al-Sistani fatwa an insult to Canada

When Canadian law just isn't reason enough. 

As reported by CTV:

Leaders urge Muslims in Canada to obey fatwa

Representatives of Canada's Islamic community issued a call to action on Wednesday, urging Muslims to obey a religious edict that condemns violence and sanctions peace.

"Muslims have undertaken to obey the laws of a country of their residence, and thus they must be faithful to that undertaking," according to the fatwa issued by Iraq's most senior Shia cleric, the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

The Lebanese Islamic Centre's Linda Clark told reporters at a press conference in Montreal that the edict means it is a sin for Muslims in Canada to act against the fatwa, which is a legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar.

. . . "And as soon as they enter it they are pledged to live there in the same manner as the rest of the population without causing any harm to public security and safety."

Ah, gee, thanks for the help . . . but I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the thought that any segment of Canada's Muslim community might be taking its marching orders from foreign religious leaders.

I've got an idea.  If you want to live in Canada maybe you should live by the laws of the land, just . . . because . . . and not because someone's issued a religious edict.

So what would happen if an influential, foreign, Muslim leader issues a fatwa that runs contrary to Canadian law in the future?


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