Jihad – Peaceful struggle or holy war? The Canadian perspective


The 877-WHY-ISLAM outreach project was launched in 1999 by volunteers associated with Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

Its website states that “the project’s foremost aim is to provide accurate information about Islam… [and] to dispel popular stereotypes and persistent misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.”

Some of the activities of Why Islam project include 24/7 hotline, website, brochures, billboards, booths,ads/videos.

The Edmonton chapter of ICNA Canada posted on its website the following:

Why Islam is an authoritative source on Islam, complete with authentic and accurate material.”

877-WHY-ISLAM’s YouTube channel uploaded a video clip that explains the “true” meaning of jihad in Islam.

The following is the transcript of the video clip entitled “Jihad – Does Islam Preach Violence?”:

Jihad often mistranslated as holy war.

The word jihad means to struggle.

Islam does not preach violence. It does not preach vicious holy war. It certainly does not condone terror and suicide bombing.

Islam preaches compassion, tolerance and justice.

Find the truth about Islam. Call our U.K. hotline at 0808-189-1044 now or visit whyIslam.org.Order your free copy of Qur’an today.”


ICNA Canada’s online syllabus on jihad

ICNA Canada is an Islamic national-wide organization strivingto build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.”

Dr. Iqbal Massod Al-Nadvi is also the Amir (President) of ICNA Canada and also the chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams. Zunera Ishaq, the woman that stood at the centre of the “niqab debate” in the Canadian election campaign, works/ed for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

On its official website ICNA Canada shares with its members, followers and supporters the book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous” رياض الصالحين) compiled by Imam Zakaruya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi, a Sunni Shafi’ite jurist and hadith scholar who lived in 13th century.

The Gardens of the Righteous (Arabic: Riyadh as-Salihin), is a compilation of verses from the Qur’an and hadith by Al-Nawawi. It contains a total of 1905 hadith divided across 372 chapters, many of which are introduced by verses of the Quran.

The book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous”) which appears on ICNA Canada site adds modern commentary to the verses from the Qur’an and hadith.

The following are excerpts from the book:

Polytheists and infidels should be invited to Islam, and if they reject the invitation, then Jihad be made against them

“The objective of Jihad. This objective warrants that one must struggle against Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (polytheism) and the worship of falsehood in all its forms.

“Jihad has to continue until this objective is achieved

“It is incumbent on the Mulsims to wage Jihad against them to wipe out Kufr [disbelief] and Shirk [polytheism] and raise the banner of Tauhid [oneness of Allah] everywhere…

So long as Kufr [disbelief] is present in this world, it is necessary to wage Jihad against it to finish it off, and so long as all the disbelievers do not openly accept Islam and adopt the Islamic way of life, Muslims are duty- bound to make Jihad against them.”



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