Muslim Day at Canada’s Wonderland *updated*
That’s not a joke. Seriously.
Saturday, July 5th, is Muslim Day at Canada’s Wonderland outside of Toronto. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s apparently a private group organizing an activity at a private business. So far, so good.
However, if you were going to the amusement park, wouldn’t you like to know if this special event was planned for the same day? Wouldn’t you want to know about the halal food? About women in burqas and niqabs?
Too bad. If you check the Wonderland calendar, it’s not even there. Did someone miss the memo?
Just as I assume that strict/fundamentalist/orthodox Muslims would want to avoid the amusement park on bikini day, I wouldn’t want to take my daughters on a day when so many women are completely covered and sweltering while they follow their husbands around the park. And I don’t want to listen to Muslim Hip-hop. (Don’t worry. It’s not just Muslim music I avoid. I’d also want to skip Christian Rock, Goth, East Indian, Heavy Metal, and so many others. I’d just like advance warning.)
Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention, but do other religion’s have special days at amusement parks? Catholic Day at Calaway Park? Not that I see. Jewish Day at Six Flags? Nope.
So, if you live in Toronto, consider this a “heads up.”
Update: There might be a problem with a musical act providing entertainment.
Update 2: Isn’t part of the problem with a designated day for any specific religion the implication that they aren’t welcome other days? Muslims can go to Wonderland any day they chose. Why does a day need to be specified as Muslim Day? I just don’t get it.
Here’s an interesting description of last year’s event from Dawud Isreal on Maniac Muslim:
Man nothing beats disneyworld…I remember going to Wonderland on Muslim day or Punjabi day…whatever the heck it was.
It was totally weird. So many non-Muslims in haraam clothing and you got these Muslims praying surrounded by this crap. I thought it was strange if anything. Like a failed attempted at becoming a part of mainstream Canadian culture. But I appreciate the effort for whoever organizes this…
And other information from Al-Jiddawi:
^^How they ‘Muslimise’ the place is that Wonderland has a set amount of tickets to sell everyday that they can’t go over, so the place isn’t overcrowded. So what’s going to happen is that they’ll keep 75% of the tickets for Muslims, and the rest for others.