QUIT HANDWRINGING AND HAND HIM OVER ALREADY..

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER VIOLENT MUSLIM HIDES BEHIND THE LAWS OF CANADA TO ESCAPE JUSTICE FOR THEIR BARBARIC ACTIVITIES ABROAD…

Diab extradition decision put on hold for a month

Minister wants more time to consider ‘new material’ in case

By Chris Cobb, Ottawa CitizenFebruary 11, 2012

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson will wait another month before deciding  whether to extradite former University of Ottawa professor Hassan Diab.

Diab, wanted by France in connection with a 1980 bombing of a Paris  synagogue, was committed for extradition this past summer by an Ottawa  judge.

As in all extraditions involving Canadian citizens, the federal justice  minister will decide whether to surrender the Lebanese-born Diab.

Nicholson was to release his decision by the end of February, but Diab’s  lawyer Donald Bayne says the minister asked for another month because of “new  material and new assessment of the French case” against Diab.

The postponement is by mutual consent.

Diab was arrested at the request of France three years ago during a raid on  his apartment by a special RCMP anti-terrorist squad. He spent several months in  jail before being released on bail conditions that amount to house arrest.

Diab, claiming mistaken identity, has denied any involvement in the bombing  that killed three passersby and injured dozens of others.

The case against the academic hinges on controversial French handwriting  evidence that three internationally-recognized forensic handwriting analysts  unanimously condemned as deeply flawed.

Justice Robert Maranger said the low legal threshold of Canadian extradition  law left him no choice but to commit Diab on the basis of the handwriting  evidence, but in comments that surprised many, Maranger added that the French  case would likely be too weak to convict Diab if he was tried in Canada.

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THEY’D BE LAUDED AS PIOUS MUSLIMS IF THEY WERE SENT HOME..

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IF WE SENT THE SHAFIA’S BACK TO AFGHANISTAN TODAY, THEY WOULDN’T SERVE 1 MINUTE IN JAIL THERE. THEY WOULD BE WELCOMED HOME AS GOOD AND PIOUS MUSLIMS WHO CLEANSED THEIR FAMILY FROM THE SHAME OF THEIR UNISLAMIC WOMENFOLK..SO CANADA WILL PAY A FORTUNE KEEPING THESE SAVAGES LOCKED UP, HOUSED, FED, CLOTHED, AND REGULARLY SEEN BY DOCTORS FOR THE NEXT 25 YEARS…15 WITH GOOD BEHAVIOR…

Shafias to serve their sentences in Canada

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Paul Schliesmann, QMI Agency

First posted: Thursday, February 02, 2012 06:35 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, February 02, 2012 06:44 PM EST

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Mohammad Shafia, left, wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya and their son Hamed, rear, are pictured outside the Frontenac County Court house in Kingston, Ont., Jan. 26, 2011. (QMI Agency)

KINGSTON, ONT. – The three Afghan immigrants convicted in Kingston this week of murdering four family members will not be deported — at least not until their sentences are served.

“Criminal matters take precedence over immigration matters,” said Jacqueline Roby, spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency. “People who commit acts of violence are not welcome in Canada. Our doors aren’t open to criminals, but in every case, we have to wait until the sentences are served.”

Mohammad Shafia, his wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, and their son, Hamed, were convicted of the first-degree murders of four family members — three of the couple’s young daughters and Mohammad’s other wife — marking the culmination of a sensational three-month trial.

They were immediately sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. Mohammad, 58, will be 83 before he can apply for parole. His son, Hamed, will be be 46.

Roby described the non-deportation as a long-standing “principle” the current federal government upholds.

Hamed launched an appeal of his conviction this week from Quinte Detention Centre.

Prison officials confirmed yesterday that the Shafias are still in provincial custody and can remain there for 15 days while they clear up personal and legal matters. Once they are moved to federal facilities, Correctional Service Canada will not divulge their whereabouts.

While some law experts have suggested the Canadian government might seek to deport the Shafias, Queen’s University immigration law professor Sharry Aiken said it’s highly unlikely that will happen until they serve their time.

“Serious criminality is a grounds for removal,” Aiken told QMI Agency, “What often happens is people serve their sentences in Canada and immediately upon release are subject to removal.”

The CBSA website notes that removal orders can be invoked against “those who engage in criminality.”

In that case, the agency would send an application to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to review the files. Appeals are automatically denied to anyone who has “received a sentence of at least two years of criminality.”

Aiken said the Shafias were tried on evidence that doesn’t exist in their home country of Afghanistan, a nation recovering from years of war and invasion.

“The person may go free in their country,” she said, noting the time and money invested in convicting the three Shafias. “Is that what we want, as a society, that we’re going to dump criminals on a developing country that’s trying to recover?”

The inability to appeal a removal order also applies to anyone who has “misrepresented themselves” in immigration applications.

The Shafias and their seven children came to Canada in 2007, but a separate application had to be made for Mohammad’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad, one of the murder victims.

Rona Amir was described during her immigration process as someone who helped care for the children and kept up the household. In public, the family referred to her as Shafia’s cousin.

From the time of her arrival in Canada in November 2007, Rona Amir applied for and received three visitor’s visas through a Montreal immigration lawyer, each time under false pretences.

The immigration lawyer was never told her about the polygamous marriage between Mohammad, Tooba and Rona.

“I only learned about this afterward — after Mrs. Rona’s death,” Sabine Venturelli testified in November.

If federal officials had known of the true relationship, Venturelli told the court, “immigration would have withdrawn the residence status to all members of the family.”

GOOD GOD, JUST GET THEM OUT OF THERE ALREADY..

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SENDING WESTERN TROOPS TO THE MIDDLE EAST TO HELP FOSTER DEMOCRACY IS AS USEFUL AS TITS ON A BULL. WE ARE DOING NOTHING MORE THAN SENDING NEW INFIDELS FOR MUSLIMS TO SLAUGHTER.

Troop safety key in wake of Afghan attacks: MacKay

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By ,Parliamentary Bureau

First posted: Friday, February 03, 2012 07:48 PM EST | Updated: Friday, February 03, 2012 08:04 PM EST

 

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Canadian (left, in focus) and American (right, out of focus) military personnel stand at attention during the transfer of authority ceremony of the Ma’sum Ghar forward operating base (FOB) and the Panjwa’i district, in the Ma’sum Ghar FOB in the province of Kandahar, in Afghanistan, on July 5 2011. (PHILIPPE-OLIVIER CONTANT/QMI Agency)

NATO is moving to shore up troop security in Afghanistan after a series of deadly attacks by Afghan forces on its soldiers.

The attacks are “very insidious, very demoralizing and very tragic, to say the least,” Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Friday in an interview with QMI Agency.

MacKay was in Europe following the two-day NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels.

“One of the takeaways from this meeting was a specific initiative where NATO is going to be tasking a group in Afghanistan to ensure a more robust vetting system,” he said.

“That is a filtration system that picks up either Taliban infiltration or the type of instability, aggressiveness, animosity that results in these incidents.”

France suspended training and support operation in Afghanistan in January after a rogue Afghan trainee killed four French soldiers.

American and Australian forces have also been killed in what the military calls “green-on-blue” attacks — where Afghan forces turn on their International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) trainers.

MacKay said General John Allen, in charge of Afghanistan ISAF troops, told the NATO meeting he was making troop security a priority in the wake of the deaths.

“He has people now in place looking for more protections for our trainers and putting a system in place that is going to close the loop on who finds their way into these training bases and putting greater protections there for the trainers themselves,” MacKay said.

Ottawa has committed some 950 Canadian Forces personnel to a training mission in Afghanistan centred in Kabul after ending its combat mission in 2011.

–with files from Reuters

SHARIA LAW INFUSED-DEMOCRACY?

WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN? CANADA NEEDS TO STOP KIDDING ITSELF. WE NEVER SHOULD HAVE TOUCHED LIBYA OR ANY OF THE OTHER ISLAMIC CRAPHOLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST. IF ANYTHING, WE SHOULD LEAVE THEIR 7TH CENTURY MENTALITY TO LANGUISH IN THE DESERTS…

Den Tandt: Canada should tread cautiously in murky waters of Arab  world

By Michael Den Tandt, Postmedia  NewsNovember 27, 2011

You’d think, at this combustible stage of the so-called democratic  transformation of the Arab world, that Canadian policy-makers would be less  prone to wishful thinking, and triumphalism.

What part of this country’s recent experience of democracy-building in a  religiously ultraconservative nation with no tradition of pluralism, does our  political establishment not grasp?

At the risk of sounding cynical, what evidence is there to suggest that  Egypt, Libya and Syria will turn out differently and better than Afghanistan?  And why should anyone believe that populist democracy across the Arab world will  not simply give free rein to the anti-Israel, anti-American and anti-Western  sentiment that has been bubbling away at a slow boil since the 2003 U.S.  invasion of Iraq, and before?

It was U.S. president George W. Bush who boldly trumpeted the notion that, if  a single democracy should bloom in the Arab world, the entire region would soon  follow. Bush most clearly articulated this idea in a speech to the World  Economic Forum at Sharm el Sheikh, in Egypt, in May of 2008. The then-president  unabashedly tut-tutted his Egyptian and other Arab hosts for their failings,  then asserted that democracy was inevitable and they should get aboard.

“Democracy does not threaten Islam or any religion, Bush proclaimed. “Democracy is the only system of government that guarantees their  protection.”

Then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who was in the audience that day, must  have thought Bush had gone mad. Mubarak had made a science for three decades of  repressing both Arab populism and Islamist nationalism, in the service of an  international order founded on detente with Israel and secure U.S. access to  Middle Eastern crude.

Egypt’s elections were to begin Monday. But the mass protests in Tahrir  Square could lead anywhere now. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice  party is on the ascendant. An Islamist autocracy of some sort is certainly  possible. Indeed, the brutal repression of Egyptian Coptic Christians since last  spring suggests such a regime is already taking shape.

The truth is that Western policymakers don’t have a clue where these  revolutions are headed, and won’t for years still to come.

Anthony Cordesman, a scholar at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and  International Studies — and who famously predicted in early 2003 that Iraq would  be a quagmire — says it is simply too early to make informed predictions about  the direction or outcome of the Arab Spring.

He notes that those in charge two years into a revolution are hardly ever the  ones who launch it.

He further points out that the Middle Eastern and North African region has  deep-seated economic and demographic problems that can’t be solved by revolution — the most important of which is a skyrocketing youth unemployment rate. “You  don’t have experienced political parties or people who have any experience with  sharing power or giving it up,” he adds. “You’ve buried as in Iraq and  Afghanistan, long-standing sectarian differences. You can’t change whole sectors  of the economy, or the education system, in a way that meets expectations.”

This is not to say Canada should adopt isolation. But caution seems sensible.  The Harper government has already committed $10 million to Libyan mine-clearing  and an additional $10.6-million in humanitarian assistance. Additionally,  according to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s office, the government is “actively exploring further options aimed at helping the Libyan people rebuild  their country.” The Opposition NDP suggests that development experience hard-won  in Afghanistan should be redeployed in Libya now. The Liberals are equally  enthusiastic about getting more deeply involved.

But perhaps, rather than leap to the aid of the Libyan people as they set  about building a Sharia law-infused democracy, Canada should bide its time. And  arguably, the government from here on should impose strict, transparent and  uncompromising conditions on any aid given.

If women and girls are not treated as equal citizens, and if religious  freedoms for Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists and others are not  protected, then what business does Ottawa have spending Canadians’ tax dollars  in Libya?

NATO’s Libyan air campaign was a success. The lunatic dictator Gadhafi is  gone. That’s wonderful. Libya is free. Tunisia is free. Egypt is working on it.  And Syria looks to be heading inexorably down the same revolutionary path. But  it is foolish to assume that any of this is in the West or Canada’s immediate  national interest. Or that the near-term outlook is something anyone can  predict, influence or control.

Until the outlook is less murky, the watchword on the Arab Spring should be  caveat emptor: Buyer beware.

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CANADA SUPPORTS ISRAEL..

NOT BECAUSE IT IS THE BIBLICAL HOMELAND OF THE JEWS, BUT BECAUSE IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. ANYONE WITH A FUNCTIONING BRAIN SHOULD BE APPALLED BY THEIR NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES BLEATING ON DAILY ABOUT “NEEDING” ISRAEL DESTROYED FOR THEIR TO BE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. WHEN ANOTHER NATION “OFFENDS” THESE SAME IDIOTS, AND THEY “NEED” IT TO BE DESTROYED, WHICH NATION DO WE FINALLY SAY NO?

Canada is Israel’s top ally: Baird

By Jeff Davis, Postmedia NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says that Canada is Israel’s staunchest  ally in the world, surpassing even the United States in its support.

 

During a lengthy interview with the Jerusalem Post, Baird was asked: “You  said that Canada is Israel’s greatest friend in the world. Where is the U.S. in  this?”

 

“I think the U.S. is a good friend, too,” Baird said. “I like to think we are  better.”

 

Baird was in Israel this week attending a foreign policy conference and  meeting with Israeli officials.

 

The article, titled Warm support from the chilly North, says that since  Stephen Harper became prime minister in 2006, Canada has “set the gold standard  for support of the Jewish state.”

 

“There is not a government on the planet today more supportive of Israel than  Harper’s Canada,” the article says.

 

Baird told the Israeli newspaper the Harper government, unlike the previous  Liberal government, will not “go along to get along” on the world stage, even if  it costs Canada diplomatic points.

 

Baird was asked whether unwavering support for Israel has damaged Canada’s  reputation internationally, given Canada’s failure to win a seat at the UN  Security Council, for the first time ever, in 2010.

 

“There is no doubt that it was unhelpful in the Security Council. I don’t  think you could say there was one particular reason, but that was certainly one  of the reasons,” he said.

 

During the interview, Baird was asked what he would be doing if he were not  Canada’s foreign minister.

 

“Likely working on a kibbutz,” he replied, referring to the communal farms  common in Israel.

 

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I HAVEN’T STOPPED LAUGHING…

THIS MUSLIM CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHY USING A TERM LIKE ‘BLOW AWAY’ AND NEW YORK IN THE SAME SENTENCE MIGHT ALARM SOME PEOPLE…

‘Blow away’ competition text lands Muslim in Canada jail

AFPFebruary 3, 2012

MONTREAL, Feb 3, 2012 (AFP) – A Muslim businessman in Canada became a terror  suspect for telling his sales staff in a text message to “blow away” the  competition at a New York City trade show, a religious association said  Friday.

Moroccan-born Saad Allami, who works as a telecommunications company sales  manager, was arrested three days after he sent the message in January 2011 and  detained while police searched his home, said the Muslim Council of  Montreal.

“The whole time, the officers kept repeating to the plaintiff’s wife that her  husband was a terrorist,” said court filings in a lawsuit filed by Allami, cited  by local media. Allami was released after four hours of questioning.

Some of his colleagues reportedly claimed they were also held for hours at  the Canada-US border on account of the accusations made against their boss.

“Mr Allami’s statements, when considered in the context of which they were  given, were nothing to draw such alarm or suspicion,” said Salam Elmenyawi,  president of the Muslim Council of Montreal.

“It is clear that his arrest was the result of racial profiling and a  knee-jerk reaction to label him as a terror suspect simply due to his religious  background.”

Allami is seeking Can$100,000 ($100,603) from Quebec’s provincial police, a  police sergeant and the justice department for unlawful detention, unlawful  arrest, loss of income and damage to his reputation.

The Quebec Superior Court is to hear the case on March  5.

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MISINTERPRETED?

QURAN 4;34 Men  are  in  charge  of  women  by  [right  of]  what Allah has  given  one  over  the  other  and what  they  spend  [for  maintenance]  from  their  wealth.  So  righteous  women  are  devoutly obedient,  guarding  in  [the  husband’s]  absence  what Allah would  have  them  guard.  But those  [wives]  from  whom  you  fear  arrogance  –   [first]  advise  them;  [then  if  they  persist], forsake  them  in  bed;  and  [finally],  strike  them.  But  if  they  obey  you  [once  more],  seek no  means  against  them.  Indeed, Allah is  ever  Exalted  and  Grand.

I WOULD SAY THIS IMAM IS FULL OF SHIITE…WHY DO MUSLIMS NEED ANY SORT OF ‘FATWA’ TO KNOW IT’S WRONG TO BEAT YOUR WIFE? ACCORDING TO THIS IMAM IT’S BECAUSE THE MISINTERPRET THIS PASSAGE FROM THE QURAN…WHAT IS MISINTERPRETED? IT CLEARLY SAYS TO STRIKE THEIR WIFE IF THE MRS. STARTS GETTING UPPITY AND OBSTINATE…I UNDERSTAND WHAT IT SAYS JUST FINE, SO DO 1 BILLION MUSLIMS.

Canadian imam Syed Soharwardy to issue fatwa against ‘honour’ killings

Feb 3, 2012 – 9:31 PM ET

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Imam Syed B. Soharwardy

By Amanda Stephenson

CALGARY — A Calgary imam will take the bold step of issuing a fatwa — an official religious edict pronounced by a scholar of the Muslim faith — against honour killings and domestic abuse on Saturday.

Imam Syed Soharwardy, who is head imam at the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre as well as the founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, will deliver the fatwa at a mosque in Mississauga, Ont. He will be backed by more than 30 imams and Muslim scholars from across North America who want to send a strong message to other members of their faith.

“Within the Muslim community, there are a few clergy people — it’s a very small number, no doubt about it — who misinterpret the Qur’an and say it is OK to beat a wife,” Soharwardy said. “That kind of mentality has to be changed, and has to be confronted.”

Soharwardy said that while he has been doing research into the issue of misogyny in Islam for a long time, it was the recent high-profile Shafia murder trial that prompted him to take action.

Mohammad Shafia, his second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya and the couple’s eldest son, Hamed, were found guilty of first-degree murder earlier this week in Kingston, Ont. The prosecution’s case was built around the premise that the Shafias murdered four of their relatives because they had stained the family’s “honour.”

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Zainab Shafia, left, Sahar Shafia, top-right, and Geeti Shafia

“Those people who justify these crimes in the name of Islam, they are dead wrong,” Soharwardy said. “There is no place for these crimes in our faith.”

Soharwardy said the fatwa will contain evidence of verses in the Qur’an where mistakes in translation from the original Arabic may have led some people to believe that Islam accepts violence against women.

“In some cases, we are coming back with a translation that conflicts with the rest of our understanding of the Qur’an,” Soharwardy said. “I don’t think it’s acceptable . . . The Prophet Mohammed never did these kinds of things, he never said you can hit your wife.”

By issuing the fatwa, Soharwardy said he and other scholars also hope to make non-Muslims understand that anti-female sentiment has no place in the true teachings of Islam.

This is not the first time Soharwardy has taken a stance on a current event by issuing a formal edict. In 2010, the Calgary imam and other imams associated with the Islamic Supreme Council issued a fatwa condemning terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists.

While not legally binding, fatwas carry substantial weight within Islam, particularly with followers of the Shia branch of the faith.

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LAUGHING AT ISLAM

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CANADIANS ARE A GREAT PEOPLE, WE’LL LAUGH AT ANYTHING..YES, EVEN MUSLIMS..APPARENTLY THIS FACT UPSET MANY MUSLIMS, EVEN NON CANADIAN MUSLIMS…I THINK THEY SHOULD PROTEST THIS OUTRAGE BY LEAVING…

Canadian Television Gag Irks Muslims

A gag on Canadian television which showed Muslim “worshipers” preventing motorists from leaving a parking lot angers Muslims.

By Elad Benari

First Publish: 1/30/2012, 3:15 AM
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“Muslim worshippers”
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A gag which aired on the Canadian program “Just for Laughs: Gags” has managed to upset Muslims both in Canada and around the world, Shalom Toronto reported.

“Just for Laughs: Gags” is a hidden camera comedy show which features silly pranks on unsuspecting subjects while hidden cameras capture their response.

Last April, Shalom Toronto reported, the program aired a gag which showed six “Muslims” lying in wait for motorists returning to their car in a parking lot, and then laying out prayer mats and kneeling to “pray” on them.

The gag showed the “prayer” taking a long time and preventing the motorists from exiting the parking lot. The motorists are shown reacting angrily to the “Muslim worshipers”.

After the worshipers leave the parking lot, the gag continues when a “policeman” appears and wishes to give the drivers a traffic ticket for having parked in the lot for longer than five minutes despite a sign explicitly prohibiting from doing so. The drivers try to explain that they were delayed because of the “worshipers”, but fail to convince the “officer”, until he finally reveals to them that the whole incident was a gag.

Shalom Toronto reported that the video was recently uploaded to YouTube with Arabic subtitles. The individual or individuals who uploaded the video complained that the gag offended Islam.

The clip was criticized by Muslims who accused the television program of deliberately humiliating Islam. The clip received 1,900 “dislikes” and one talkbacker even called to boycott the program. Another respondent claimed that the owner of channel which airs the program is probably Jewish, arguing that only Jews can make fun of Islam and Christianity. Certain angry users expressed their wishes that Allah will extract revenge and curse those behind the gag.

In contrast, other respondents made claims against Islam for carrying out acts of terrorism which murdered thousands of people, and criticized Muslims for their inability to deal with humor. Some people who identified themselves as Muslims said they actually liked the gag and did not see it as causing any damage or harm to Islam.

HERE IS THE VIDEO FOR YOUR VIEWING ENJOYMENT….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6E0qmqv_Ug

OH THEY’RE ANGRY ALRIGHT..

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ANGRY AT WESTERNERS FOR CALLING  THIS FILTH WHAT IT IS…MURDER SANCTIONED BY “ISLAMIC CULTURE”…DISHONORING THE FAMILY MEANS THE GIRLS WEREN’T BEHAVING IN A PROPER ISLAMIC FASHION..PERIOD..

Anger, sadness permeate Muslim community 106

Tori Stafford, QMI Agency

                            First posted: Sunday, January 29, 2012 09:51 PM EST | Updated: Sunday, January 29, 2012 09:57 PM EST

KINGSTON, ONT. – Members of the local Muslim community reacted with mixed emotions Sunday as the Kingston Mills murder trial concluded.

“It’s a sad day for everybody because we have a broken family with parents that are going to be away from their surviving children for a very long time,” said Imam Sikander Hashmi of the Kingston Islamic Society.

“I wouldn’t call it a good day … (it’s) a good day for justice, perhaps … but overall, I think there’s sadness.”

Like Hashmi, Alia Hogben expressed feelings of a heavy heart.

“I feel very very sad. I’m sad for the deaths,” said Hogben, president of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.

“We should be focusing on the death of four young women and girls.”

Hogben also expressed frustration over the Crown’s use of the term “honour killings” to describe the deaths of Mohammad Shafia’s first wife, Rona, and his three daughters, Zainab, Sahar and Geeti.

“I’m very upset about the fact that this was played out as “honour killing” and somewhat exotic and strange, instead of the fact that this is femicide, which is the killing of girls and women because men, our patriarchy, thinks that that is OK,” Hogben said.

The idea that someone can make a judgment that another’s behaviour is “deviant,” and should therefore be killed is one that appalled Hogben.

“My concern is far greater and more deep,” she said. “The use of the term honour killing was dreadful, utterly dreadful, and it shouldn’t have been used.”

Imam Hashmi agreed with Hogben that using the term honour killing in the case did more harm than good.

“There was also a lot of frustration in our community for having the allegations coming out of this courtroom being linked to our faith,” Hashmi said.

When the trial began, Hashmi made a point of addressing the fact that there is no such thing as an honour killing in the Islamic faith. He dedicated an entire Friday khutbah (Islamic sermon) to the topic. This, he said, is because it is his job as a religious leader to denounce the notion of honour killings altogether.

“Our job now is to continue the fight against domestic violence and honour-based violence,” Hashmi said.

“We’ve got to continue and take concrete steps to ensure that something like this never happens again.”

The verdict of guilty for Shafia, his son, Hamed, and his second wife, Tooba Mohammad Yahya, on all counts of first-degree murder brings an end to a case Hashmi described as being full of the same mixed emotions he and Hogben expressed.

“It was a very difficult case for the public, especially for members of the Muslim community, to follow simply because it was tragic in just so many ways,” Hashmi said.

“It evoked a number of emotions — there was a lot of anger, there was a lot of shock, there was sadness … definitely, definitely sadness.”

tstafford@thewhig.com