The biggest "benefit," of course: getting to shill for Islamic supremacism without the kafir being any the wiser--as Wahida more or less admits in her wrap-up:On October 25, 2007 the Parliament of Canada officially declared October as the annual observance of Islamic History Month in Canada.The Hon. Mauril Bélanger (MP for Ottawa-Vanier and Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage, Francophonie and Official Languages) introduced the motion in support of recognizing IHMC, declaring:
"That, in the opinion of the House, due to the important contributions of Canadian Muslims to Canadian Society; the cultural diversity of the Canadian Muslim community; the importance of Canadians learning about each other to foster greater social cohesion; and the important effort now underway in many Canadian communities in organizing public activities to achieve better understanding of Islamic history, the month of October should be designated Canadian Islamic History Month.”
His history-making motion was carried in the House of Commons. During that inaugural year of 2007, and in every year since, a growing number of Canadian cities have individually proclaimed October as Islamic History Month in their civic jurisdictions.
With each year’s theme and programs, IHMC has shown that history is not only what is set down in books; rather, it is the living experience of who we are and what we do, individually and together in society. Moreover, in making IHMC a living reality, Canadian Muslims are also a part of Canadian history in-the-making.
We believe that this uniquely Canadian project has multiple merits and inherent benefits...
In closing I would like to address Canadian Muslims with the message that we need to empower ourselves by making Islamic History Month Canada everyone’s project, from the grassroots up.
All Canadian Muslims are encouraged to actively participate in IHMC and its activities by being present at events in their cities, involving themselves in IHMC activities, volunteering, and publicizing IHMC by sharing information with family members, neighbors, friends, co-workers and the public.That she can say the above with a straight face shows how truly determined she is.
Whether it is embraced by Masjids, Mosques, community organizations, schools, or individuals, this is a Canadian project, made in Canada, by and for Canadians. It is not about Islam “out there,” it is not “foreign.” It is about what people can achieve when they take up a compelling challenge and apply it, not dogmatically or in the abstract, but through implementing the fundamental first command of the Holy Qur’an -- “Iqra,” “Read!” as revealed to the Prophet.
We can achieve this by following fundamental Qur’anic principles such as standing up for human rights, gender equality, acceptance of differences in color, race, faith, and social status, and above all the boundless pursuit of knowledge. It’s about time as Canadians that we embrace IHMC as a progressive new medium through which to present Islam for what it really is – a religion of this time and place, not something alien, foreign, or imported.