“I invite Muslims all over the globe to consecrate the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan – which is a ‘Day of Fate’ and which could also become the day on which the fate of the Palestinian people might be determined – as Quds Day, and proclaim the international solidarity of Muslims in support of legitimate the Muslim people (of Palestine),” Imam Khomeini said on August 7, 1979.
On July 26, 2014, over 20,000 Canadians Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Jews gathered at Queen Park, Toronto, to attend International Al-Quds Day rally (watch a video below).
In April 2015, various Jewish and Christian Zionist groups led by B’nai B’rith (Canada) started a vicious campaign against such huge pro-Palestine demonstration at the Queens Park. According to latest report by the Jewish media campaigners, the Queen Park has refused to issue a permit for the Al-Quds rally claiming it being anti-Israel under Harper’s new Hate Crime Law (C-51) – authored by the Jewish Lobby to protect the Zionist regime from genuine criticism (watch a video below).
In 2013, a similar demand by B’nai B’rith was rejected by David Joseph Levac (Jewish), Speaker Ontario Legislative Assembly, saying: “These groups are exercising their rights to assemble and freedom of speech and are not subjected to censorship by the Legislative Assembly, except to ensure that Canadian law and our guidelines are observed.” Read the rest here.
The last Friday of Islamic month of Ramadan (Fasting) was declared as the International Al-Quds Day by Imam Khomeini, the Leader of Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979 to show support by the followers of all faiths for the recovery of Islam’s third most sacred city, Al-Quds (Jerusalem) after Makkah and Medinah. The first rally was carried out in Tehran in 1980, which drew close to one million people. Since then, gradually, it has become an international event. This year, the rallies are expected to be held in over 80 countries.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei and Iran’s president Sheikh Hasan Rouhani are expected to address world’s largest pro-Palestine rally in Tehran on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan.
Addressing the 2013 al-Quds rally in Tehran, then president-elect Hasan Rouhani, said: “In our region there’s been a wound for years on the body of the Muslim world under the shadow of the occupation of the holy land of Palestine and the beloved Al-Quds (Jerusalem).”