Monday, 8 October 2007

Happy Thanksgiving! Just don't expect such a greeting from this Toronto mosque

From the National Post.

Mosque says to avoid Western holidays
'Thanksgiving Out'
Stewart Bell, National Post
Published: 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.

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.

You give these people refuge and not only do they give Canadians a drug problem but the cold shoulder as well.

So, these Somalis are told to avoid Western Holidays by their mosque. Why don't they avoid immigrating to Western countries altogether? This kind of advice smacks of intolerance but unfortunately Somalis are not the only ones to express intolerance for Canadian culture. Why are they here? Why do we even let them in?

If Canada encouraged the immigration of a people who most easily adapted and integrated into Canadian society and culture these kinds of problems will be avoided. Our current immigration policy just compounds these problems and invites future tensions and cultural battles. Any takers on who will lose?

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