Does the Toronto Police Service Support Domestic Abuse? Their Chaplain Does

Why do the Toronto Police Service have a chaplain who has a moral compass that does not align with the Constitution of Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Criminal Code or the policies of the Toronto Police Service itself?


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Musleh Khan stands in police uniform after being appointed as chaplain. (Musleh Khan/Facebook)

Chaplains in the military and police services have been in existence since the early days of those institutions.  Traditionally, chaplains have been a moral compass within their organizations who assist in matters related to spiritual needs and morale building.

So why do the Toronto Police Service have a chaplain who has a moral compass that does not align with the Constitution of Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Criminal Code or the policies of the Toronto Police Service itself?

Toronto Police chaplain Musleh Khan was officially appointed on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.  

Born in Madinah, Saudi Arabia and raised Toronto, Musleh Khan graduated from the Islamic University of Madinah (Medina) where he completed a BA in Islamic Law from the faculty of Da’wah and Usool al-deen. He lectures in the Muslim community on Islamic Law, Islamic identity and marital relationships among other things.  The University of Medina is well known for its severe, Wahhabist interpretation of Islam.

In a 2014 New York Times article titled Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism; ISIS Atrocities Started with Saudi Support for Salafi Hate, Ed Husain noted:

“The University of Medina recruits students from around the world, trains them in the bigotry of Salafism and sends them to Muslim communities in places like the Balkans, Africa, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Egypt, where these Saudi-trained hard-liners work to eradicate the local, harmonious forms of Islam.”

Chaplain Khan has been noted for his teachings in Canada.  Women, he believes, must obey their husbands, and makes themselves sexually available on demand.  Seen another way, this can be interpreted as condoning marital rape.

They also “must seek permission from their husbands whenever they want to leave the house because the man is the “main decision-maker of the home.”

In addition to being a chaplain, he is also part of the Toronto Police Service Muslim Consultative Committee and is/was a member of the RCMP Counter-Terrorism Committee.  He is reported as being one of the youngest Imams serving at the Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) in Toronto Canada.

When questioned, the usual Islamist apologists, including Khan himself, made the predictable statements that his views had been taken out of context and that those unfamiliar with his meaning could misinterpret them. According to Khan, the Arabic translation for obedience really denotes “loyalty and devotion.”  By contrast, a search on a variety of Arab-English dictionaries turns up the terms compliance, obedience, submission, surrender and yielding.

It is a reasonable question to ask. Why does the Toronto Police Service have an Imam from the University of Medina who teaches that women are inferior and must be housebound unless they seek permission from their husbands?  

How does the Toronto Police Board allow such a person to be an Imam when their domestic violence policy states that “Women who have been victimized by violence are a Toronto Police Service Priority.”   Of interest, the policy includes the line “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE includes acts used to maintain power and control over a person by creating fear and isolation.  Abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial.” (Emphasis added)

Questions

The Toronto Police Service having an Islamist chaplain wear a uniform is a visible sign of endorsement for Imam Khan and his teachings.  Police officers, already weary of interaction with the Muslim community, have another problem to consider when going to domestic abuse calls.  This can be considered both a form of politicisation of the police service and yet another cause of depolicing.

The following questions can be raised:

  1. Where is the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police on this matter? Do they approve of chaplains who advocate domestic abuse based on the foreign political/religious ideology of the Islamists? Does a hiring standard exist for chaplains?  Does the Canadian Police Chaplain Association have a view on such matters?
  2.  Where is the Chief of Police of Toronto, Mark Saunders, on this issue?  Does the Toronto Chief Police support those who advocate domestic abuse?  Why would he have a high profile uniform wearing individual on his staff who has views like this?
  3. Could a Muslim male in Toronto make a claim in court that he should not be charged with domestic assault because he consulted the writings of a Toronto Police Service chaplain?  Courts in Canada have already ruled that those assaulting their wives should not be jailed because a Syrian refugee did not know wife beating was not permissible.
  4. Why would the Toronto Police Services Board even consider allowing such an appointment to stand? The role of police services in forced suicides, honour killings, FGM and domestic abuse in general is an area already fraught with problems. By giving a high-profile uniformed position to someone who advocates domestic abuse against Muslim women, the issue of depolicing and domestic abuse become an even murkier field.

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  1. This is astonishingly poor reportage. It relies mostly on a series of questions (much like Fox Fake News) and very few actual answers. Were this reporter competent, he would have included interviews with the principals involved (the chaplain and the police spokesperson) and the views of other concerned individuals. This seems more like an unsupported opinion piece than an article worthy of publishing in a legitimate media organ.

    1. You make no claim that anything in this article is not true, therefore I suppose you will have no qualms about answering the very pertinent questions posed by Mr. Quiggin. I’m waiting…..

    2. It is well known in every country in the world how Islamic men mistreat women. Too often they are not charged for incidents involving abuse which, by the way, goes as far as abusing young boys by anally raping because they “didn’t know” it was illegal in civilized countries. Before you accuse others of incompetency look in the mirror.

    3. Barry, Fox News is the last network that anyone West of Ontario watches. Fake News would be networks such as the organ of state media,CBC.

    4. Barry I am a woman…and have never accepted violence in my home, and yes it is my home with my husband…tolerance of such teachings is ridiculous..and yes Tomas Quiggin is a reliable source and believe me…any woman who has been treated like the Muslim Idea ology, is an unhappy woman, FGM…is not my cup of tea either, how would you like to have male genital mutilation…would that be okay…many Muslim woman have escaped their countries out of horendous treatment….their female children are then treated as such ways…honor killings are not Canadian…this is unacceptable…wake up…Irregardles if others were interviews…you have and are totally missing the points being made

  2. How is justice served when responding to a domestic abuse call involving Muslim people, the police feel obligated to send Muslim officers? Who’s laws are being enforced?

  3. So what are we saying here……that in the 21st century it is STILL OK….to have someone tell men how WOMEN MUST BEHAVE?

    These are the disgusting beliefs of men that still wish to surpress women.
    Pure hatred

  4. The Canadian courts have been intentionally bogged down by Muslim lawyers and doctors as a reason to bring Sharia Law to Canada.. That’s why they back the burka, because it covers physical abuse that is part of some cultures.

  5. Why? because it seems that all of Cananda’s bureaucrats and government administrators are hell bent on being more PC than the next guy! Muslims are moral barbarians, and have raped, murdered and pillaged on three continents for the last 1400 years. They now want to rape, murder, and pillage on three of the remaining four, and the stupid politicians are letting them do it!

  6. The first thing in question at all in what is written here is how does the author know apparently with such certainty what the Chaplains moral compass is at work.
    There is far too much assumption in these writings to discuss it properly; for example, conditions of The Criminal Code would not have a Chaplain arrest ANYONE….

Thomas Quiggin

Tom Quiggin, M.A, C.D., has 30 years of practical experience in security and intelligence matters. He is qualified as a court expert in the reliability of intelligence as evidence and on terrorism (Criminal and Federal Court).

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