islam as a religion, and the ideologies of the Muslim Brotherhood (who abide by the violent concept of jihad).


Said Fatah, “The Muslim Brotherhood is represented in Canada by an organization called the Muslim Association of Canada, and they are very open in that they follow the teachings of Sayyid Qutb (a leading intellectual of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and '60s) and Islamic Jihad.


“Also involved in the Brotherhood are a number of organizations, two of which are based in the U.S. and have been labeled as unindicted co-conspirators in a terror trial. These are the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR).”


Both have ideological links with the Muslim Brotherhood, which continues to claim it is not a terrorist organization.


“But it has morphed and grown into so many groups and associations that are all linked together,” Fatah explained. “If an organization follows the ideology and doctrine of Sayyid Qutb, adopting the practices and beliefs of the Muslim Brotherhood, then that organization becomes very dangerous.”


As such, according to Fatah, “Every Muslim organization enrolled in the public domain should be asked to state very clearly that they do not believe in the doctrine of jihad. If they do, they have a serious problem and cannot be a part of the solution.”


But even this is separate from the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli dispute. “We in the Muslim Canadian Congress believe Israel should withdraw from Palestine because their presence only helps the cause of the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Fatah. “The situation is being used to create hatred against Jews and the U.S., so the sooner there is a solution in the Middle East, the sooner the Muslim Brotherhood influence will go down.”


Tarek Fatah is the founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, as well as a political activist and writer. He is the author of the book Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State, in which he challenges the notion that establishing an Islamic state is a necessary prerequisite for the preservation of Islam. His second book, The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism, is set to be released in October of this year.

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