Muslim group has started a petition to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) demanding that it create prayer spaces just for Muslims in every subway facility in the city. (That’s why another petition needs to be started by non-Muslims in Toronto demanding that the TTC NOT submit to the insane demands of this tiny segment of the population)
Change.org (h/t SueK) Abu Ubaydah Islamic Centre is a non for profit organization affiliated with Zancana community centre filing this petition to TTC and the Mayor’s Office in Toronto, Ontario. We are petitioning for prayer spaces (partitions) to be assembled in main subway stations that already have washrooms.
Note: Tarek Fatah, a Canadian Muslim himself, is asking people to demand that this request be denied:
Toronto Muslim group petitions Toronto Transit Commission @TTChelps to build Islamic prayer halls at each subway station. Citizens of Toronto, please call yr city councillor & Mayor @JohnTory to nip this madness in the bud. #topoli #NoMosqueInTTC https://t.co/OeUVH2g9ev
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) January 20, 2019
Like meditation and exercise, prayer has been part of Muslim individuals practice for the past 1400 years. Muslims are obligated to pray five times a day and it varies between 5:00 am to 12:00 midnight; during which each prayer should be performed within a limited time frame and completed prior to the next.
It’s understandable that Muslims can pray anywhere; however, having a clean and private space will help individuals who can’t make it home to catch their prayer more at ease while travelling with the TTC.
As a community we already have or could continue to have spaces like these in schools, in colleges, in universities, in hospitals, in malls and even at the airports.
Being able to have a space to pray in subway stations with washrooms will help individuals perform the ritual washing called “wudhu” before each prayer while on their daily journey. Muslims must be clean before they pray, and masjids have washing facilities; however, any washroom with clean water can meet the requirements.
You will be seeing 👇scene in your subways, don’t wonder if one day subway operations are stopped to enable them to perform their prayer, this is happening in our country India,Highways are blocked at many places during their prayer🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/TCannUrLTA
— Rajeev N Ghuwalewala🇮🇳 (@RNGHUWALEWALA) January 21, 2019