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Martin and the Mullahs: "People who are part of the problem can't be part of the solution"

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  • Tarek Fatah
    July 29, 2005 Martin praises imams at meeting By BRIAN GRAY, TORONTO SUN http://torontosun.com/News/Canada/2005/07/29/1152218-sun.html MISSISSAUGA -- Prime
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      July 29, 2005

      Martin praises imams at meeting

      By BRIAN GRAY,
      TORONTO SUN
      http://torontosun.com/News/Canada/2005/07/29/1152218-sun.html

      MISSISSAUGA -- Prime Minister Paul Martin held a meeting with Canadian
      Islamic religious leaders last night because of the strength of their
      condemnation of terrorism.

      "It is important we recognize the strength of their statement," Martin said
      at the end of the meeting with 18 imams from across Canada at an airport
      hotel. "It is important to recognize the truth of their statement."

      Last week, 120 Canadian imams denounced terrorism as a perversion of their
      faith and challenged Muslims to confront extremism. The statement came in
      response to London terror attacks that claimed 52 lives on July 7 and failed
      bombings on July 21.

      'PART OF THE PROBLEM'

      But not all Canadian Muslims were impressed by the meeting, saying the imams
      are some of the most authoritarian members of the religion.

      "The people who are part of the problem can't be part of the solution," said
      Tarek Fatah of the Muslim Canadian Congress.

      Martin should look to Muslim members of his caucus, senators, opposition MPs
      and other members of the community for answers, Fatah said.

      Martin said he has been speaking with a range of Canadian Muslims but the
      statement deserved recognition.

      Martin and a spokesman for the imams said the meeting was productive.

      The imams focused on four areas to work on, said Riad Saloojee of the
      Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations: Education for Muslims and
      non-Muslims, more dialogue between Muslims and the RCMP and CSIS,
      encouraging integration of Muslims into Canadian society and consultation
      with Canadian Muslims on issues affecting them.
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