Islamic Reform In Canada?



On Friday, October 9, 2020, the above sign was seen in Dundas Square in Toronto  in support of imam Mustafa Khattab of the Anatolia Islamic Centre and Muslim Chaplain at Brock University,  because of his statements on LGBTQ.  This sign was displayed adjacent to the Islamic Dawah booth. For years, there has been an Islamic Dawah booth in this area, teaching the public about Islam, and providing literature to interested persons.

Circanada has done a series of articles regarding the information given out at the Dawah booth in downtown Toronto. Much of this literature speaks of Islamic doctrine as taken from the Quran and hadith and the continued supplication of victory over a disbelieving people. One of the books given out “The accepted Dua” has this to say: 

O Allah, destroy the disbelievers that deny Your messenger, and block others from Your path, and descend upon them Your punishment, O Allah, destroy the disbelievers who were given the Book [Jews and Christians]. 

Another book that is given out “24 Hours with the Prophet” echoes this same sentiment:

“…Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the people who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers) (i.e. do not make them overpower us). And save us by Your Mercy from the disbelievers.”

The Quran that is given out at Dundas Square also references the punishment for the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Surah 4:16 If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone; for Allah is Oft-returning, Most Merciful.

Another book given out by this same booth, “Clear your doubts about Islam” also gives clear guidance about the homosexual lifestyle.

“Islamic teachings emphasize the distinctions between male and female. Islam instructs parents to separate their children in their beds by the age of ten in order to avoid sexual experiences which may result from childhood experimentation. Such experiences are often reinforced by contacts in school or through abuse from perverted adults. Islam also encourages early marriage in order to facilitate lawful
sexual relations for young people as soon as possible and keep them away from unlawful and unnatural

On June 28, 2019 Street Dawah Toronto issued a statement on the Pride Parade and the LGBTQ community:

“Our team stood giving out books and having conversations in the midst of the Pride Parade this month; despite the fact that the LGBTQ lifestyle goes against what Islam permits, we are not forbidden from sharing the message of Islam.

Justin Trudeau has said repeatedly that Islam is compatible with the west, even though much of the Islamic doctrine refute this claim, particularly in the area of the LGBTQ lifestyle. Prime Minister Trudeau is quoted as saying :

“Canadians are quick to point out that ISIS is wrong, that Islam is not incompatible with the Western secular democracy, a free place like Canada.”

Mustafa Khattab, the Imam quoted in the above photo, when  confronted with his original assessment of the homosexual lifestyle, and we quote: “For me, someone who is homosexual is like someone who has diabetes or someone who has cancer or aids,” he said, noting he doesn’t like to be associated with gay people.” ,  wrote  a rebuttal in the Toronto Sun which you can read here. This rebuttal included the quotes on the signage above. 

Mr Khattab is a member of  the Canadian Council of Imams

What transpired in Dundas Square on Friday would make one believe that Prime Minister Trudeau is correct. Is there reform happening in the Islamic community? When prominent Imams are welcoming of the LGBTQ community, which goes directly against Islamic scripture, is reform happening in Canada?

According to sources that witnessed this event, many of the Muslim observers of this signage were outraged.  The gentleman manning the Islamic booth was not in agreement either, as he packed up his booth and left. The general Muslim public has not caught up to their leadership it would appear.

Islamic Reform in Canada?

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