Happy Canada Day!
So while millions of Canadians will celebrate Canada’s 143rd birthday, a celebration recognizing it’s history, values and traditions, 10,000 Muslims will flock to the “Journey of Peace Conference” in Toronto to celebrate misogyny, homophobia and jihad. Of course ‘ace’ speaker Dr.Zakir Naik’s ban from entering the country has many upset, claiming it a ‘slap in the face for Canadian values’. The web site of the Journey of Peace Conference says:
” The conference will go on as planned and Dr. Zakir Naik will be joining us via live video conferencing along with all the other speakers already scheduled. Join us this Canada Day weekend for a journey towards understanding our Divine Manual: The Holy Qur’an.”
The only slap in the face here is that so many would celebrate anti-Canadian values, perfectly timed for Canada Day weekend.
‘Hatemonger’ barred by Ottawa to speak via video link
Dr Zakir Naik gives a comprehensive answer regarding the Beating of Wife in Islam in accordance to Holy Qur’an and Sahih Hadith. This question was posted in the program ‘Dare to Ask’ of Peace TV.
Kathryn Blaze Carlson, National Post · Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010
An Indian Muslim televangelist recently banned from Canada for his inflammatory statements about Jews, gays, and the West, will still headline a massive Islamic conference in Toronto this weekend, addressing upwards of 10,000 attendees via video satellite.
The Journey of Faith Conference — billed as North America’s largest Islamic conference, and featuring personalities such as Abdur Raheem Green, who has advocated “fighting jihad” and Sheikh Hussein Yee, who once said Jews are the extremists of the world — will “go on as planned” — despite Dr. Zakir Naik’s exclusion from Canada, according to the event website.
“The organizers of the 3rd Annual Journey of Faith conference, regret to announce that Dr. Zakir Naik will be unable to attend this year’s conference due to the uncertainty of his admission to Canada,” the event homepage says. “The conference will go on as planned and Dr. Zakir Naik will be joining us via live video conferencing along with all the other speakers already scheduled.”
The National Post first reported last week that Dr. Naik, president of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, has been denied a visa to enter Canada because of past comments such as “every Muslim should be a terrorist,” Jews are “our staunchest enemy,” and “If [Osama bin Laden] is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him.”
The 44-year-old medical doctor has also said that a man is within his right to beat his wife “lightly,” though in a July 2009 YouTube video he cautioned against hitting her on the face or leaving a mark.
Dr. Naik will join others who have been banned from Canada but who, through the means of technology, still manage to address large audiences here. British anti-war MP George Galloway, for example, was banned from delivering a speech in Canada last year because of his support of Gaza’s Hamas government, but nonetheless delivered a high-profile speech to hundreds of supporters in a downtown Toronto church via live-feed.
Bernie Farber, CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, said Dr. Naik’s upcoming virtual appearance at the Journey of Faith Conference is a slap in the face to Canadian values.
“Given that the Canadian government has sent a strong message that this person is unwelcome in this country, it would have been appropriate for the organizers to keep him from speaking at the conference — period,” Mr. Farber said. “If this is the way they want to operate, then I think that sends a very clear message.”
Dr. Naik, who was also recently banned from entering the UK and whose 16-year-old son is still slated to speak at the conference, did not respond to requests for an interview yesterday.
Conference chairman Imam Saed Rageah — whose Toronto mosque, the Abu Huraira Centre, made headlines last fall after a group of young worshippers vanished and were feared to have joined a Somali militant group — also declined to comment yesterday.
Meantime, Dr. Naik’s supporters were vocal, flocking to the Journey of Faith Conference Facebook page, which has 2,245 fans, to voice their disappointment over the organizers’ June 24 announcement that Dr. Naik will not set foot on the conference stage.
Another supporter was more pronounced in her indignation: “Allah will never let his religion die, it’s just another test. If we produce more people like Dr Zakir naik and spread Islam. Nothing and no power in this world is stronger than Allah.”
Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, said that while Dr. Naik has a right to speak via satellite, the government’s decision to ban him from Canada “highlights the fact that this man is a hatemonger.”
“Now it is up to those who attend this event to justify why they are going to a conference where a misogynist, homophobic, Jew-hater will be speaking,” Mr. Fatah said. “That’s the burden these 10,000 young Muslim men and women will have to carry.”
According to a second Journey of Faith Conference website — posted under the banner of Peace TV, which was founded by Dr. Naik and is the event’s main media partner — this weekend’s exhibition at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will touch on ‘Women in Islam,’ including the “status of women in accordance with the Qur’an,” and the issue of “What non-Muslim personalities say about Islam and Prophet Muhammad.”
Dr. Naik — who has spoken several times at the annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention in Toronto — has garnered headlines in Canada in the past. In 2006, the National Post reported that one of the Toronto 18 terrorist suspects had urged Muslim youth to seek out the televangelist’s teachings.
“I own like 5 of his video cassettes,” the suspect told his online friends in November, 2003.
However, Mr. Fatah said Canadians should not expect to hear anything “nasty” from Dr. Naik this time around, because he knows his words will be scrutinized.
“Expect a very lovely speech about brotherhood and amity,” Mr. Fatah said. “He will want to prove that the ban on his entry into this country was wrong.”
Citizenship and Immigration Canada declined to comment yesterday, citing the Privacy Act.