TORONTO - An 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, written by deceased Islamic scholar Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi – are available at the Islamic Circle of North America bookstore in Scarborough.
“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,” Maududi wrote in Jihad in Islam. “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 and lived from 1903 to 1979.
He 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.”
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.”
“Jihad,” which he refers to in at least one book as a war against non-Muslims, is in fact “undertaken for the collective well-being of mankind” to establish “God’s order” in the world and create a “just and equitable social order among human beings,” he wrote.
Terrorism expert David Harris calls such material — antiquated or not — incredibly “problematic” to National security, but goes on to say that because of Canada’s freedom of expression legislation, police and the courts, in many cases, can’t do much about it.
“This is highly problematic,” said Harris, adding that with Canada’s ever expanding immigration of people from Middle Eastern countries - such as Egypt — the chances of importing people with radical ideologies also increases. “What we’re seeing now is not even a hint of what we will be living ... We’re going to see an expanding of these tendencies.”
A request for the Islamic Society of Toronto to speak about the books was not immediately returned.
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,” said Fatah.
Most of Maududi’s books — small and slim paperbacks — could be bought 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” — arguably the most radical book of the bunch — he 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 didn’t carry any of the six books on the reporter’s list.
But within 30 minutes, the reporter found Jihad in Islam and four others of Maududi’s stacked on a bottom shelf in the middle of the store.
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.
Like the manager, the RCMP would not comment.
In the The Process of the Islamic Revolution, 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 parent’s 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.
On the other hand, it is “impossible” for Muslims to live under an “alien State System” and observe Muslim beliefs, he wrote.
In Jihad In Islam, 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.
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.”