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Monday, November 17, 2008

Whoops! A Toronto mosque gets caught with hate-filled website

The Toronto Star reports:
A mosque asking that Canadian workplaces respect a strict Muslim dress code is at the same time disseminating slurs against Jews and Western societies, and warning members against social integration.

The Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque near Kipling Ave. and Rexdale Blvd. serves as the religious authority for eight Somali women complaining to the Canadian Human Rights Commission that UPS Canada Ltd. violated their religious rights at a sorting plant. The mosque, founded in 1990 and serving upwards of 10,000 people, preaches strict adherence to sharia, or Islamic law, and no compromise with the West.

Teachings on the mosque's website, khalidmosque.com, refer to non-Muslim Westerners as "wicked," "corrupt" and "our clear enemies."

Sometimes Jews are singled out.

"Is it permissible for women to wear high-heeled shoes?" begins one posting in question-and-answer format. "That is not permissible," comes the reply. "It involves resembling the Disbelieving Women or the wicked women. It has its origin among the Jewish women."

Modern pastimes are condemned.

"What is the ruling on subscribing to sports channels?" another question begins. "Watching some of the female spectators, when the camera focuses on them time after time" stirs "evil inclinations," the lesson reads. "Some (players) may not even believe in Allaah."

Mosque leaders refused repeated requests for an interview.

A disclaimer on the website says questions and answers do not necessarily reflect the mosque's views. But the About Us page says: "All questions and answers on this site (are) prepared, approved and supervised by (the mosque's imam) Bashir Yusuf Shiil."

A few days later there was a follow-up article:

The Toronto mosque that once warned its members to avoid wishing others "Merry Christmas," equating it with murder, is once again pitted in controversy.

And now the Muslim Canadian Congress is calling on Ottawa to strip the charitable status of the Somali Islamic Society of Canada, which owns the Khalid Bin Al-Walid mosque in Etobicoke, founded in 1990 and serving more than 10,000 worshippers.

Congress president Farzana Hassan said postings on the mosque's website are "in contravention of what a moderate Muslim should stand for."

Asked for specifics, Hassan cited the site's "statements about women." For example, she said, "they say female circumcision is honourable and yet they find piercing your ears reprehensible, wearing high heels reprehensible, laughing objectionable. It's very disconcerting that their priorities are where they are."

But the mosque defends its postings, arguing in a statement posted on its website that "different scholars of Islam may have differing opinions on the same subject."

The statement, signed "Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque Management and the Board of Directors," continues: "We try our best to enrich Islamic knowledge for anyone who visits our web site and show to them the differing views of Islamic scholars on a particular subject."

The mosque's website has since cleansed itself of all problematic references. Yet on its front page, it threatens the author of the original article with an open letter, written before the article was published:

We are very concerned by the tenor of your questions that you may unintentionally harm the image of Somali Muslims in Canada with the words you write. As the Board of the Khalid Bin Al-Walid mosque, we are preparing ourselves for the inevitable backlash of hatred and threats that will come with the suggestion that we support radical Islam and that we are therefore terrorists. While we have become accustom to this form of racism, we never get used to it and it is very harmful to our people. We will reserve judgment on your article until after it is published and we are hopeful that it is accurate, fair and balanced. If it is not, we will seek the appropriate advice from our legal counsel.

Thank you, may Allah guide you to right path.
Some vestiges of the original articles remain in Google's cache, but they seem to be disappearing fast. Here's one:

A man stood o­n a branch of a tall and expansive tree. He began to saw off the branch that he was standing o­n. Instead of sawing the tip of the branch, he was sawing the branch at the place that it was attached to the tree. This put him directly in danger of falling. Yet, whenever someone tried to instruct and warn him that by cutting the branch at that location he was harming himself, he would not allow him or her to speak or take their advice.

This is a direct example of the situation that the Muslim woman is in today when she follows the unknown theories (destructive Western arguments) that are being perpetrated. She never asks herself why she is willing to follow these ideas. Not knowing that these ideas are what have taken away her personality and change her perception of reality. She becomes like a ball that is batted around with no control of her own. She becomes completely immersed in these illicit arguments that possess her completely. The o­nly way of saving herself is by isolating herself from those destructive opinions, and by turning to her trusted and verified Sharee‘ah.

Her Fitra (natural inclination to believe in Allah and do good while abandoning evil) protects the Muslim woman of this era, from dissolving into evil. Even though she is in an ominous predicament.

This quickly changes o­nce she becomes introduced to the wickedness of Western ideology and concepts. She quickly begins to sink into a void of restlessness and misguidance.

The Muslim woman may become so infatuated with their Western culture and practice, that she begins to abhor her own culture and dress. She becomes fixated o­n trying to appear and act like her “role models” of corruption. This is something that Western companies and factories are more than willing to capitalize o­n.

“Lo! You are the o­nes who love them but they love you not.” Ali-‘Imran 3:119
Only the o­ne with Islamic intuition and direction can see the pattern of Zionist influence and behaviour upon the many nations and people. They are morally, religiously, and ethically destroying society after society.

Muslim women’s identity has been under attack as a way of destroying her self-image. The Jews have shown their determination in trying to destroy Hijab. This habit is not new. During the life of Rasool-ul-Allah (saaw) a group of Jews uncovered a Muslim woman in the market place of Bani Qainuq‘a. To this day their intentions and habits are the same, they intend the defamation of our Muslim woman. They know that destroy the woman equals destroying the society that she is a part of.

Saddening indeed is the situation of the Muslim women who have relented to the calls of those who are our clear enemies. Many have been brainwashed into believing the words of the disbelievers. Some have accepted the concepts and ideology of the disbelievers in their hearts while their tongues profess Islam. They strive to remove Hijab from our woman while calling to so-called “Islamic Feminism.” Surely they attract those who hate what Allah has revealed, the worshippers of woman and lust.

Also, know my Muslim sister that to conceal your face and allow your eyebrows, cheekbone, and bridge of the nose to remain uncovered is clear error. Some women use this as a ploy to cover up their inadequate features. They will uncover what they like and cover what they dislike. If our woman folk exit their homes having beautified themselves, uncovering more that what they cover, perfumed, while using their eyes and movement to attract the attention of men, they are indeed calling to deviance and disorder.

Here's something I didn't know:
o­n the authority of Jaabir who said: "The Jews used to say that if a man entered his wife in the vagina but from behind, their child would be cross-eyed! Then Allaah revealed the verse: "Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will;" [al-Baqarah 2:223]. The Prophet said : "From the front or the back, as long as it is in the vagina". [Al-Bukharee and Muslim]
And:
...this despite their hearts containing different shades of jealousy, arrogance and hatred towards their brothers. In this there is a clear resemblance to the Jews.
This article makes it clear who these Canadian Muslims considered their enemies:
Indeed, fear is a weapon, which Allah implants in the hearts of His enemies. This is why the strength of the Muslims, is not in their great numbers - weapons or wealth - but it is in their aqeedah (belief) and their adhering to it. For today there are plenty of Muslims, but they are like foam, like the foam carried by the waves. And their riches are many but cannot be for them. Rather, it has become the possession of their enemies. For example: The Muslims today approximate over o­ne billion and they grow in number everyday. However, at the same time they are the weakest of nations in every country they are in, being persecuted - why?

Because they have become like foam, like the foam o­n the waves. Also, the lands of the Muslims possess many riches and minerals, but where does it all end up? With the disbelievers in Europe or America, or it goes to the jews of palestine. The Muslim oil constitutes approximately o­ne third of the world's reserves, but the Muslims are the poorest of people - why?
The mosque has now apologized to the Canadian Jewish Congress about these postings, but it has not come even close to repudiating them.