Al-Huda Canada, the Mississauga branch of a worldwide net of Al-Huda Institutes across the globe, has no known links to extremist organizations.
Perhaps that explains the shock expressed over San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik’s links to Al-Huda’s chapter in Multan, Pakistan.
However, I am not surprised for the simple reason that conservative Islam is a package deal and jihad is part of it.
Many Muslims believe jihad is necessary only in self-defence. However, some see Western provocations all around them, which lead them to uphold pre-emptive jihad as a legitimate form of self-defence.
For example, towards the end of one of her Urdu language Al-Huda podcasts, its head, Dr. Farhat Hashmi, describes such provocations as intellectual and cultural home invasion.