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POLYGAMY: “SHARIA BY STEALTH” AND DENYING ITS EXISTENCE

“If the laws of the
country conflict with Islamic law, if one goes against the other, then I am
going to follow Islamic law, simple as that,”
Imam in Canada.

Further bad news on the article I ran yesterday on the problem of  Islamic polygamy and the West’s dangerous cowardice in not dealing with it.  Our neighbors to the north have got it going on in spades. Seems further along up there and it gives a glimpse into our future (our anti-future – seems more like a leap into seventh century). John Turley-Ewart states the obvious though little acknowledged, "By turning a blind eye to polygamy, Premier McGuinty [indeed all of the West – Atlas] is giving licence to
Sharia by stealth."

And listen carefully to the imam ………. he straight up says it. It’s Islam first and last. This is best illustrates their objective, their approach using our freedoms to enslave us.

Sharia by stealth — Ontario turns a blind eye to polygamy John Turley-Ewart

It’s an issue the Liberal government of Ontario, led by Premier Dalton
McGuinty, doesn’t want to deal with — polygamy in the Muslim community.
Last
week the Toronto Star told the story of
Safa Rigby
, a 35-year-old mother of five children who recently learned her
husband of 14 years had two other wives. Ms. Rigby’s life is in tatters. She
followed her husband’s advice that she leave Toronto and live in Egypt for a
year on the grounds that it would be better for their children to spend more
time in a Muslim country. Now she knows it was a ruse. He used her time there to
marry two other women.

Ms. Rigby does not support polygamy, which has been illegal in Canada for
more than a century. But Toronto Imam Aly Hindy, who runs the Toronto Salahuddin
Islamic Centre, does. He married Ms. Rigby’s husband knowing he already had a
wife and counselled him to keep the marriage secret from Ms. Rigby for as long
as possible. Hindy has by his own admission performed 30 ceremonies in which men
were married who already had wives. When Ms. Rigby confronted Hindy his response
was reportedly cold and unsympathetic: “You will have to stand beside him in
these difficult times,” Hindy told her. “You should stop causing problems to
(sic) him. You will not get anything by divorce except destroying your life” he
went on to say.

For Hindy this is not about Ms. Rigby or her husband’s desire to marry
another woman — but making a broader political point.

Hindy is using polygamy as a proxy for his fundamentalist version of Islam,
something he wants to see legitimized in Canadian society as a whole.
It is part
of an attempt at empire building, a bid that if successful will enhance his
influence within the Muslim community and demonstrate that Ontario and Canada is
too ignorant and too afraid of Islam to uphold its own laws. He has admitted as
much, challenging Ontario’s government to dare stop him. “If the laws of the
country conflict with Islamic law, if one goes against the other, then I am
going to follow Islamic law, simple as that,”
he told the Star. Interviewed
after the Star story appeared on the John Oakley Show on AM 640Toronto,
Hindy was not apologetic and argued that freedom of religion in
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms trumped prohibitions against polygamous
marriages
.

When he and another Imam from Toronto, Steve Rockwell, were challenged on the
appropriateness of polygamy by a Muslim caller to the Oakley Show, the caller
was immediately attacked and his identity as a true Muslim questioned because he
did not follow Hindy’s view that polygamy is a foundational pillar of Islam that
grows out of Sharia Law. This speaks to a troubling absolutist interpretation of
Islamic law, which runs against the reality that Sharia law is much more
flexible that Hindy allows for, a fact well documented by Anver Emon, a specialist in Islamic law at the University of
Toronto. Moreover, as noted in the Star article on Ms. Rigby, there is
grave doubt that the Charter protects Islamic polygamy, as Hindy believes. Nik
Bala, who teaches family law at Queen’s University, points out that “Islam
permits polygamy, but doesn’t require it to be a practising Muslim.” This is
key, and may mean Hindy’s attempt to find shelter behind the Charter will fail.
Moreover, the impact polygamy has on women’s equality and children could also sway the courts to
uphold Canada’s ban on polygamy.

[…]

By turning a blind eye to polygamy, Premier McGuinty is giving licence to
Sharia by stealth.

In 2005 Ontario’s premier rightly ruled out Sharia family courts, conceding
that Muslim women may well fair poorly if such a system was allowed to be
established.
The same concern exists today, yet Ontario’s Liberals sit on their
hands.

UPDATE: Listen to the audio of Imam Hindy here (parts 1 and 2) from May 28th. hat tip S

 

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