Muslim prayer at Toronto City Hall speaks against Jews and Christians

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The second annual Iftar (breaking the fast of Ramadan) was held at City Hall on May 29, 2018.

The following is the text of the invitation to the event:

“The office of Councillor Neethan Shan in partnership with the office of Mayor John Tory invites you to the 2nd annual Iftar at City Hall! We are also pleased to partner with Toronto & York Region Labour Council, Islamic Relief Canada, Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Muslim Welfare Centre, Society of United Professionals, and Muslim Youth Fellowship.

“Canadian Muslims contribute significantly to the social, economic, political and cultural spheres of our society. This Holy Month of Ramadan, we invite Canadians of all backgrounds to come together and join us for a delicious iftar as we celebrate the achievements of Canadian Muslims. Maghrib Salah/Prayer will be held around 9 PM, followed by Iftar.

“RSVP today! For further inquiries: Email: councillor_shan@toronto.ca Phone: (416)392-4078”

An Imam recited the Adhan (Islamic call to prayer) from the chamber of Toronto City Hall. The following is the text of the Adhan (originally in Arabic) and the English translation of what you hear:

Allah is Greatest

I bear witness that there is no god but Allah

I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah

Hurry to the prayer

Hurry to success/ salvation

Allah is Greatest

There is no god but Allah

Muslim prayer at Toronto City Hall speaks against Jews and Christians

The Maghrib Salah/ Prayer includes the recitation of the first chapter of the Quran (Surah Al-Fatihah) at least three times. The following is the translation of Surah (chapter) al-Fatihah as provided by Omar Subedar, Imam at at Brampton Makki Masjid, The Islamic society of Peel, Vice president of Mathabah Institute and CEO & Founder of Bukhari Publications:

  • [In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful]
  • All praise is for Allah, the Sustainer of every creation
  • The Most Merciful and the Ever Merciful
  • Master of the Day of Compensation
  • It is only You who we worship and only You Who we seek assistance from
  • Guide us to the straight path
  • The path of those you bestowed favours upon, not those who have incurred [Your] wrath and those who have deviated

The attached video shows American and Canadian Muslim religious leaders explaining the context of Surah Al-Fatiha (courtesy of the American Centre for Democracy, for more information click HERE):

Osman Haji Madad, Sahaba Masjid. Edmonton, Alberta: “Who are those who earned the wrath of Allah?… They are the JewsThose who were cursed by Allah. Allah was angry at them and turned them into monkeys and pigs.” (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcQHKY-Pfbg)

Muhammed Alshareef is the founder and President of Huston (TX) based AlMaghrib Institute, now operating in “40 cities around the globe,” and boasts of having more than 80,000 students. Alshareef, who was born and raised in Canada, kicked-off the AlMaghrib Institute in 2002, in College Park, Maryland. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42cSYW-P1iU)

In the video, Alshareef says: “Adiyy ibn Hatim [one of the companions of Muhammad], May Allah, Exalted be He, be please with him, asked the Prophet, blessings. and peace of Allah be upon him, he said: Who are the “Al-Maghdoubi Alaihim”? Who are those that evoked Allah’s anger?That made Allah angry at them? And the Prophet, blessings, and peace of Allah be upon him, said: “Houm Al-Yahood” [Arabic], they are the Jews. And so every time you’re reciting Surah [chapter] Al-Fatiha [first chapter of the Quran], and in fact is some Muslim countries they want to take out the verses because they want to have good relationships with Israel… they said let’s not teach in our curriculum the verses that deal of and speak about the Jews and praise be to Allah, the scholars said: what are going to do with “Ghairi Al-Maghdoubi Alaihim” [not those who have incurred [Your] wrath]? Are they going to take Surah [chapter] Al-Fatiha from the curriculum? They cannot take it out… And so because the Muslim youth aren’t growing up on the “Aqida” [Islamic faith], and most beloved people to them are becoming actors and actresses, Jewish actresses, Christian actresses, when they hear a speech about how Allah, Exalted, and Glorified be He, condemned the Jews, they say: What’s wrong with Seinfeld? Every Wednesday at 8 pm, prime time television, they’re watching Seinfeld, and he’s funny. [They say:] Are you telling me Seinfeld is going to hellfire? And that’s in their mind. Because they have laughed and spent very joyous moments with the sitcom and now they cannot understand what Allah, Exalted, and Glorified be He, is telling them in the Quran… If the Jews evoked Allah’s anger, then they did it for a reason, and Allah page after page in the Quran shows us the reason why the Jews evoked Allah’s, Exalted and Glorified be He, anger.”

Omar Subedar, Imam at Makki Masjid in Brampton, Ontario and Vice President of Mathabah Institute: “First I’m going to recite the verse. I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the accursed. In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful. Not the path of those who have incurred Your anger or the path of those who have deviated, who have fallen astray. Now, who are these people? Whom are these categories Allah (swt) is referring to? The first group, the prophet (pbuh) has identified as the Jews (اليهود), and the second group ‘those who have deviated,’ the prophet, peace, and blessing be upon him, has identified them as the Christians (النصارى).” (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP_9fZC1KjI&t=9s)

Musleh Khan, Toronto Police Muslim Chaplain: “Al-Timidhi reports in an authentic Hadith the the Prophet (PBUH) was asked by a companion: those who have earned your anger غير المغضوب عليهم, the Prophet (PBUH) says this refers to the Yahoudi [Jews] and then companion continue to ask والضاليين the Prophet responds and says this refers to the Nasara [Christians] and those who have gone astray…” (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fL00VOTPZI&t=183s)

Younus Kathrada, of Vancouver,  British Columbia: “Pointing specifically at different groups here. As we said, although the Ayat (verses) include all non-Muslims whether they’d be Christians or Jews or other than them. But we speak about المغضوب عليهم those who earned the wrath and the anger of Allah, Exalted, and Glorified be He, specifically here the scholars (علماء) speak of the Jews Al-Yahoud. Why? Well, if you look in the Quran, it’s because they are the ones who are the most argumentative. They’re the ones who knew, they have knowledge of things, and yet they rejected it. So, of course, they earned the wrath and the anger of Allah, Exalted, and Glorified be He… We find that even in the Sunnah [narrations attributed to Muhammad statement or deeds] the Prophet [Mohammad], peace be upon him, they, because they know and yet they reject. الضالين those who went astray, you know, because they don’t base things on knowledge. It’s all about emotion. And Glorified be Allah, the more we think about it, look at today even, you know, if you look at many of the Christians today, they like to talk about, everything is love, it’s not based on knowledge. Nothing is knowledge-based. Everything is emotions, ok, and so they’ve gone astray because they refused to seek that knowledge and they refuse to act upon this knowledge that is present غير المغضوب عليهم ولا الضالين. ”

Sheikh Mashhoor Hasan, explained in a lecture in a Toronto mosque the meaning of this chapter. The following are excerpts from his lecture translated by Abu Umar Abdulaziz: “Not those whom you have become angry on, not those who have deviated. The prophet [Mohammad], peace be upon him, said in Jami` at-Tirmidhi [collection of hadiths, narrations attributed to Mohammad], after he recited this verse, he said: Those whom Allah is angry on [are] the Jews and those who deviated they are the Christians. Why were the Jews called the ones whom Allah is angry on? And why the Christians called the ones went astray? It is very easy, but most of the Muslims they resemble themselves with these ones [Jews] or with these ones [Christians]… The Jews have been called the ones whom Allah is angry on because they had knowledge. They have knowledge, but they don’t act on this knowledge. And those who are astray [the Christians] are called astray because they do actions and they do acts of worship, but they do have knowledge.” (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8U4UUrca9Y)

Website: gloriousquranhistory.ca,Quran exegesis by Muhammad ash-Shawkani: “In this 7th and last Ayah [verse] of [Surah – chapter] Al Fatiha, Allah [SWT] mentions the Muslims who practice Islam, the Jews and Christians… Those who have evoked the Wrath of Allah [SWT] are the Jews [or Israelites] who knew the full truth through Prophet Mousa [Alyhi Al Salam: AAS] but deviated from this truth with selfishness, pride, and prejudice. They thus deserved the Wrath of Allah [SWT]. The astray, on the other hand, are the Christians who deviated from the Message of Prophet Isa [AAS] out of ignorance and ill-knowledge…”

“In his book “Commentary on The Holy Quran” (Volume 1, SURAH AL-FATIHA), Mirzā Ghulām Ahmad, the leader and the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, explained verse no. 7 of-of Al-Fatiha.  The following are excerpts from the book (p. 338-340): “All commentators are agreed that those who incurred Divine wrath and those who went astray are the Jews and Christians respectively. A prayer to be safeguarded against these mischiefs, not to be included among those who went astray, nor among those who incurred Divine wrath, has been taught. This must be repeatedly offered in the five daily Prayer services. It is thus clear that this is the biggest and most serious mischief which must be safeguarded against. It should be called the mother of mischiefs… Those who incurred Divine displeasure are the Jews, and those who went astray are the Christians…”

The booklet “Muslim Prayer Handbook For Beginners” has been handed out at the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square. Printed and distributed by the Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter located at Toronto (collectfreequran.org), the booklet introduces the daily prayers for Muslims. In some of the supplications dealing with the “Kafiroun,” the disbelievers or infidels, Muslims are ordained to ask Allah to help them overcome and defeat their enemies who are identified as the disbelieving people.

The following are the recommended daily prayers for Muslims in which the disbelievers are mentioned: “Du’a [supplication] to overcome enemies… Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions, establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (3:147)… The Witr (The Last Night prayer) … we also abandon and reject anyone who disobeys you… Your punishment surely overtakes the disbelievers… The most comprehensive Supplication… You are our protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”

Polygamy in Canada

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According to Canada’s criminal code, section 293, having multiple marriage partners is a criminal offence.

In 2017, Winston Blackmore, 60, and James Oler, 53, were convicted of practising plural or “celestial” marriage in the fundamentalist community of Bountiful, B.C., and rightfully so.

These men are from  a religious community of about 1,500 people . Residents from a breakaway Mormon sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints  have practiced polygamy for over 70 years, even though it is against the law in Canada.

A lesser known issue with polygamy in Canada can be found within the Islamic community.

Under Sunni and Shia Islamic law, Muslim men are allowed to practice polygamy, that is, they can have more than one wife at the same time, up to a total of four. Polyandry, the practice of a woman having more than one husband, by contrast, is not permitted.

A majority of  Canada’s Muslim population follows Sunni Islam, while a significant minority adhere to the Shia and Ahmadiyya branch of Islam.

Polygamy is preached in mosques by Imams in Canada, instructing Muslim men how to treat their multiple wives in a just and fair way according to sharia.

Following is a quote from the video below. “We need to remember, sharia is allowing it (multiple wives) with the condition that you be just, and you fulfill the rights of each of them (wives) and show kindness towards each of them. Otherwise, sharia will not allow it.”

Shaykh Ibrahim Memon Madani, Darul Uloom, Canada

UPDATE: THIS VIDEO WAS REMOVED BY YOUTUBE AT THE REQUEST OF THE IMAM.

 

Canada’s Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan reads the Quran, fasts during Ramadan

 

 

33617044_10156780356199411_3582648374412705792_nKirsty Duncan is a Liberal Member of Parliament for Etobicoke North and the Minister of Science in Justin Trudeau’s government.

 

On May 15, 2018 Duncan greeted the Muslim community on Ramadan:

 

“Hello! My name is Kirsty Duncan. I’m the member of Parlimant for Etobicoke North and I’d like to  wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is a great reminder for everyone in the community to continue to be compassionate to those less fortunate, to be generous to our neighbours and appreciative for the blessings we enjoy. It is also a great time to reflect on the contributions of our Muslim community to our great country. To all those celebrating this month, Ramadan Mubarak, Ramadan Kareem!”

Two years earlier she said the following on Ramadan:

 

“And I hope you’re having a beautiful Ramadan. And I owe you another apology. Normally during Ramadan I get up at the right hour, I read the Quran and I fast. This year [2016] I haven’t been very good about fasting and for that I’m apologizing.”

Canada’s senior Imam reveals how Muslims helped Justin Trudeau win the 2015 election

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Dr. Mohammed Iqbal Alnadvi

“I can say that it (change) was one of the contributions that came from Muslim community in a very strong and powerful way.”

Imam Dr. Mohammed Iqbal Alnadvi is the Chairman and President of the Canadian Council of Imams and also serves as the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada.

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Alnadvi to the online show “The Muslim View” (the video was published on YouTube on November 16, 2015):

Jorge E. Herrera: “And the second reason that you had mentioned was with regards to community involvement. How has the community been involved with the greater Canadian community, within the Muslim community? If that makes sense.”

Iqbal Alnadvi: “I’ll give you near example what happened in election. We mobilized our community with two things. First thing, they have to vote. Right? Because most of the time the survey said that Muslims are not participating in voting and some reason behind it Islamic. They said: Religiously we are not suppose to vote. So we, for example, corrected their understanding and we pushed them to vote. This the first thing. And this time, we see the results, the percentage very high this time. And second thing is that, we do not endorse any candidate, but we see that who is good for community and who is, for example, serving community and also Canadian greater values. So we support them. And this time actually that the change that happened, I can say that it was one of the contributions that came from Muslim community in a very strong and powerful way.”

Interview above is found from 4:37 to 5:45 minutes

Toronto: Unknown group threatens to derail trains, poison water supply, burn forestall

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ISIS fighters in Syria. Photo: screenshot ISIS video

The following is the text of a letter that was recently sent to the Huntsville Forester newspaper:

A message from the Islamic Revolutionary Force

Yes we have destroyed your beaches over the winter months with snowmobiles, easily and effectively making them unsafe and all but unusable. We will destroy your beaches from Toronto to North Bay. We have started with the Muskokas and other tourist destinations. Your northern towns extremely easy targets, unlike cities. We do this because you reject Islam and follow the Great Satan. Infidels you allow your women to disgracefully shamelessly parade around your beaches all but naked! A Muslim woman would not even think to do this. Your women are whores with no shame and low morals. Yes we cannot pull off anything like 9-11. But we can destroy your tourist industry, hurt your people, derail your trains, poison your water supply, start devastating forest fires… Infidels publish our warning for all to see. Reject the false religion of the Great Satan. Convert to Islam. Follow the teachings of the prophet Mohammed. Let the Koran speak to you. Either be with us or stand against us. The IRF fights against the disgraceful and unjust religious persecution of Muslim Canadians and of Islamic peoples throughout the world. Hurt us, we hurt you. Anyway we can. Praise Allah! God is Great!

IRF

On May 22, 2018 Global News reported that two Bracebridge beaches in (Kirby’s Beach and Bracebridge Bay Park) in Muskoka, Ontario were temporarily closed for the Victoria Day long weekend.

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Racism in North American Muslim communities

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On May 18, 2018 the Canadian columnist, broadcaster and author Michael Coren tweeted his definition of racism.

According to Coren “Racism is systemic discrimination towards, and oppression, of people of colour.”

Is racism exclusive only to white people? Are “people of color” immune of racism because of their skin color?

Senior imam admits racism “is rife” in Muslim communities in North America because of Arab privilege over non-Arabs”

Hamza Yusuf Hanson is president, co-founder, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College located in Berkeley, California.

He is an advisor to the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union and also serves as vice-president for the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah.

In an interview with Mehdi Hassan at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) conference in Toronto (December 24-27, 2016), Hamza Yusuf said among other things the following:

A lot of the problems in the United States with the black community being shot by the police – we have about 15,000, between 15 to 18 thousand homicides a year, 50 percent are black on black crime, literally 50 pe[rcent]… One black person being shot or white, there are twice as many whites had been shot by police, but nobody ever shows those videos. It’s the assumption is the police are racist and it’s not always the case, and I think it’s very dangerous again to just broad stroke any police now that shoots a black is immediately considered a racist and sometimes these are African-American police officers… It is an important debate though, because I think, you know, we can’t, the police aren’t all racist, we cannot say that…

We should all be against any ideologies of superiority of one people over another people. It is completely antithetical proposition, but we have some of the worst racism in our own community… We have some of the worst racism in our own community. The anti-Jewish rhetoric, you know, here in the Islamic community is horrific.

And one of the things about Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah who is an Arab Sheikh – I’ve never over 20 years I’ve known him, I’ve never heard him saying a bad word about Jewish people ever, and yet I’ve heard in our community so many blatant remarks [about Jews].

Also, do you know what it is like to be a Pakistani in a lot of Gulf states or in India or from Kerala even worse. Do you know? Talk about people, talk about white privilege, what about Arab privilege over non-Arabs in the Middle East? I mean, I just feel like we have so little moral capital while pointing our finger at other people and it actually makes me a little sick to my stomach when I see all these people rising up about this anti, you know, anti this kind of white privilege and all these things and it’s like our community is rife with these things [racism] and our religion is so profound… [Question: How do you deal with that in our community?] by practicing Islam, that would be a good start.

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Canadian Imam says Islamic Law to be implemented when Muslims are majority

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Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, is a Canadian Muslim scholar, who was born as a Christian in Jamaica in 1947 and grew up in Canada, where he accepted Islam in 1972.

He completed a diploma in Arabic and a B.A. from the College of Islamic Disciplines (Usool ad-Deen) at the Islamic University of Madeenah in 1979. At the University of Riyadh, College of Education, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology in 1985, and in the department of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales, he completed a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology in 1994. Residing in Doha, Qatar, Bilal Philips is regularly invited to mosques in Canada and abroad to speak about the teachings of Islam.

The following are excerpts from Bilal Philip’s sermon (published on YouTube on August 21, 2016):

“Prophet Jesus. Issa [Arabic name of Jesus], peace be upon him, represents the bond or the link between the three last versions of Islam. The third Islam being the true version.

Christianity [is] a distortion, and Judaism [is] a distortion, though in its roots Judaism was Islam as in the roots of Christianity, as Jesus taught it, it was Islam. Jesus represents the link between all three.

Twenty two states in the US out of their fifty states, twenty two of them legally banned the Islamic Law (Sharia)…

The Sharia is the law of God, the law of Allah which is good for all times, all people in all places. That is the reality.

Wherever Muslims are able to apply it, it is their duty to apply it, not to force it upon people as a minority in a country of non Muslims.

We have foolish Muslims, you know, calling for Sharia in the middle of Europe and creating the scare.

We can’t apply it unless we are the majority and the majority agree, then we can apply it, if the majority don’t agree even we’re all Muslims, but the majority don’t agree to apply Sharia to try, to apply it is to unleash bloodshed in the Muslim nation [Ummah], because Muslims will fight you.

They have to be educated. The Muslim nation [Ummah] has to come to that understanding that the way that we deserve to govern ourselves is in accordance with the Sharia [Islamic Law] and that’s what ‘there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, Mohammad is the messenger of Allah, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him’ This is what it (لا إله إلا الله ومحمد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم) means.”