The Muslim invasion of Toronto and unabashed attacks on Canadian laws and values escalates logarithmically. Canada, Ontario, Western liberal and secular democracy, when do we fight back please?
Thanks Proud Kaffir
‘We treat everyone like a brother and sister here’
ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE/TORONTO STAR
Speaking to a crowd of more than 10,000 gathered at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Jamal Badawi, a prominent author on Islam, called attempts to stop the Friday prayers at Valley Park Middle School a form of “secular fundamentalism.”
Critics, including several religious groups, have condemned the school for allowing an imam to conduct prayer services for Muslim students in the cafeteria.
“We strongly support the freedom of faith . . . and prayer in schools. Yes, in schools,” Badawi said to some cheers.
His sermon marked a serious moment in a largely celebratory event marking the end of Ramadan, a month-long fast.
The festival, which includes carnival rides and a bazaar, has been organized by the Muslim Association of Canada for 26 years.
Ahmed Hammam had just immigrated to Canada and was looking for a way to meet other Muslims when he first attended the event two years ago. This year, the Egyptian doctor volunteered as an usher.
“I feel it’s a good deed for me,” Hammam said as he directed worshippers to the prayer area.
Many stopped to wish him “Eid Mubarak,” an Arabic greeting for the holiday. “We treat everyone like a brother and sister here,” he said.
Premier Dalton McGuinty made a brief appearance, thanking the attendees for their contributions to the province’s economy and culture.
“Thank you for opening the eyes of all Ontarians to the beautiful, peaceful, loving faith that is Islam,” he said to loud cheers, adding that the province “thrives on diversity.”
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath also addressed the crowd.
“It shows they value each and everyone in the community,” said Aquib Mir, who brought his wife and son to the event.
Mir said he’s glad the festival was at the convention centre, a change from the usual Exhibition Place venue.
“It’s more prominent. It shows that Muslims are just like other communities, celebrating, having food, having fun” — an image that isn’t seen enough in mainstream culture, he said.
The Ghani sisters — Aisha, Rukiyah and Sumiyyah — have been attending the festival with their mother since they were kids.
This year, their mother is out of town, so big sister Aisha brought the younger ones for food and shopping.
“We still came today because it’s kind of like a tradition,” she sa