Muslim lobby supports discussion about ethics of halal slaughter

Muslim lobby supports discussion about ethics of halal slaughter

Sameha Omer, the Director of Legal Affairs of the National Council Of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) reported, has sent a letter to Facebook Canada asking that the group “Boycott Halal in Canada” be removed as a page.

NCCM stated:

The recent attack at Chin Chin Side Street is disturbing, especially given that it happened hours after a post on the page. While the police continue to investigate, there is no doubt in our minds that the group does not meet Facebook’s Community Standards. Share this post to let Facebook know that we don’t accept hate on this platform.

Sameha Omer’s letter to Facebook

National Council Of Canadian Muslims

December 25, 2019

VIA EMAIL

TO; Facebook Canada

661 University Ave #1201

Toronto. ON M5G1M1

Re: Boycott Halal in Canada Facebook Page

Dear Sir/Madam

I write this letter to formally request that the page “Boycott Halal in Canada” be formally removed from Facebook in die aftermath of Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen being vandalized in Toronto, Ontario, after being spotlighted by the anti-Halal Facebook group.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization- Built from within the Canadian Muslim community, NCCM is a leading voice for civic engagement and the promotion of an rights.

While we strongly champion the need for free speech, we also understand that hate speech undermines who we are as a nation.

In the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v Whatcott, 2013 SCC 11, Justice Rothstein noted that hate speech means using expression that exposes a group to hatred, Hate speech seeks to delegitimize group members in the eyes of the majority, reducing their social standing and acceptance within society. Hate speech, therefore, must be looked at as beyond distress to individual group members. It can have a societal impact.

The Facebook page “Boycott Halal in Canada” is a page that traffics in thinly veiled Islamophobia. The group exposes targeted individuals or groups to hatred and hatred by others on the basis of a protected characteristic, namely religion, we of course would support the right of all Canadians to engage in a discussion regarding Muslim praxis, including the ethics of consuming meat and/or slaughtering practices, the Facebook page “Boycott Halal in Canada” does nothing of the sort. Rather; much as “boycotting kosher” is thinly veiled anti-Semitism, the “Boycott Halal in Canada” page seems to encourage perverse acts of xenophobia against communities:

  • A post seems to encourage putting pork and gelatin products into halal food. as it will be “tainted only to Muslims”;
  • A post asserts that buying Cavendish fries serves to have “unsuspecting buyers to pay the Islamic tax to further their agenda”;
  • A post asserts that Mexico now has too many Muslims, “Try googling it… you might be surprised, There are a lot of muslims in Mexico now.”
  • Another post asserts that halal food serves, “to separate gullible food companies and consumers from their money, and as a means to finance Jihad.”
  • Another post asserts that a halal food expo was “run by [a] terrorist”.
  • Admins on the page asserted that they “won’t even visit Mississauga” because of the halal food restaurants there;
  • A post noted that after a chicken manufacturer recalled chicken, “Has terrorism been ruled out? Is it even being looked at? Tyson has a troubled history with its large Muslim migrant workforce.”

Top liked comments include pictures with a nuclear explosion and the caption, “Some cancers

must be treated with radiation, Islam is one of them.”

The above-noted posts are all from the last eight months.

Let us be further clear: merely hours after Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen was targeted in a post on “Boycott Halal in Canada”, the restaurant was vandalized.

While police continue to investigate Whether the vandalization of Chin Chin Street Side Kitchen was directly linked to the post, or motivated by hate, it is clear to us that the “Boycott Halal in Canada page” does not seem to adhere to Facebook’ s Community Standards Guide under Chapter III, “Objectionable Content”. The Facebook group appears to promote content that is a direct attack on people based on a protected characteristic, namely religion, and constitutes dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion- The group further creates an environment of intimidation and may directly, or indirectly, promote real-world violence against Muslim communities,

We formally request that Facebook undertake a thorough review of “Boycott Halal in Canada” to determine whether it is in violation of Facebook’s Community Standards Guide.

Regards,

Halal slaughter in Canada

Source: NCCM
Source: NCCM
Islamic Halal slaughter explained by Vancouver Imam

Islamic Halal slaughter explained by Vancouver Imam

Toronto local news website blogto.com reported on an act of vandalism targeting Chin Chin Side Street Kitchen, a fully Halal restaurant, which is a Muslim-owned restaurant and the majority of employees working there are Muslim as well. According to BlogTo’s report, on December 24, 2019 “Chin Chin staff arrived at work to find a rock thrown through the store’s window facing Spadina Avenue.” The report implied that the act of vandalism might have been initiated by people who oppose the Halal (Islamic) slaughter.

What is Halal (Islamic) slaughter?

Mufti Aasim Rashid, a senior Imam and scholar in Vancouver, British Columbia, explains the proper method of the Muslim Halal slaughter. Here are excerpts from Aasim Rashid’s instructions published by the British Columbia Muslim Association:

The animal should not be treated roughly while bringing it to the place of slaughter. The knife used for slaughtering should be very sharp… The animal must be slaughtered at the throat. The slaughterer should slice four vessels: the two jugular veins (on either side of the throat), the windpipe (at the front of the throat) and the gullet (the esophagus). Slaughtering all four will render the slaughter complete and perfect. The act of slicing the throat should be performed speedily and without pausing.

According to Mufti Aasim Rashid, the proper method of Muslim Halal slaughter is designed to minimize the suffering of the animal by avoiding treating it roughly on its way to the slaughterhouse, using a very sharp knife and slicing the animal throat speedily and without pausing, like a sawing motion.

The name of Allah must be invoked at the time of slaughtering by saying: Bismillah Allahu Akbar. (In the Name of Allah; Allah is the Greatest.) If the name of Allah is not mentioned, then the meat becomes Haram “unlawful.”

How is Muslim Halal slaughter practised in Canada?

A video posted by Jubaer Ahmed Prodhan on September 12, 2016 documented the Halal slaughter during Eid Al-Adha, Festival of Sacrifice. Jubaer Ahmed Prodhan confirmed that the qurbani (sacrifice) ritual took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in September 2016: “a farmer field where he sells qurbani (sacrifice) animals and have place to make qurbani (sacrifice) there.”

Diane Bederman described the Muslim Halal slaughter performed in the video:

This Halal sacrifice took place on a sunny day in an open yard. Five slaughtered sheep are lying motionless on the ground, soaked with their blood. Open to flies. Three men, wearing their everyday clothing; jeans and sweatshirts, are busy skinning and dismembering the sheep. Two other men are seen dragging a sheep to the slaughter. And yes, this live animal smells the blood and feels fear. So this animal is resisting participating in its death. With the help of two other people the sheep is prepared for sacrifice. Two are holding tightly to its front and back legs. A third is pressing its body to the ground close to a fresh pool of blood while the fourth is wielding a knife above the sheep’s head. Both of his hands are heavily stained with blood. He pulls the neck of the sheep to the side creating an arch that exposes its throat. His knee is pressing hard against the sheep’s head to hold it to the ground, not allowing any movement. Then he starts cutting its throat in a back and forth motion. (Note the small size of the knife being used to cut the throat of this animal).

Trudeau:  “Our greatest holiday traditions are the ones of giving and giving back”

Trudeau: “Our greatest holiday traditions are the ones of giving and giving back”

On December 24, 2019 Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on Christmas:

Merry Christmas, Canada! Today, our family joins Christians across the country and around the world to celebrate the birth of Christ. Whether you are sharing a meal with friends, keeping the kids entertained in the snow, or spending time gathered around the Christmas tree, this season is full of joy, light, and love. No matter how you celebrate, our greatest holiday traditions are the ones of giving and giving back. Rain, shine, or snow, as Canadians, we take care of each other. From helping a neighbour shovel their driveway to serving a hot meal to someone in need, lending a hand is what brings us closer to the people around us. At this time of year, we are especially thinking of our brave Canadian Armed Forces members serving here in Canada and overseas. Thank you for everything that you do to keep us safe and defend the values we hold dear. Today, and every day, let us reflect on how we can live the Christmas message of peace and compassion as we come together and keep moving forward in the new year. From our family to yours, Hadrien, Ella-Grace, Xavier, Sophie, and I wish you a merry Christmas and all the best in 2020.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Xavier, Ella-Grace, Hadrien, Sophie and I wish you a wonderful holiday full of joy, health, love, and peace.

Posted by Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Jewish NDP MPP Rima Berns-McGown: “I embraced Islam; but I am still Jewish”

Jewish NDP MPP Rima Berns-McGown: “I embraced Islam; but I am still Jewish”

Rima Berns-McGown, a Jewish Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament for Beaches-East York on behalf the New Democratic Party (NDP), has revealed she embraced Islam.

In a post on Facebook Berns-McGown wrote (December 14, 2019):

“Yes, I also embraced Islam a few years ago, for many reasons that I don’t have the time or space to detail here, but I of course am still Jewish — sorry not sorry if that confuses you 🤷 and especially where it comes to Israel I speak as a Jew.”

Lawyer Viva Frei analyzes Canada’s crackdown on hate speech

Lawyer Viva Frei analyzes Canada’s crackdown on hate speech

Viva Frei, a Montreal lawyer who turned YouTuber, analyses and breaks down on his Vlawgs the possible implications on free speech in light of the federal government crackdown on “hate speech” on social media platform.

In his mandate letter to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau wrote:

I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities. In particular, you will:.. Create new regulations for social media platforms, starting with a requirement that all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech, within 24 hours or face significant penalties. This should include other online harms such as radicalization, incitement to violence, exploitation of children, or creation or distribution of terrorist propaganda.