First human case of West Nile confirmed in Toronto for 2018

A Toronto resident has tested positive for the West Nile virus, becoming the first confirmed case in the city this year.

Public health officials did not say where in the city the person became infected.

The adult was hospitalized for treatment and is now recovering at home.

While the risk of becoming infected with the virus is relatively low, the city’s associate medical officer of health, Dr. Allison Chris, said there are a number of ways people can protect themselves during the summer months.

She encouraged citizens to wear insect repellent, wear light-coloured clothing and remove standing water to prevent infection.

“That would include mosquito repellent and DEET,” she said. “And look around your environment, your property, your home. What you want to do is make sure you don’t have standing water. (You can also) secure the screens on your windows so that mosquitos don’t get into the house.”

Extra caution should be taken during dusk and dawn, officials said, as it’s considered “peak mosquito biting time.”

If infected, people can develop numerous symptoms, but Chris said those symptoms vary depending on the severity of the infection.

She said 80 per cent of people don’t experience symptoms at all.

“Most people who get bitten by a mosquito, even if the mosquito has West Nile, do not get symptoms,” she said. “Those that get mild symptoms can include a fever, a headache, muscle pain, fatigue and sometimes nausea and vomiting.”

Anyone who suffers what she called “severe symptoms,” though rare, could experience high, persistent fever, confusion and numbness in their extremities.

“We recommend anybody who is concerned to seek medical care,” she said.

Between June and September, public health officials conduct weekly tests on mosquito traps set up across the city.

Chris said while it’s now considered peak season, laboratory tests conducted thus far have all been negative.

“We started testing in the last week of June,” she said. “This point in time we haven’t had any positive mosquito pools.”

Last year, 26 people in the city contracted West Nile.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/first-human-case-of-west-nile-confirmed-in-toronto-for-2018-1.4031005

Thorncliffe mosque’s supplication: “Slay them one by one”

Islamic Society of Toronto, Masjid Dar Us Salaam, is located at 4 Thorncliffe Park Drive in Toronto, Ontario.

Under the category of “Talks of Deen” [religion of Islam] Masjid Dar Us Salaam’s website provides Islamic lectures and supplications.

18 Islamic lectures and supplications appear under the following banner:

The 11th Annual Path to Piety Program. Reconnecting with revelation. Deriving lessons from various chapters of the holy Quran. Masjid Dar Us Salaam, Toronto, Canada, Mar 30 – Apr 1, 2018.

The “Final Dua” [supplication] was delivered by Ahmad Ali on April 1, 2018. Here are excerpts from this supplication:

[Originally in English]

O Allah! Forgive all the believing men and women

O Allah! Forgive all the Muslim men and women, those who are alive, those who have died

O Allah! Unite their hearts

O Allah! Unite their hearts

O Allah! Unite their hearts

O Allah! Set right their mutual affairs

O Allah! Help them against their enemy and your enemy

[Originally in Arabic]

O Allah! Wage war against the tyrants who reject Your messengers, and prevent [men] from your path, and are fighting against those who are devoted to You

O Allah! Demolish their houses

O Allah! Make the ground shake beneath their feet

O Allah! Send down on them your great might that does not respond to the criminal folk

O Allah! Disperse their gatherings

O Allah! Shatter their unity

O Allah! Break their word

O Allah! Annihilate [destroy] them as you annihilated [destroyed] Aad and Thamud [ancient peoples annihilated by Allah because they didn’t heed the warnings of the prophets].

O Allah! Count their number, slay [kill] them one by one and make them a lesson to their likenesses

O Allah! We will let you in their throats and we seek refuge in you from their evils

Oh Allah, Revealer of The Book, Controller and Dominator of the clouds, Defeater of Al-Ahzab [clans of infidels, enemies of Islam]

Oh Allah, Defeat them and make the ground shake beneath their feet, and show us in them the wonders of Your Might, for they are weak before You, O Mighty, O Powerful.

O Allah! You are our Helper, and You are our Victor, and You are sufficient for us, and the best guardian.

O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims

O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims

O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims

And humiliate the oppression and the unjust people

And destroy Your enemies, the enemies of the religion [of Islam]

http://news.acdemocracy.org/thorncliffe-mosques-supplication-slay-them-one-by-one/

Toronto: “ISIS-like” Islamic teachings freely and widely shared at busy intersection

 

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/07/toronto-isis-like-islamic-teachings-freely-and-widely-shared-at-busy-intersection

As Toronto continues to reel after Faisal Hussain went on a shooting rampage, injuring 15 people and murdering two, the “mental illness” terror excuse is starting to wear thin. A policeman in Toronto said of Faisal Hussain: “I have never seen anybody operate any kind of weapon as well as he did.” Another law enforcement source divulged to CBS News:

Faisal Hussain visited Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) websites and may have expressed support for the terrorist group. They were looking into whether Hussain may have lived at one time in Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan

Public safety appears to be a second priority in Canada behind appearing not to be “Islamophobic.” Meanwhile, another troubling report has emerged from the American Center for Democracy: “ISIS-like” Islamic teachings are “freely and widely shared in Toronto” by “activists at the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square.”

 

’ISIS-like’ Islamic teachings freely and widely shared in Toronto,” by Rachel Ehrenfeld, American Center for Democracy, July 25, 2018:

Activists at the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square continue to distribute for free copies of the book The Quran – English meanings and notes by Saheeh International.

The sticker attached to the cover of the book reads the following:

Walk-In Islmaic InfoCenter

2535-1 Dundas Street West, Toronto ON M5G 1Z3, Canada

[Phone] (647) 994-6807 & (647) 78-2303

[Email] info@collectfreequran.org

[Facebook] WalkInIslamicInfoCenter

Learn Islam in 85 + languages: www.collectfreequran.org

The following are excerpts from the book which was distributed for free on July 13, 2018 at Dundas Square. The excerpts include Quranic verses followed by a modern commentary in the footnotes.

*Surah (chapter) Al-Baqarah [The Cow – 2]

Verse 62 (p. 9)

Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] – those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness – will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.29

Footnote 29

After the coming of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) no religion other than Islam is acceptable

to Allah, as stated in 3:85 [And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.].

Verse 79 [p. 11]

So woe 32 to those who write the “scripture” with their own hands, then say, “This is from Allah,” in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.

Footnote 32

i.e., death and destruction.

Verse 131 [p. 18]

When his Lord said to him, “Submit,” he said, “I have submitted [in Islam]45 to the Lord of the worlds.”

Footnote 45

The meaning of the word “Islam” is “submission to the will of Allah.” This is the way of life ordained by Allah and taught by all of the prophets from Adam to Muhammad (PBUH). A Muslim is one who submits himself to Allah.

Verse 191 [p. 27]

And kill them wherever you overtake them and expel them from wherever they have expelled you, and fitnah 69 is worse than killing. And do not fight them at al-Masjid al-Haram until they fight you there. But if they fight you, then kill them. Such is the recompense of the disbelievers.

Footnote 69

Among the meanings of fitnah are disbelief and its imposition on others, discord, dissension, civil strife, persecution, oppression, injustice, seduction, trial and torment.

*Surah (chapter) Al Imran [The House of Imran – 3]

Verse 28 [p. 48]

Let not believers take disbelievers as allies [i.e., supporters or protectors] rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing [i.e., no association] with Allah, except when taking precaution against them in prudence.122 And Allah warns you of Himself, and to Allah is the [final] destination.

Footnote 122

When fearing harm from an enemy, the believer may pretend as long as his heart and intention are not affected.

Verse 75 [p. 53]

And among the People of the Scripture is he who, if you entrust him with a great amount [of wealth], he will return it to you. And among them is he who, if you entrust him with a [single] silver coin, he will not return it to you unless you are constantly standing over him [demanding it]. That is because they say, “There is no blame upon us concerning the unlearned.”133 And they speak untruth about Allah while they know [it].

Footnote 133

The Jews do not consider it a sin to cheat or lie to a gentile or a pagan.

Verse 112 [p. 58]

They have been put under humiliation [by Allah] wherever they are overtaken, except for a rope [i.e., covenant] from Allah and a rope [i.e., treaty] from the people [i.e., the Muslims].144 And they have drawn upon themselves anger from Allah and have been put under destitution. That is because they disbelieved in [i.e., rejected] the verses of Allah and killed the prophets without right. That is because they disobeyed and [habitually] transgressed.

Footnote 144

Once they have surrendered, the People of the Scripture retain their rights and honor (in spite of their refusal of Islam) through payment of the jizyah tax in place of zakah and military service due from Muslims. They are then under the protection of the Islamic state…….

Indeed, the penalty 262 for those who wage war 263 against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment,

Footnote 262

Legal retribution.

Footnote 263

i.e., commit acts of violence and terrorism against individuals or treason and aggression against the Islamic state.

Verse 60 [p. 104-105]

Say, “Shall I inform you of [what is] worse than that271 as penalty from Allah? [It is that of] those whom Allah has cursed and with whom He became angry and made of them apes and pigs and slaves of Taghut.272 Those are worse in position and further astray from the sound way.”

Footnote 271

Referring to the punishment the People of the Scripture (in their censure of the Muslims) claimed was deserved by them.

Footnote 272

See footnote to 2:256 [False objects of worship, such as idols, heavenly bodies, spirits, human

beings, etc.]

*Surah (chapter) Al- Anfal [Spoils of War – 8]

Verse 57 [p. 166]

So if you, [O Muhammad], gain dominance over them in war, disperse by [means of] them those behind them that perhaps they will be reminded.454

Footnote 454

i.e., kill them and make an example of them to discourage those who follow them.

*Surah (chapter) Al-Tawbah

*Surah at-Tawbah [Repentance – 9]

Verse 29 [p. 173]

Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth [i.e., Islam] from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah466 willingly while they are humbled.

Footnote 466

A tax required of non-Muslims exempting them from military service and entitling them to the protection of the Islamic state. Concurrently, Zakah is not taken from them, being an obligation only upon Muslims.

*Surah (chapter) Hud [Hud – 11]

Verse 78 [p. 209]

And his people came hastening to him, and before [this] they had been doing evil deeds.569 He said, “O my people, these are my daughters;570 they are purer for you. So fear Allah and do not disgrace me concerning my guests. Is there not among you a man of reason?”

Footnote 569

Referring to their practice of sodomy and homosexual rape of males.

Footnote 570

i.e., the women of his community who were available for marriage.

*Surah (chapter) An-Nahl [The Bee – 16]

Verse 106 [p. 206]

Whoever disbelieves in [i.e., denies] Allah after his belief…717 except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith. But those who [willingly] open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment;

Footnote 717

Based upon the conclusion of this verse, the omitted phrase concerning the apostate is understood to be “…has earned the wrath of Allah…”

*Surah (chapter) An-Nur [Light – 24]

Verse 2 [p. 336]

The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse 973 – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes,974 and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion [i.e., law] of Allah,975 if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.

Footnote 973

Either by voluntary confession of the offender or the testimony of four male witnesses to having actually seen the act take place. Otherwise, there can be no conviction.

Footnote 974

The ruling in this verse is applicable to unmarried fornicators. Execution by stoning is confirmed in the sunnah for convicted adulterers.

Footnote 975

i.e., Do not let sympathy for a guilty person move you to alter anything ordained by Allah, for in His law is protection of society as a whole.

*Surah (chapter) Ar-Rum [Byzantium – 30]

Verse 30 [p. 395-396]

So direct your face [i.e., self] toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah1146 of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah.1147 That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

Footnote 1146

The natural inborn inclination of man to worship his Creator prior to the corruption of his nature by external influences. Thus, Islamic monotheism is described as the religion of fitrah – that of the inherent nature of mankind.

Footnote 1147

i.e., let people remain true to their fitrah within the religion of Islam……..

 

 

 

Islamic Republic of Iran: Christians seized from homes, pastor arrested and tasered despite offering no resistance

The Islamic Republic of Iran is deeply threatened by Christians and Christianity, and persecutes them harshly. The contrast is stark: in the West, many imams in mosques preach death to the Jews, and are either ignored or even defended in the establishment media. In Iran, meanwhile, Christians don’t preach that anyone should suffer harm, and are arrested and persecuted, while the global “human rights watchdogs” generally look the other way.

 

“Christians in Iran Seized from Homes, including Violent Imprisonment of Pastor,” Morning Star News, July 25, 2018:

(Morning Star News) – Three Christians in Iran were arrested from their homes today and yesterday following the violent arrest of pastor Yousef Nadarkhani on Sunday (July 22), according to advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC).

Pastor Nadarkhani, a convert from Islam like the others arrested, was awaiting a summons to begin a 10-year prison sentence after his appeal of a conviction for “propagating house churches” and promoting “Zionist Christianity” was upheld in May.

“Around 10 police officers arrived at the house and physically assaulted Yousef’s son when he opened the door to them,” MEC reported. “Both Yousef and his son were tasered, despite offering no resistance. The manner of their arrest was probably an attempt to intimidate the Christian community, but their friends report that the church has not given in to fear.”

Pastor Nadarkhani was sentenced on July 6, 2017, along with fellow converts from Islam Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Mohammadreza Omidi and Saheb Fadaie. Mossayebzadeh was arrested from his home today, and Omidi and Fadaie were arrested from their homes yesterday evening (July 24), according to MEC.

Pastor Nadarkhani ad [sic] Omidi were also sentenced to two years of internal exile, according to MEC.

“Both will serve this sentence in the south of Iran, far away from their families in Rasht,” the group reported in a press statement.

The three Christians arrested today and yesterday have been taken to Evin Prison in Tehran to join Pastor Nadarkhani, who has been put in a “quarantine” ward normally reserved as a form of punishment, according to MEC.

“Please pray that the Lord will comfort and strengthen those arrested and their families and that the Christian community in Iran will trust the Lord and not be intimidated,” MEC’s statement read, also requesting prayer that “Iranian authorities will treat converts and other religious minorities with respect, and that they and their families will not be wrongly and aggressively handled.”

The four Christians were arrested in Rasht on May 13, 2016 during a series of raids by security agents on Christian homes, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). They were sentenced by Judge Ahmadzadeh, head judge of the 26th Branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran, who is accused of miscarriages of justice and is subject to financial sanctions in the United Kingdom, according to CSW.

“Their appeal hearing on 13 December 2017 took place before Judge Hassan Babaee and Judge Ahmad Zargar, both of whom are alleged to have played prominent roles in the crackdown on freedom of expression in Iran,” CSW said in a press statement.

Judge Zargar, a Hojjatolislam (clerical position immediately below an ayatollah), was among several Iranian officials deemed responsible or complicit in serious human rights violations in 2012, according to CSW. He was also one of six judges accused in 2014 of lacking judicial impartiality and overseeing unjust trials of journalists, lawyers, political activists and members of Iran’s ethnic and religious minorities, the group reported.

“The national security charges leveled against these men were spurious, and their sentences are excessive, amounting to a criminalization of Christian practice,” CSW Chief Operating Officer Scot Bower said in the press statement. “We are calling for the unconditional release of Pastor Nadarkhani, and for his sentence and those of Mr. Omidi, Mr. Mossayebzadeh and Mr. Fadaie to be quashed.”…

 

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/07/islamic-republic-of-iran-christians-seized-from-homes-pastor-arrested-and-tasered-despite-offering-no-resistance

Women’s Studies emphasizes ‘activism over academics’: My experience at Georgetown University

When I initially decided to take a Women’s and Gender Studies class, I knew that the course readings would be liberal-leaning and overtly feminist. I did not know how open the professors and administrators would be about this leftward bias, however.

As I glanced through my syllabus for “Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies” on the first day of class, one linein particularstood out:

“Because women’s and gender studies aims to transform knowledge and bring about social change, we will continuously ask ourselves how the ideas we learn about in our readings and class discussions can be translated into intellectual practice and social activism.”

Right from the very beginning, Women’s and Gender Studies was presented not just as an academic discipline, but as preparation for activism. Many college classes discuss current events and modern day social issues, but none take sides so obviously as Women’s Studies classes.

Our assigned readings for a class discussion on abortion were both written by pro-choice authors, and the professor made no attempt in class to provide an alternative perspective. The theme of class that day was “Health and Reproductive Justice,” because radical feminists love to reframe abortion-on-demand as “healthcare.”

My professor saw no problem in emailing the schedule for “Choice Week,” a week of programming put on by the pro-choice club. When I asked if she would send out the schedule for “Life Week,” a week of programming put on by the pro-life club, she waited until all the speaker events were over before finally sending it to the class.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/red-alert-politics/womens-studies-emphasizes-activism-over-academics-my-experience-at-georgetown-university