Mayor John Tory just attended services at the Masjid Toronto Mosque run by the Muslim Association of Canada to celebrate a Muslim holiday: Eid al-Adha. Tory tweeted: “It was a pleasure to join the Muslim Association of Canada this morning to celebrate Eid Al-Adha. #EidAlAdha.”
The Mayor has acknowledged that he has visited the Mosque many times.
He had shared his displeasure last year about a protest held outside that mosque. He called it Islamophobic, as did then Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne.
Yet, this is the same Mosque where prayers attacking Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims have been said. The prayers have been recorded.
The Mayor had received notification of these prayers LAST MARCH. He was given a letter. We know this because it was recorded and reported.
Tweets have been sent to the Mayor to his official Twitter account about the Masjid.
Here are some examples from the prayers recited at Masjid Toronto:
Ayman Elkasrawy (July 2016):
[O Allah], give us victory over the disbelieving people… O Allah, give victory to Islam and raise the standing of Muslims. O Allah, give victory to Islam and raise the standing of Muslims. [O Allah], as for those who wish ill for Islam and Muslims, restrain them by their neck and destroy them as you destroyed [the peoples of ]ʿĀd and Thamud [ancient peoples that perished by Allah because they didn’t heed the warnings of the prophets].
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] from 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!
Mostafa Hanout (July 2016):
O Allah give victory to the oppressed Muslims everywhere. O Allah give victory to the oppressed Muslims everywhere. O Allah help them in Palestine, help them in Syria, help them in Burma. Help them in any place in which they are treated unjustly, O Lord of the Worlds… O Allah don’t give the disbelievers over the believers a way [to overcome them].
Shaykh Abdool Hamid (July 8, 2016):
O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims and humiliate the polytheism [identified by Muslim scholars also as Christianity], 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.
Why is the Mayor of Toronto, the most diverse city in the world, attending a Mosque known for hateful prayers toward others?
How does he justify his actions? Where is his concern for hate toward Christians, Jews and all other groups in Toronto and Canada for that matter? Is it ignorance, or is it wilful blindness?
Here are links to many articles written about the prayers/supplications at that Masjid and the Imams who shared them.
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.”