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What kind of training did Syed Soharwardy get in Saudi Arabia? (Syed is head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and is angry because Canadian blogger Ezra Levant has accused him of being a radical Saudi-trained imam who has publicly called for Sharia law to be imposed on Canada) Is Syed a radical? It appears so. Has he called for Sharia law to be imposed on Canada? Yes, though he doesn’t like the word ‘imposed.’ There should be no force in religion…intimidation, well, that’s another matter…but Saudi-trained? “I have asked him (Levant) what kind of training did I get in Saudi Arabia,” said Soharwardy. Well, what does the record say? As a child Syed attended a Madrasah school run by his dad in Bughdadi Msajid, then he went to the Dar ul-Aloon Soharwardy School in Karachi. (The Soharwardy family has long been involved in Islamic education) He earned a BA in Islamic Studies at the University of Karachi and a Batchelor of Engineers at N.E.D. University also in Karachi. Then he went abroad to study—a Master of Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Trenton, New Jersey, and a Master of Engineering from the Universtiy of Calgary in Canada. Unless he took a correspondence course somewhere along the line he wasn’t trained in Saudi Arabia. Ezra Levant should apologize. But that is unlikely. Nonetheless, an apology of some sort is in order. No one should have to go through life with the stigma of ‘Saudi-trained’ attached to his name. Any volunteers? Ah, here’s one! Dear Imam Soharwardy: Even though you are a first-class blockhead and have shown little or no respect for the civil and religious rights of non-Muslims you are obviously not a Saudi-trained imam. You were trained in Karachi and New Jersey and Calgary…One question: How did you get to be an imam? Don’t you need a Ph d or something? Martin Luther King had a Ph d. Franklin Graham has a Ph d. Shouldn’t Muslims need a Ph d? No one should be able to call himself ‘Imam’ without a Ph d, unless, of course, he can learn all he should need to know about Islam in less than four years… Does Khamenei have a Ph d?… Nice cap… One more question: Did you not say, and be truthful now, “Presently, what Israeli forces are doing to Palestinians is worse than the Holocaust of World War Two?” Do you know what a Holocaust is? Hah! You don’t, or you wouldn’t have said something so incredibly foolish... Did you not also say, “More than a million Palestinians have been killed, millions of them have been made refugees and millions of them are in concentration camps?” Do you know how much a million is? You should— you’re an engineer. Yet in one sentence you killed, exiled and placed more Palestinians in concentration camps than exist. Where did you get your statistics…from Hamas…from Islamic Jihad? Would you care to explain? Can you explain? And why are you always suing somebody? Do you know Ibrahim Hooper? On second thought, you don’t deserve an apology—thank you for your time and kind attention… ………Son of Double Naught Two years ago Soharwardy filed a complaint against the Western Standard for publishing the Jyllands-Posten Mohammed cartoons. Ezra Levant publishes the Western Standard. The case was
brought before the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission. Levant republished the Mohammed pictures on his website on the eve of the recent Commission meeting. “I have done nothing wrong,” he said. Certainly Levant has done nothing wrong—nothing that would have upset Jefferson or Madison, but Soharwardy, less schooled in the freedoms of the Western World, took umbrage and brought suit. Were the pictures art or were they pornography? Was there anything morally redeeming about them? Were they a good likeness of the Prophet? So he had a bomb in his turban, so what? He looked dashing—handsome in a virile sort of way—and intelligent too, smart enough to have occupied a prayer rug alongside Soharwardy in a mosque. And he wasn’t nailed to a cross and suspended in a jar of urine like Christ; nor was decked out in Nazi regalia and perched atop a jackass. Suppose some artist said he was going to paint the Prophet, stood for weeks in front of a canvas without delivering a single stroke, then walked away leaving the canvas blank and called it Mohammed? Would there have been riots in Beirut, Cairo, Teheran and Amsterdam? It was Mohammed was it not? The artist said so. Seeing as artistic representations of the Prophet are ‘haram,’ a blank canvas would be more accurate than any of the Jyllands-Posten drawings. Isn’t intent nine/tenths of Sharia law? Back to Son of Double Naught’s blockhead: Soharwardy said, “These people have the intent to incite hate against Muslims. God forbid if somebody reads from his Web site—(if) any fanatic reads it—and he attacks me, who’s responsible? If any crime (is) committed against me or my family, I will hold Ezra Levant responsible.” Hysterical? Will he need a police escort? How about the Royal Mounties? Or would he prefer Hamas or Islamic Jihad? For the sake of argument, suppose some Muslim Web site posted a hadith or two from Tabari and Bukhari? For example: “Killing disbelievers is a small matter to us.” and “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, “None have the right to be worshipped but Allah.”’” Could the survivors of the World Trade Center sue? Could they sue Soharwardy? The Imam espouses the same religious tenets as Tabari and Buhkari, revered interpreters of Islam and the Prophet. That still begs the question: What did Mohammed look like? He couldn’t have had a bomb in his hat—they hadn’t been invented. Does it matter? No. Soharwardy may have denied being Sauditrained but he hasn’t denied being a professor at an anti-Semitic University in Saudi Arabia. (Okay, okay, it would be next to impossible to find employment in a non-anti-Semitic University in Saudi Arabia! Give the poor wretch some slack!) In the meantime, Muslim militants gunned down a Catholic priest on the Island of Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines. Was it too much Ezra Levant—or too much Tabari and Bukhari? Or was it too much Islam?