After it was revealed that a book advising Muslim men how to abuse and control their wives is being sold in a Toronto bookstore, The Toronto Sun newspaper has exposed that there are other controversial Muslim books being sold in Canadian stores.
According to a report in the newspaper this past weekend, one Islamic bookstore in east Toronto is selling books that urge Muslims to usurp the Western world and install an Islamic State in its place.
The books were written by deceased Islamic scholar Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi and in one of them, called “Jihad in Islam”, he wrote, “Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation that rules it. Islam requires the earth – not just a portion – but the whole planet.”
Maududi was an influential Pakistani journalist, theologian and Muslim revivalist leader, who wrote more than 120 books and pamphlets. He lived from 1903 to 1979 and is described in the preface of one of the books as an author who “provided the present-day revival of Islam with its intellectual foundations,” according to The Toronto Sun.
Maududi’s books carry a common theme of Islam as a revolutionary “ideology and program which seeks to alter the social order of the whole world and rebuild it in conformity with its own tenets and ideals,” the report said.
The newspaper quoted another book, “The Process of the Islamic Revolution,” in which Maududi wrote that Muslims “should be prepared to sacrifice all prospects of personal advancement in wordily life” including giving up friends and their own and their parents’ expectations to further the expansion of Islamic belief.
“Society, government, law, nation, country, whatsoever obstructs the achievement of their object [of an Islamic Revolution], they should be prepared to struggle against it,” he wrote.
In another quote from “Jihad In Islam” brought by The Toronto Sun, Maududi wrote, “All rules which he considers wrong; all taxes that he deems unlawful; all matters which he believes to be evil; the civilization and way of life which, in his view, are wicked; the education system which seems to him as fatal – all these will be so inexorably imposed on him, his and his children that evasion will become impossible.”
He wrote that as soon as Islam “captures” another state, it will ban gambling and prostitution, outlaw business dealings forbidden by Islamic law and “make it obligatory for non-Muslim women to observe the minimum standards of modesty in dress as required by Islamic Law.”
The Toronto Star reported that most of Maududi’s books — small and slim paperbacks — could be bought at the store, which is located in the Toronto municipality of Scarborough, for as little as $1.
When one of the store’s managers was asked by a reporter who posed as a customer whether he stocked “Jihad in Islam”, the manager said he hadn’t carried it for years because the RCMP had been to his store to ask questions about why it would carry such a book.
Another manager said the store did not carry any of the six books on the reporter’s list, but the reporter was able to find “Jihad in Islam” and four others of Maududi’s books stacked on a bottom shelf in the middle of the store within 30 minutes.
When it was revealed to the store manager that it was a Toronto Sun reporter who bought those books, he was irate, saying he “will say nothing” before disappearing into an office at the back of the store. The RCMP would not comment on its supposed questioning of the manager.
Tarek Fatah, a Muslim moderate and renowned commentator, cautioned that such literature can be dangerously attractive to young men raised in overly-strict Muslim households.
“The radical Islamists ... keep pumping this idea that ... their Islamic heritage is far superior than what the Western world has done, and that the West, what it’s doing, is absolutely Satanic, and these books over here validate those issues,” Fatah told The Toronto Sun.