Ontario imposes 'Shariah fine' on Christian landlord for not removing shoes

A Christian landlord in Ontario, Canada, has been slapped with a "Shariah fine" of $12,000 by the province's Human Rights Tribunal after Arab Muslim tenants complained that he did not remove his shoes when he showed a room to potential new renters.

(REUTERS / Pascal Lauener)The shoes of a participant are pictured during a session of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. January 24, 2013.

John Alabi, a 52-year old Christian who moved to Canada from Nigeria 22 years ago, has been labeled a human rights violator by the tribunal and was ordered to pay the steep fine for failing to accommodate the religion of his former tenants. The Sharia ticket was punishment for not removing his shoes when he showed to potential occupants a bedroom that the Arab Muslim couple used as a prayer room, The Rebel Media detailed.

The Rebel launched a crowdfunding project at HelpJoh.ca to help Alabi get the money he needs to pay the jizya to his former tenants Walid Madkour and his wife Heba Ismail. Supporters, however, said they wanted to contribute not for the Shariah fine but for the Christian man's efforts to fight back.

In the last two years, the Christian landlord has been having difficulty paying for the legal costs of the case. To make matters worse, he lost his young son in the middle of his legal battle.

Right now, Alabi said he is ready to go up against the Human Rights Tribunal if the public helps him pay his legal fees. The costs for the Request for Reconsideration, Divisional Court, Appeals, and HST will reach $9,040.

In light of his situation, Rebel is urging people to help Alabi appeal against the Sharia fine by contributing at HelpJoh.ca. The publication also warned that the case could set a Sharia precedent in Canada.

In March, Canada's parliament passed a motion with the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government to condemn Islamophobia and to reduce or eliminate racism and religious discrimination. However, critics say M-103, which was initiated by Muslim liberal MP Iqra Khalid, only offers special protection for Islam, Life Site News reported.

It is worth noting that M-103 does not include a definition of the term "Islamophobia." The bill was also passed despite the results of an Angus Reid survey which showed that 71 percent of Canadians were not in favor of the measure.

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