August 13th, 2010
12:37 AM ET

Canadian imams issue declaration to combat radical Islam

A council of Canadian imams is issuing a declaration Friday that it says represents the world's first nationwide condemnation of radical Islam by the faith's religious leaders.

"People have done many, many condemnations of terrorism but it has never been done well enough or complete enough to get people to pay attention and to say this is a point of sea change," said David Liepert, a spokesman for the Canadian Council of Imams, which is issuing the statement.

"This is us reclaiming Islam from radicals who want to promote conflict and promote violence," he told CNN.

The Council, which comprises 50 influential imams, says its statement - called the Canadian Council of Imams Declaration– will be read in more than 200 mosques across Canada during Friday's afternoon prayers.

"Islam does not permit the killing of innocent people, regardless of their creed, ethnicity, race or nationality," the statement says.

The declaration doesn't mention radicalism or terrorism, but it repeatedly condemns religious violence.

"The sanctity of human life overrides the sanctity of religious laws," it says. "Islamic rulings do not - and should not - contradict natural laws. Islam is a religion that promotes peace, justice, equality, dignity and freedom for all human beings."

"All human beings are equal, and all of them are the children of Adam and Eve (peace be upon them)," another part of the statement reads. "The best Muslim is the one who is good to his/her family and neighbors, and one who avoids harming others with his/her hand or tongue."

The declaration, which comes at the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, is aimed at establishing basic tenets of Islam for Muslim youth and at improving the public image of the religion, Liepert said.

"For Muslims, our religion is always part of the story when one of us does something wrong," he said. "Maybe that's not the way it should be, but it's the way it is."

"We need to take every opportunity we get to denounce terror and violence and their linkages to religion, which are false," he said.

Earlier this year, a Muslim scholar issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, from London saying that suicide bombers are destined for hell.

In March, Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri criticized Islamic extremists who cite their religion to justify violence, in what one counterterrorism think tank said was "arguably the most comprehensive theological refutation of Islamist terrorism to date."

"We looked at things like a fatwa, but the trouble is it's a limited legal opinion," Liepert said. "We consider this statement almost a constitution for the way Islam is and will be interpreted by Canada."

At a time of rising tensions in the United States between Muslims and other Americans over a proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero and over proposed mosques elsewhere in the country, Liepert hopes his group's document will provide a roadmap to its southern neighbor.

"This document will show American Muslims that this is the way to go," he said.

But Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that many American Muslim groups had issued condemnations of Muslim terrorists. He pointed to a 2005 fatwa issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, a U.S. counterpart to the Canadian Council of Imams.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Interfaith issues • Islam • Muslim

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  1. tony

    Stop BSing the human race David Liepert. If you are a muslim and a imam and believe in islam, go to saudi arabia and tell them to stop preaching to hate other human beings. They will chop your head off. Talking about islam outside saudi arabia is nonsense as all muslims owe allegiance to mecca and medina, the craddle of islam in saudi arabia. Islam was founded by the sword, and will be destroyed by the sword. Muslim believe that they can kill as they are superior to other human beings. How can one billion muslims take on the world that is five time their size. Why is USA so frightened of iran making a bomb, because they know that iran being an islamic country, will first bomb the united states of america. Islam and tolerance do not go together.

    August 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  2. gui

    I am not against muslim people But i just try to reveal for ignorant people what islam say in their holy book the koran take this <<Sura 9:29
    Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

    August 14, 2010 at 12:26 am |
    • tony

      Your koran is in arabic. before you talk about the koran, first translate it into english and let every one that can read english read koran and tell you what they think about it, which you muslims believe. If you follow the koran, be sure that there is only one place reserved for you and that one place is hell – Jhannam. So you heretic you want to collect taxes/jizya from people. Which God put you and your muslim kin over other human beings. Probably you did not see what happened to your muslims in bosnia and other places of the world. They were probably speaking like you.

      August 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  3. John E.Hopkinson

    First of 75 posts @ 3:25 a.m.
    Latest @ 8:26 p.m.
    And we haven't moved an inch. Have we?
    Some really ugly unhelpful stuff here. Everybody feeling better after the rants?
    Where do we go from here?

    August 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
    • George


      August 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  4. gui

    There are moderate muslims and extremist muslims but there is radical and extrimist islam .you have to read the koran in arabic to understand that

    August 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  5. SR

    Sharia is coming through the Taqquia of Muslim Moderates such as Fareed Zakharia. This is the way Islam creeps up on you and before you know it, they are asking for a separate nation because they won't live under anyone, except fellow Muslims and Allah.

    If you don't believe me, ask the Indians about Kashmir, Russians about Chechnya and Phillipinos about Mindano.

    Islam's spread is best seen through trickery.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
    • Whatsinaname

      to whom is your post addressed? What kind of demographics are you targeting with your post?
      I live under the law of the United States of America, and the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of this country.
      If you are worried about people who don't tell the truth, I have no idea as to why you think your anonimous post is going to convince people of what you say when you won't be required to back up anything you write, either.
      Our freedoms are stronger than you seem to realize. Our nation is stronger than you seem to realize as well.
      Thanks for your concerns, though. It is clear that they are important to you. I'm glad you found a place to let loose.

      August 13, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
    • Wolly

      Do you even know anything about what Shariah is? To you it's just an exotic-sounding Arabic word that instills fear. Read about it from original sources before talking about things you don't know.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  6. David Olds

    Now if they would reject Islamism I would say they are making progress.
    I will not live under Sharia whether it comes about through violence or political means, the latter being peacefull but having the same horrid goals.
    Sharia is the polar opposite of American (and I hope) Canadian freedom and individual rights.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  7. Reality

    How do the Canadian imams or imams anywhere answer the following facts about Islam?

    Non-believers – atheists under Islam do not have "the right to life ". They are to be killed. According to Islamic culture, sins are divided into great sins and little sins. Among the seventeen great sins, unbelief is the greatest, more heinous than murder, theft, adultery and so on. Courageous apostates aim to skewer the hypocrisies and inconsistencies of a faith that commands the allegiance of a billion people-as well as the hypocrisies of those Western defenders of Islam who would not tolerate its strictures in their own cultures.

    A free discussion of Islam is extremely dangerous not only in countries under Islamic rule but also in the west. Most keep their feelings to themselves. Those Muslims who disown or even criticize their faith publicly are likely to be accused of apostasy, a crime punishable by death under Islamic law-a penalty enforced by a number of Islamic states, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan.- Azam Kamguian

    August 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
    • David Olds

      Damn straight!

      August 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  8. Tiger

    Arrange a meeting between such good Imams and bad muslims terrorists. What will happen?

    August 13, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  9. JR

    Swell...peace, equality, justice, my big fat arse! Try even taking a Bible into Saudi Arabia, the home of the Islamist shrines. Illegal! Build a church there. Infidel dogs! Action speak louder than words. What a joke. Islam: the religion of Death – body AND soul.

    August 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  10. heterohighelf

    Ibrahim Hooper is slime. he should be kicked out of USA, and go tell his taqyya to other idiots who can't see through his motives. maybe in the middle east where all the muslims can pat each other on the back for being victims of the infidel westerners

    August 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  11. DMcK

    Only muslims are considered 'innocent' by Islam. Non-muslims are NOT innocent by definition, and especially non-muslims who are apostates from Islam. Taqiyya is encouraged by Islam when the going gets tough for muslims – so how do we believe them this time? By their actions, so show us – in USA, UK, Sweden, etc. And we shall be watching that 20 point takeover plan!

    August 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  12. Insan Mukmin

    Christians telling Muslims what they should say in the Muslim mosques while Christian soldiers in Afghanistan commit all sorts of war crimes against Muslims. Muslims need to liberate themselves from the evil Christians. Support the indigenous Red Indians in Canada and the USA and the indigenous people of Australia who had their land stolen by evil Christians.

    August 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
    • Bradley

      That should read Insane Mukmin, maybe it does I don't know. Quite right though, he who casts the first stone.....The US went into Afghanistan to prevent further 9/11's not sure if its working. Like in marketing if you do not have the buy in of the people you probably won't get the support. Hidden agenda's, cultures, faiths, tribes all seem to conspire against you. What was the US goal to install Secular Democracy, to rid Afghanistan of the evil Taliban. To leave it to the people to decide, means more and more North Korea's, Zimbabwe's- Russia annexing nieghbours like Nazi Germany-WHAT'S THE WORLD COMING TO.

      August 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
    • JR

      Perhaps if the Taliban in Afghanistan had concerned itself with it's own country and business, and didn't train people to be terrorists to come to our country to kill thousands of Americans, then the US military would not be there at all. Btw, the Taliban is a relatively new phenomenon, and it took over Afghanistan. By your own reasoning, THEY should be kicked out of the country as usurpers.

      The US Is not all 'Christian' we have MANY religions here and so this isn't religious on the American side, i'ts about dismantling a theocratical government that was intent upon doing evil, and then acted upon it.

      The Taliban is a throwback to the caveman days of civlization. Sixth century ideas in the 21st century has brought about more death, pain and destruction across the world than the ideas of any other one group in modern times. There is nothing positive to say about it.

      Btw, I have no issue at all with non-violent Muslims minding their own business. I do have issue with radical fundamentalists who want to export violence.

      You might want to look for who is really responsible for what is going on in the Middle East, as opposed to some shallow and lame yammering about Muslms and Christians.

      August 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
    • tony

      They should first kick your islamic bum out of this land and send it back to where it came from. Then you talk about justice, you islamic beggar.

      August 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  13. acmed Shams

    radical islam is real americans pleeeease wake up to this!Please, friends, learn about how brutal the Taliban really are. This video is not lie:
    Please, you MUST see this:

    August 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  14. USoldfolks

    About time! Long overdue. Need much more form the moderate leadership!

    August 13, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  15. SR


    Stop preaching to me!

    I know many Muslims. Heck, I grew up among Muslims and I have very good friends who are Muslims. I don't hate them. I don't consider them all to be extremists. In fact, I consider them to be peace loving. However, I am sure if I challenge them to confront the violent nature of Muhammad's teachings, they will inflict violence on me!

    However, what I want to open your eyes and others' to the teachings of Islam that has driven massive violence over 1400 years. When are they and you going to re-examine your violent beliefs?

    August 13, 2010 at 11:30 am |
    • Don

      Wow. You obviously haven't seen their book. Ask one of your muslim friends for an english version of their holy book, read it. Then read the bible, and tell me it doesn't have it's violent moments. Did God not command Abraham to kill his only son? Are we all supposed to do it now, hoping for that mysterious goat to appear to take our childs place? Everything gets WAY blown out of proprtion through ignorance and heresay. "I heard.." "Did you hear?" And the crazy information overload that is the internet and news media in general. Pay attention, every time something bad happens ANYWHERE, the media will report it, and then you'll have HUNDREDS of similar reports coming out of the woodwork. Was there a sudden epidemic of Toyotas accelerating out of control and killing people? Hell no, but from what everyone heard, there sure was! Get to the bottom of the story, read up, learn, then maybe we'll come to the right conclusions for once.

      August 13, 2010 at 11:55 am |
    • Omar


      August 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Don

    SR: Practically every religion in the world has blood on their hands, should we exterminate all followers? You seem to have the belief that they spend their time teaching ALL their children how to strap on a bomb and find the best place to set it off. You need a reality check my friend. I know many muslims, and they are JUST like you and me. We are ALL alike, but in all belief systems, there are also extremists that distort the teachings to suit their own needs. Christians had their Crusaders if you've read up on your history. The catholic church ruled through terror for how long in Europe? Salem had their witch hunts, all in the name of religion. Religion is directly involved in ALL wars big or small, if we're going to point fingers, point them to ourselves for that's the only way we can put an end to this.

    August 13, 2010 at 11:18 am |
    • Bradley

      Don quite right Christian and Catholic religious believers have also inflicted death, Massacares even that mirror 9/11. I think however in the 21st century we should have grown up. Many countries in the world are not secular, putting religion first and they feel adamant that this is the one Truth.Fundamentalist Muslims and Christians play upon our fears with hidden agenda's. As I said I think its all an ego trip, the rich against the poor the have's and the have nots. Believe my Truth not yours. Religions were created say 2000 years ago to address our existence to give meaning? To make us feel more significant. This religious play is diversionary tactic, but there seems no better religion(vessel) than Islam.

      August 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  17. Gary

    I dont recall one news coverage after 9-11 of any "moderate muslims" speaking out against the attacks. I dont recall after the hundreds of bombings and attacks by "radical muslims" I dont recall any "moderate" muslims speaking out denouncing them publically.

    August 13, 2010 at 10:56 am |
    • Wolly

      That's a combination of what the media chose to write about and how narrow minded your world is. There were a lot of condemnations against the terrorist attacks by Muslims in America and abroad. You are choosing to see what you want to see. Just read the references in this article about those who spoke out.

      August 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
  18. madmo

    The very idea of building a mosque there is a dangerous sign of Muslim demands on Western societies, says British authority Douglas Murray—and it shows that the U.S. must make a stand.

    “Islam is a religion of peace.” That is what every Western leader says every time a Muslim sets something off.

    They never tell us which ones they think are the violent religions. But for Islam it’s a win-win. Knock down a tower and everyone in government says how terrific Islam is. Build a tower and everyone in government says how terrific Islam is. Either way it’s a gain for Islam.

    My country, Britain, has led the way in this. But it is fascinating watching Mayor Bloomberg and Co. following the British curve.

    Subway bombs? “Peace.” Airline plots? “Peace.” Car bombs? “Peace.” It must be hard these days being a violent jihadi. No one in power believes what you say. It’s just impossible to get your message across.

    The U.S. authorities are making the same mistakes, and in exactly the same order, as those that the British government has made. Violent Islam is the problem and therefore some other form of yet to be decided upon peaceful Islam is the solution. Either way, win for Islam. Whatever the question, the answer is “Islam.”

    In my experience this is a terrible mistake. The answer to violent Islam is not Islam. And contra every liberal pundit practicing their religion of peace and acceptance speech, building a mosque by ground zero is not a counter-argument to violent Islam. It is an apology, and an offering, to it.


    . But even if the imam of that mosque didn’t have questionable affiliations. Even if he’d never addressed an event organized by the revolutionary empire-building far-right bigots of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Even if the imam behind the ground zero mosque was the nicest, most peaceable, most out-on-a-limb progressive Muslim anyone had ever heard of, the building would still be wrong and it should still be possible to oppose it without being branded—nonsense-term of the hour—an “Islamophobe.”

    When the pope comes to London next month, he is going to be greeted by substantial numbers of protests organized by people calling for his arrest and accusing him of the wildest hatreds. Yet we do not hear that critics of the pope are bigoted, “Christianophobic.” Nor even if they were should it cause any alarm. But Islam is different.

    Why? It goes back to the “phobia” business. Arachnophobia is an irrational fear of spiders and claustrophobia is an irrational fear of small places. They are irrational because most small spiders and most small spaces do not kill you. There are, however, very sensible reasons to be fearful of many forms of Islam. Commuters in London and Madrid know why. As do Dutch filmmakers. And so do the numerous Muslim-born writers, artists, and musicians who spend their lives in hiding for fear of murder from their erstwhile co-religionists for “crimes” like “apostasy” and literary criticism.

    But the cowardice in identifying this and cringing stupidity of what passes for intellectuals and commentators in America, like the U.K., today is staggering.

    I regard myself as pretty much color blind and religion blind. And I expect the favor to be returned. When I go into a mosque, I take my shoes off. When I go to Muslim countries, I behave in the manner they expect. But religious toleration is a two-way street. America is not a Muslim country.

    Islam however has never been historically very good at understanding this. For all leading Islamic scholars the whole world belongs to Islam. Non-Muslims don’t have a say in it.

    Except we do.
    [from Douglas Murray's article in the Daily Beast]

    August 13, 2010 at 10:38 am |
    • Frogist

      Madmo do you have any comments about the article?
      Regarding Douglas Murray: "But even if the imam of that mosque didn’t have questionable affiliations. Even if he’d never addressed an event organized by the revolutionary empire-building far-right bigots of Hizb ut-Tahrir. " So you're saying that since he actually bothered to talk at a conference where representatives of islam from the moderate to the not-so moderate kind attended, he is a terrorist? Or that he wants terrorism? Your logic seems faulty. Furthermore, if you are talking about Feisal Abdul Rauf, do you have any proof for condemning him as you do?

      August 13, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  19. BBoy705

    I think it's time for all religious leaders to fess up, come clean and issue a statement admitting that what they're selling is a fraud not unlike the snake oil salesmen of old. Religion is a con job plan and simple. These folks, with seemingly all the confidence in the world, come out with statements on behalf of non-existing "gods" and proclaim to have some divine right to make them. It's a classic con. Stop being fooled, move on, believe in your self, continue to work for the good of humanity, have compassion for your fellow man, be in awe of the Universe but please do not do it all in the name of a myth. Do it simply because it is the right thing to do. And by the way, religions do not have a monopoly on determining what is right and what is wrong, anyone with any amount intelligence or compassion should and does know the difference.

    August 13, 2010 at 10:38 am |
    • SR


      I am a believer in Hinduism. However, even I sometimes have doubts about whether "God" exists. But I use my religion to find solace. At least, my religion does not advocate killing. It advocates "ahimsa" meaning non-violence as the fundamental inviolable rule of life. I am a vegeterians as do most Hindus because of that.

      However, Moderates in Islam will never turn out to be atheists or harbor any doubts. Heck, they are still peddling the lie that Muhammad's 15 wives with some pedophilia and mass rapes along the way was the way that ALL Muslims should lead their life!

      Think about this: There is no SELF-Introspection or doubts about Islam among any of the leading Islamic Moderates or Intellectuals in Islam in over 1400 years. It has been the same old story told time and time again to vulnerable people all over the world. Hence the massive violence and conversions.

      So, Don't hold your breath about Muslims become Atheists or converting to other peaceful religions.

      August 13, 2010 at 10:48 am |
    • SR


      I am a believer in Hinduism. However, even I sometimes have doubts about whether "God" exists. But I use my religion to find solace. At least, my religion does not advocate killing. It advocates "ahimsa" meaning non-violence as the fundamental inviolable rule of life. I am a vegeterians as do most Hindus because of that.

      However, Moderates in Islam will never turn out to be atheists or harbor any doubts. Heck, they are still peddling the lie that Muhammad's 15 wives and massive violence along the way was the way that ALL Muslims should lead their life!

      Think about this: There is no SELF-Introspection or doubts about Islam among any of the leading Islamic Moderates or Intellectuals in Islam in over 1400 years. It has been the same old story told time and time again to vulnerable people all over the world. Hence the massive violence and conversions.

      So, Don't hold your breath about Muslims become Atheists or converting to other peaceful religions.

      August 13, 2010 at 10:49 am |
    • BBoy705

      @SR – I know it will never happen... converting hardcore believers of any religion to non-believers. But if we don't begin to see the truth, that there won't be any white knight to ride in and "save" us then we are all doomed. We all have to wake up and understand the the future is in our hands, we and only we can make the changes necessary to avoid the consequences of our excessive actions on Mother Earth. If we don't stop believing in some mythical "after life" whether floating on dream like clouds surrounded by sheep and guys like Jesus wearing white robes or getting some arbitrary number of virgins in "heaven" then we won't take the challenges facing us seriously. If there is always an "out" what's the point? My own opinion is that the human race in the next 100 to 200 years is going to experience a near extinction event or series of events, not due to some prophesy but because of our own carelessness and greed. We won't be wiped off the face of the Earth but we will be smacked down hard. The unfortunate result might be a Dark Ages of sorts where people will, wrongfully, point their fingers at technology and science as the culprits instead of misguided leaders and corporate greed. Humanity would then stagnate and most advanced species on the only known inhabited planet in the Universe would fail to fulfill our true destiny which is to go out among the stars and explore the Universe the way we should be doing. We are, after all, the Universe's consciousness, for all intents and purposes.

      August 13, 2010 at 11:28 am |
    • Frogist

      I have a question BBoy, what's the difference if people do good acts for a mythical unicorn being or just for themselves? As long as the acts are good, who cares?

      Also SR, I don't think any religion can take the high ground when it comes to bias killing. Stephen Prothero wrote an article a few weeks back talking about the caste system and it's possible roots in hinduism which was linked to the killing of a girl who wanted to wed outside of her caste. Your description of muslims has been biased thus far and your words could be used by others to describe people of your religion. You say you are introspective. If you truly are, then ask yourself why you are capable of introspection but the entire group of muslim people, the vast majority of which you have never met, are not.

      People do things in the name of religion. But people are violent and will always find justification for their actions.

      August 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
    • BBoy705

      @Frogist – I agree that a good deed is a good deed, the difference is are you doing it to get into heaven or are you doing it in a truly selfless manner simply because it is the right thing to do? I can take "good deed doing" but I have a hard time with the "I do good deeds when I feel it suits my agenda and my agenda is to get into heaven" I've taught my children the idea of simply helping their fellow man for the pure joy and satisfaction that you have from helped a neighbor or stranger with his load and not to expect some reward other than that. Perhaps you could and will say it's still selfish but it is not selfishness masquerading as self-righteousness in the name of some mythical being.

      August 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
    • Frogist

      Actually BBoy, I welcome when religion guides people to do the right thing. And their motivation is less of my concern as long as good comes out of it. I can understand where you're coming from though. But my problem with religion is that right and wrong is defined completely differently by a religious vs non-religious person. In my experience a lot of religious people will preach tolerance and community until faced with someone who is different. Then it's all xenophobia. Seeing that was what drove me away from organized religion to being an agnostic.

      August 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
    • BBoy705

      @Frogist – Fair point. Peace brother!

      August 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
    • Grant

      Hi Frogist. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being no God, 10 being absolutely there is a God), where do you lie on the agnostic scale, and how much of that was because of the observed xenophobia?

      Truthfully, I've had a falling out with religion and xenophobia was also partly to blame. And once that happened, I started questioning everything else I'd been taught and now I'm roughly a 2 or 3 (there could be a god, though likely there isn't and most likely not the kind religious people talk about, but I'd change my mind given the positive data).

      August 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  20. Dreamer

    Didn't we hear alot of this after 9/11
    But what are they gonna do with THE TEXT in their holy book commanding them to kill others??????
    Will they remove it??

    August 13, 2010 at 10:18 am |
    • SR

      Dreamer: Nice name. Dream On!

      If you expect anything out of the "moderates" of Islam you are dreaming.

      A moderate in Islam is someone who hasn't become an extremist. Yet.

      August 13, 2010 at 10:21 am |
    • Frogist

      Yes, Dreamer, I'm sure they will. After Christianity has removed all speech that can be construed as hateful from the Bible. Can I ask, what would editing a book do in the real world anyway? The ones who like referring to those passages to justify their killing would just break away into another sect and carry on as usual. The ones who are peace-loving don't follow those passages now anyway. Do you honestly think it's the book that's causing murder?

      August 13, 2010 at 11:38 am |
    • Al

      Nice point, Frogist. I'm with you.

      August 13, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
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