Editor's Note: Tarek Fatah notes that Iqra Khalid never responded to either of his requests for information on how much of the $23 million that the Liberal government will disburse in the context of Motion M-103 will go to deradicalize the mosques across Canada where the denigration of Christians and Jews takes place every day. And none apparently will go to Muslim groups critical of jihad, polygamy, FGM, and sharia. Khalid made her announcement without fanfare to an audience of a few dozen people, mostly Muslims of Pakistani descent. Given that –according to Motion M-103 – systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia, is such a huge problem in Canada (requiring $23 million to fight!), why the low-key announcement? It’s almost as if the government doesn’t want us to know what’s going on. Does the Trudeau government represent the interests of the Canadian people or of Islamist groups in Canada?
A MAJOR FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE WITH LITTLE FANFARE AND IN FRONT OF NO MORE THAN A COUPLE OF DOZEN, MOSTLY MUSLIM AUDIENCE OF PAKISTANI CANADIANS On the afternoon of June 27 while most of Canada was at work or watching the World Cup matches, a major funding announcement was made with little fanfare and in front of no more than a couple of dozen, mostly Muslim audience of Pakistani Canadians. Mississauga-Erindale MP Iqra Khalid who has been the mouthpiece of the divisive Motion M103 on ‘Islamophobia’ stood in her constituency office to announce that the Trudeau government was investing an additional $23 Million into its multiculturalism program. With no mainstream media in attendance to ask any questions, Khalid boasted that her “hard work has resulted into tangible action.” She listed the following two groups as being among the recipients of the new funding:
The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a former branch of the U.S. based Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) that was named in 2008 as an unindicted co-conspirator connected to the “largest terror-funding trial in U.S. history. NCCM has denied links to CAIR. Islamic Relief, a worldwide charity accused of links to Islamist extremism by Middle East Forum, Israel and the United Arab Emirates among others.
There is no solid record that the Canadian arms of these two organizations have contributed to current problematic behaviour. Nonetheless, for over a year many Muslim Canadians, including yours truly, my Sun colleague Farzana Hassan as well as other Muslim critics of Islamism had warned that the M103 initiative was much more than the victimhood culture of guilt being forced onto ordinary Canadians. On Wednesday, we saw our fears come true. While Islamists will receive millions to conduct their Sharia agenda in Canada, Muslim critics of jihad, polygamy, FGM and Sharia have been left on their own to fight global Islamofascism. In a message to MP Khalid, I asked her to clarify if any part of the $23M will be used to counter the daily denigration of Christians and Jews that takes place in mosques across Canada, from dawn to dusk.
I reminded her that “most Friday sermons at mosque congregations end with a call to Allah to grant Muslims victory over non-Muslims, referred to as ‘Qawm al Kafiroon’.” “Will the $23M be used to de-radicalize mosque clerics and educate them to end hateful sermons from the pulpits,” I asked. Despite reaching out to her office twice, I did not get a response, nor any press release or statement issued by any ministry of the Trudeau cabinet. In making the announcement, the Pakistan-born Liberal MP told her scant audience, her M103 initiative was about “systemic racism and religious discrimination” and that “my goal was to study it and understand why does it happen and to find solutions.” Most Canadians would have told her, ‘physician, heal thyself,’ but of course, ordinary Canadians are too scared to be labelled as ‘racist’ by privileged Islamists riding the waves of victimhood. In recommending Islamic Relief as one of the recipients of the $23 million fund, Khalid covered up the fact that even Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority country has banned Islamic Relief from providing either relief or aid to some 500,000 Rohingya refugees who have taken refuge in the country. Khalid also shrugged off allegations that Islamic Relief has long been accused of funding terror. The United Arab Emirates has designated Islamic Relief as a terror-financing organization while in Russian authorities have accused Islamic Relief of supporting terrorism in Chechnya. My question to ordinary Canadians is this: Who will stand up to the Islamist agenda in our country if it’s the government itself that funds their agenda?
Tarek Fatah is the Robert J. and Abby B. Levine Fellow at the Middle East Forum.
This article was originally published by the Middle East Forum on July 3, 2018, and can be viewed on their website by clicking here.