July 13, 2006

Of Mole and Men

'Devout Muslim' informer helped in Toronto terrorism-related arrests | CBC News

Mounties had mole in alleged terror cell | Toronto Star

Not sure what to think about this just yet. It's not my job to judge the intentions of others, nor is it yours.

Update 7.14.2006: This ayah kept popping up in my head.
O you who believe! avoid most of suspicion, for surely suspicion in some cases is a sin, and do not spy nor let some of you backbite others. Does one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? But you abhor it; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, surely Allah is Oft-returning (to mercy), Merciful. (49:12)

Update 7.15.2006: Prison steels Amara's faith, letters show
This is all so very confusing.


  1. Saw him on CBC news last night. He explained his reasons very well and they made sense from a logical point of view but more importantly from an Islamic perspective too.

  2. This just further complicates an already complicated situation.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving your comments about this story on my blog. I appreciate your insights -- and not just because I'm Catholic.

  4. Faraz Ahmed: I wish I caught that CBC documentary. Reactions I've heard thus far have been mixed. I'd like to believe his efforts were justified, but I'm worried about the possibility of entrapment.

    Sister Asmaa: Indeed. It would make for a great plot in a TV show; but it's rather perplexing as reality.

    Blastfurnace: My pleasure. I was blogsearching for any opinions on the story, and your site caught my attention. I think open dialogue on these issues is really important, because you can be sure that the media will exaggerate wherever they can.

  5. As posted by myself on SAFSpace:

    I find the actions of Mubin Sheikh disturbing because it obviously causes disunity and skepticism within the ummah. I wouldn't trust individuals such as this because they could very easily manipulate things to serve their own (or CSIS's) interests. He apparently tried to "get to know" a few friends of mine who immediately realized that he was trying to insinuate them into suspicious acts... it's very likely that he may have played a serious role with the 17 Muslims who were arrested in the same manner.

    For the record, there's a second "mole" as well according to those people familiar with Mubin Sheikh.

  6. JazakAllah-khair for the link to the CBC video. That doesn't really clear my mind on this situation, unfortunately. That ayah keeps repeating itself in my head, but then I think of the alternative... what if there was no mole, and some of the allegations were true? What if someone did succeed in launching some sort of attack here?

    I don't doubt that there are some people with some pretty wacky ideas out there. During my trip to France, I personally dealt with people that I felt were also timebombs waiting to go off. And honestly, some of these people won't accept sincere advice. The problem is just too complex.

    When the first anti-terrorism arrest happened in Ottawa, most of us were asked in some way to act as an "insider" or "mole" by CSIS, so that such people exist doesn't surprise me. Allah knows best who acted correctly.

    Khair, I don't need to take a position either way. Either I'm suspicious of the mole, which is a sin, or I'm suspicious of the accused, which is the same sin.

    May Allah protect all of us from injustice and disunity.