The Public Prosecution Service of Canada said Mustafa faced two terrorism counts: leaving Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group and participation in the activities of a terrorist group – writes Christine Douglass-Williams
The arrest of Haleema Mustafa is welcome news, especially in light of the fact that there is in Canada a greater threat of jihad terror than the Liberal government wishes to admit. In 2017, it emerged that dozens of jihadis were walking free in Canada, yet authorities wouldn’t charge them. Now, in the space of just over a month, two arrests have been made: Haleema Mustafa was one, and in late July, terrorism charges were laid against another Muslim, Hussein Sobhe Borhot.
In 2016, Haleema Mustafa donned the hijab with pride in a CBC “diversity” exclusive entitled “The hijab is the ‘centrepiece’ of these outfits rocked by young Toronto Muslim women.”
With the glistening Lake Ontario as her backdrop, Haleema Mustafa is strutting her carefully-curated outfit on the boardwalk-turned-catwalk.
The CBC used the same photo of Haleema Mustafa in its story of her arrest that it used in its feature about hijabi fashion, without telling its readers that Haleema had been in its pages before her arrest, for a quite different reason.
The Islamic veil, however, is anything but a fashion statement. Just ask the many women who are punished for not being veiled in many Islamic states. In Iran, they are treated as criminals, and “punished for encouraging corruption and debauchery.” And for those who insist that full covering is cultural, not religious, consider these passages:
(Quran 24:31) And tell the believing women to reduce of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.
If a woman does not cover, she is fair game to be assaulted:
(Quran 33:59) O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused.
“Woman arrested in Toronto area for allegedly trying to join ISIS,” by Stewart Bell, Global News, August 26, 2020:
Ten months after returning to Canada from Turkey, a Toronto-area woman has been arrested for allegedly attempting to join the so-called Islamic State.
Haleema Mustafa was taken into custody at around noon on Wednesday in Markham, Ont., north of Toronto, and was to appear in court Thursday to face charges.
The Public Prosecution Service of Canada said Mustafa faced two terrorism counts: leaving Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group and participation in the activities of a terrorist group.
A woman who answered the door at the family home declined to comment. Mustafa’s husband, Ikar Mao, was charged with the same two offences last December and remains in custody.
The couple left Toronto together in June 2019 and were caught in a Turkish city an hour’s drive from the Syrian border. They were detained and returned to Canada separately in October.
Few women have faced terrorism charges in Canada.
While women have a long history of involvement in terrorist groups, Canadian authorities have charged just three women with terrorism since 2013 — and only one of them was convicted.
“In Canada, there’s only been a handful of women who have been charged with terrorism offences,’’ said Jessica Davis, the author of Women in Modern Terrorism: From Liberation Wars to Global Jihad and the Islamic State.
Rehab Dughmosh tried to join ISIS in 2016 but was stopped by Turkish authorities. Sent back to Canada, she planned an attack at a Toronto Canadian Tire and was convicted in 2019.