It was revealed earlier this year that a Muslim organization in Canada known as the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has ties to Hamas, a militant terrorist wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Nonetheless, NCCM decided to “reiterate their denunciation of terrorism” while laying a wreath at the site where Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo was shot to death by a Muslim terrorist.
This takes gall:
Representatives of major Canadian Muslim groups gathered Thursday to reiterate their denunciation of terrorism in the name of Islam at a news conference in Ottawa, even as fear of harassment and violence grows in the Muslim-Canadian community.
“Our message to anyone who believes in violent extremist ideologies is that you have nothing to do with Islam,” said Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims and one of several speakers at Thursday’s event. “You have nothing to do with the noble principles of our faith, which categorically condemn the taking of innocent life.”
Muslim associations across Canada were quick to issue statements of solidarity with their fellow citizens as events unfolded in Ottawa on Wednesday and the killer of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent convert to Islam.
Speakers at the news conference expressed grief and extended condolences to the families affected by the attack, but they also hinted at the strains the event will likely put on Muslim-Canadian communities. A representative for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women spoke of living “under a microscope” of suspicion since Sept. 11, 2001.
Canadians, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, have to work “to heal the toxic wounds of recent history,” Farhat Rehman said.
Muslim community leaders, who placed a wreath at the National War Memorial where the fatal shooting took place, spoke with numerous media outlets as well as other Ottawans about what had taken place in the city, with Imam Sikander Hashmi of the Kanata Muslim Association telling Postmedia News that it was “a very emotional day.”
This is a common theme after Muslim terrorists attack. Whether western leaders know they are continuing to fall for this or not is almost irrelevant. These tactics used by such groups continue to be used because they continue to be effective.
Western leaders need to call out these groups just as they need to call out the terrorists. We’ll know the political zeitgeist has changed when groups like NCCM stop with such bald-faced stunts.