Member of Regina mosque, website of a poppy field for weeks, responds to Don Cherry


“I used to be dissatisfied.”

These had been the primary phrases spoken by Dr. Habib ur Rehman, the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Regina Chapter, when requested by International Information how he felt about Don Cherry’s controversial Saturday night time feedback.

“I feel Don’s feedback are designed to create disharmony and misinformation,” he stated. “He ought to have accomplished extra analysis earlier than opening his mouth. We must always keep in mind that in World War I, greater than 2.5 million Indians fought for the British Empire. Greater than 90,000 folks died. That was an effort from this so-called immigrant inhabitants.”


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Cherry is dealing with backlash for feedback he made throughout Saturday night time’s Hockey Evening in Canada broadcast. Throughout his weekly Coach’s Nook section, Cherry complained that he’s much less incessantly seeing folks carrying poppies to honour fallen Canadian troopers — and he singled out these he believes are immigrants within the Toronto space.

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Don Cherry is facing backlash over comments made during a Hockey Night In Canada broadcast on Nov. 9.

Don Cherry is dealing with backlash over feedback made throughout a Hockey Evening In Canada broadcast on Nov. 9.


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Dr. Rehman says lots of those that attend his mosque are immigrants. He stated his, and Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques throughout the nation, have been the site of poppy boxes and picked up donations for the Royal Canadian Legion for weeks now.

“We have now been doing the poppy drive for the previous month. Kind Toronto to Vancouver — all over the place,” he stated. “That’s to recollect the veterans who sacrificed their lives for this nation. It’s necessary for preserving their reminiscences alive and letting our youth know they had been the individuals who sacrificed their lives for his or her sake.”

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A number of people and organizations linked to Cherry have since posted public apologies. Bart Yabsley, Sportsnet president, known as the feedback “discriminatory” and “offensive” and stated the community has “spoken with Don concerning the severity” of the difficulty.

The NHL additionally issued a press release Saturday saying “Hockey is at its greatest when it brings folks collectively. The feedback made final night time had been offensive and opposite to the values we consider in.”

And Ron MacLean, Cherry’s Coach’s Nook co-host, has additionally spoken out concerning the feedback, saying “It was a divisive second and I’m really upset with myself for permitting it.”



Many have additionally taken to social media calling on Rogers Media and Sportsnet to sever ties with the famed tv persona. The hashtag #fireCherry was trending on Twitter Sunday.

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Dr. Rehman, although, doesn’t suppose that’s one of the best ways of addressing the feedback.

“I don’t suppose that’s the option to cope with it,” he stated. “He’s free to say no matter he needs to but it surely ought to have been stated in a extra delicate method and in addition he ought to have accomplished extra analysis earlier than he stated that.”

What worries him extra is the impact the phrases have already had on most people.

“Clearly there’s quite a lot of misinformation as of late concerning the immigrants and Muslims and we’re making an attempt to deal with that. Extra data, in a constructive method, must be unfold slightly than these irresponsible feedback.”

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“We immigrants, and notably Muslims, are as Canadian as anyone else. We’ll sacrifice our lives for the sake of Canada. And, it’s a spiritual responsibility for Muslims to obey the legal guidelines of the nation we belong to. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Christian nation, a Hindu nation or a Jewish nation — if we stay in that nation now we have to be loyal to that nation as a spiritual obligation.”


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A poppy rests in a Royal Canadian Legion donation box.

A poppy rests in a Royal Canadian Legion donation field.


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