Jonathan Halevi produces well documented articles on the Islamist threat for CIJ News and before on Alternative Angle. His knowledge of the Arabic language gives him an advantage when it comes to understanding the ambitions of the enemy. We are grateful to him for the texts and the speeches that he regularly translates from Arabic to English.
The key to understanding what Islamists stand for is always to read or listen to their own books and their own experts and never to rely on personalities (with diplomas or not) who give you their own impressions.
In order to help us understand what ICNA stands for, Jonathan Halevi took a book endorsed by the organization and quoted what it says on various topics (jihad, honour killings, Jews, women, etc.) in several articles.
Below, we have listed eleven of Jonathan Halevi’s articles focusing on the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA). All these article have been integrated to our ICNA file.
The book endorsed by ICNA on which Jonathan Halevi’s articles listed below are based is The Gardens of the Righteous (Arabic: Riyadh as-Salihin). It is a compilation of verses from the Qur’an and hadith by scholar Al-Nawawi (1233–1277). Modern commentaries were added to them to facilitate the study.
ICNA is a part of the larger Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure in North America. Here is an excerpt of a description of the organization that we included in one of our 2014 article:
The close relationship between ICNA and the JEI [Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami] is not contested. It has been highlighted by opponents of the organization, such as The Investigative Project on Terrorism and by ICNA’s fellow travelers, such as John Esposito (2009 – 2012) in his Dictionary of Islam.
As part of its mission of proselytism (dawah), ICNA distributes Syed Maududi’s books in Canada. In 2012, Sun TV reported that the book Jihad in Islam, promoting a worldwide Islamic revolution, was being distributed by ICNA in Canada.
In the 2012 audit that led to the revocation of the Saudi World Assembly of Muslim Youth / WAMY’s charitable status for its funding of terrorism, the Canada Revenue Agency noted that one of Maududi’s books that had been published by WAMY in the past, Towards Understanding Islam (also Archive.Today), “contains several paragraphs that appear to present an extremist, militant interpretation of the concept of jihad.” The book explains, among other things, the distinction between offensive jihad and defensive jihad and its implications for Muslims. This book is recommended on various ICNA’s websites (ICNA Book Service, ICNA Southern California Book Selection, etc.)
ICNA’s mission statement could have been directly copied from a JEI document. It calls for the “establishment of the Islamic system of life” in the world, “whether it pertains to beliefs, rituals and morals or to economic, social or political spheres.”
Another ICNA document stresses that “These words [Establishment of the Religion] include not only practicing the religion in individual and collective life and propagating its true teaching to others, but also striving to make this Deen [religion] a way of life for all.”
IPT NEWS (December 6, 2010): Hand Book Shows ICNA’s True Goals
Here is a presentation of ICNA that Jonathan Halevi has included in his recent articles about the organization:
ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Canada is an Islamic nationalwide organization striving “to build an Exemplary Canadian Muslim Community” by “total submission to Him [Allah] and through the propagation of true and universal message of Islam.”
Located at 391 Burnhamthorpe Rd., East, Oakville, Ontario, ICNA Canada emphasizes that “the propagation of true and universal message of Islam is only possible in Canada when whole Canadian Muslim Community transformed into a Dawah community by practicing and propagating the true Islamic Way of Life. With the vision of building an exemplary Canadian Muslim community it is very important to spread the word of Islam…”
Dr. Iqbal Massod Al-Nadvi is the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada and is also serving as Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams. he also served as Director of Al-Falah Islamic School in Oakville, Ontario from 2004 to 2011, prior to which he served as Imam of Muslim Association of Calgary Islamic Center from 1998-2004 and as a member of the University of Calgary chaplaincy team.
Zunera Ishaq, the woman that stood at the centre of the “niqab debate” in the Canadian election campaign, worked for the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
Jonathan Halevi’s articles on the Islamic Circle of North America
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 14, 2016): ICNA Canada online syllabus: “Muslims will dominate the Jews”, kill them / Archive.Today
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 15, 2016): ICNA Canada’s online syllabus legalizes “slave-girls” / Archive.Today
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 16, 2016): ICNA Canada’s online syllabus on wearing hijab and honour killing in Islam / Archive.Today
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 17, 2016): ICNA Canada’s online syllabus on stoning adulterers, chopping off thieves’ hands / Archive.Today
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 19, 2016): ICNA Canada’s online syllabus: pregnant adulteress to be stoned after giving birth / Archive.Today
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 20, 2016): ICNA Canada’s online syllabus: “majority of the dwellers of Hell are women” / Archive.Today
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 21, 2016): ICNA Canada’s online syllabus: Muslim wife must obey her husband when he calls her to bed / Archive.Today
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 22, 2016): ICNA Canada’s online syllabus: Songs, music, jesters, buffoons are “satanic work” / Archive.Today
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 23, 2016): ICNA Canada’s online syllabus: women are inferior to men, Western civilization “enemy” / Archive.Today
Jonathan Halevi (CIJ News – February 24, 2016): ICNA Canada’s online syllabus: jihad against “infidels” strives for Islamic global dominance / Archive.Today