Toronto Doors Open: the Da’wah and Jihad Tour
Proselytizing of a political or religious nature is not permitted during The Event.”
– Doors Open letter of agreement
In a June 1st column in the Toronto Sun, Tarek Fatah reported on the findings of area author John Goddard who participated in the 15th Annual Doors Open Toronto event held last week in the Toronto area:
In his quest to discover Toronto’s past recently, Goddard participated in the annual “Doors Open Toronto” city-wide festival.
The tour offers what the City of Toronto calls “free, rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.”
Goddard discovered this year’s festival included many mosques, at least one of which had a unique and pleasing architecture, with a tall minaret.
The Doors Open site lists several religious locations as part of the program. The event’s primary focus is on buidlings of “architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.” Fatah reports that on arrival at the Islamic Foundation mosque in Scarborough, Goddard found not so much a showcase of the architecture of the institution, but a focus on free literature proselytizing about Islam.
… this word (jihad) is used particularly for a war that is waged solely in the name of Allah … This supreme sacrifice of life devolves on all Muslims.
Another location Goddard visited was the Toronto mosque known as “Masjid Toronto,” run by the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC). Researcher Tom Quiggin has identified MAC as one of the “examples of Muslim Brotherhood adherent organizations in North America.” Cultural Jihad mentioned Quiggin’s recent report on the Muslim Brotherhood in North America last month.
Fatah contacted Julian Sleath, programming manager of Doors Open Toronto, and inquired why such literature was allowed to be distributed. Sleath apparently acknowledged the book on jihad was distributed, but added: “In our Doors Open letter of agreement there is the clause: “Proselytizing of a political or religious nature is not permitted during The Event.”
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: An additional Islamic location listed on the Doors Open site was the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International.
” Dawah” is proselytizing and appears to be the main function of this rather plain, store-front location shown to the left.