For many years now, a medieval ritual is being enacted by Muslims on the streets of Canada to mourn the murder 1,400 years ago of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussain Ibn Ali in the Iraqi city of Karbala……This year, the self-flagellation ritual reached a point when last Sunday hundreds of young men took off their shirts on University Avenue facing the U.S. Consulate and started beating themselves in frightening unison….In the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, self-flagellation is not just beating of the chests in wild unison, but extends to whipping oneself with razor-sharp blades.
Why, pray tell, is this crude ritual tolerated in Canada? This creepy, barbaric practice has made its way into Canada despite the insistence of diversity gurus, who claim that “trauma” is the most serious problem that migrants bring into Canada from foreign countries. This is nonsensical; people do not abandon their lifelong practices simply because they are crossing a border, as some claim.
The question is this: Why couldn’t John Tory or Jennifer Keesmat say the obvious and call a barbaric practice as ‘barbaric’?
The answer is the fear of offending Islam, a fear that has reached phobic levels.
“Bare-chested religious self-flagellation has no place on our streets,” by Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun, September 25, 2018:
For many years now, a medieval ritual is being enacted by Muslims on the streets of Canada to mourn the murder 1,400 years ago of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussain Ibn Ali in the Iraqi city of Karbala. This is when his fellow Muslims loyal to the ruler of the Islamic Caliphate of the time slaughtered Prophet Muhammad’s entire progeny, save a few women and an ailing son.
To put this in perspective, the tragedy observed as ‘Ashura’ unfolded way back on Oct. 10, 680 AD.
The first time non-Muslim Canadians saw the spectacle of an ‘Ashura’ march was in 2010 when processions were held in cold weather in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. Nothing other than mourning songs and symbolic light beating of the chest was displayed.
In the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, self-flagellation is not just beating of the chests in wild unison, but extends to whipping oneself with razor-sharp blades, the ritual of cracking skulls and bleeding baby boys with cuts on their heads.
This year, the self-flagellation ritual reached a point when last Sunday hundreds of young men took off their shirts on University Avenue facing the U.S. Consulate and started beating themselves in frightening unison.
A lawyer, originally from Lebanon, who was walking by the procession recognized what was happening and quickly recorded the scene taking place outside the 361 University Avenue Courthouse and sent it to the Toronto Sun.
Another recording emerged from 2017 that showed this practice of hundreds of shirtless men marching on our streets beating their bare chests and faces. This had happened without any objection by any politician, public figure or police.
I reached out to the candidates vying to be Toronto’s mayor and asked them if they would permit such public display of medieval rituals on our streets, if elected.
Mayor John Tory’s office said the group marching bare chested “would not have received a permit from a City Division for this activity. It would most likely be a protest, although a cultural ritual, as it was done in front of the US Consulate.”
John Tory did not address the question whether he would permit such a procession if elected.
His main rival in the race, Jennifer Keesmat, did not respond at first, but after I persisted, her office sent the following message:
“Thank you for writing into the campaign. We hear your feedback and appreciate you sharing it with us. We’ll pass it along to our team.”
The only candidate who did address the issue was Faith Goldy who has been portrayed as a pariah by much of the media elites and the political class…..