News Agencies – January 21, 2012
Calgary Muslims have found a place to worship in the downtown. The Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, in the northeast neighbourhood of Falconridge, will be moving to a new location, at 421 Riverfront Ave. S.E. Iman Syed Soharwardy says the grand opening will take place Jan. 27 on Eid Milad un Nabi. The new location will be the site for five daily prayers, Friday and Eid prayers, youth and children’s Qur’an and Islamic studies classes, adult Qur’an and Islamic studies classes, women-only programs, interfaith dialogue and community events.
CTV News – December 27, 2011
Islamic Supreme Council of Canada founder, Imam Syed Soharwardy, has spoken out against the church bombings in Nigeria.
“This is an extremely deplorable crime that has been committed by those people who follow the hate-mongering ideology of Wahabism. It’s not Islam. This is an un-Islamic action”, said Imam Soharwardy.
Calgary imam Syed Soharwardy is no stranger to media coverage. It just usually isn’t favorable. His detractors are not convinced of the purity of his intentions, arguing that Syed Soharwardy should be judged by his more notorious statements, not his recent, noble ones. Mr. Syed is still shocked that his fatwa against terrorism has been condemned by so many.
One critic dismissed the imam’s fatwa against terrorism as “propaganda.” B’nai Brith Canada also scoffed, noting the imam “has trivialized the Holocaust and prophesized the extinction of the Christian faith.”