Islamic Supreme Council of Canada
Burnhamthorpe Rd., West, : P.O.Box 67070, Mississauga,
Ontario L5L 5V4
Alberta: 28 Crowfoot Terrace NW, P.O.
Box 68142, Calgary, Alberta T3G 3N8,
British Columbia: 4065 Pandora Street,
Burnaby, B.C. V5C 2B1
Date: February 15, 2006
ISCC filed complaint with the Alberta
Human Rights and Citizenship Commission against the two Calgary publishers
Calgary) The national president of Islamic Supreme Council of
Canada and the founder of Muslim Against Terrorism, Syed B. Soharwardy today filed
two formal complaints with the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission
against the publishers of Jewish Free Press and the Western Standards for
sighting hate against Muslims.
After filing the complaints,
he spoke with the media and said that this is a first step towards putting an
end towards the hateful and non-Canadian attitude. We are also considering filing a civil lawsuit
against the Jewish Free Press and the Western Standards. ISCC is consulting
with lawyers and other Muslim Canadian organizations to have a united and a
strong case against the publications of these hateful cartoons in Canada.
Syed Soharwardy appealed to the
worldwide Muslims to stop violent protest. These protests have served and
helped the anti-Islam forces. The violent protests in Muslim countries have
brought embarrassment to Muslims. However, the western world must know that the
overwhelming majority of Muslims in Muslim countries remained peaceful. Only
few thousands, out of 1.6 billion Muslims, participated in the riots, which is
still a regrettable and un-Islamic situation.
Syed Soharwardy said that the
people in the west must know that the majority of Muslim countries are ruled by
dictators and military rulers. These dictators, supported by the western
governments, do exploit people in the name of religion whenever they want in
order to safeguard their governments.
Syed Soharwardy thanked the
Prime Minister, Steven Harper for supporting Canadian Muslims. He also thanked
the mainstream Canadian Media for protecting the freedom of the press with
responsibility and accountability. Syed Soharwardy thanked the various
companies for deciding not to sell or purchase the hatemongering issue of the
Syed Soharwardy said, “For
years, we have been building the bridges among various religious and ethnic
communities in Canada
but the two publishers tried to destroy those bridges. We will not let them
succeed in their destruction.” Syed Soharwardy strongly disagreed with the
repeated remarks of Ezra Levant that the new Canadians do not know the Canadian
values. Islam is not a new religion in North America.
Muslims have over a hundred years old heritage in North
America. We, Muslims understand the Canadian values better,
because the overwhelming majority of the Canadian media and the public
including Canadian Jewish Congress support Muslim’s opinion, not Mr. Levant’s
hateful remarks. I think Mr. Levant
should learn first before becoming the champion of Canadian values.
Syed Soharwardy invited the
two publishers to visit Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre in Calgary NE
and have a dialogue with the Muslim community on Sunday, February 26, 2006 at
4:00 PM. We hope Mr. Ezra Levant and Mr.
Richard Bronstein will accept our invitation.
Syed Soharwardy will be
visiting Montreal and Toronto to participate in the peaceful rallies
against the publication of hateful cartoons on Sunday. He will be addressing
gatherings in Brampton and Montreal on Saturday. For details, please
visit http://iscc.ca and click on the “Seminars
on Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
For any questions, please call Syed B. Soharwardy at Toll Free Phone