Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Beware of Interfaithy Types Bearing Platitudes and Platters of Tasty Samosas

The following e-mail was just forwarded to me:
Good Afternoon to all, 
I am writing to you on behalf of Imam Syed Badiuddin Soharwardy, Chairman Islamic Supreme Council of Canada. 
We are planning to organize our First Interfaith Dialogue with the Christian and Jews Leadership on Wednesday June 27th 2012 at 7:00 pm at 6680 Campobello Road, Mississauga. 
I will appreciate if you can kindly confirm your availability on this date if it is suitable.  
If not, kindly advice another suitable date and time, preferrably on a Tuesday or Wednesday. 
It would be greatly appreciated if you can bring 10 to 15 members from your institution to participate in the dialogue. 
Please find attached invitation for more details. 
Best regards,
And what, pray tell, will the gathered be chit-chatting about with the founder of the Calgary-based Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (a name, yes, but also a fond desire)? As the ISCC 'splains,
 the purpose of these dialogues is to discuss: 
o The religious and secular fundamentalism and extremism in Canada.
o The role of religion in the Canadian society.
o The impact of international events on interfaith / communities relationships in Canada.
o The perceived threat of Shari’a law.
o Canadian values vs. religious values.
o Judaic Christian values vs. Islamic values.
o Freedom of speech / the freedom of religion in Canada and the around the world.
o Improvements in interfaith relationships in Canada.
The perceived threat of sharia? That alone tells you where this chap is really at, and why we would be wise to shun his interfaithy/da'wa overtures.


Frances said...

Just tell the good Imam that you're not listening until he reimburses Ezra and Albertans for the costs of the HRC investigation.

scaramouche said...

Given his interfaith proclivities, I can see Syed being offered the supreme spot with the ABHC. He'd probably see it as a come down from his current gig as supremo of the Islamic Supreme Council, though, and likely wouldn't accept.