Mosque says to avoid Western holidays
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
TORONTO - A Toronto mosque is telling Muslims not to say "Happy Thanksgiving" or invite friends into their homes for turkey dinner on the holiday weekend.
The Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque says to "avoid participating" in dinners, parties or greetings on Thanksgiving because it is a kuffaar, or non-Muslim, celebration.
A two-part article on the mosque Web site says Muslims should also "stay completely away" from "Halloween trick-and treat nonsense," Christmas, New Year's, anniversaries, birthdays and Earth Day.
"How can we bring ourselves to congratulate or wish people well for their disobedience to Allah? Thus expressions such as:Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, etc, are completely out," it says.Let's interrupt this nonsense for some real news before we return to Islam in Canada.
Tehran, 28 Sept.(AKI) - A court in the Iran's second largest city, Mashad, has sentenced to death by stoning a mother-of-three for having an extra-marital affair, an Iranian newspaper reported Friday.
The daily Quds said the married woman's lover had confessed to having had sex with her and that the court sentenced him to 100 lashes.
There are currently eight women in Iranian prisons waiting to be executed by stoning, a practice usually reserved for those found guilty of adultery according to the Islamic republic's laws.
In 2003, the Khalid mosque, which mainly serves the Toronto Somali-Canadian community, apologized for a newsletter that compared wishing someone a Merry Christmas to congratulating a murderer.
At the time, a junior employee was blamed for the slight, but the mosque's Web site has since posted similar edicts covering not only Christmas but also virtually every other Western celebration.
Muslims who participate in the holidays are termed ignorant and hypocritical.
While not all are religious holidays, the Internet site says Muslims are required to be different from non-Muslims "in matters which are representative of them or are characteristic of their identity."
Also banned, it says, are: watching sports or soap operas, walking dogs, family photos, wedding bands, Western hats, mingling and shaking hands with the opposite sex.
"Allah and his messenger have warned us against following or imitating non-Muslims in things which are characteristic of their religion or beliefs. This is more emphasized in the case of their eids [festivals] or occasions, which always hold some religious or ideological non-Islamic meanings, and on which the kuffaar indulge in many evil practices."Wait a minute. At what point is "tolerance" just another word for every description of cowardice? What good thing can one say about cowardice and the coward? OK, back to the story.
The Web site also has a question-and-answer section, which advises that Muslims can join political parties only if they are "able to exert some influence on the direction of the party so that it will take an Islamic direction."
Elsewhere in the Q&A section, it says that, "with strong determination and patience, the world will God-willing be under the Muslims' control."
The mosque is run by a federally registered charity. Rival factions within the Somali Muslim community are fighting in court for control of the charity. The mosque president could not be reached yesterday.
Is there a point at which people get sick of themselves for being so slimy? Maybe it's happened in Canada already and it's just not that bad living with ones own sickness. But I've had recent experience of Canadians in a difficult situation, and they were not cowards, not sickening people; just the opposite. A large number of strangers went out of their way to accommodate me in a time of distress, ignoring blood and misery and giving up some of their personal possessions, like clothing and blankets, like their time and promise of future time on my behalf and that of society in general. They were people I'm proud to live among. Unfortunately, among them is one man who decided that if he couldn't have is own way at the public's expense he'd just boot a violinist in the balls. A striking government employee who wants more money from the public for doing a low-skilled job is angry at a symphony violinist. We read in the local Vancouver Sun newspaper:
[T]he conduct of CUPE members on the picket lines for the season-opening concerts "resulted in violent and obstructive behaviour, some of which required police action to mitigate."
Most peoplein this city and in this country are normal and decent. And then there's a rotten, spoiled, angry thug who decides that he can kick a man in the balls if he can't have his way at everyone else's expense. Well, what do we do? We often do nothing, letting Muslims run wild and worse, letting CUPE thugs intimidate and extort and pay for terrorist murder. CUPE Ontario supports terrorists in the Middle East, and in B.C. their members are out of control, recently having attacked a pregnant woman at City Hall. Most people in this city and in this nation are fine and decent. A few are the scum of the Earth. Part of being a good person is doing the hard things as well, which is punishing the evil as well as doing good deeds for ones fellows.Sometimes being nice isn't really enough to be Good. Sometimes being good is to be really nasty and brutal.