Why the Aga Khan loves Canada and why we love him

Why the Aga Khan loves Canada and why we love himBy Haroon Siddiqui for Toronto Star: The Muslims loved by the West are usually the ones most hated by Muslims — such as Salman Rushdie, the Shah of Iran, Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Muslims most quoted by the media — and courted by right-wing politicians, including the Stephen Harper Conservatives — are those who attack Muslims and Islam.

Conversely, many parts of the Muslim world cheer the most extreme anti-western voices.

The Aga Khan strides in between those extremes.

He is respected in the West as well as in the Muslim world. He speaks ill of neither. He sings the virtues of both, even while condemning Rushdie for gratuitously insulting the Prophet Muhammad. He has also berated the West’s “stunning lack of knowledge” about Islam that lets Islamophobe ignoramuses dictate public discourse disproportionately.

He particularly likes Canada, especially multiculturalism’s cardinal principle of conferring the dignity of equality on all citizens.

Canadians, in turn, like him, even Harper, who has invited the Aga Khan to address Parliament today — a rare honour given only a few, such as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.

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