Imam says IS recruiting in Canada

Montreal - A Canadian imam known for his pacifist sermons warned on Friday that Islamist militant group IS was actively recruiting in Canada and said one member issued him a death threat.

Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), called on Canadian and Western authorities to intensify the fight against jihadist movements.

"Absolutely I am convinced that this recruitment is going on right here in this country, under our noses, in our universities, in our colleges, in the places of worship, in our community," he told CBC public television.

Soharwardy added that a Muslim man from Ottawa who was fighting with IS in Mosul in northern Iraq had sent him a death threat on Facebook.

"He was condemning me for condemning ISIS, and he was saying that 'You are a deviant imam and your version of Islam is not the right version', " Soharwardy said, using another acronym by which IS is known.

The Calgary-based imam said such threats were nothing new.

"I get death threats from everybody," he said, adding that "just last month I had a death threat posted on a website".

In February, intelligence services said at least 130 Canadians were fighting with IS in Iraq and Syria.

"Three Calgarian young fellows died in Iraq and Syria fighting for ISIS. One of them was very known to me," he said.

"These people are brainwashing people here in this country," he added.

Soharwardy also began a 48-hour hunger strike "to create awareness about the dangerous nature of ISIS" and pay homage to American journalist James Foley, who was executed by his jihadist captors in a video released Tuesday by IS.

IS declared itself a "caliphate" in late June and has since added a swath of northern Iraq to territory it already held in eastern Syria. The move has prompted a US campaign of air raids backing regional Kurdish and Iraqi forces fighting IS in the country's north.

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Anthoula Joshua 2014/08/23 09:05:12 AM
Why these militants have not been wiped out yet, is beyond me. Their reach is across the world.
Blinde Sambok 2014/08/23 09:12:08 AM
The liberal west will pay the price for allowing the 3rd world's riffraff into their countries. They are like dogs biting the hands that feed them.
Joey Barton 2014/08/23 09:36:20 AM
So his peaceful version of Islam is not the right version? Then is Islam all about killing and hatred? Why do Muslims go to such great lengths to make the world hate them so much?
Paulson Meziri 2014/08/23 09:53:21 AM
Even here in South African I knew that recruitment is also going on. Jihad is global project that muslims is embarking on and all the denials from muslims is their normal hypocrisy. They are comfortably enjoying all freedoms in western civilised world but you cannot step your toes into any islamic countries. WAKE FROM SLUMBER SOUTH AFRICANS.
Viman Singh 2014/08/23 10:05:53 AM
This man is a true Muslim. Allah is really with him.
Bradly Minnaar 2014/08/23 10:07:20 AM
Give that man a bells, in all seriousness I applaud the guy on his stance against brutality.
Shai Khan 2014/08/23 10:11:01 AM
Joey just a few that have hatred nd killing spirit in them .95 % of worl muslim population is peace loving . Mums. Dads. Grandparents. Children cant all be killing machines. Think about it.
Alan Yates 2014/08/23 10:25:38 AM
1 Muslim jihadi is one too many. Boycot BDS which like IS and HAMAS is a Jihadist entity.
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014/08/23 10:42:43 AM
They are recruiting everywhere. Quite a few young Muslims, born and educated in the Netherlands have been killed while fighting for ISIS.
Brad Saunders 2014/08/23 11:39:37 AM
I agree Richard so proud of those who have the courage to think differently but so sad that our own SA Muslim brothers and sisters dont all feel the same when it comes to crimes commited in the name of their religion