I’ve sent a media inquiry to Islamic schools in Ontario and Alberta asking to respond to an statement made by a senior Muslim imam and scholar from London, Ontario that reads: “Islamic schools won’t have it [Remembrance Day] as a holiday because we don’t celebrate it.” As of November 23, 2019 none of the Islamic schools responded to the media inquiry.
Mazin AbdulAdhim, a prominent Muslim scholar and Imam from London, Ont. has stated that “Islamic schools won’t have it [Remembrance Day] as a holiday because we don’t celebrate it.”
He further explained that “it is a day to remember those who died while fighting and killing Muslims… it’s because it is a day to remember those who died while fighting and killing Muslims… The Ottomans were Muslims, and Remembrance Day first started after Britain and France and the others defeated us, killed millions of our people, and then made this celebration starting on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, November 11th, to forever remember *their* soldiers who fought to defeat us in that war and then invade our lands. That is why we don’t celebrate Remembrance Day, because we would be remembering their soldiers who killed millions of Muslims.”
Mazin AbdulAdhim’s Facebook post on November 11, 2019:
Inquiry: Does your school observe/celebrate Remembrance Day? YES or NO
Kindly respond by Monday 18th of November. If you need more time let me know.
Eric Stanley Brazau,
The media inquiry was sent by email to:
1. School of Islamic Legacy, 72 Joy Mayor Driver, Mississauga
2. Al-Manariat Heights Islamic School, 2250 Argentina Road, Mississauga.
3. Islamic Foundation, Durham. Principal is Biquar.
4. Understanding Islam Academy Canada, 2570 Haines Road, Mississauga.
5. School of Islamic Study Ontario. Chairman is Syed Hussain.
6. Center for Islamic Knowledge.
7. MAC Al-Huda School, Ajax, downtown, Mississauga, Mississauga North, Brampton.
8. MAC Al-Furqan School, Scarborough.
9. Free Islamic School.
1. Islamic School Omar Bin Al-Khattab.
2. Somali Students of Calgary.
3. Calgary Islamic School.
4. MAC Calgary.
1. Edmonton Islamic Academy.
2. MAC Edmonton.