Local mosque-goers frequently hear hateful messages against Jews and other non-Muslims and are warned against integrating into Canadian society, according to a new study into the causes of Islamic radicalization.
Volunteers with the Canadian Thinkers Forum (CTF), in collaboration with the Canadian Progressive Islamic Centre, sat in on sermons at most of the mosques and Islamic centres in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) over a three-year period, said CTF Director Tahir Gora. They visited each place between one to five times; they also relied on first-hand reports from mosque-going associates and did research using online sources.
Gora met with the Jewish Tribune recently to discuss the findings before the release of their official report. The following has been edited for length and clarity.