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Kathleen Wynne at Masjid Toronto mosque. Photo: Twitter Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne mum on Dundas mosque’s hateful messages against non-Muslims

As of February 21, 2017, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has not yet issued any statement regarding the controversial supplications to Allah that were recited in 2015 and 2016 at Masjid Toronto mosque (Dundas and Bay). Imams led the congregation in prayers 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.”

A day after the anti-radical Islam demonstration outside Masjid Toronto Mosque on Friday (February 17, 2017) with signs that read “Ban Islam” and “Canadians Against Islamization”, Premier Wynne tweeted the following:

There is no place for Islamophobia in Ontario. Thankful for those who stand with the Islamic community against hate.

On February 18, 2017 CIJnews exposed excerpts from supplications (originally in Arabic) recited by Aymen Elkasrawy and Shaykh Abdool Hamid at Masjid Toronto mosque in 2016:

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.

On February 20, 2017 Masjid Toronto mosque has issued the following statement:

It has come to our attention that an inappropriate supplication that was offensive to those of Jewish faith, was made in our downtown mosque, Masjid Toronto.

Such language is unacceptable and against the values and practices of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), Masjid Toronto and the Muslim Community at large.

Masjid Toronto condemns all forms of hate and racism towards any faith group or others and is committed to offering a safe spiritual space for all congregants.

The mosque’s statement ignored the supplications against the non-Muslims and in support of the mujahideen.

Following the terrorist attack on Quebec mosque that left six dead and 19 injured, Premier Wynne issued tweeted (January 30, 2017):

Diversity is our strength. Today I spoke with our Muslim brothers & sisters at @macmtoronto. We should all be free to worship without fear.

Wynne’s tweet refers to her visit to Masjid Toronto mosque on the same day. Addressing the congregants Wynne condemned the attack on the mosque emphasizing that “the antidote to hatred is love” and that Canadian should espouse an approach based on “beyond tolerance” towards each other.

The following is the transcript of the speeches delivered by Wael Shihab, the Imam of Masjid Toronto mosque and Premier Kathleen Wynne (to watch the video click HERE):

Wael Shihab:

We are here today to show our support and to pray for our brothers and sisters, for the victims and their families. More than one time brothers we said that violence has no religion. Terrorism has no religion. Muslims like other communities are victims of violence and terrorism. Islamophobia has killed Canadian citizens. Islamophobia has killed innocent Canadian citizens. We all are here to show our support and to say that we are united against violence, against terrorism. As the government, officials will take action against those who committed these terrorist attacks, we as Muslims know how far it’s unfair to blame communities for the mistake of some individuals. We Muslims know it’s unjust and unfair to blame communities or religions of the misbehavior for the crimes of a few. We reject blaming communities or religions. We don’t blame any community, any religion for this crime and we also, we thank Kathleen Wynne for the attendance here to show support, to pray for the victims and their families. We thank all those who showed their support with the Muslim community in this hard time, and we ask all to work together to end Islamophobia and all actions of hatred and discrimination in our country in Canada. We all stand for justice, freedom, security and peace for all.

Kathleen Wynne:

Thank you very much imam and assalamualaikum [Arabic for peace be upon you] Thank you for welcoming me to your house, into your home. I am here because I want to express my deep sadness at is happening in Quebec City, but beyond that I want to let you know that our hearts and our prayers are all of us go to the victims, their families, to the friends of the people who have suffered in this really horrible act of violence. I did speak with Premier Philippe Couillard in Quebec this morning I told him that our hearts in Ontario are with the people of Quebec who suffered through this attack and I assured him that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that all of the police services work together to make sure that security is in place to keep people safe and secure here in Ontario. There should be no fear when worshiping your God, our God here in Ontario and in Canada. There is no place for the kind of violence that would make people fearful of going to their place of worship. That is not who we are as Ontarians. It is not who we are as Canadians. So I want you to know that I, my government, all of our elected officials stand with you as one. We’re not different. We’re the same. We’re all Ontarians. We’re all Canadians. We’re all here because we believe in an open society. Except for Indigenous people, every single one of us came form somewhere else, from another country, another place to build this open society… You talked about hatred. The only antidote to hatred is love. That is the only thing we can find basically is love. So I want to just say that we are shocked, I think all of us feel that shock. We hope that this can’t happen in Canada and [can’t] happen in our open society, but we have to be smart, we have to remain vigilant. We have to understand that we have the responsibility to stand together, to continue to make it clear what we stand for in this country and in this province and that is love, and beyond tolerance, effective and understanding of one another and understanding that it is because we are different that we’re strong. And sometimes those words are used in a trivial way, but I absolutely believe that what makes us strong in this country, in this province, in this city, is that we are different and because we can understand each other and we learn to live together that we have a a different view of the world that is strong because of our shared understanding. So I want to be here just to say that I am very sad. I am sad today. I think we are all are. And we have to everyday make it clear what are values are that we value and respect and love each other and that is the way we are looking forward in Ontario. And inshallah [Arabic for Allah Willing] we will not have to be here having this conversation.

See also:

  • Masjid Toronto mosque’ Imam: transsexuals should return to their original gender; homosexuality is evil, Satan’s temptation (click HERE)
  • Masjid Toronto mosque apologizes for “offensive” supplications against the Jews (click HERE)
  • Supplications at Masjid Toronto Mosque: “Slay them one by one and spare not one of them” (click HERE)
  • Will Mayor John Tory denounce the hatred coming from the Masjid Toronto mosque? (click HERE)
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About Jonathan D. Halevi

Jonathan D. Halevi
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is co-founder and editor of CIJnews and a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is also a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd.

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