This meeting calls into question the judgment of the York Regional Police senior leadership as well as their ability to work with Muslims within their community. Have they become so politicized and submissive that this sort of event appears positive to them? What message does this send to the citizens living in region and what message does it send to the York Regional Police front line officers?
The Iman of the Jaffari Mosque is Moulana Sayyid Muhhamad Rizvi. The title Moulana is given to one who has completed a 5 to 8-year long course of studies on Islamic education at the tertiary level. In addition to his role as Imam, he is also an “Alim” or a resident scholar. Educated in the Iranian city of Qom, he is an open supporter of the Iranian Khomeneists and is believed to be operating in sympathy with the Government of Iran and the Khomeneists (arguably one and the same).
Imam Rizvi believes that the Khomeneist interpretation of Shia Islam is to take precedence over all matters including those which are personal, social, economic and political. He is, in short, an Islamist supremacist. Imam Rizvi has spoke in public in favour of the Khomeneist regime at events organized by Iran Embassy personnel and their relatives.
The Imam has written a book with the title Marriage and Morals in Islam. It was published in English while he was in Canada. In this book, Imam Rizvi puts forth misogynist views on women and girls. For instance, he believes in “muta” (temporary) marriages. He has stated that if an individual “finds it difficult to control his or her sexual desire, then the only way to fulfill the sexual desire is muta.” He continues this by saying: “I cannot overemphasize the temporary nature of muta. The message of Islam is quite clear: marry on a permanent basis; if that is not possible, then adopt temporary abstinence; if that is not possible, only then use the muta marriage.”
The relevant direct quotes from his book are:
Sexual desire is aroused in human beings at the age of puberty. In Islamic legal definition puberty (bulugh) is determined by one of the following: Age: fifteen lunar years for boys and nine lunar years for girls.
Since the sexual urge begins at puberty and as Islam says that sexual urge should be fulfilled only through marriage, it has allowed marriage as soon as the boy and the girl reach the age of puberty. In the case of girls, it not only allows them to be married as soon as they become mature, but also recommends such marriage.
In other words, muta marriages for girls is permissible at the age of nine. Sex with girls is permissible, within a muta marriage context, when the girl is nine lunar years old (9 years x 12 months x 28 days). This would appear to be sanctioning pedophilia and statutory rape, despite Canadian laws against underage marriages and forcing underage females to have sex.
The practice of muta marriages in widespread in Shia Islam. Under the ‘new’ interpretation of the Shia mullahs under Ayatollah Khomeini following the 1979 Iranian revolution, the practice of muta re-emerged and gained a considerable following. In Iran, claims were made no prostitution existed under the Khomeneist government. However, even the government of Iran eventually gave up on the claims as it was obvious that prostitution was becoming a larger problem in Iran as the practice of muta spread and was seen to be managed and approved by Imams operating out of Shia mosques. The religious cities of Qom and Mashad are (in)famous for their role in these practices.
To be clear, Imam Rizvi’s view of sex with nine-year-old girls being permissible is not an exception. His views are in line with the larger view of the Khomeneists in Iran. As an aside, Imam Rizvi also approves of consanguineous marriages between first cousins.
The York Regional Police is completely aware of ideology of the mosque, having run a hate crimes investigation into the mosque and one of its schools. The title of the report by the York Regional Police was: East End Madrassah, Hate Propaganda Investigation, Occurrence Number 2012-126786.
In 2012, one of the three schools run by the mosque was accused of inappropriate teachings advocated through Iranian-provided material. No charges were laid, although the police noted that the complainant “has raised a legitimate concern and has prompted change.” The two individuals responsible for the hate propaganda material – the principal, Ms. Masuma Jessa, and the mosque’s Imam, Muhammad Rizvi – attempted to distance themselves from it, but the investigation made it clear they were aware of the Iranian-produced material being used.
The school principal (falsely) stated that the teaching material did not come from Iran:
“The EEM [East End Madrassah] has been renting space from the TDSB for 38 years (since 1974), and as the TDSB itself has noted, it has been an entirely positive relationship and we have never had any issues previously. We have more than 400 students from 265 families enrolled in our classes, with the age range from 5 to 17 years of age. The curriculum is now under a comprehensive review and I can also confirm that the material at issue did NOT come from Iran.”
The investigation also revealed some of the teachings at the schools. For instance, “Islam has allowed boys to engage in sports for one specific reason and that is to always keep them healthy and strong. But why should a Muslim be healthy and strong? Firstly, it is necessary to take care of the body because it is a gift from Allah. Secondly, so that you may physically be ready for jihad whenever the time comes for it.” (Level 7 Curriculum)
The curriculum also stated that girls were instead to stick to “hobbies” that prepare them to become wives and mothers.
Where are the feminists on this one?
The National Council for Canadian Muslims
On 29 March 2014, Mark Topping of the York Regional Police accepted an award from the National Council of Canadian Muslims (formerly Council for American Islamic Relations Canada) for “community service and professionalism.” The photo of Mr Topping (left) accepting the award appeared in multiple settings, including a Toronto Star article as well as NCCM’s own “Good News Alert” internet posting. This was not a ‘one-off’ event as the Chief of the York Regional Police, Eric Jolliffe, also met with the NCCM/CAIR CAN Chief, on 28 March 2014.
The problem with this event is that the parent organization of the NCCM/CAIR CAN is CAIR USA (Council of American Islamic Relations USA). After this meeting, CAIR USA was declared to be a terrorist front group by the United Arab Emirates, but it had been well known before that CAIR USA was an unindicted co-conspirator in terrorism funding trials in the USA. It was also known that CAIR-USA had been repeatedly linked directly to Hamas in that it was funding that terrorist organization. Mr. Gardee of the NCCM, featured in the photo on the right, has attempted to suggest to the press and to Parliament that his organization has no links to CAIR USA, but this is doubtful, based on the statements of his own organization, CAIR USA and that of others such as the US State Department.
By allowing such events to occur, the York Regional Police is sending a message to Muslims (and others) that they have been co-opted or infiltrated by front groups for Islamists. The perception held by some in the community is that any information given to the York Regional Police may fall into the hands of the groups who have done the infiltrating.
As noted, the York Regional Police are aware of the ideology of the Imam, his background and his ideology. His treatment of women and his advocacy for underage sex being justified through muta marriages makes him a doubtful moral compass for the overall community. What the York Regional Police and individuals such as Constable Maryam Alikhani would advocate meeting with him is unclear.
The politicisation of the upper ranks of police forces is seen as a critical issue in the ongoing problem of depolicing. This problem involves front line officers having the perception that they may become regularly involved in “un-winnable situations that will only get them in trouble or publicly embarrassed”.
These events raise several questions about the politicization of the York Regional Police and the Canadian Association of the Chiefs of Police. They also contribute to the overall problem of depolicing given the highly political nature of the leadership in organization such events.
- Why are the York Regional Police listening to an individual with a known Islamist and Khomeneist ideology?
- The Imam of the mosque advocates that his political/religious views take precedence over all other man-made laws, including the Canadian Constitution and the Criminal Code of Canada. This includes beliefs that contradict the criminal law in Canada. What message is being sent to the York Regional Police through their January 2018 event? Do they need to given special consideration to Muslims when applying the law?
- By advertising their engagement with groups such as the NCCM/CAIR CAN and the Jaffari Mosque, the York Regional Police is telling Muslims in their community that they have allowed Islamists into their midst. Muslims in the community are often afraid to address any concerns to the York Regional Police as they fear any information they give may be traced back to them. As such, potential sources of information in the community are silenced. Is the York Regional Police aware of this problem?
- Does the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police have a policy on community engagement with groups that hold Islamist ideologies?