Skip to comments.'Hundreds' of radicals in GTA: Muslim youth counsellor
Posted on 04/25/2013 8:07:32 AM PDT by Squawk 8888
Radicalized Muslims do operate and recruit in Toronto and one Islamic leader warns we shouldnt be surprised by news of more nefarious terror plots in the future.
There are a lot of people in our community that are a little rigid, Muhammad Robert Heft, of the Paradise Forever Islamic Centre, said Wednesday. Not thousands but hundreds.
In a week when one GTA resident, along with a Montrealer, have been charged by the RCMP in a terror plot to murder innocent people on a passenger train, its a troubling detail.
But its not new for Heft, a Muslim convert who has a history of working with radical Muslim youth, including being a court-appointed counsellor for one of the convicted Toronto 18 members.
So the alleged train attack plot did not surprise him.
And nor will news of other disturbing conspiracies in the future.
I think we are have our idiots like any community so its not one or two. It wont be the first wont be the last, he said in an interview with both myself and The Sun News Networks Rebecca Thompson.
We asked do you hear about such things regularly?
He nodded his head.
Oh yeah, some of these mosque people are really emotional (and) what goes on around the world is an easy sell, he said. They buy into the narrative that its us versus them. But are they going to act on it? Its like the KKK, as long as they are not burning anybody at the cross, they are still allowed to live in America.
Its still shocking to hear.
His involvement with RCMP community outreach and in the de-radicalization of young people has provided him insight into those inside some mosques who are recruiting young people to go down the dark corridors of radical Islam.
He said he had it happen to him.
The 40-year-old Heft grew up in Milton where he the Lutheran Church. Later, as an adult, he said he worked at CN Rail before going overseas to teach English.
Hes a character laughing, smiling and cracking jokes. Hes also a Maple Leafs fan.
But he understands how one can go down the wrong path since they tried to recruit him.
I was a little radical myself, a little over zealous, he said. Of course, they didnt get me where I wanted to commit acts of violence, but it was heading in that direction.
He said he was told we are the special and chosen ones. I started asking them a lot of questions and they gave up on me and said, Either follow me or leave me.
Heft said this experience helped him later while working as a liaison with the RCMP to reach out and try to help families with young men who they fear are becoming too hard-core and fundamentalist.
People like Raed Jasers father, Mohamed.
The man rented an apartment in Hefts home and had mentioned his concern of son Raed.
He felt his son was too rigid, maybe a little too self-righteous, said Heft.
The terror-related charges against Raed Jaser have not been proven in court.
His father is a stand-up man who, as you saw, said, Let the RCMP do their job. He would have turned his son in to police, Heft said.
A so far unknown Toronto imam is said to have done just that.
It was the proper move but not everyone in the community will see it that way. Heft knows this since he gets push-back from some Muslims for his counter terrorism work with police.
These guys see me as a traitor because I am not down with their interpretation of Islam so I am suddenly not a Muslim.
But, he said, he is a Muslim like the majority of others here who abhor the allegations laid out by the Mounties this week.
No Muslim, he said, should tolerate or turn a blind eye to violent jihad.
Throw the book at them, said Heft. I think we are too soft on crime sometimes.
Your muslim community idiots just blow up innocent bystanders.
That's a big difference.
(I know it's picky, but it's a pet peeve.)
Yes, I believe that GTA means Greater Toronto Area. Remember the mindset of Toronto media, even more self-centred and self-righteous than NYC media. They consider ‘Tranna’ to be the Centre of the Universe, so assume the world should just understand and accept that as a ‘fact’. My personnal view of ‘Tranna’ is that if God ever gave the world an enema, ‘Tranna’ would be where the bottle was placed!
Because it is :p
It’ll only get worse as long as they are in the hunt for Stanley.
Sorry, Squack 8888, ‘Tranna’ is where the Lord would place the spout of the enema bottle!
Not to worry, their once-per-decade tradition is to get to round 2 then choke. Things will be back to normal come June.
True story I swear- the reason the Jews are in the Middle East is that Moses was a stutterer. He meant to ask the Almighty for Canada. /topicdrift
Well they almost got Arkansas. True story: in the run up to the Balfour Declaration it was actually discussed that the US could offer to provide the state of Arkansas for a new Jewish homeland.
Not so true story, but it is in the Bible;
Arkansas was discovered by Noah. Genesis 8:13 Noah looked out of the ark and saw...
Give them bombs and garage door opener switching devices, put them in the same room and ask the Mossad anti terrorist radio truck to drive by.