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Will Mayor John Tory denounce the hatred coming from the Masjid Toronto mosque?

On February 17, 2017 Mayor of Toronto, John Tory tweeted following the demonstration outside Masjid Toronto Mosque on Friday (February 17, 2017).

Islamophobia has NO place in our city. I’ve visited Masjid Toronto many times & denounce all acts of hatred towards our Muslim citizens.

Islamophobia has no place in his city. I can’t imagine anyone believing that we should incite hate for others. CBC reported that the Police investigate anti-Muslim rally outside Toronto mosque as possible hate crime.

So, will the Mayor of the City of Toronto denounce also the calls of hate and the incitement to kill Jews and Christians that come from the leaders of this same Mosque?

In 2016, imams (religious leaders who lead the prayers) at the mosque recited supplications to Allah in support of the “mujahideen (those of engage in jihad) everywhere”, the total destruction of the enemies of Islam and the purification of Al-Aqsa Mosque from the “filth of the Jews.”

Here are the names of some of the leaders at the Mosque. Dr. Wael Shihab was appointed in April 2014 to a full-time resident Imam of the mosque Masjid Toronto. Shihab has a PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University and he was the head of the Fatwa (Islamic opinion) Unit of IslamOnline.net (English website) and the Shari’ah (Islamic Law) consultant of the Shari’ah department of Onislam.net. Other leaders at the mosque invoking prayers include Aymen Elkasrawy and Shaykh Abdool Hamid.

The following are excerpts from these supplications (originally in Arabic) recited by Aymen Elkasrawy and Shaykh Abdool Hamid:

O Allah! We ask you… [to give us] victory over the enemies

O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims

O Allah! Give victory (help) to your oppressed slaves all over the world, east to west

O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah, O the Lord of the Worlds!

O Allah! Destroy the criminals

O Allah! Destroy anyone who inflicts injustice on your slaves, O the Lord of the Worlds!

O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them.

O Allah! Do not defer [it] on them

O Allah! Seize them with the seizure of One Mighty, Omnipotent [referring to a Quranic verse that deals with the punishment Allah inflicted on Pharaoh and his people]

 

[O Allah!] Give us victory over the disbelieving people…

O Allah! Give victory to Islam and raise the standing the Muslims

And humiliate the polytheism and polytheists

O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah, O the Lord of the Worlds!

O Allah! Give them victory over the criminal people

O Allah! Destroy anyone who killed Muslims

O Allah! Destroy anyone who displaced the sons of the Muslims

O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them

O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!

O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!

O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims

And humiliate the polytheism, the polytheists, the infidels and the atheists

And Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah

O Allah! Give victory to our oppressed and deprived Muslim brothers and the mujahideen (those who engage in jihad) everywhere

O Allah! Pour on them patience and steadfast their feet

And give them victory over the disbelieving people

And give them victory over the evildoers

And give them victory over the criminals

Will there be demonstrations against this hatred toward those of us who live in the west who do not bow down to Allah?

Will Estelle Amaron, who left a message at the mosque that she “was very sorry for what happened today and that this was not the Canada that I live in and that we all live together and we’re all together and I just signed it as a neighbour and a friend,” call for the end of the hate coming from the Mosque?

And what about Mohamed Abdi, a member of the mosque, who said he was disappointed after hearing of the demonstration “It’s pretty sad and a little bit surprising since I’ve been seeing so much positive responses lately so it’s a little bit sad to hear that that happened.”

Will he condemn the hateful statements made in his Mosque?

Will the police arrest these people for incitement to kill? Will the main stream media show up and question what is going on in this Mosque? Or will all of these people just pretend that all is well-after all hasn’t our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed us over and over that Islam is compatible with the West?

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About Diane Weber Bederman

Diane Weber Bederman
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground:The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community. " Diane Weber Bederman is the author of the book "Back to the Ethic:Reclaiming Western Values" (https://www.amazon.com/Back-Ethic-Reclaiming-Western-Values/dp/1927618053) copyright dianebederman.com

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