“(Khan) would like an opportunity to be heard by members of the Toronto Police Service,” police spokesman Meaghan Gray said Saturday. In the meantime, he continues as a volunteer chaplain for the Toronto Police Service.” In a 2013 webinar for Muslim couples — called The Heart of the Home: The Rights and Responsibilities of a Wife — Khan made controversial comments about a woman’s “obedience” to her husband and appears to imply a wife must make herself sexually available without withholding “this right from her husband without a valid excuse,” including being sick or fasting. The Toronto Police Service’s new Muslim chaplain, Musleh Khan — who has come under fire for his seemingly misogynistic views on women and marriage, met with Chief Mark Saunders on Friday, but what was discussed and the chief’s takeaway from the chat is still unknown."I know that there are some issues with translation from Arabic to English." Although Khan was vetted by police prior to his recent appointment -- a volunteer position that serves to improve relations between cops and Toronto's Muslim community, while also providing support to the service's Muslim officers -- a video posted on the You Tube page for a Muslim dating site surfaced this week that raised more than a few eyebrows.In the video, which has now been removed, Khan states a woman should always be "obedient" to her husband and not withhold intimacy without "a valid reason" such as illness or fasting.
Khan, a marriage counsellor for Muslim couples, also stated a woman should always get permission from her husband before leaving the house because the man is "the main decision-maker of the home." The new chaplain has since defended his views in the media, acknowledging his use of the word "obedient" might seem inappropriate if used out of context, while explaining the Arabic word typically translated as obedience actually means loyalty, devotion and love. "We at the service, we have core values that we stand by, that we believe in, that we live by," the chief said.
"And so it's important that there's an opportunity for Mr. "I know I'm certainly going to give him that opportunity and listen to what he has to say when I meet with him," Saunders said, adding he hopes Torontonians will also hear Khan out before making any judgment.
The video was posted to You Tube linked to a Muslim dating site geared towards “practising single Muslims.” Saunders told the Sun on Friday before the meeting he would give Khan a chance to explain himself before passing judgment whether the views on the webinar were misguided or simply misunderstood.
“What I want to do is I want to sift through and find out exactly what’s going on,” Saunders said.
The service currently has 19 chaplains, including Khan, who represent 15 different faiths.
[email protected] Toronto Police Service's new Muslim chaplain has come under fire in recent days for his seemingly misogynist views on women and marriage.