In December, nearly 300 Canadian elementary students performed an original choral piece of a traditional Islamic poem dubbed an "Arabic welcome song" as a show of support for the first arrivals of refugees from Syria into Ottawa. But as it turns out, the lyrics had a far more sinister meaning.
According to an expert who spoke with The Toronto Sun Monday, "It's only sung in the praise of the holy prophet and for no one else."
Another told the Sun that Islamic scholars agree that "the lyrics of the poem [Tala' al-Badru 'Alayna] clearly indicate that it was composed on the occasion of the return of Muhammad victorious from the Battle of Tabouk against the Christian Romans and their Arab allies."
The video of the performance was posted online in mid-December and states, "Welcome To Canada Syrian Refugees." The description reads: "Historical song that was sung to the Prophet Mohamed when he sought refuge from Makkah to Medina." It has been viewed over a million times.
It was so popular that liberal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted a link on Twitter:
A Middle Eastern scholar is quoted in the Sun saying, "most Muslims would understand this nasheed as something ancient, religious and quite innocuous. But Islamists understand it as a victory song. So, most immigrants would feel heart warmed by hearing it on arrival in Canada but some would understand it as the subjugation of the kafirs who are singing it.”
That's kafir, as in "unbeliever," or really, "infidel."
An intelligence expert provided the simplest summary for the Post of what all this means:
Muslims and non-Muslims worldwide wrestle daily with Islamist terrorism, so it’s astonishing that Canadian public school officials could blow scarce tax money to create a children’s choir piece said to evoke images of jihadist victory over infidels.
The only thing weirder, is the way some Canadians embrace the apparently Islamist-themed music as a welcoming song for Syrian migrants who might include non-Muslims escaping Islamist violence.