Scantily clad woman “wants attention and possibly much more” – Toronto Islamic booth

Scantily clad woman “wants attention and possibly much more” – Toronto Islamic booth

On October 28, 2019 I sent a media inquiry to the Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter asking for an explanation why Muslim Dawah (Islamic propagation) activists hand out Islamic literature that contains controversial content regarding women. A day later I left a courtesy message on Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter’s answering machine extending the deadline. At the time of publishing of this article I have not yet received a reply.

Media Inquiry to the Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter

Mohammed Obaidullah, Volunteer President, Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter

Owais Rafi, Vice President, Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter
info@collectfreequran.org

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Copies of the book “Islam Balancing Life And Beyond” by Suhail Kapoor are being handed out for years by activists of the Islamic booth at the corner of Yonge and Dundas (Dundas Square) in Toronto.

Quotes from the book, a project of Islamic Propagation Center in Mississauga, Ontario:

Page 53

Mixed gatherings offer opportunities where base desires are unleashed, and once allowed free reign, have the potential to even destroy families. Are the results of promiscuity not in front of us? The illegitimate and abandoned children, broken homes, adultery, abortions, divorces and sexual diseases and more. Relationship out of wedlock is known as ‘fornication’, punishable by Islamic Law in an Islamic state. It is in the larger interest of our society that Islamic high moral standards are advocated and enforced.”

Page 46

“…because of the apparent restriction on Muslim women to remain away from the public realm, many Westerners see the Muslim hijab as a symbol of female oppression. However, on the contrary as per those women, especially Westerners who embraced Islam, the hijab is instead a symbol of ‘liberation’. The Islamic tradition of hijab frees women from being perceived primarily as sexual objects.”

Page 48

“Human beings are conditioned by the society in which they live. Naturally when you see a woman scantily dressed and revealing her physical features, versus when you see a woman modestly dressed, covering her head, not revealing any of her physical features, impressions that will come to mind do not need mentioning. Needless to say, dress represents her modesty, and through it she commands the respect in the society. Whereas when a woman chooses to show her body in one form or another, the message is only one: she wants attention and possibly much more.”

Page 50

Islam puts an upper limit of four wives and gives a man permission to marry two, three or four women, only on the condition that he deals justly with them, which, if not impossible, is certainly extremely difficult. Knowing well of our shortcomings, Allah in His infinite wisdom says later in the same chapter: “You will not be able to do justice between your wives however much you wish (to do so).” (Qur’an 4:128-130) This verse serves as a deterrent of fear of Allah and as such, less than 2% men in the Muslim world exercise this option. Therefore polygamy is not a rule but an exception. Many people labour under the misconception that it is an open-ended verdict for a Muslim man to have more than one wife. This is absolutely not true.”

Page 51

The system of polygamy according to Islamic Law is a moral and human one. It is moral because it does not allow man to have intercourse with any woman he wishes, at any time he likes. He is not allowed to have intercourse with more than three women in addition to his (first) wife, and he cannot do that secretly, but must proceed with a contract and announce it, even if among a limited audience. To attain full legitimacy it must be registered with the law.”

QUESTIONS

Do activists with the Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter hand out for free at Dundas Square or elsewhere copies of the book “Islam Balancing Life And Beyond” by Suhail Kapoor?

The book states: “Relationship out of wedlock is known as ‘fornication’, punishable by Islamic Law in an Islamic state.” The Islamic Law prescribes a punishment of flogging for the unmarried and stoning to death to the married. Does the Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter agree with stoning fornicators to death in the Islamic State?

Does the Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter agree with the messages of the book regarding women including the statement “when a woman chooses to show her body in one form or another, the message is only one: she wants attention and possibly much more”?

Does the book “Islam Balancing Life And Beyond” by Suhail Kapoor reflect in whole or in part the true teachings of Islam as being taught by your Dawah organization?

I’ll appreciate a response by 4 pm October 28, 2019. If you require more time please let me know.

Sincerely,

Eric Stanley Brazau,

Investigative Journalist

EricBrazau.com

Toronto Mayor Tory calls to ban feminist Meghan Murphy after welcoming anti LGBT Imam

Toronto Mayor Tory calls to ban feminist Meghan Murphy after welcoming anti LGBT Imam

Toronto Mayor, John Tory, supports banning Vancouver-based feminist journalist Meghan Murphy from speaking at the Toronto Public Library because of her views on transgenders.

Murphy was invited by Toronto-based group Radical Feminists Unite to speak on an October 29 panel at the Toronto Public Library – Palmerston Branch called “Gender Identity: What Does It Mean For Society, The Law And Women?”

Founder of Feminist Current, a blog and podcast, Murphy hase criticized third-wave feminism, male feminists, the sex industry, exploitation of women in mass media, trigger warnings, and transgender legislation.

In May 2017, she appeared before the Canadian Senate to oppose Bill C-16, which encoded gender identity and gender expression into Canadian law. She told the Senate: “Treating gender as though it is either internal or a personal choice is dangerous and completely misunderstands how and why women are oppressed under patriarchy as a class of people … The rights of women and girls are being pushed aside to accommodate a trend.”

Describing her views as “offensive”, Mayor Tory said that Meghan Murphy should not be given a platform in any premises of the City of Toronto. The Toronto Star reported,

“Mayor John Tory meanwhile, a former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, has voiced his disappointment with the library’s position, saying officials should use the “highest of standards” to ensure that public buildings not become a place where “offensive commentary” is permitted.”

John Tory’s position in Meghan Murphy’s case stands in stark contradiction to his stance regarding Wael Shehab, the head Imam of Toronto Masjid Mosque who is known for his anti LGBT statements.

Tory stated he visited Wael Shehab’s mosque “many times” and on May 7, 2019 he hosted an Iftar dinner (breaking the fast of Ramadan) in the Council Chambers with the attendance of Imam Wael Shehab.

Imam Wael Shehab wrote,

Homosexuality is a sinful act in Islamwe should not associate with them and should not take them as friendsIn Islam, changing one’s sex is not permissible if the person (male or female) has ‎complete male or female sex organs… Given the above, it’s my advice for him to return back to his original sex and go through professional counseling and treatment to lead normal happy life.”

On 10 May 2012 Wael Shihab issued an Islamic ruling (fatwa) titled “Same-Sex Marriage and Objectives of Shari`ah”. Shihab’s Islamic ruling reads in part:

“Like all the world’s major religions and traditions, Islam has a clear stand on this issue, as it emphatically forbids homosexuality and lesbianism and regards them as a violation of the commands of Allah. It states clearly that same-sex marriage poses a serious and dangerous threat to human societies and communities… So it’s clear that the Islamic concept of marriage is totally different from “gay or lesbian” styles of marital relationshipsSame-sex marriage endangers true faithful family atmosphere where children should be soundly and morally raised. Gay and lesbian marital relationships lack social acceptance and impose serious dangers to the family institution. Same-sex marriage, moreover, threatens the existence of human species. Such relationships could not build human communities or secure the existence of humans… same-sex marriage imposes serious social dangers that destroy the basic foundations of families, societies, and human communitiesSame-sex marriage, on the other hand, imposes serious dangers to the family institution, lacks social support, endangers the real lovely family life, and breaks the social order of the human community.”

Hijab – an individual choice or a mandatory duty ordained by Allah?

Hijab – an individual choice or a mandatory duty ordained by Allah?

The Islamic Heritage month is celebrated in Ontario every October. The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) issued a Resource Guidebook For Educators, that includes basic information about Islam and Muslims in Canada.

Approved by senior Muslim scholars and educators, this booklet provides to non-Muslim students background information about the hijab, a modest attire for Muslim women that includes a veil to cover the head, ears and the neck.

Here are excerpts from TDSB’s Resource Guidebook For Educators (2017):

What is Hijab? The hijab is a headscarf worn by some Muslim women who have reached adulthood as defined by the onset of puberty. The hijab is a piece of cloth that covers the hair, ears and neck, exposing only the face. The Arabic word khimar, as mentioned in the Qur’an, is a more traditional term used to denote the hijab. A minute sub-segment of Muslim women in Canada (estimated at less than a few hundred) choose to wear the niqab, which is a face covering in addition to the hijab. Women who choose to cover their heads are not exclusive to Islam; some Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, and Rastafarian women also wear a form of head covering as part of their religious or cultural practices. This theme is captured in the children’s book, Hats of Faith by Medeia Cohan-Petrolino.

Do all Muslim girls/women wear the Hijab? Female Muslim students may or may not wear the hijab, based on individual choice. Sometimes, they may wear the hijab regularly for a period of time, and then decide not to wear it. Many identity and societal factors are at play with regards to wearing the hijab – including parental pressure. In a popular Marvel comic titled, “Ms. Marvel”, one of the Muslim characters expresses her frustration when asked if her father forced her to wear the hijab, stating, “Actually, my dad wants me to take it off. He thinks it’s a phase” – an experience shared by some Canadian Muslim women (Wilson, 2014).

Shaikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior Imam at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, has a different view about the Islamic definition of the hijab and its application on Muslim women.

On his website www.askthescholar.com Shaikh Ahmad Kutty was asked:

“I have been wearing a hijab for as long as I can remember but to me it is just something that covers my head. I have decided that I no longer want to wear it. I am now an adult and so I would be facing the consequences of not wearing it. Does this make me less of a Muslim?”

Shaikh Ahmad Kutty issued an Islamic legal opinion on this matter:


Hijab in the sense of modest attire for woman that covers the whole body excluding face and hands is ordained by Allah in the Qur’an. This is the understanding of the Muslims from the time of the Companions (the first addressees of the Qur’an) down through the centuries. There is not a single scholar or mufassir (interpreter of the Qur’an) of the past that I know who has questioned this ordinance. Once it has been proven to be the order of Allah, no Muslim or Muslimah can reject it on the ground that I am an adult, and I can decide for myself. Allah says: “When Allah and His Messenger have decided on a matter that concerns them, it is not fitting for any believing man or woman to claim the freedom of choice in that matter: whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger is far astray.” (Qur’an: 33: 36). May Allah inspire us to see the truth as truth and follow it, and to see the error as error and shun it—aameen.”

A court case recently reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) revealed how the Islamic ruling on hijab in practised by Canadian families in Victoriaville, Quebec:

“A Quebec youth court judge has removed a 16-year-old girl in Victoriaville from her family after she was forced into a marriage with an older man who insisted she wear a hijab, rifled through her cellphone and controlled who she could see. The girl was so afraid in the weeks before the ceremony was to happen last spring that she ran to a neighbour’s house and locked herself in a bedroom. After a noisy and violent confrontation between the neighbours and the girl’s family, police escorted the girl to safety. In July, a youth court judge granted the girl’s request to be placed in hiding with a foster family until she turns 18.”