Had we but world enough and time we could dwell on the charms of the Muslim ummah eternally, finding testimonials to each and every one accused of wrong-doing. In the past few days we scooped up at least these few gems.
The National Post of June 9, 2006, p. A1.
UK Suspect linked to terror Group in Pakistan.
"Mr. Khan was arrested at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday.... Mr Khan's friends and family said they could not imagine him being invvolved in terrorist activities."
The National Post of June 6, 2006, pp. A1, A6.
"Pretty Much Born Here."
"But Ali was not an exremist," his brother said. "No, he wasn't that type." Mr Mohammed's mother agreed, saying, "Ali [Mohammed Dirie] didn't believe like that."
"I feel screwed by life," Yasisn [Abi Mohmmed] told his mother when she visited him at his Kingston prison, she said.
She thinks Yasin is innocent and that he is accused of terrorism only because he is Muslim. The's not a terrorist. This is not fair," she said "They finish his life."
The National Post of June 6, 2006, p. A7.
"Alleged leaders described as 'nice guys.'
Qayyum Abdul Jamal.
Mosque member Sam Lela told reporters yesterday tha Mr. Jamal is a "soft" person always eager to help those in need.
He said he didn't believe Mr Jamal or any of the mosque members implicated in the plot were capable of hurting others.
The young man has known Mr. Ahmad for about a year and described him as nice, outgoing and always willing to help with a problem. He also said Mr. Ahamd played basketball of Fridays at the local mosque.
Amin Mohammed Durrani.
On hearing the news, Mr. Khan said he was shocked. "It's really hard to believe this."
Mike Paaku, a next door neighbour to the west, said Mr. Amara appeared to be a "normal nice guy."
"He is a very decent and good kid," said Mohammed Abdelhaleem, the man's father. "He has no violent inclinations at all. I couldn't believe it when I heard it. It is not in our family. We have no intentions of such things.
He said his son's only "crime" is that "he goes and prays in the mosque."
"It is all fake, for God's sake," he said of the charges against his son. "There is no foundation."
"He's a very nice guy, you know. He came to me to ask about getting married," said Mr Hindy....
"I had no idea he was involved in anything like this," said his father in an interview at the Scarborough townhouse he shares with his son and 83 year old grandmother.
"We were surprised, really, [at his arrest] nbecause he'd been living with us and we had no idea." said Mr. Attique.
A man with a Muslim student association at Mc Master said Mr. Ghany was a quiet, unassuming man."
And finally we come to poor Asad Ansari, of whom not much good is claimed:
"Not everyone knows each other, she said, declining to give her name. "But it's not like they were hiding." They were a quiet family and watered their lawn but didn't always cut it," she said.
Played basketball. Didn't mow the lawn. Oh. Oh. The horror! It's all your fault, you... whatever you are.