An imam who once filed a police complaint against a newspaper that published anti-Mohammed cartoons celebrated Chanukah in his mosque on Sunday.
Muslim and Jewish families met at the Green Dome Islamic School and Mosque in Calgary, Canada on Sunday, the second of the eight days of the holiday. Chanukah candle lighting was the highlight, as the Muslims learned of the eight-day holiday currently being celebrated by Jews around the world.
"We live in a multi-cultural society,” Iman Syed Soharwardy told Canada’s CTV Television, “and we have to know each other, we have to understand each other, and we have to understand our values and customs which may be different from my values and customs so we need a better understanding of each other."
Soharwardy said this was probably the first time Chanukah has been celebrated in a mosque.
A member of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, Sohowardy filed a police complaint two years ago against a Jewish editor of a now-defunct newspaper for having published the infamous Danish anti-Mohammed cartoons. In 2004, Soharwardy published an article in support of instituting Muslim Law (Sharia) in Canada. Four years earlier, he wrote, “Israel is now doing worse things to the Palestinians than were done in World War II.”