Four Christian activists demonstrated on December 27, 2015 against what they called the radical message of Islam in front of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre where the Reviving of the Islamic Spirit (RIS) convention was taking place.
They held signs with the following messages: “Love your enemies”, “Not all who say to me Lord, Lord shall enter heaven. Matthew, 7:21”, “Eternal Life = deny self, follow Jesus” and “Get right with Jesus. Read and heed the Holy Bible. Christ will come, judge, rule.”
One of them was a woman who introduced herself as an ex-Palestinian Muslim who was raised in Saudi Arabia and escaped being killed by her family after she converted to Christianity.
In her speech, she read verses of the Quran in Arabic, translated them to English and based on these verses and other hadiths (record of the traditions or sayings of Muhammad the prophet of Islam), she argued that the Quran is a discretionary book, satanic, full of hatred towards the Jews and teaches Muslims to love death and to kill the unbelievers.
She quoted a sound hadith attributed to Mohammad who said that the Day of Judgment will not come until the Muslims will fight the Jews and the rocks and trees will say to the Muslims: a Jew is hiding behind me, come and kill him.
The source of the problem is the Quran itself, she said, as anyone who reads it either leave it or become a terrorist. She went no to slam Mohammad for being according to her a “liar” and a “false prophet”.
A number of participants at the Reviving of the Islamic Spirit (RIS) convention approached the Christian protesters, booed them, accused them of hate speech and wished the woman to be burnt in the hell-fire before leaving the place.
Later they came back and a calm dialogue developed between the two groups under the watching eyes of several Police officers who were called to the scene.
(This article originally appeared at CIJNews and is reprinted with permission.)