The jihadi mural, which is at the west end of Toronto’s Little India on Gerrard Street has verse 13 of Quran’s chapter 61 ‘Al-Saff’ (The Battle Array) painted in tasteful Arabic calligraphy.
The words are innocuous and otherwise poetic. Islamists will insist they are harmless, but it would be a falsehood to suggest the verse is not associated with doing battle with the infidel enemy.
After all, these same words were once inscribed on the handles of Islamic swords and are today sung as Islamic battle songs by Jihadis.
According to Ibn Katheer the 14th century Islamic scholar, in the verse ‘The Battle Array’ (Al-Saff) Muslims are told that if they are willing to sacrifice their lives and possessions in the service of Allah, then not only will they find Paradise after death, but the conquest they desire over their enemy will be theirs very soon after they confront the enemy.
Another contemporary Islamic scholar, Mufti Muhammad Shafi in his nine-volume ‘Comprehensive commentary on Holy Quran’, had this to say about the verse painted on the Toronto mural:
“There is one blessing that will be granted [by Allah] in this world. Which is the Divine help and imminent victory, that is, conquests of enemy territories. If the word Qarib (near) is the opposite of Hereafter, it would include all later Islamic conquests of Arab and non-Arab territories.”
 The Meaning of The Holy Quran, page 1460, Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Amana Publications, USA (2004)
 Tafseer (explanation) of the Quran by Ibn Katheer, Volume 5, page 407, Maktab Qudoosia, Lahore (2003)
 Ma’Ariful Quran, Volume 8, page 442, Maulana Mohammad Shafi, Maktab-e-Darul-Ulum, Karachi, Pakistan, 2007