A “Canadian” sheikh named Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak is making waves in Ontario with his recent statements about the stoning of adulterers. Not only does the sheikh prescribe the application of the Shariah punishment for adultery — stoning, that is — he also believes that being stoned is good for the victim’s soul.
In the best of all possible Islamic worlds, all believers stand united in the joy of their faith. The stone-throwers and the bleeding sinner alike are ecstatic in their perfect awareness of Allah’s omnipresent mercy.
That’s some sheikh, that Sheikh Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak.
Shaykh Faisal served on the Government of Canada Interfaith Committee, the Province of Ontario Multifaith Council, and the City of Brampton Multifaith Committee.
He is also the President of the Islamic Forum of Canada, Vice-President of the Islamic Council of Imams of Canada, and a member of the al-Shura Muslim Consultative Council.
Yes, Sheikh Abdur-Razak is one of those most elusive of creatures, a “moderate Muslim”. Can this really be what a moderate Muslim believes?
I’m shocked — shocked, I tell you!
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this news report:
Below are excerpts from the accompanying article in the Toronto Sun:
Brampton Muslim cleric preaches adulterers, gays can benefit from being stoned to death
By Simon Kent
Death to sinners.
That is the religious message brought to you by YouTube. Homosexuals and adulterers, you’d better start running because it’s directed at you.
Don’t believe me? Well, plenty of people watched Wednesday as Sheikh Faisal Hamid Abdur-Razak put his death by stoning show on the digital high road courtesy of the Internet.
A YouTube video featuring an insightful look at the ideas of the Brampton preacher who stated that “sinners,” as defined by his own interpretation of Islamic law, can benefit from a jolly good stoning was running all day until it was belatedly taken down.
The sheikh explained that a Muslim who is sentenced to death by stoning under Sharia law actually benefits from this gruesome punishment as his or her soul is being purified even as the stones rain down on their sinful head.
It would possibly be funny if it were in a Monty Python movie. Almost, but not quite. There is no joke to be had in a medieval form of punishment like stoning. Nor should it be condoned.
Alas, it might be more widely spread than most Canadians would believe…