Canadian Imam Compares Canada to Nazi Germany


imam-sayed-soharwardyCalgary – A local Muslim leader who came under fire for comparing the situation Jews faced in Nazi Germany with that of Muslims in Canada today is hoping to meet the Calgary Jewish Community Council to clear the air.

“I have asked for a meeting, and after the meeting, I’m going to comment,” said Imam Syed Soharwardy. “I just don’t want any misunderstanding that people are trying to create.”

Imam Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, was sounding off on Ottawa’s new policy barring individuals from donning niqabs or face veils while taking their oath of citizenship.
“Muslims are going through that situation right now where the Jews faced before the Holocaust,” hey told CTV earlier this week.

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“Because intimidation of their faith, badmouthing about their faith, badmouthing about their book, badmouthing about their beliefs – that was going on in Germany before the Holocaust. The same thing is happening now about Muslims,” he said.

Judy Shapiro, community relations director with the Calgary Jewish Community Council, said she understood that the Imam was disagreeing with federal government policy.

“But there is no comparison between what Canadian Muslims are facing today and what the Jews faced in Germany before the Holocaust,” Ms. Shapiro said.

“Not only is such a statement factually wrong, but it’s insensitive, at the very least, not only to the Jewish community, but to all Canadians. To equate Canadians to Nazis is totally unwarranted.”

Ms. Shapiro said no meeting has been set up, but if it does happen, it will be private.

{National Post/ Newscenter}


  1. If the Imam feels the situation for Muslims in Canada is so dire, it is puzzling why these Muslims are so set at settling in Canada and becoming citizens. When the Jews in Nazi Germany were subject to dreadful opression, they tried to leave, not become citizens.


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