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CN Mosque Offers ‘Detox’ For Terrorists

From Canada’s Financial Post:

Mohammed Shaikh is a mediator, former police chaplain and community activist who has worked on youth crime prevention and conflict resolution.

Toronto mosque offers ‘detox’ for extremists

12-step program targets al-Qaeda sympathizers

Stewart Bell, National Post  Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Toronto mosque is offering a "12-step extremist detox program" for radical Muslims that its director says is the first of its kind in Canada.

The Specialized De-radicalization Intervention program is intended to provide "treatment and counselling" to young Muslims sympathetic to the al-Qaeda ideology…

Among those the mosque is hoping to counsel are one of the Toronto 18 and Omar Khadr, the 22-year-old Canadian accused of killing a U. S. soldier in Afghanistan.

The lawyers representing Mr. Khadr were to announce this morning a proposal to ensure he is "rehabilitated and reintegrated into Canadian life" if he is repatriated to Canada from Guantanamo Bay.

The cases of the Toronto 18 group, which allegedly plotted attacks in Ontario, and Ottawaborn Momin Khawaja, convicted for his role in a British terror group, have raised concerns in Canada about homegrown terrorism…

"Our mosque is the only one that is working on these kind of programs," Mr. Shaikh said.

"We are the only ones who are professional mediators … so it is good that we are in there and the youth seems to understand us."

Mr. Shaikh, a 56-year-old Indian-born Muslim, is a mediator, former police chaplain and community activist who has worked on youth crime prevention and conflict resolution.

He is also the father of Mubin Shaikh, who worked as an undercover agent for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and RCMP during the 2005-2006 investigation of the Toronto 18 group…

The program has 12 steps, including: Allah, the Koran and Mohammad; the connections between Islam, Christianity and Judaism; other faiths; Canadian society; and countering extremism through education, public speaking and writing.

An important part of the program involves listening to the youths and talking about the damage caused by Islamist terrorist attacks such as the recent Mumbai massacre and the London bombings, Mr. Shaikh said…

"And we just want to encourage them to be faithful and do not take the law into your own hand, always try to build something rather than destroy something," he said…

The radicalization of Muslims is a "priority issue" for Canada, according to a "secret" 2008 CSIS report recently released under the Access to Information Act.

It says radicalization is a result of such factors as parental influence, the efforts of charismatic spiritual leaders and anger over the perceived oppression of Muslims.

"Within the Islamist extremist community radicalized individuals are driven by the perception that Islam is under attack by the West and that they have a moral and religious obligation to defend their faith," the report says.

Mr. Shaikh agreed that some Islamic scholars are part of the problem. He said he had already met with some of them to talk about the damage they are causing and encourage them to tone down…

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Masjid el Noor’s 12-Step Extremist Detox Program:

1 Who is Allah: His Mercy to all.

2 Using verses from the Holy Koran that speak of peace and good conduct.

3 Who is Muhammad: His mercy, kind manner, humble attitude, wisdom, patience.

4 Using hadith: Commentaries that provide ethics and other moral training.

5 Using stories of Companions: A knowledge-based life of academic pursuit.

6 Stories from history: Contexts and underlying factors, not always glory of God.

7 Islamic scholarship: What it seeks for the individual to know, and how.

8 Abrahamic Faith: The interconnectedness of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

9 Other faiths: Common ground, not fighting ground.

10 Open society of Canada: What it means for the majority (how to reconcile dogmatic idealism with pragmatic realism).

11 Seeing the whole as one: Global challenges affecting us all.

12 Advocacy: Actively countering extremist ideology through education, public speaking and writing.

This may well be a worthy program for some.

Though somehow it doesn’t seem to be quite the right path to take with murderers:

Among those the mosque is hoping to counsel are one of the Toronto 18 and Omar Khadr, the 22-year-old Canadian accused of killing a U. S. soldier in Afghanistan.

The lawyers representing Mr. Khadr were to announce this morning a proposal to ensure he is "rehabilitated and reintegrated into Canadian life" if he is repatriated to Canada from Guantanamo Bay.

Perhaps we are old fashioned.

Still, how long will it be before the program itself is considered a hate crime?

This is Canada, after all.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “CN Mosque Offers ‘Detox’ For Terrorists”

  1. sheehanjihad says:

    Oh yeah, this is for a devout muslim who’s leader requires one to lie and deceive…yeah, lets let him “promise to be good”. The ignorance of people never ceases to amaze me. That’s like letting a serial child molester go as long as he crosses his heart and hopes to die that he will never molest again. Islam in and of itself is one of the most appallingly backward cults this world has ever been plagued with. So Canada will get terrorists who are set free because they “promise” to never kill again. They will get a hard lesson in trusting a Muslim terrorist’s word.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I can offer a onetime detox program featuring the 7.62mm Full Metal Jacket.
      Works EVERYTIME!!

  2. Colonel1961 says:

    Wait a minute – is this a joke? OK, it is? Wow – you had me going for a minute…

  3. Trogdor says:

    I have to disagree with the sheehanjihad and colonel, this is better than nothing, and much better than the mosques that preach the jihad and hatred.

    While I know, and it’s been proven via such organizations as Interfaith Ministries, that leading prisoners to Jesus Christ greatly reduces recidivism, I’m not convinced that Islam can do the same thing. After all these criminals already believe in Allah and Mohammad. (And maybe that’s where I do agree with the previous commentators).

    • sheehanjihad says:

      Your point is well taken Trog….with the glaring exception of the teachings of Jesus remind us to turn the other cheek, do unto others, thou shalt not kill, and do generally do good in the world.

      Islam on the other hand demands deception is not only acceptable, it is encouraged. Anyone NOT muslim is a target for either convert and remain a sub muslim, or to die because you dont accept Islam as the one true faith.

      So while I do agree that Christians who minister to prisoners do indeed reduce recidivism, I flat refuse to believe that muslims would even attempt to change the minds of jihadists. Because by doing jihad, carrying out fatwahs, and by killing infidels wherever they are found by any means at hand, and accepting no other faith without exception, they are doing the will of mohammed and allah.

      The crap in Canada is just window dressing designed to placate our lunatic liberals who believe this hooey so as to take the focus off of the intolerance and murderous intent of islam worldwide…..tell me, who teaches true peace and love for all? Jesus and God, or muhammed and allah? The comparison is easy, unless you are muslim. By comparing the two, you are a blasphemer and subject to execution for even questioning Islam.

      Christianity went through this convert or die stuff centuries ago…..the main problem is that Islam has never outgrown the seventh century, and cannot practice their faith in today’s world due to modern laws that prevent them from doing the very acts which define Islam. So instead of trying to be what they say they are ” peaceful and tolerant”….they insist that we accept their flawed and virtually intolerant beliefs or die for it. THAT is what I meant…..It’s not even apples and oranges….it’s good vs evil.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    “Hello, My Name is Ahmed & I am a Jihadolic.”

    “Hello Ahmed.”

    The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem – which entails blowing yourself to bits – making one sort of antomically challenged so to speak.

  5. 1laidbackRN says:

    Does this mean that Canada is advertising for the Gitmo detainees?

  6. proreason says:

    Perhaps it’s the light, but Mr. Shaikh bears an uncanny resemblance to Jonathan Winters. Janathan is still alive, you know.

  7. TwilightZoned says:

    I’ve got your detox program…a free lobotomy. That IS something I’d be willing to pay for in the stimulus bill. Really, ice picks are cheap.

  8. TheChicagoWay says:

    If it involves lethel injection in any way, I’m all for it..


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