Few years ago, during a religious procession on Christmas day coincided with month of Muharram, in which Shiite Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein, Imam Abdullah Obeid said among other things the following:
“Allah willing, you gonna see that our word [Islam] is going to be all over the world. This is the word of Zaynab [the daughter of Caliph Ali and sister of Hussein, the grandson of Mohammad] .
“Today, we march in the streets of Montreal in Christmas, in Day of Muharram, to say that our beloved Imam Mahdi, the grandson of Mohammad, peace and blessings be upon him, from this agony, from this suffering, from this pain in the chest, from this mourning, our Imam is gonna rise and is going to call Jesus to come and rise to stand up to justice. All people, Canadians and all people around the world are going to say: O the one of follows the path of the family of Mohammad [يا قائم آل محمد meaning, they will accept his authority and Islam].
“Two months ago you had a problem with N1H1 [swine flu] and everybody was afraid. I tell you this, and listen carefully. I heard that my visiting Imam Hussein Ziarat Ashura [a salutatory prayer to Husayn ibn Ali and the martyrs of the Battle of Karbala], it is a special visit called Ziarat Ashura and if you recite that ten times Imam Hussein will protect everybody, not only the Muslims. Listen to this carefully. I told the brothers in our centre: Let’s recite Ziarat al-Imam Hussein [Ziarat Ashura] Hussein will keep everybody healing in their hearts. We recited that Ziarat [Ashura]. Where is N1H1 today? It’s gone. You know why? Because those people, they prayed for all the people of Canada, Montreal and the world.
Where there is Hussein there is life. Where there is Hussein there is justice. Where there is Hussein there is Islam and where is Islam there is peace and love within all the nations. We say finally to true Canadians it is not a happy Christmas today, it is a sad Christmas today, because at the same day Imam Hussein died to rise and say I’m the real inheritor of Jesus, Moses and Mohammad.”
Liberal John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South, has recently mentioned Ottawa’s Imam Ali Masjid in his speech in Queen’s Park after he tabled Bill 60, An Act to proclaim the month of November Lebanese Heritage Month. “There’s a masjid in my riding, Imam Ali Masjid, which celebrates in the summer as well. They just recently built their masjid. There’s a very vibrant outward-looking community that’s quite focused on youth in the community and the needs of their seniors,” said Fraser.
Islamic dominance of the world – the Canadian Islamic perspective
Members of the Shiite community in Ottawa and in the Toronto Greater Area gathered on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in front of the Saudi embassy in Ottawa to protest the execution of the Shiite scholar and dissident Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr by the Saudi regime.
One of the speakers at the protest was the Shiite cleric, Syed Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi, Pakistani born who grew up in Canada. In his passionate speech, Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi blamed the Saudi regime of injustice, oppression and terrorism and predicted its future demise.
The following is a transcript of Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi’s speech in which he also talked about Islamic global dominance: (04:32-05:08)
“You have to know that this is not going to stop. It is only the beginning and as it goes forward these are the steps where the one government that is going to be over the whole world, and there is the government of the Imam of the time, Imam Mahdi, peace be upon him (عليه الصلاة والسلام) may Allah bring him as soon as possible, and the other name that is synonymous with this name is the name of Hussein. We are at your service! O Hussein! We are at your service! O Hussein! We are at your service! O Hussein! (لبيك يا حسين)”
Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi echoed similar messages during recent years. In a demonstration in front of the American Consulate in Toronto on Sunday, January 3, Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi emphasized that the Shiites are not afraid of death, rather they wish to die and gain martyrdom in the path of Allah and for the cause of Islam.
The following is a transcript of Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi’s speech: (14:57-16:26)
“Maybe one day we will have the same status as martyrs who have given their lives for justice. We’re not afraid of dying.
“What we are afraid of is not to be able to do our duty and our justice as being ordained by Allah Glorified and Exalted be He.
“So don’t scare us with prisons. Do not scare us with death. Do not scare us that you are going to take us and deport us. Do not scare us with anything, because we are not scared of anyone, but the superpower which is Allah Glorified and Exalted be He. He is watching us and we are going to return to Him. You who want to scare us, you cannot.
“The oppressors should learn this. Learn it and google Imam Hussein. He is the one that we follow. He said that there is going to be no compromise with injustice and we are not going to compromise with any injust [sic].
“If it is the martyrdom is our future, then I say to everyone of you: Let the future come! O Hussein [the grandson of Mohammad, the prophet of Islam], We are at your service. O mahdi [the prophesied messiah of Islam], We are at your service! O mahdi, We are at your service!”
In another speech at Toronto protest against the movie “Innocence of Muslims” (September 22, 2012) Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi prophesied the victory of Islam globally and the implementation of the Islamic Law (Sharia) over mankind:
“We will stand as we stood today, as we will stand in the future, for any insult that comes to the Prophet and you should know this, that this is going to continue. It will not stop, and God is our witness, we will see the day when religion of Allah will overpower all of these oppressors and justice and peace will rule the world.”
Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi discussed in one his sermons held in Houston, Texas (January 30, 2011) the question of loyalty (“affiliation” in his terminology) of Shiite Muslim believers to their country of residence and the relations between religious belief and citizenship.
Here is an excerpt of Hassan Mujtaba Rizvi’s sermon:
“My affiliations are with Iran, because my affiliation with Canada would mean that if in Canada there was something for me to affiliate by, that was given to me by Allah, I should have affiliation with Canada.
“But when I look towards Allah, and I see that He has affiliation with Iran, has no affiliation with Canada with America, I say: I have affiliation with Iran.
“Do I have an affiliation with the country that I was born in? No. Why Should I have affiliation with the country that I was born in? That’s a very shallow way to look at it. Like, I was born in Pakistan, so I start having affiliations because I was born there.
“I should have some standards for my affiliations, meaning I landed here, the airport that you have, I’m not sure what it is, but I landed at this terminal, because I landed at this terminal I started having affiliations with it.
“Is it a right thing for me to do? I landed in Jhelum [airport in Pakistan] so now with Jhelum, because I landed there, should I have affiliation? No. My affiliation should be based on Allah Glorified and Exalted be HE has.
“Does Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He, want to see people being oppressed in the world? Does He want to see that? He doesn’t. He wants to see people acting with each other with justice. ‘We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice’ [Koran, Surat al-Hadid, 25].”
“The purpose that we have sent the prophet is that everybody should act with each other with justice. The Law of Allah should be the deciding factor for the society to live in, and at the moment the Law of Allah Glorified and Exalted be He, is being implemented in only one country, and that is Iran. So, my affiliation is going to be automatically there. It’s not because I look like I’m from Iran.”
Source: CIJ News