Toronto has the honor to host the largest Quds Day rally in North America.
It is also among the pioneers in starting Quds Day rallies outside the Islamic Republic of Iran.
With pandemic restrictions eased, a huge rally was held in Toronto opposite the US Consulate on April 30 and participants then marched through the streets of Toronto to draw attention to the continued occupation of Al-Quds and zionist brutalities against innocent Palestinians.
There is another ritual that has become familiar: pro-Israeli groups’ pressure on City officials and threats against the Quds Day rally participants.
True to their violent nature, the zionists have in the past attacked peaceful Quds Day participants while zionist organizations make false allegations of rally participants propagating hate.
It is shocking that Toronto City officials parrot the nonsensical zionist allegations against the Quds Day rally participants.
If they bother to see who participates in these rallies—Muslims, Christians and Jews (yes, members of the Jewish community who are anti-zionist), they would know that the defamatory allegations pro-Israeli groups hurl at the Quds Rally are totally false.
This year’s rallies assumed added significance because people looked forward to participating physically and to condemn zionist brutalities against the Palestinian people.
Rallies were held in all parts of the world including several cities in North America.
In Canada, where Toronto has traditionally had the singular honor of holding the largest rally in North America, this year several other Canadian cities also held their rallies.
These included Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and so on.
In the US, Quds Day rallies were held in Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles, among others.
What is remarkable about the Quds Day rallies in North America is that they are attended by people of all faiths, and no faiths.
There is also always a strong presence of members of the Jewish community that oppose the racist ideology of zionism.
Like last year, the zionists in Occupied Palestine attacked the holy Sanctuary and barged into the Masjid al Aqsa with their filthy boots.
Tens of thousands of worshippers were prevented from praying inside the sacred mosque.
Those inside the mosque were attacked with rubber bullets as well as tear-gassed.
This year, the zionists escalated their aggressive tactics by using drones to spray sewage water on Muslim worshippers.
This reflects the zionists’ filthy minds.
They know that sewage water is filthy; it stinks and it pollutes the Muslims’ clothes that renders their worship invalid.
This is deliberate.
The zionists’ aim is to block Muslims from worshipping in Masjid al Aqsa so that the zionists can take it over.
This is why al-Quds matters to Muslims and why its complete liberation from the clutches of the zionists is important.
Al-Quds is the first Qibla of Muslims.
Since the zionist entity was illegally implanted in Palestine trampling upon the rights of the indigenous Palestinian population, the holy land has had no peace.
Indeed, the entire region has been engulfed in wars and bloodshed ever since.
The Palestinians were not even consulted when their land was handed over to the zionist marauders from Europe.
This what constitutes settler-colonialism.
The zionists have repeatedly perpetrated genocides against the Palestinian people.
This year, as Muslims were observing the month of Ramadan, zionist gangs continued to trespass on the holy sanctuary in al-Quds/Jerusalem in violation of all norms of civilized behavior as well as against Judaic law.
The zionists, however, are not constrained by any laws or morality; as alien invaders of Palestine, their mission is to steal the land of the Palestinians.
Israel is a colonial settler entity, like that of the European settlers in North America, Australia and New Zealand.
What makes the case of Palestine even more serious is the location of Masjid al-Aqsa in al-Quds/Jerusalem.
Zionism is an evil ideology that all Muslims are obliged to oppose.
Further, the zionists’ continued occupation of al-Quds/Jerusalem and deliberately provocative encroachments on the holy sanctuary are an affront to the sensitivities of all Muslims regardless of where they reside.
The zionist entity must, therefore, be confronted by not only Muslims but all fair and justice-minded people everywhere.
Zionist injustice cannot be allowed to stand; it must be opposed and stopped.
The suffering of the Palestinians—women, children and youth—and the indescribable cruelty of the heavily-armed zionists, whether soldiers or settlers (read that as illegal squatters) against the Palestinians have aroused the concern of many people of conscience.
This message has to spread more widely.
Muslims, Christians and Jews who participate in such rallies, especially in non-Muslim countries like those in Europe and North America, face the wrath of the regimes there.
Even without the Quds Day rallies, Muslims face immense persecution and oppression.
Islamophobia is running rampant in Europe and North America.
Their claims to freedom of expression are a fraud.
The Quds Day rallies are a great opportunity to expose their fraudulent claims to freedom even if there is the ever-present danger of oppression and persecution.
This is a price that has to be paid because silence in the face of injustice is not an option.
Standing up for truth and speaking out against injustice are fundamental obligations of all Muslims.