Perhaps they should amend that to include the created word, since the Koran was so heavily promoted there by the Islamic Information Center at University of Waterloo.
Don't just take my word for it; read what a Muslim website says about the event (note: dawah means proselytizing for Islam):
EventsThe Islamic Information Center at University of Waterloo's website states:
Title: ***LARGEST DAWAH EVENT IN CANADA*** FREE QURAN FOR COMMUNITY
Time: 11.00AM - 5.00PM
Suitability: Men, Women, Youth, Non-Muslim, New Muslim
Contact Info: Islamic Information Center
1). Queen's Park, Toronto Downtown
2). Victori Park - Kitchener Downtown
Comments: Assalam-O-Aleykum Brothers and Sisters
This edition of E-News includes:
1. Largest Event of the Year in Kitchener and Toronto (Sept 27)
2. Weekly Islamic Information Booth (Sept 23)
3. Volunteers Needed
1. Largest Dawah Event of the Year in Canada:
Alhamdullilah, IICUW is actively participating in one of the largest event in Canada, called, Word on the Street in Kitchener as well as in Toronto on this coming weekend, Sunday, Sept 27, 2008.
Over 210, 000 people attending this event in Toronto (equal to 10 times of full UW population) and 10, 000 people in Kitchener (half of the full UW population). This is Canada's largest book and magazine festival at National Level.
Sept 27, 2008, 11.00am – 5.00pm, Victoria Park, Kitchener Downtown
Sept 27, 2008, 11.00am – 5.00pm, Queen's Park, Toronto Downtown
Islamic Information Center, by the Grace of Allah, is FIRST and ONLY Islamic organization who is participating in Kitchener and IICUW is the FRIST and ONLY Islamic organization who is participating in two cities in Canada last year 2008 when thousands of dawah material was distributed to our non-Muslims community.
Alhamdullilah, we also participating this year.
Literacy Awareness Campaignand, for all I know, that is enough of a tie-in to The Word on the Street.
- Learning how to read Qur'an in Arabic
- Free Access to books in Multilanguages
- Awareness of Community Diversity
- Family Values Literacy in Multiculral* Society
- Community Relations Awareness
However, literacy was not mentioned to me by the folks at their booth. Instead, I was told that women have equal rights in Islam and that a woman -- Mohammed's wife -- was the first person to become a Muslim. I was also told that the Koran is the only holy book that has an entire chapter devoted to women (titled, "Women") yet it does not have a chapter called "Men." In addition, I was told that a lot of Christians were converting to Islam and that 60-70 percent of the people converting to Islam are women.
I was given an English-language Koran (The Quran, translated by Maulana Wahiduddin Khan). Inside the small paperback were tucked two tracts from the Islamic Information & Da'wah Centre International: How to Train Your Willpower to Work for [sic] and 7 Reasons to Read The Glorious Qur'an.
Another booklet that was given to me, Islam: Balancing life and beyond by Suhail Kapoor, was used to relate the wonderful story of Yvonne Ridley.
I'll let the booklet tell the miraculous tale:
"Muslim women's sense of sisterhood makes 'Western feminism pale into insignificance', says Yvonne Ridley, the tabloid journalist who converted to Islam after her experiences in a Taleban Jail. Where she claims that not a finger was laid on her nor was she mistreated during her captivity. Her study of the Qur'an after her release left her with no choice other than to embrace Islam."I was also given a booklet, The Amazing Quran by Gary Miller; three pamphlets: The Qur'an, The "Final Revelation" And "Divine Guidance" From The Creator (author not given but seven websites listed),
Despite what was written on the Muslim website about the event, the Korans were only given away for free to non-Muslims. When a Muslim asked for one, she was flat-out refused. Literacy was not mentioned to her, either.
Why was The Word on the Street used to promote Islam to non-Muslims?
With all of the egregious human rights violations taking place in Islamic countries today, and the oppression of girls and women in Muslim households even in non-Muslim countries, why was this group allowed to present Islam as being strong on women's rights?
I didn't ask questions or attempt to engage the earnest proselytizer in dialogue. I wanted to mention the terrible plight of girls and women in Islamic countries. I wanted to list the names of Muslim girls and women who have been the victims of so-called honour killings. I wanted to bring up the topic of female genital mutilation. But why bother? I wasn't likely to get honest answers and I wasn't in the mood for an argument. I listened as if I was interested, took the freebies and left.
There were communist books and buttons to see, after all. More on those later.