Re: Concerns about Iran Star Toronto’s Paid Advertisement Soliciting Polygamy in Canada

The Honourable Justin Trudeau-Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould- Minister of Justice

The Honourable Ralph Goodale- Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
CC: Iran Star Toronto
July 15th 2016
Re: Concerns about Iran Star Toronto’s Paid Advertisement Soliciting Polygamy in Canada

It has come to our attention that Iran Star Toronto an Iranian Canadian newspaper based in Toronto published a paid advertisement soliciting “Sighe marriage” also known as temporary marriage practiced by some Shia Muslims, in their July 2nd 2016 # 115 issue.

Sighe generally takes place between a man (married or unmarried) and an unmarried woman. While a man can have as many temporary wives as he can afford, a woman can only enter one temporary marriage at a time. Sighe can last as little as one hour and as long as 99 years and requires the man to financially compensate the woman for the temporary marriage. There is no divorce in Sighe marriages as the marriage ends at the end of the contracted time, and the woman does not have any of the rights a spouse would have under the law. This is in direct contradiction of Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada which explicitly bans polygamy and threatens offenders with a five-year prison term.

We strongly believe advertising Sighe, an official Islamic prostitution, is continuation of attempts to bring Sharia Law to Ontario, which was banned in 2005. We are concerned about the young girls and women who might be influenced or pressured by religious roles and be used for this criminal activity.

The practice of Sighe is not only tolerated but very much promoted by the Islamic Regime in Iran who uses this oppressive practice as a way to promote polygamy and create an extra stream of income for many clerics who perform this type of temporary marriages.

While the Islamic Regime in Iran has tried to push this misogynist practice on the people of Iran, this practice is strongly condemned by the majority of the Iranian society including human rights and women’s rights activists.

We are appalled and concerned that an Iranian Canadian newspaper which is published in Canada would publish an advertisement soliciting Sighe Marriages which not only go against Canadian values but is also in direct contradiction of section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada which expressly bans polygamy and carries a punishment of up to five years in prison.

While we have great respect for freedom of speech and expression, in our respectful opinion no newspaper published in Canada should print material that solicits actions that are contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

We appreciate your attention to this matter and sincerely hope that Iran Star Toronto will immediately remove the advertisement and acknowledge its mistake at the earliest opportunity, with a promise that this type of incident will not occur in the future.


Sayeh Hassan, Lawyer, Blogger and Pro-Democracy Activist

Mahmood Ahmadi, Women’s Rights, Children’s Rights and Worker’s Rights Activist

Radio Payam Canada

Mansoureh Nasserchian Freelancer/Activist

  • Will Quest

    If it walks like a duck & quacks like a duck, then it is a duck…… this is religiously sanctioned PROSTITUTION ….
    & once again sharia drops it’s velvet glove to expose a filthy & bloody iron-fist ……

  • Why would Trudeau care about how women are treated? Remember – this is the guy who offered parkas to Yazidis fleeing to the mountains. This is a guy who admires China (and one is aware of how it treats its females and North Korean women). This is a guy who takes pictures with topless women (he must have forgotten that it is not only gross but that he is married).

    And let’s not forget how his father treated women.

    Justin Trudeau is a pig. This “marriage” will stand in this country and Liberal voters are complicit in it.

    • Will Quest
      • Yes he does, he is an incredibly, stupidly evil airhead.

        • Jim Fox

          From the same mould [mold?] as the rest of them- Obama, Cameron, Merkel, Hollande, et al.
          The silver lining is, I believe, ever more votes for Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, etc. I hope so.

      • They make a very explosive voters block.

    • There is an ongoing scandal among the Shia community in York centred on the practice of Islamic prostitute marriage and the likely cause of multiple visits by the local York cops to the Jaffari Center, its nexus, but the mainstream media is not bothering to investigate on account of diversity.

      PS – the police visits were verified by Access to Info requests.

      • Add that to other sexual exploitation that is really tacitly permitted.

  • Jim Fox


    In Sunni Islamic law, Nikah al-Misyar (Arabic: نكاح المسيار‎‎ or more often zawaj al-misyar Arabic: زواج المسيار‎‎ “traveller’s marriage”) is a type of Sunni Nikah (marriage contract) that is ostensibly carried out with the objective of allowing a couple to engage in intercourse in a permissible (halaal) manner for limited addressed time of period

    ALL Muslims do it, not just the minority Shia.

  • Jim Fox

    Of course, this is an Islamic requirement- no such niceties were needed in Rotherham, Oxford, Bristol, all over Sweden, etc–

    Swedish rape graph to 2011, far worse now.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Sorry, I thought Iran Star Toronto was the Toronto Star.

    • Justin St.Denis

      That’s perfectly understandable, under the circumstances.

    • Same thing.

  • Truthhurts

    Our damn laws in our countrys. What’s Trudeau going to do about this? Bend over as usual?

    • Yes.

    • Minicapt

      … and wriggle his pert peachy cheeks.