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Canada: Walk Your Dog in Front of the Mosque Day

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Allan Einstoss arrested for assaulting a participant at an Al-Quds Day Rally.

Allan Einstoss arrested for assaulting a participant at an Al-Quds Day Rally.

Canada: Walk Your Dog in Front of the Mosque Day

by Garibaldi

In Toronto, Canada there was an Al-Quds(Jerusalem) Day Rally, a yearly event protesting Zionism and the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel, an event that had its genesis in Iran in 1979. The rallies are controversial particularly for the way in which Iran has instrumentalized them. At this year’s rally in Toronto a man by the name of Allan Einstoss was counter-protesting Al-Quds Day accompanied by his dog, an English mastiff named “Cupcake,” he was arrested for assaulting a participant at the Al-Quds Day rally. Einstoss claims that he was punched and that his dog was kicked, police did not seem to buy his story and arrested him.

Einstoss’ supporters were angered by his arrest and by his claim that his dog was supposedly “kicked.” According to the Toronto Sun, in response, a group called Hindu Canadian Advocacy, (a group with two known members, Ron Banerjee and Dharminder Kumar, who both maybe one in the same person) are organizing on Facebook a “walk your dog in front of the mosque day,” to be held on September 14th, in front of the Salahuddin Mosque on 741 Kennedy Road, between 4:30pm and 7:30pm (h/t: HW). This is how Dharminder Kumar of Hindu Canadian Advocacy describes the event,

On September 14th, 2012, in response to the Muslim kicking of the dog at al Quds Day, everyone is asked to bring your dog and walk in front of the radical Salahuddin Mosque in Scarborough Ontario. Our CANADIAN VALUES Dog Walk will correspond with Islamic prayer times. We will be holding this event in conjunction with Canadian Hindu Advocacy.

The FB page currently has 235 members who are going, 100 maybes and a further 2,969 who are invited.

It goes without saying that the page is filled with anti-Muslim mania and hateful Islamophobia. Pictures extolling the Crusades and the need to rekindle them, praise for Anders Breivik and his actions, calls to nuke and destroy Mecca, White Supremacist advertising of the event, and demonization of Muslims and Islam literally litter the page:

The organizer of the event Dharminder Kumar praises the anti-Muslim pogroms of 2002 in Gujrat, where thousands of Muslims were slaughtered, hacked to death, burned alive, and raped:

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Storm Walker wants to raise a Crusade:

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Wherever there is Crusade talk, calls to Burn the Quran won’t be far away:

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Hardy Weinberg exposed the fact that White supremacists at Stormfront are discussing the “dog protest” and plan on attending:

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Doug E. Fresh gleefully reproduces Anders Breivik’s tearful court appearance “That’s when I ran out of bullets“:

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Rui Taher replies to Fresh, says the West will cry for more Breivik’s and links to a White supremacist website. Doug E. Fresh wants nukes to be launched:

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An enthusiastic dog-walker by the name of Vlad Tepes Jr., recalling Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) writes,

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Peter Peterson, wants to kick Muslims out of the West and back to “Mecca”:

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Recalling the “Mahound” characterization of Prophet Muhammad by European lore, Peter Peterson imagines Prophet Muhammad as a demon:

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In case anyone has any misconception about “Fresh’s” intent, he produces this “Muhammed is a pedo” meme:

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Rui Taher calls Islam and Muslims “shit religion and shit culture” because he believes they hate dogs:

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This is not the first time that a “walk your dog” protest has been held in front of a mosque in the mistaken belief that Muslims “hate dogs” and will be so frightened or provoked by the presence of a dog that they will “self-destruct.” In August of 2010, at the height of nationwide mosque hysteria in the USA, the Temecula Islamic Center was the scene of Islamophobic protesters who brought their dogs with them to protest Friday prayers; according to the Islamophobic protesters “Muslims hate dogs and America.”

Of course it is patently ridiculous that “Muslims hate dogs,” almost too ridiculous to respond to. The website Muslims with Dogs displays pictures of Muslims from around the globe with their beloved fuzzy four legged buddies (I ask everyone to send them pics if they are Muslims and have dogs). I myself am reminded of a Palestinan Muslim friend and his grandfather, a shepherd in the West Bank whose most trusted companion was his dog. I recall how when his dog died, he was deeply forlorn, distraught and sad, and it makes me reflect on how mistaken and misbegotten these hate-mongers are.

Yes, some Muslims may hate dogs, as much as some Christians and Jews and Atheists may hate dogs. The claim that Muslims have some sort of special and “unique” animosity to “man’s best friend” is just another attempt at demonization and essentialization. Most cultures that can be called “Muslim” do not have a dog culture akin to what is seen in the West, and for anyone who has seen “One Nation Under Dog” can we say that is necessarily a bad thing?

Aside from “Muslim cultures” what does Islam have to say about dogs? Does it hold them to be demons as the Islamophobes make out? The answer is an obvious no.

Traditional Islam generally prohibits Muslims from keeping dogs as pets, mostly to do with the fact that the saliva of a dog invalidates a Muslim’s ablution (though the Maliki school of jurisprudence disagrees with this). Muslims are allowed of course to keep dogs if they are farmers and shepherds, also permitted are guard dogs, hunting dogs and guide dogs (interestingly medieval Baghdad Muslim scholars were the first to note the possible utility of guide dogs).

The fact that traditionally Orthodox Islam did not allow Muslims to keep dogs as pets did not mean however that Muslims were encouraged to be cruel to dogs as Islamophobes would have it. In fact, the opposite is true, Islamic tradition encourages compassion and care be meted out to all of God’s creatures, including dogs! In a famous hadith (narration), the Prophet Muhammad related the story of a prostitute who was forgiven her inequities because she gave water to a thirsty, dying dog,

A prostitute was forgiven by Allah, because, passing by a panting dog near a well and seeing that the dog was about to die of thirst, she took off her shoe, and tying it with her head-cover she drew out some water for it. So, Allah forgave her because of that. (Bukhari, 4.55.538)

Strange isn’t it? If Islam was so opposed to dogs wouldn’t Prophet Muhammad have condemned this woman, instead of highlighting her deed as virtuous and righteous? The Grand Mufti of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ali Gomma spoke about this very hadith and how it was the inspiration for, and reason why for centuries in Old Cairo the religious authorities put into place a special endowment for the upkeep of watering fountains specifically for dogs!

The Muslims used the concept of continuous charity and charitable endowments to have mercy not only on other human beings but others from the creation whether it be animals or whether they be plants…In the old archives of the endowment documents we found a document entitled “The Endowment of Mercy”…when Muhammad Bey Abu Dhahhab built and established his mosque in Cairo he placed around the minarets large containers full of seeds so that birds in the environs of the mosque could come and feed. In every street in Cairo there would be what is called “The drinking places for dogs,” they would be small bowls along the street that passing dogs could drink from because the Prophet told us that there was a woman who entered hell because of a cat that she had imprisoned and denied food to and another woman entered paradise because of a dog she found who was thirsty and who she gave drink to

For anyone who has read and is familiar with the Qur’an there is in the 18th Chapter (“The Cave“), the story of the Companions of the Cave. The Companions of the Cave were a group of persecuted believers who fled their city because of the tyranny meted out against those who believed in “One God.” They sought refuge in a cave on the outskirts of the city where they fell asleep. According to the Qur’anic narrative they were made to sleep for over 300 years. Amongst their number was a dog.

There is an oft cited claim that the Prophet Muhammad ordered all the black dogs of Medina be culled because they were “evil” and or “devils” in the form of animals. Traditional Islamic scholars and scholars today are of the consensus that such reports are fabricated, and are actually related to pre-Islamic Arab mythology.

According to a generally unaccepted Sunni tradition attributed to Muhammad, black dogs are evil, or even devils, in animal form. This report reflects the pre-Islamic Arab mythology and the vast majority of Ulema (Muslim jurists) viewed it to be falsely attributed to Muhammad.

While there was an enormous amount of negativity and hatred on the “Walk your dog in front of the mosque day” Facebook page there was also a lot of positive feedback.

Jacob Pollack summed up the event quite succinctly and registered his disgust at this happening in Canada:

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Kyle T. Murphy also registered his disgust at the event and the usage of dogs as political tools:

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Donald Henshaw also hit it on the money, these individuals want to “inflame tensions with the Muslim community”:

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and Angad Deengar spoke out at the groups usage of “Hinduism,” saying that he is quite sure most Hindus would not advocate this anti-Mosque protest:

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These individuals and the many like them give me hope. The anti-Loons and pro-Freedom advocates, who make up the majority of Canada outnumber the bigots intent on fear-mongering. This is why solidarity work across ethnic and religious lines to combat Islamophobia is vital.

Perhaps once Islamophobes recognize that Muslims won’t boil over and melt at the mere presence of Fido they will change their “dog protest” tactics but until then the ignorant will likely continue to remain ignorant. For the hardcore who are bent on intimidating Muslims, they likely wish they could go back to the good ‘ole days when they weren’t just protesting with their dogs but could actually sic their dogs on those they despised, hated and feared.

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  1. This has happened before.

    St. Cloud State University student in a teacher-training program at Technical High School left the school in late April because he says he feared for the safety of his service dog.

    The school district calls it a misunderstanding, and officials there say they hoped Tyler Hurd, a 23-year-old junior from Mahtomedi who aspires to teach special education, would continue his training in the district.

    Hurd said a student threatened to kill his service dog named Emmitt. The black lab is trained to protect Hurd when he has seizures.

    The seizures, which can occur weekly, are from a childhood injury.

    The dog has a pouch on his side that assists those who stop to help Hurd.

    Hurd said he was unable to finish his 50 hours of field training at Tech. The university waived the remaining 10 hours, he said. He plans to do his student teaching outside a high school setting.

    “We came up with a solution because I felt threatened by it,” Hurd said.

    The school district and university are working to make sure a similar situation doesn’t happen.

    The threat came from a Somali student who is Muslim, according to Hurd, St. Cloud State and school district officials.

    The Muslim faith, which is the dominant faith of Somali immigrants, forbids the touching of dogs.

  2. Retarded

  3. I’d have a box of biscuits and sit on the front step to feed the puppies…if I were Muslim, that is. Morons…

  4. I’d have a box of biscuits and sit on the front step to feed the puppies…if I were Muslim, that is. Morons…

  5. Stupidity runs deep.

  6. How nice! A doggie parade! For us?!

  7. We need a good laugh THESE days.

  8. for one, its rude. and secondly, im goign to go running scared because of a dog???. as long as i clean myself before prayer, i might give it a big hug!

  9. Let the puppy parade begin…as long as the crazies are planning dog walks they aren’t plotting anything more sinister…

  10. I think i will put on my hijab and abaya and take my 2 dogs to one of these walks…

  11. Can you imagine what would happen if a large group of Muslims in the traditional clothing of their respective nations were to hold a dog walk in front of a Hindu temple, Christian church, or Jewish synagog? How do you think the media would portray it? How would the members of the congregation feel? How might partisan onlookers react? Such behavior is obnoxious and intended to incite animosity. It is grounded in ignorance and hatred. My mother was Canadian. Were she alive today, she would be deeply troubled by such behavior. In her name and in her honor I condemn this behavior.

  12. Bhahahaha i have dogs

  13. Oh Canada, please don’t get infected by our stupidity.

  14. Idiots are so entertaining.

  15. I’m a Muslim and I love dogs much better than I do cats.

  16. An ex-girlfriend of mine lives in Iran. She loves dogs, and she told me she saw an Iranian online poll a while back that found most respondents consider dogs their favorite kind of pet. lol at these ignorant douches.

  17. While I find the Al-Quds(Jerusalem) Day Rally in Toronto, protesting Zionism and the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel to be Iran inspired anti-semitism, I am equally dismayed at the Islamophobic acts of those who are purposely walking their dogs in front of the Mosque. That’s disgustingly disrespectful, and the remarks about the Gugurat massacre are unconscionable.

    However, it is important that Muslim-Americans and Muslim-Canadians take some time to recognize that Zionism has its origins in the legitimate aspirations of the Jewish people to return to their ancient homeland that is part of their 4,000 year history, just as we believe that Palestinians have a just reason to be able to have their own nation in a two state solution. However, that requires a commitment and compromises on both sides to achieve, but it is something that is attainable and has to be done. These fabricated anti-zionist protests globally must be ended. No one can have their cake and eat it too.

  18. All the mosque members should get out there with dog treats…

  19. All the mosque members should get out there with dog treats…

  20. *facepalm*

  21. Mosques should coincide that with there lay a bear trap day lol

  22. Why can’t we be friends? :(

  23. Since when do muslims not like dogs? lol all the muslims who have dogs should just bring them with… have a dog party lol

  24. Since when do muslims not like dogs? lol all the muslims who have dogs should just bring them with… have a dog party lol

  25. I agree with Sheyna!

  26. I’m a Muslim and I love the canine and cats!

  27. I’m Muslim. I have dog. He’s a medium sized dog and his name is Houston.

  28. I’m a Muslim and I don’t have dogs, but that’s only because my four cats would NOT approve. LOL (Plus, being single and working long hours doesn’t usually work out as a good environment for a dog.)

  29. Bit silly really. You don’t need a daft rally to walk a dog in front of a mosque, just do it if you want. I often walk my dogs near a muslim school, not for any pointless protest but because it is on the way to a park.

  30. Seriously, if I lives in Canada I’d bring a bunch of bowls and give them water, just like in the hadith. :-)

  31. *lived

  32. *lived

  33. *lived

  34. who r these morons who thinks dat muslims hate dogs.i just laugh at them.

  35. 90% of muslims are good people,,, one of my best buddys is one,,, he loved my dogs

  36. 90% of muslims are good people,,, one of my best buddys is one,,, he loved my dogs

  37. ….I like dogs.

  38. Wherever did that notion arise?

  39. So childish! I am a Muslim and like Dogs as so many other Muslims. We simply don’t let them inside our homes but keep them in the gardens. What the hell, Have a trillion dogs pass the mosque! that would be nice to see so many lovely animals! Thanks by the way silly bummers!

  40. They also hate sunshine, rainbows, laughter of children, and happiness in general. Seriously people, how ignorant can we get?

  41. salim,

    where you been? how’s the CHP subdivision in texas coming? or the mosque in beverly hills? i’ve been reading your islam question and answer site.

    http://islamqa.info/en/ref/69777

    so why don’tyou let the dog in the house? are you expecting gabriel to visit one night?

  42. These people are clearly assholes, even muslims did hate dogs does that justify violent crimes against human beings for their religion. This has nothing to do with dogs it has to do with ignorant westerners and crazy Indians that still have hate from their little civil wars back home. That said, I’m muslim and every one in my family has or has had a dog at least once. So next time someone has something hatefult to say about muslims I will get my muslim German Shepard to sick you for being mean to his owner.

  43. This foolishness comes from that Hadith that talks about Muhammad waiting on the Angel Gabriel and he never showed up(paraphrasing) and Muhammad found out it was a dog in his house or around his house so the Gabriel or no angels don’t enter houses that have dogs in them

  44. This should also be called Americans against Ignorance!!!

  45. This should also be called Americans against Ignorance!!!

  46. This is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Sigh.

  47. I can see the Muslim haters going back to the drawing board like Wile E. Coyote after this one.

  48. Um….. wha???

  49. My five dogs could use a walk, foolish people, can’t wait for their next brain fart.

  50. All I got from the Passages listed from the site linked by Mike is that if your a really really good Muslim that does lots and lots of good deeds you may come out ok if you decide to own a dog. I wonder if a Muslim could own a dog for most of their life then near the end become a Mytar and be totally forgiven and not deducted for the ownership? Personally I really like dogs, and they improve the quality of ones life if they are cared for and trained. As a result if I were Muslim I would buy a sheep so that I could own a dog to guard it.

    Maybe more Muslims need to actually own dogs. A little bit of unconditional love and hand licking may just take away their urge to burn down the homes and kill the children of Copts.

  51. I see Canada has it’s share of “Red Necks”I actually thought they were better educated than that.How sad.

  52. HEY!!! I have a GREAT idea. At the same day of the protests in front of mosques……let us Muslims turn our lemons into lemonade and hold a FREE DOG WASH!!!!!! Bring plenty of buckets, shampoo, scrub brushes, and doggie treats, etc and give these inbred redneck losers a taste of the MERCY of Islam. Come one, come all……to the FREE ISLAMIC DOG WASH AT YOUR LOCAL MOSQUE!!!!! Also good idea to pass out pamphlets on how Islam MANDATES mercy to ALL animals!!! PLEASE SHARE!!!

  53. HEY!!! I have a GREAT idea. At the same day of the protests in front of mosques……let us Muslims turn our lemons into lemonade and hold a FREE DOG WASH!!!!!! Bring plenty of buckets, shampoo, scrub brushes, and doggie treats, etc and give these inbred redneck losers a taste of the MERCY of Islam. Come one, come all……to the FREE ISLAMIC DOG WASH AT YOUR LOCAL MOSQUE!!!!! Also good idea to pass out pamphlets on how Islam MANDATES mercy to ALL animals!!! PLEASE SHARE!!!

  54. HEY!!! I have a GREAT idea. At the same day of the protests in front of mosques……let us Muslims turn our lemons into lemonade and hold a FREE DOG WASH!!!!!! Bring plenty of buckets, shampoo, scrub brushes, and doggie treats, etc and give these inbred redneck losers a taste of the MERCY of Islam. Come one, come all……to the FREE ISLAMIC DOG WASH AT YOUR LOCAL MOSQUE!!!!! Also good idea to pass out pamphlets on how Islam MANDATES mercy to ALL animals!!! PLEASE SHARE!!!

  55. . . . the hell?

  56. hahaha it looks like tea party stupidity is floating northwards on the wind. I say we should all start wearing respirators as not to get infected.

  57. hahaha it looks like tea party stupidity is floating northwards on the wind. I say we should all start wearing respirators as not to get infected.

  58. But in all seriousness, the notion that Muslims “hate” dogs is so stupid. Once I walked placed Medinah Masjid on the Danforth and everyone wanted to pet my dog because he’s a portie and his fur feels nice.

  59. But in all seriousness, the notion that Muslims “hate” dogs is so stupid. Once I walked placed Medinah Masjid on the Danforth and everyone wanted to pet my dog because he’s a portie and his fur feels nice.

  60. @ Rashid, people with mental disabilities wouldn’t do something soo stupid!! These people have no excuse for what they are doing!! They are not “retarded” they are IGNORANT!!

  61. @ Rashid, people with mental disabilities wouldn’t do something soo stupid!! These people have no excuse for what they are doing!! They are not “retarded” they are IGNORANT!!

  62. @ Rashid, people with mental disabilities wouldn’t do something soo stupid!! These people have no excuse for what they are doing!! They are not “retarded” they are IGNORANT!!

  63. If I was at that mosqe is get one of them machines you put in your yard when a dog want stop barking and put it on full blast or is pass out dog whistles to everyone.

  64. This is actually hilarious. I’m in Canada so I wish I could be there just to laugh my ass off at the stupidity of the whole thing, hahaha.

  65. here’s a hilarious debate.

    http://www.quransearch.com/dogs_rebuttal.htm

    that so many ancient superstitions, regardless of their origin, still exist is a testament to the stupidity of religion.

  66. So hilarious and stupid that it would fit perfectly in. a South Park episode .

  67. Calling any infidel/kafir islamophobic is like calling the Jews in Hitlers Germany Naziphobic.

  68. ugh, the idiocy of some people

  69. I see posts from canadians on other sites saying that al quds day is a hatefest of antisemitism, screaming for death of Jews, Breivik multiplied.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-noble-quran-translated-in-english-share-to-non-muslims-in-all-groups/435039676539575 what’s that? A Koran with all the kill the infidel bits removed? In English it is not a real Koran so I presume it can say anything.

    As long as muslims maintain a contingent with the mentality of attack dogs, they will have a problem with the rest of us.

  70. http://www.missionislam.com/knowledge/Jinn.htm

    “We can not ordinarily see the Jinn, unless they take a material form, which is usually in an unpleasant or ugly form such as a snake or a black dog, as opposed to angels who take pleasant and handsome forms.”

    alrighty then.

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