A small but determined group of progressive Muslims and their allies gathered at Queen's Park in Toronto on Sunday to send an unequivocal message against terrorism and the Islamic doctrine of armed jihad.

The rally was organized by Progressive Muslims Institute Canada (PMIC) in response to recent terrorist attacks committed by Muslims, including the Boston Marathon bombings and the murder of a soldier in England, as well as thwarted attacks in Canada.

The speakers expressed a commitment to Canadian values and denounced violence committed in the name of Islam. Arshad Mahmood, PMIC honourary director, apologized for not speaking out sooner.

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