The Toronto Board of Rabbis has worked hard to arrange for rings of peace around Mosques this Friday, in memory of the mosque shooting in New Zealand, Mach 15, 2019. It was a terrible tragedy and the Jewish people are sharing their sympathy.
But what about the hate from the mosques about Jews? That should not be ignored.
Have these Rabbis been in any of the mosques at the various times of prayer? If they have been in mosques, have they taken the time to read the prayers: in English? If so, then they must be well aware that Islamic prayers include dehumanizing, demeaning and denigrating prayers about Jews, Christians and all other non-Muslims. And if so, why are they promoting rings of peace around Holy places that seem to be rather unholy? And if not, why are they so ill informed?
Are these Rabbis ready to tank western culture in the name of diversity, tolerance, inclusion and accommodation? Have they forgotten that it was the Jewish people who brought forth the ethic that all people are born with equal intrinsic value, that all life is sacred and that we all have freedom of will? That this ethic underpins western culture?
Where is everyone? We are under attack. By an ideology that promotes inequality and intolerance. One that demands submission to others. This is our war. And we, in the west, are losing out of fear-fear of being labeled intolerant by those who promote intolerance.
Let me take you to one of the Mosques. It is the Masjid in Downtown Toronto. This is the mosque where Ayman Elkaswary shared his prayers about Jews.
The prayers were not flattering. But the Toronto Star rushed to the rescue of the Mosque and the Imam with a four page article cleansing him of his speech. He just misunderstood.
An according to Bernie Farber of the CAHN, the Imam was misunderstood.
He said prayers in Arabic. His prayers are as familiar to him as the Our Father is to Catholics and Christians whether they are said in English, or in the past, in Latin. Just as Jews learn to say their prayers in Hebrew and learn the meaning of them. So what did this Arabic speaking Imam misunderstand about the prayers he was saying and had been saying for years, in Arabic?
Here are some excerpts from Elkasrawy’s prayers at Masjid Toronto mosque:
O Allah! Destroy anyone who inflicts injustice on your slaves, O the Lord of the Worlds! [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah! Count their number; [congregation:] Ameen, slay them one by one, [congregation:] Ameen and spare not one of them. [congregation:] Ameen
O Allah! Do not defer [it] from them, O the Lord of the Worlds! [congregation:] Ameen
O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews! [congregation:] Ameen.
O Allah, turn fate against them, [congregation:] Ameen, and destroy/ annihilate them as You destroyed/ annihilated [the peoples] of ʿĀd and Thamud [ancient peoples annihilated by Allah because they didn’t heed the warnings of the prophets]. [congregation:] Ameen.
So in the name of peace, Jews are embracing the Mosques in which their religious leaders say nasty prayers about the Jews as well as others.
From the Ethics of the Fathers: “Rabbi Tarfon used to say, it is not incumbent upon you to complete the task, but you are not exempt from undertaking it.”