The Dawah [inviting people to embrace Islam] organization iERA (Islamic Education & Research Academy) Calgary held at the University of Calgary a workshop entitled “Call of Duty – Dawah Training Course”.
The training workshop, held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 (9am to 6pm) at ICT Building 114, was organized in collaboration with the University of Calgary’s MSA (Muslim Students Association).
The organizes described the purpose and goal of the Dawah training workshop as follows:
“A one day interactive course teaching you how to talk to non-Muslims about Islam, convincingly and in a structured way.
“Learn what to do with all those uncomfortable questions that people always ask. Quickly and confidently be able to explain the core parts of the deen [religion of Islam], and reasons for belief. Build your confidence to be a true dawah [inviting others to embrace Islam] carrier in your community.”
On the Facebook event page of the workshop, the organizers added the following:
“… iERA Calgary in collaboration with the University of Calgary’s MSA have been able to organize a workshop that is aimed to help you excel in your dawah efforts and deliver this beautiful gift of Islam to others with the diligence and respect that it deserves!
“The Call of Duty course is a two day weekend course that aims to help you prove the existence of God, why there can only be ONE God, revelation and prophet hood, and how to clear up misconceptions about Islam!
“Join us this March the 16th-17th for a course you will not want to miss out on! Class starts at 10 am and runs to 7 pm for both day, with the second day involving going out and giving dawah in the streets under the supervision of Brother Zain Masood, the iERA Canada representative, a very well accomplished Daee who has years of experience under his belt!
“The Call has been made oh brothers and sisters, the only question that remains to be answered is are you willing to step up and take on the responsibility and honor to deliever the message?! Seats are limited to 80 and half been taken already so don’t delay! Please fill up the following form if you want to be part of the workshop.”
iERA Canada defined itself a “national nonprofit organization committed to inform, educate, and actively engage humanity about the truth and noble message of Islam” and “focused on empowering the Muslim community in North America with the tools and resources to engage society about Islam.”
iERA Canada is a branch of the Global Dawah organisation committed to presenting the true message of Islam to the World. iERA international was founded by Abdurraheem Green (born Anthony Vatswaf Galvin Green) in Britain and since then extended its Dawah activity globally.
The British Telegraph reported (May 24, 2014) that the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), founded and run by Abdur Raheem Green and operates branches also in Canada, “is being investigated by the official watchdog amid allegations that its leaders promote anti-Semitism and have called for homosexuals and female adulterers to be stoned to death.”
On 30 November 2014, the Telegraph reported that the iERA was “closely linked to a number of the ‘Portsmouth jihadis’ – six young men from the Hampshire city who travelled together to fight for Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria.” iERA denied that the Portsmouth group were part of the IERA organisation, but added:”However, Portsmouth Dawah Team members, including Hassan and Jaman, dressed in IERA T-shirts to proseltyse and used IERA banners and literature on their street stall. The group was last year described by Mission Dawah, part of IERA, as ‘our team from Portsmouth.’”
iERA’s founder and chairman, Abdur Raheem Green – opponent of democracy
The following are excerpts of Green’s speeches during the last few years:
Islam is not compatible with democracy – “Whoever believes that it is permissible and allowed to judge and to legislate in contradiction with Allah’s judgment and legislation is without doubt a disbeliever… If democracy means that sovereignty is with the people, that the people have the right to decide what’s halal [permitted] and haram [prohibited] and it’s up to them, then no Muslim with any mustard seed of iman [faith] can agree with this… Islam is not compatible with democracy if we mean by democracy that people have the right to legislate and people have sovereignty… What they have in the West, actually in my opinion, is the allusion of democracy. It’s the allusion of democracy. They make people think and believe that they have a choice, that they can influence things, but in reality they can’t change anything.”
Nationalism is against Islam values – “Nationalism is something in Islam that is really haram [prohibited] and it is Jahiliyyah [ignorance of divine guidance] and whoever calls for nationalism they call to Jahiliyyah and whoever fights for nationalism fights for Jahiliyyah.”
Jews and Christians are not to be trusted – “Do not take the Jews and the Christians or the mushrikeen [polytheists] as your awliya [supporter, guardian or protector]. What is the word awliya, what does it mean? It has a meaning of friendship, close friendship. It has the meaning of your advisers, your protectors.”
Adulterers should be stoned to death – “Why do you chop the hand of the thief? Why do you stone the adulterer and adulteress to death? Why do you chop the hand and the leg of the one who commits violent robbery and leave them to bleed to death or crucify them? All of these – to deter the people from being evil and committing evil.”
Homosexuality is evil – “First of all I don’t like to use this word gay. This word gay to use it is already to be fooled by the propaganda of these people. OK. This word is used in order to make this evil and vile act acceptable in society. They should be called at least homosexuals. This is the least. Better to use a more derogatory term like sodomites.”
Wife beating is permissible in principle – “The husband is allowed to prevent her from evil to apply some type of physical force. This is a type of a very light beating. In fact, as some has mentioned it is just to hit with the miswak [20cm long teeth cleaning twig].”