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The Physics department of one of Pakistan’s largest educational institutions, Quaid-e-Azam University was named after the Nobel laureate nuclear physicist Dr. Abdus Salam who was one of the greatest scientists produced by Pakistan. However, now there is a move to rename the department (unanimously adopted by the National Assembly) because Dr. Salam belonged to the minority Ahmadi Muslim sect of Pakistan. Ahmadis have been declared non-Muslims in Pakistan and have been heavily persecuted.



In Gaza there has been massive uprising after Jerusalem was named capital and the US Embassy opened there. 61 people were killed. This would have been an opportune moment for Palestinians to make a deal with Israel and the USA by supporting the move. However they choose death and destruction over peace.



Thousands of miles away, here in Canada, a letter has been received by the some media outlets, claiming to be from the Islamic Revolutionary Force and threatening to “destroy your beaches from Toronto to North Bay.” The letter further claims the group targets the Muskokas because Northern towns are easy targets unlike larger cities. In late April, the towns of Bracebridge and Gravenhurst received reports of some hazardous materials being found at several area beaches. In response to the materials being found, both municipalities temporarily closed the beach areas and initiated a clean-up of the hazardous materials found at beach locations within the municipalities.

Added to this, Canada’s soft stance on terrorism is making this situation tenuous. I wonder if our government will pay heed to this threat as so far they have only shown love to the Islamists. According to some reports, there are at least 60 returned ISIS fighters living freely in Canada.


The Conclusion ?

What do these above incidents have in common? They are based on hate, they are political in nature and coming at us fast and furious as an ideology that needs to be confronted but has been ignored till now. So it is incumbent on Muslims and non-Muslims to defeat it together.



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Raheel Raza

Raheel Raza is ​an adviser to Clarion Project. ​She is an award-winning author, journalist and filmmaker on the topics of jihad and sharia. She is president of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and diversity.

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