Twenty imams from across the country issued an edict condemning any extremists or terrorists who would launch an attack on the United States or Canada.

The fatwa, or religious guideline, says that “these attacks are evil and Islam requires … Muslims to stand up against this evil.” Religious leaders have a duty to show others around the world that Muslims in Canada and the U.S. “have complete freedom to practise Islam,” it says.

“In many cases, Muslims have more freedom to practise Islam here in Canada and the United States than (in) many Muslim countries.” The fatwa concludes that Muslims must therefore expose any person – no matter what their religious background – who plans harm to fellow Canadians or Americans.

Twenty imams from Calgary, Montreal, Vancouver, various Ontario cities and Houston signed the fatwa.

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