Monday, May 26, 2014
7. The Muslim Brotherhood in North America (Three exampes, Charity Status Revoked for several entities)
The Muslim Brotherhood has a wide range of organizations that operate in North America. Most of them exist on both sides of the border in parallel or similar structures such as the ISNA in both countries or CAIR in the USA and CAIR CAN in Canada. This section will look at three examples of Muslim Brotherhood organizations and give an overview of how they were created and why the larger civil and democratic society should take precautions. What is being taught and advocated by these organizations should be of serious concern. The three examples will be the Young Muslims of Canada which is an offshoot of the ICNA, the now defunct Muslim Youth of North America and CAIR-CAN/NCCM.
The first example of Young Muslims in Canada was chosen as it shows how the teachings of Hassan Banna and Sayyid Qutb are being put forth to young persons living in Canada. The concepts of being a martyr and a “lover of death” are being openly advocated and indeed recommended with glowing introductions.
The second example of the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) was chosen as it shows, in their own words, how the Muslim Brotherhood created the Muslim Student Association, the Islamic Society of North America, the MYNA and a host of smaller professional organizations. It also includes a short section on Fawad Siddiqui, who has heavily researched the MYNA and ISNA making use of his position as an insider. Given that the ISNA holds him out as a leader of youth and a part of their youth internship program, his views and research are especially worthy of examination.
The CAIR-CAN/NCCM example was chosen as it clearly shows the CAN/USA cross border nature of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America. It also serves as an excellent example of the centrality of the Palestinian cause in the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the ongoing policy and practice of denial. Lastly, it gives insight into an organization that has filed a lawsuit against the Prime Minister of Canada and his PMO spokesman.
The ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) has offices in Canada and the USA. Each of them also has a youth wing and a children’s wing. The youth wing in Canada is called “Young Muslims in Canada.” Its website (http://web.youngmuslims.ca/) provides reading and references to a long list of Muslim Brotherhood figures such as the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood Hassan Banna as well as Dr. Yusuf Al Qaradawi and Sayyid Qutb. Dr. Qaradawi holds a prominent intellectual role in the Muslim Brotherhood and stated himself that he grew up in its traditions.[i] Sayyid Qutb was a key figure of the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s and was executed for his role in the attempted overthrow of the government of President Nasser of Egypt. His written works such as In the Shade of the Qur'an and Milestones retain a high profile to this day.
Note this explanation about the role of the organization from the ICNA (USA):
ICNA's youth division Young Muslims (YM) provides the largest off-campus platform for and by the Youth in North America. YM arranges summer and winter camps, youth NeighborNets and other activities for long-term development of youth as true Muslims. YM is organized separately for brothers and Sisters.[ii]
ICNA’s (USA) website also states:
Young Muslims Sisters is the youth division of ICNA for young girls.[iii]
The ICNA Canada website says that it has three divisions. Included in that is the youth division.
ICNA Canada has three divisions: ICNA Canada Sisters Wing, Young Muslims Sisters and Young Muslims Brothers.[iv]
In 2007, the Young Muslims in Canada organization was described in the press as:
Mississauga-based Young Muslims of Canada is a grassroots organization that works towards outreach, education and development, and service was started in 1995. Syed Reza, 25, the national coordinator for the organization, said Muslim youths are at times at odds with their surroundings, and the problem has to be addressed by the community as a whole.[v]
The full title of the website is “Young Muslims in Canada - In Pursuit of Allah's Pleasure.” The site is available at: www.youngmuslims.ca
When promoting itself to potential youth members, the Young Muslims in Canada website offers the following:
Who are we? An Islamic organization working for and through the Muslim youth in Canada. Our aim is the establishment of Islam in North America in its entirety and comprehensiveness. We work towards the spiritual, moral, intellectual, and social revival of Muslim youth through Dawah (invitation to Islam), Tarbiyah (education & training), Tazkiyah (personal development), and community involvement and activism.[vi] (Emphasis added)
A variety of articles in their online library of books provides insight into what is being presented to the youth involved. The article written by Hassan Banna with the simple title of “Jihad” has a preface written by Dr A. M. A. Fahmy of the International Islamic Forum. In the preface[vii] Dr. Fahmy notes the following:
Though jihad may be a part of the answer to the problems of the ummah, it is an extremely important part. Jihad is to offer ourselves to Allah for His Cause. Indeed, every person should according to Islam prepare himself/herself for jihad and every person should eagerly and patiently wait for the day when Allah will call them to show their willingness to sacrifice their lives. We should all ask ourselves if there is a quicker way to heaven? It is with this in mind that this booklet is being published.[viii] (Emphasis added)
Within the paper presented there are other views worthy of note which were written by Hassan Banna and presented on the Young Muslims in Canada website:
My brothers! The ummah that knows how to die a noble and honourable death is granted an exalted life in this world and eternal felicity in the next. Degradation and dishonour are the results of the love of this world and the fear of death.
Therefore prepare for jihad and be the lovers of death. Life itself shall come searching after you. (emphasis added)
You should yearn for an honourable death and you will gain perfect happiness. May Allah grant myself and yours the honour of martyrdom in His way![ix]
As one observer notes about the overall indoctrination of young Muslims living in Canada:
Young minds are encouraged to feel hostility for their Canadian homeland in Sayyid Qutb’s Milestones which propounds that “any place where the Islamic Shari’ah is not enforced and where Islam is not dominant becomes the home of Hostility [Dar-ul-Harb, more precisely translated as the House of War] for both the Muslim and the Dhimmi [religious minorities tolerated by Muslims in exchange of a special tax]” and that “A Muslim will remain prepared to fight against it…”.[x]
Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) – What is Aimed at Youth?
A review of the MYNA organisation is a useful exercise as it casts a light on some of the early organizations founded under the umbrella of the Muslim Brotherhood. Research provided by the MYNA itself shows that the first major organization founded by the Muslim Brotherhood in North America was the Muslim Students Association, founded in the Chicago area in 1963. One of the next major steps was the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) which was in the works for several years before being organized with its new premises in Indiana in 1982/1983. From the ISNA came a number of other organizations. One of these was the MYNA.
The MYNA is also a useful example as it shows the cross-border nature of the Muslim Brotherhood adherent organizations. The MYNA was formed with a mixture of American and Canadian based individuals with a variety of events and camps in both countries. While there are voices in the ISNA now that claim the organizations in Canada and the USA are separate, this shows that the ISNA and MYNA were truly integrated across borders.
Fawad Siddiqui and Asad Siddiqui posted a history of the Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) on the World Wide Web.[xi] Mr. Fawad Siddiqui was in the MYNA and helped organize some of its events.[xii] As they note, the idea for the formation of the MYNA has its roots in a 1974/75 reorganization of the Muslim Students Association and the subsequent formation of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) (1982-1983).[xiii] The research work is extensive and it is clear that the author(s) had access to the files of the Islamic Society of North America’s offices in Indiana. The research includes an impressive collection of names, dates, meeting decisions, funding challenges and solutions as well as insights into internal wrangling within the MYNA, the ISNA and the MSA as well as the close relationship of these three organizations as the Muslim Brotherhood expanded its operations in North America.
In its March/April 2004 issue, the ISNA’s magazine Islamic Horizons published a series of article on the MYNA written by Taneeza Islam and Fawad Siddiqui.[xiv] Much of the material on the website is similar to the material in the ISNA magazine. As such, it seems reasonable to assume that the material represents the views of the ISNA. Fawad Siddiqui is listed as an associate editor in this magazine issue. (page 49).
The first part of the history is called History of MYNA - Part 1 Premordial (sic) Sludge
He begins the history with the following:
1950s-60s-70s-80s - Youth Camps are a standard part Islamic Movement programs in the Muslim world, particularly done by the Ikhwan-al-Muslimoon which starts in Egypt and is strong in many Arab Muslim countries. Muslims start to immigrate to America as students and form local associations. They become the MSA of US and Canada in 1963.
As an insider of the MYNA and someone with trusted access to its files, Mr. Siddiqui makes two interesting observations here. The first is that Youth Camps are a standard part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s (Ikhwan-al-Muslimoon) operations.[xv] The second is the implicit observation that the Muslin Student Association of the US and Canada was formed by Ikhwani in 1963 as a result of their immigration to North America. This is consistent with the claims of a number of senior Muslin Brotherhood officials such as Mohammed Akram[xvi] and Zeid al-Noman.[xvii]
In Part Two of his history, Mr. Siddiqui writes that:
MSA Graduates to ISNA, takes Youth Committee along for the ride
1979-1980 - M. Naziruddin Ali is MSA president. MSA Headquarters is built in Plainfield, Indiana (it may have been completed in 1982 or 1983.) [It will go on to host many youth camps, conferences, training programs, executive council and advisor meetings, the Youth Committee chair's desk, a MYNA office, the MYNA cubicle, the MYNA cabinet, and eventually the current ISNA/MYNA youth director.]
1981-82 - Sayyid M. Syeed is MSA president. The proposed change from MSA to the "Islamic Society of North America" takes effect. The existing MSA umbrella organization becomes the ISNA umbrella organization, with various constituent organizations under it, including existing MSA constituent organizations, such as the Islamic Medical Association (IMA), as well as newly formed groups, such as the Muslim Communities Association (MCA).
In these two paragraphs, Mr. Siddiqui observes what is commonly believed. The MSA had grown over the almost 20 year period of its founding in 1963 and had matured to the point where it becomes the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) with a wider field of interests. Note also that there are other organizations developing such as the IMA and MCA, indicative of the policy of building multiple organizations to develop a series of voices – albeit all of them tracing back to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mr. Siddiqui then points out:
1983 - Ilyas Ba Yunus is President is the first ISNA president. (2) Da’ud Mulla is “Youth (Boys) Chairman,” (2b) Tanveer Mirza is “Youth (Girls) Chairman” of the ISNA Youth Committee, which has clearly been subdivided into Boys and Girls groups by this point.[xviii]
From this statement, it is also clear that the ISNA, from its inception, has a youth wing divided into male and female. This observation is followed by:
1984 – Ba-Yunus still president. (3) Junaid Noor Hasnain, from Columbia, Maryland, is the chairman of the Youth Committee. [His number then listed is 301-730-5044]. (3b) Fatima Abugideiri [the daughter of former 1973-74 MSA President, the now late, Tijani Abu Gideiri], from Indianapolis, IN, is the chairman of the “Young Muslimah Subcommittee.” [Her number then listed is 317-882-9798. As of 2003, she now lives in the Washington DC area]. The ISNA Youth Committee is now said to be mostly all comprised of American-born-and-raised Muslim youth.[xix]
Mr. Siddiqui later notes the family relationships will be important:
This is also the birth of the MYNA “dynasties” as Sameer has siblings who will also go on to positions of power in the MYNA structure, a common occurrence over the next 20 years, but to be fair, it was already a common feature of MSA activities and is still a feature of Islamic work in America today, as it is families with interest and their children that prove willing to take on the bulk of the voluntary efforts.[xx]
Family Connections: It is worth noting here that the head of the Young Muslimah Subcommittee at that time was also the daughter of the former MSA President. Family relationships and family ties across organizational boundaries are common in many of the Muslim Brotherhood organizations. In Egypt, Mahmoud Ghozlan is a member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Office and served as secretary-general of the group until his arrest in February 2002. Currently, he is married to Fatima al-Shater, the sister of MB deputy supreme guide Khairat al-Shater.[xxi] Mahmoud Ezzat is currently the Deputy supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood and he is married to the daughter of former supreme guide Mahdi Akef.[xxii] Ahmed Fahmi, the speaker of the Egyptian Speaker of the Shura Council (upper house of parliament) and his son is married to the daughter of Dr. Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood member who was president of Egypt in 2012/2013.[xxiii] Dr. Wael Haddara (MAC, CAIR CAN, IRFAN and senior political advisor to the Egyptian President) is the son of a Muslim Brotherhood activist and his brother Yasser is also active, including being an advisor to the President Morsi of Egypt as well.
Following several years of discussion, the ISNA decided in 1985 to officially form the MYNA in 1985. The leaders of the ISNA agreed to the plan and encouraged its development. They believed that they had a “proposed organization that may one day take its rightful place within the framework of ISNA alongside MSA and MCA” as was noted in the Jan.-Feb. 1986 Islamic Horizons magazine article on the conference.[xxiv]
History of MYNA - Part 4 Birth of MYNA[xxv]
The First Annual Muslim Youth Conference of North America and the birth of MYNA
Dec. 26-31, 1985 - The First Annual Muslim Youth Winter Conference takes place at ISNA Headquarters in Plainfield, IN, conducted by the ISNA Youth Planning Committee. Umar Hasan is the Chairman of both the committee and the conference. Fatima Abugideiri is the conference [program?] chairperson. Dawood Zwink is a speaker [and probably an advisor].
Youth representatives from the five ISNA zones and several Islamic Centers and Societies attend, many of them the children of ISNA leaders, activists, and workers, or those generally involved with ISNA activities throughout the continent. The conference program is a combination of educational lectures and panel discussions, and organizational meetings to discuss the structure….
MYNA is founded, introduced, discussed, formatted and approved at the conference. There is an election and five representatives on a national committee and two regional reps from every zone formed the center of the functional youth activities. The original structure had a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and zonal representatives, all youth.
The elected officers were Central US Zone: Sameer Bade, Western US Zone: Cameron Kergaye, Eastern US Zone: Furqan Ismail and Hayat Alvi, Canadian Zone: Hoda Fahmy.
The Islamic Horizons magazine is a publication of the ISNA. Among others, Khadija Haffajee[xxvi] (CAIR CAN, NCCM, ISNA) of Ottawa has been on the editorial board. At the time that Khadija Haffajee was on the editorial board, the magazine published a glowing article on Hassan Banna and called him the True Guide.
In 1985, there was also the publication of the first issue of “New Dawn” which would become the official publication of the MYNA. In the history of the MYNA, it is stated that the first contributors of the publication were all founding members of the MYNA. They were Ambara Abdi, Afeefa Syeed, Cameron Kergaye, Sameer Bade, Nikhat Zafaruddin, and Rahat Kurd is quoted. The editorial board was made up of Suhail A. Khan, Sameer A. Bade and Zeynab O. Ahmed. It covers the conference, touts it, and outlines the goals for “Islamic Youth Movement in North America.”
Of note, Suhail Khan is the son of Dr. Mahboob Khan, one of the original founders of the MSA according to his obituary[xxvii] which was published on IkhwanNet.[xxviii] Suhail Khan gained some notoriety when he declared that there was no Muslim Brotherhood in America while at a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Conference.[xxix]
In the closing of Part Four on his history of the MYNA, Mr. Siddique closes with:
“Because of you dedicated young Muslims all this was possible. Pat yourselves on the back. You deserve it!” “ISNA provided free facilities for this conference and made the burden lighter to carry. A pillar of support.” From the start ISNA is referred to as an outside supporting body.
The MYNA ran a series of training camps with a number of them being in Canada. The longest running appears to have been the Annual Canada MYNA Camp which came to be known as the Long Bay Camp although the first camping event was held in Paris Ontario and not in Long Bay itself. The remaining 18 Annual MYNA Camps (that were noted in this history) were all held in Long Bay Ontario, just south of Ottawa. Among the entries noted for the Long Bay camps are the following four entries:
July 28-31, 1988 - Br./Sr. Summer Rec. Camp (Paris Camp, ON)
July 14-17, 1988 - “Second Annual Canadian MYNA Camp” aka the “Long Bay Camp,” held in Paris, Ontario (Canada East Zone) themed “Nature Allah’s Gift-Let’s Get Down to Earth”, 80 participant youth from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. Innovative camp concept. Dawood also attends/speaks. Rahat Kurd attends and writes of the camp in the Dec. 1988 Islamic Horizons: “‘Islam in the great outdoors, with salat under the stars,’ is how the Second Annual Canadian MYNA Camp was billed. Unlike most clever ad copy, that’s just what it was…so it didn’t mention the mosquitos. But with “Nature: Allah’s Gift: Let’s Get Down to Earth” as its theme, this three-and-a-half-day whirlwind camp in Long Bay, Ontario was well worth the Calamine. Most participants-youth from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal-were drawn to the new approach to this year’s endeavor: inviting campers to take a long, loving look at their diverse natural surroundings, from the complex, tiny world of bees and ants, to glorious sunsets and crescents.
July 7-9, 1989 - East Canada Summer Recreational Camp, Long Bay Camp, Ontario. About 70 youth attended. “The program was for the most part highly interactive and emphasized simulation exercises.” “Build Islamistan was an exercise with the difficulties in achieving practical peace with Islam as the foundation.” Life in a Shanty Town illustrated competition for scarce resources and the consequences of interaction between first, second, and third world countries.
July 13-15, 1990 – East Canada Long Bay Camp, Ontario, theme “A Time for Iman.” Some of the more valuable sessions were simulation exercises. “Sand Castles” was an exercise concerning the different forms of government and how Islam reacts to each one of them. Other sessions included Da’wa, different ways of approaching people, interaction between the genders, and separate sessions for the brothers and the sisters to freely talk about their concerns.
In Part 14 of the history, there is the following entry that suggests the Long Bay Camps continued under the name of the Muslin Youth of Ottawa which is seen as a descendant of the MYNA Camps.
http://www.myo.ca/camp/ - the Muslim Youth of Ottawa page contains current info on the existing youth group there which is the descendant of the MYNA group there. Also it has information about the Long Bay Ottawa Youth Camps, which have run for 19 years and ARE the MYNA Long Bay Camps, still going. http://www.myo.ca/isa.htm - the MYO is so strong that it’s become an umbrella organization that’s created basically a High School MSA program of it’s own.
There are also references to other camps run by the MYNA in Canada. For instance:
Aug. 11-18, 1990 – West Canada Zone Conference at Clear Lake, Manitoba. Themed “Islam as an Alternative Life-style.” The program of this camp focused on issues such as Islamic identity, the significance of prayer, parent-child relationships in Islam, the Companions’ techniques of problem-solving, programming youth activities, Da’wa techniques, and world issues.
Rather humorously, the author notes that people from Toronto sometimes feel they speak for all of Canada:
Nov. 1987 - Islamic Horizons Nov. issue features a Community Profile of Toronto’s Jami’ Masjid which mentions the Toronto MYNA group and their July 3-5 camp. They discuss the generation gap in the article, as well.“ ‘A number of girls want to leave home because they’re fed up with the contradiction they have to put with tin their family lives and their outside interactions,’ says Iman Khalifah, Muslim Youth of North America’s (MYNA) Canadian Zone rep. [Toronto’s MYNA has a penchant for describing itself as representing all of Canada from an early time, it seems. Today Toronto’s MYNA is described as all of Canada’s in Annual Reports to this day.]
Throughout the report, there are references to a variety of Canadian individuals and events which were a part of the MYNA organization. Among them are:
Part 7 - 1987 - At the start of the year Hasan AlTalib is MYNA president, Mukhlis Balbale of Wheaton IL is VP, Maseer Bade is treasurer, Indianapolis, Hibba Abugideiri is secretary, Reston VA. There are two representatives for Canada regions 1 (Windsor and Kingston, Ontario) and 2 (Gloucester and Ottawa,
1988-89 – Ahmad Zaki Hammad elected for his second term as ISNA President. Both Dawood Zwink is VP U.S. and Dr. Syed Imtiaz Ahmad is V.P. Canada again for a second term as well. Ghulam Nabi Fai is president of MSA.
1988 - Abdul Waheed Mustafa is the West Canada Advisor (204-832-3511)[xxx]. Ahmed Zaki Hammad is President of ISNA. MYNA is listed under “Departments and Services” in the ISNA Annual report and not a separate constituent affiliate organization.
Feb. 13-14, 1988 - MYNA Executive Committee Meeting at ISNA Headquarters. Attendees include Dawood Zwink, chair of the advisory board, Baha Ahmed, east zone advisor, Nadifa Abdi, central zone advisor, Abdel Waheed Mustafa, western Canada zone advisor. Maseer Bade, chairman, Amal Abu-Karam secretary/treasurer, Mihad Fahmy, Canadian zonal representative
May 14-15, 1988 - At this point there are 366 total members. 142 East, 130 Central, 56 Central, 38 Canada. The suggestion to fix it is that they need zonal reps. Amal and Engi come every week to ISNA HQ to handle mail and money. Maseer cleans the office.
June 24-26, 1988 - Eastern Canada Zonal Conference - St. Catherine’s Conference coop with ISNA Canadian Conference. Niagara falls trip during the conference (they went and had to come back.)
Feb. 19, 1988 - a youth halaqa in Ottawa, which they want to do on a monthly basis.
1988-89 The following is a list of communities with recently formed MYNA local groups. East Canada has groups in Windsor, London, Burlington, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton. West Canada has units in Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
1995: Sabah Iqbal is West Zone Canada Rep, Waheed Mustafa is West Zone Canada Advisor. For the first time, city reps were elected from each of the regions to remain in constant contact with the zonal rep.
Shaema Imam is East Zone Canada Rep. Rahat Kurd (FYLTP Program Chairperson) is East Canada Muslim Youth Advisor. The East Zone Canada “focuses on making new contacts, increasing the networking between local and regional chapters, and organizing the zones internal structure,” says the 95 Annual Report. “The Maritime Region” is established and local youth groups “were either founded or revitalized,” says the 95 Annual Report. The circulation of Ottawa’s newsletter, “word” and Montreal’s bilingual newsletter “Salam” are increased. Summer and winter camps are held at the local level, “as were a large variety of other youth group activities.”
July 1, 1995 - West Zone Canada “Campference” held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, attended by over 100 youth (120-150 people) from a cross the zone. Also, for the first time, city representatives were elected from each of the regions to remain in constant contact with the zonal representatives.
The MYNA eventually collapsed as of 2004, although there are efforts in place to get in going again.[xxxi] What happened? According to Mr. Siddique, the following is the situation:
What happened to MYNA
The Muslim Youth of North America died out in 2004 when its board of advisors were dismissed by ISNA after over a year of working to reform and revive the organization. Its president at that time was actually kept in place by ISNA even though she had resigned the previous year. In this blog I will be posting the various ideas that had been discussed from 2002-2004 to reform that organization into what would have been a very useful national institution for the Muslim youth of America, especially now, when issues of identity, faith, and character building shouldn't be left in the hands of people affiliated with ideologies that promote hatered.(sic)[xxxii]
A Note on Fawad Siddiqui
Mr. Fawad Siddiqui appears to have been the primary researcher and co-author of the history of the MYNA that was published in a 2004 issue of the ISNA magazine as well as posted on the World Wide Web. Taneeza Islam was the co-author of the ISNA magazine piece and Asad Siddiqui appears to have done most of the posting of the articles to the history of the MYNA website.
Fawad Siddiqui is an interesting figure due his history with the MYNA, his coaching of MYNA activities, his role with the internship program of the ISNA and his article on the MYNA itself. His involvement with youth organization and interns suggests a strong role in youth leadership.
Mr. Siddiqui was born on 20 November 1978. Both of his parents were ISNA activists according to his own statement to the UK based Guardian Newspaper. In a 2007 article, Mr. Siddiqui was:
A veteran convention visitor, Fawad Siddiqui, 28, says the best stalls were the ones that show how activities, chores and rituals can be "Islamicised", and recalls how an alarm clock that emitted a call to prayer five times a day was an instant hit when it was unveiled.
Mr Siddiqui, whose parents were among the early ISNA activists, describes the event as a "big family reunion." "Muslims in North America are scattered and they rarely meet up, so there's a lot of catching up to do. More importantly, there's a lot of shopping to be done."[xxxiii]
In addition to being a writer and associate editor for the ISNA, Mr. Siddiqui is also an actor and cartoonist. His personal website for his more creative work is http://www.faviqawal.deviantart.com. This is noted in his profile engine site which is related to his work as part of the summer internship program for the ISNA. His photo and name as part of the internship program can be seen at http://profileengine.com/groups/profile/421729034/isna-intenrship-summer-program which in turn links to: http://profileengine.com/groups/profile/421729034/isna-intenrship-summer-program#/people/1728109/fawad.siddiqui . The photo of him compares to that of his own publicity photos for his acting work.[xxxiv]
His creative website, which has been hosted on the website “deviant art” for ten years has a number of poetic and visual presentations. One of these is a poem with the title “Poem from the perspective of a…..” It was dated Mar 21, 2007, 8:35:08 PM. The poem appears to suggest he does not like “kufar” (disbelievers) and that “we” will run planes into “you”.
Poem from the perspective of a…..[xxxv]
You are all kufar
those who “cover up.”
We will run planes
Get your attention?
You like the brown
skin? You like
You like it on your
TV. You like it
on your cab drivers
on your convenient store
owners—your doctors and
You like it when we build your roads and your bridges and fix your health
While you kill us and you kill us and you kill us and you bomb us
You like it on the faces of the masses
as they huddle under the approaching
fall of bombs like heavy metal rain,
as the children run en masse
enslaved with nowhere to run
We will run planes
Mr. Siddiqui also does visual art such as the following piece with the title “Harm harm at all costs.”[xxxvi]
It is not clear from artwork or the title for whom the harm is intended, other than the obvious sword killing the man.
The Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR USA) was set up to be a lobby group for the Muslim Brotherhood to advance its goals on the Palestinian situation. This fits logically in the larger program of the Muslim Brotherhood which has had Palestine at the centre of their ideology since its formation in Egypt. CAIR USA was set up by members of the Islamic Association for Palestine, which itself had been created by the Muslim Brotherhood in North America in 1981.
The Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) is a Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) front organization, as described by themselves. In a document with the title A Historical outline and the main issues (written on 10/25/91, approved by the Council on 11/9/91),[xxxvii] it was noted that:
In 1981, the Ikhwan founded the Islamic Association of Palestine to serve the cause of Palestine on the political and the media fronts. The Association has absorbed most of the Ikhwan’s Palestinian energy at the leadership and the grassroots levels in addition to some of the brothers from the other countries. Attention was given to the Arab new arrivals, immigrants and citizens in general, while focusing on the Palestinians in particular. The Association’s work had developed a great deal since its inception, particularly with the formation of the Palestine Committee, the beginning of the Intifada at the end of 1987 and the proclamation of the Hamas movement. The Association has organizations affiliated with it such as (The United Association for Studies & Research, The Occupied Land Fund and The Media Office), dedicated main personnel, several periodicals, research, studies and field branches in all the regions.
In 1987, HAMAS (Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-ʾIslāmiyyahwas or the Islamic Resistance Movement) was founded as an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. This is not a secret or an assumption, but rather the Charter of HAMAS states it quite clearly that:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood chapter in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood movement is an international organization. It is one of today's largest Islamic movements. It professes a comprehensive understanding and precise conceptualization of the Islamic precepts in all aspects of life: concept and belief, politics and economics, education and social service, jurisdiction and law, exhortation and training, communication and arts, the seen and the unseen, and the rest of life's ways.[xxxviii]
In 1993, the Oslo Accords (also referred to as the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements) were signed in the USA after secret negotiations between the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. The short term goals were a withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian controlled territory and the recognition of self-government for the Palestinian. Longer terms goals included agreements on refugee return, borders and the building of Israeli “settlements.” In short, at the time it looked like the agreements might be the start of a comprehensive peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel.
HAMAS and the Muslim Brotherhood in general were against the accords. The overall view of the Muslim Brotherhood since its inception in the 1920s and 1930s (long before Israel was created) was that the Palestinian situation was at the heart of their struggle and that no accommodation with any outside colonial power or Zionist movement was acceptable.
The newly formed[xxxix] HAMAS worked hard to undermine the agreement and other Muslim Brotherhood organizations fell into line on the issue.
The Philadelphia Meeting of 1993
In North America, the Muslim Brotherhood response to the Oslo Accords was taking shape. A group of them met in a Philadelphia hotel to discuss possible responses. As one researcher noted, the meeting was:
Organized by senior Hamas operative Abdelhaleem Ashqar, who was indicted in August 2004 for allegedly participating in a 15-year racketeering conspiracy to finance Hamas’ activities, the meeting was called in the wake of the Oslo Accords. In the Accords, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin agreed to a future of coexistence and independence for the Israelis and Palestinians. The 25-person gathering represented, according to the FBI, “a meeting...among senior leaders of HAMAS, the HLFRD and the IAP.” A FBI analysis further noted: “all attendees of this meeting are Hamas members or sympathizers.”[xl]
The researcher goes on to note:
According to the July 2004 HLF indictment, “The purpose of the meeting was to determine their course of action in support of Hamas’ opposition to the peace plan and to decide how to conceal their activities from the scrutiny of the United States government.” Attendees at the FBI-monitored meeting included five HLF officials who were indicted with the group in July 2004: Executive Director Haitham Maghawri, Chief Executive Shukri Abu Baker, Treasurer Ghassan Elashi, Chairman of the Board Mohammad El-Mezain, and fundraiser Mufid Abdulqader. Highlighting the familial ties binding HLF’s top officials to Mousa Abu Marzook, the godfather of IAP and HLF, Elashi (cousins through marriage) and El-Mezain (cousin) are both related to him.
Also at the meeting was Abdel-Jabbar Hamdan, an HLF fundraiser who was arrested on immigration charges the same day that the HLF indictment was unsealed. But surely the most notable attendees were future CAIR Chairman Omar Ahmad, whose presence is documented in the FBI-certified hotel registry; and CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
According to the FBI’s recordings of the meeting, Ahmad referred to himself as Omar Yahya. Although he claimed in a 2003 deposition n that he “can’t recall attending this meeting” he acknowledged that “some people call me” Omar Yahya “because it’s like one of my middle names.” Ahmad also acknowledged knowing many of the men who were in Philadelphia, including Ashqar, Abu-Baker, Elashi and Maghawri.
While he testified that he could not remember being there, transcripts show it was Ahmad who called the meeting to order:
This meeting was called for by the Palestine Committee in order to have a seminar or a meeting to the brothers present here today in order to study the situation in light of the latest developments on the Palestinian arena, its effects and impact on our work here in America.
Awad, like Ahmad, said he could not remember whether he attended the Philadelphia meeting when asked during a 2003 deposition. But government transcripts show Awad was an active participant, including this exchange in which he and Ahmad discuss tailoring their message to appeal to Americans while hiding their true intent:
Awad: What is important is that the language of the address is there even for the American. But, the issue is how to use it.....
Omar Ahmad: There is a difference between you saying "I want to restore the '48 land" and when you say "I want to destroy Israel."
Awad: Yes, there are different but parallel types of address. There shouldn't be contradiction. Address people according to their minds. When I speak with the American, I speak with someone who doesn't know anything. As for the Palestinian who has a martyr brother or something, I know how to address him, you see?
In conjunction with their support for the jihad in Palestine, the participants also recognized the critical importance of domestic lobbying. Stressing the need for deeper engagement with the American Muslim community, one attendee discussed the groups “attempting to encourage the Islamic community to be involved in the political life in this country.” He commented, “We should assist them in this task. This will be an entrance for us to put, through the Islamic community, pressure on the Congress and the decision makers in America.”[xli]
CAIR Founder Omar Ahmad went a step further, envisioning a lobby because “we don’t have influence over the Congress...This will bolster our position in America with the U.S. Administration and other media and political organizations.”
This can be achieved by infiltrating the American media outlets, universities and research centers as we previously said. ... if Muslims engage in political activism in American and started to be concerned with Congress and public relations we will have an entry point to use them to pressure Congress and the decision-makers in America.
CAIR was incorporated the following summer.[xlii]
The Founding of CAIR USA in 1994
CAIR USA was incorporated in 1994 the USA by three members of the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), an organization believed to be a front for the Muslim Brotherhood. They were Nihad Awad, Omar Ahmad[xliii] and Refeeq Jaber.[xliv] The incentive to create this organization, as noted, derived from the Oslo Peace Accords which envisaged a peace settlement between the Palestinians and Israel. The IAP was fundamentally opposed to this as it conflicted with their views that no peace was acceptable with Israel and that conflict must continue. This view was consistent with that of HAMAS, which is the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and ran contrary to the views of FATAH.
CAIR USA soon had a Canadian chapter that would work to support the aims of CAIR USA and the Muslim Brotherhood.
CAIR-CAN has made repeated denials that it is linked to or has a relationship with CAIR-USA. In response to the name change from CAIR-CAN in 2013, to the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the organization produced a list of frequently asked questions.[xlv] With reference to the relationship with CAIR USA, the following response is given:
At the time of CAIR.CAN’s beginnings in 2000, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in the United States had established itself as a pioneering civil liberties advocacy organization for American Muslims. They had developed best practices and extensive knowledge in this important area. It was hoped that CAIR would provide a model that would serve Canadian Muslims equally well. And it has. However, there was never any operating or funding relationship between CAIR-CAN and CAIR, and CAIR-CAN focused entirely on issues affecting Canadian Muslims, independently of CAIR.[xlvi] (Emphasis added)
The current executive director of CAIR-CAN/NCCM is Mr. Ihsaan Gardee. He has been “with CAIR-CAN since 2006 where he first served as CAIR-CAN’s Community Relations & Operations Director before being promoted as CAIR -CAN’s fourth executive director in October of 2008.”[xlvii]
Prior to his employment with CAIR-CAN, he was “involved with CAIR CAN as an occasional volunteer from its early years.”[xlviii]
It is fair to say that Mr. Gardee has been involved with CAIR CAN for a significant period of time as a volunteer, a staff member since 2006 and its executive director since 2008. As such, he should be knowledgeable about the organization and its operations.
Ihsaan Gardee was interviewed by the CBC’s Evan Solomon on 28 January 2014. As the Executive Director of CAIR-CAN/NCMM, he stated that the organization was in no way related to the American based Council on American Islamic Relations. The CBC website also reports that:
The groups shared names (NCCM was known as CAIR-CAN) until July 2013. Gardee said the Canadian group only used the name because CAIR was well recognized within the Muslim civil liberties movement.[xlix]
When asked during the interview about the relationship between CAIR CAN and CAIR USA, Mr. Gardee made repeated statements to the effect that there was no relationship between the two organizations other than the similarities in their names. The following extracts are from the 9’:58” interview.[l]
(Begins at 3:25) The interviewer, Mr. Solomon, asks: Why did you change your name? There have been allegations that the organization when it began was linked to the Council on Islamic American Relations and that organization has been subject to its own controversies. So why did you change your name? Was it to disassociate yourself from the American organization?
(Begins at 3:58) Mr. Gardee replies: The name of the organization was originally CAIR CAN because CAIR in the US is a well-known well recognized Muslim civil liberties organization. But we are two separate and distinct organizations, we always have been (Interviewer interrupts) we have separate board members, we have separate staff we’ve never had any funding….(interviewer interrupts) (Emphasis added)
(Begins at 4:20) Interviewer: Some say they consider the Canadian version a branch plant.
(Begins at 4:28) Well Evan, what I can tell you is that we have never had any funding relationship with them, we never had an operational relationship with them, we have always had two separate boards of directors, constitutions, bylaws, employees (interviewer interrupts) (Emphasis added)
(Begins at 4:46) Interviewer: There are no links but you chose the same name?
(Begins at 4:49) The organization as I mentioned and as I just told you went with that name as it was a well-recognized name within the Muslim civil liberties movement.
(Begins at 6:22) Mr. Gardee: We are a fully independent autonomous organization that has been active in Canada for the past 14 years…..
(Begins at 7:23) Mr. Gardee: As I have told you we are and always have been a separate and independent and autonomous organization….
The positions taken by Mr. Gardee in this interview are difficult to understand. In the past, Mr. Gardee has held positions related to operations and community relations and he is now the executive director. Additionally, his own organization reports that he was a volunteer “from its early years.” Yet he repeatedly states that they have no relationship to CAIR USA and does so in a variety of ways while responding to a series of different questions. His denials seem almost Orwellian given the preponderance of evidence, much of it from CAIR USA and CAIR CAN, that the two organizations share multiple links.
CAIR-CAN/NCMM has been directly tied to its American based parent back to its founding roots in 1994. The organizations share a common heritage, timelines, technical connections and both CAIR-CAN and CAIR USA have made repeated claims in the past that they are connected to each other.
The current rounds of denial from CAIR-CAN may be driven more by a desire to separate itself from CAIR USA’s set of problems related to the Holy Land Foundation terrorism funding trial and a host of other problems. One of CAIR CAN’s founding directors is an un-indicted co-conspirator in the same trial which related to HAMAS funding operations in the USA and Canada.[li] CAIR USA is also an unindicted co-conspirator in the same proceedings.[lii] Another long time CAIR CAN board member who left in 2012 (Dr. Wael Haddara) has also been drawing unhelpful attention to CAIR-CAN due to his close working relationship to Dr. Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s President of Egypt from 2012 to 2013.
A Note on CAIR Chapters
The statement by Mr. Gardee that CAIR CAN is and “always have been separate and independent and autonomous” from CAIR USA is disingenuous and may attempt to mislead the viewer with semantics. All of the CAIR chapters (30+) in the USA and Canada are registered independently and each has their own bylaws and other organizational documents.
The creation of local organizations appears to be consistent the general workings of the Muslim Brotherhood and its adherent organizations. This is noted in the bylaws as they were written on the official English language of the Muslim Brotherhood “IkhwanWeb.” When looking at local organizations, the bylaws lay out the view that (Article 51):
Every branch has the right to develop its own bylaw regulating its activities and consistent with domestic circumstances.”[liii]
The USA Connections
The following are examples of the connections between CAIR CAN and CAIR USA:
1. CAIR USA and CAIR Canada share common roots.
CAIR USA was formed in September of 1994. CAIR's presence in Canada began that same year when Dr. Sheema Khan (also Seema Khan) says she joined CAIR USA will living in Montreal.[liv]
According to Dr. Khan, the first Canadian chapter of CAIR was formed in Montreal. The Quebec Registry of Enterprises (File 3346439360) showed the Council on American-Islamic Relations as CAIR-Montreal. CAIR-Montreal was registered in January 1997, struck off the Registry in May 1999, replaced by CAIR-Ottawa, and by CAIR-CAN in 2000.[lv]
The stated purpose of the Montreal chapter was to promote awareness of CAIR (USA) in Montreal. That was in 1996 and Dr. Khan states that she was director of this chapter until 1998.[lvi] She added that at that time CAIR USA had control over the character and quality of the activities of the Canadian chapter.
Further development occurred when the Ottawa chapter of CAIR USA was formed in 1998 by Dr. Khan. As the founding director of the Ottawa chapter, she further stated that CAIR Ottawa became CAIR CAN in 2000 and that the activities of these organizations was designed to promote awareness of CAIR USA.
Note the last sentence in this paragraph from the affidavit:
Paragraph 6: In 1996 a Canadian chapter of CAIR UNITED STATES was established in Montreal. The purpose of the chapter was to promote CAIR UNITED STATES awareness in Montreal. One of the means of promoting awareness was through the distribution in Canada of CAIR UNITED STATES’ newsletters, publicity kits, brochures and handbooks. CAIR UNITED STATES had direct control over the character and quality of the activities of the Canadian chapter in Montreal. (Emphasis added)
Dr. Khan goes on to state that CAIR USA has direct control over the character and quality of all activities of CAIR CAN as well.
Paragraph 8: That CIRC used the trademarks CAIR and CAIR-CAN and the name Council on American-Islamic Relations Canada under licenses from CAIR UNITED STATES. Under terms of the license CAIR UNITED STATES has direct control over the character and quality of all activities of CIRC including the use of its trade-mark and trade name.
Dr. Khan has held a significant number of positions since 1994. She has been on the board of directors of the ISNA Development Foundation for the in 2 of the last 3 years (2010 and 2011) before the charity lost its status for funding terrorism. Of interest, she also sits on many of the other boards of other ISNA organizations. She is currently listed at the ISNA as being:
Seema Khan, Director of Operations, Phone 905 403 8406 (Ex 222). She has the following email addresses listed as well: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org.[lvii]
2. CAIR CAN says that its parent organization is CAIR USA
According to CAIR CAN’s own website,[lviii] CAIR CAN has a parent organization which is identified as CAIR USA based in Washington DC. In this extract from a 2003 publication titled “A Journalist’s Guide to Islam” on a website belonging to CAIR CAN the following statement makes this clear:
CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) This Washington-based organization is CAIR-CAN’s parent organization. It has an email newsletter for the news media, providing news releases and background materials about important Islamic events. It is worth receiving. Tel: 202-488-8787 Fax: 202-488-0833 Email: email@example.com, Web site: www.caircan.org (A Journalist's Guide to Islam (version 2003) Conceived by the Council on American Islamic Relations Canada. Published by Islamic Social Services Association Canada.[lix]
3. CAIR in Canada was formed to work with CAIR USA
According to CAIR CAN’s own statements in 2005, CAIR in Canada was founded to work with CAIR USA which was (apparently) “well known” to Canadian Muslims. On their website in 2005, CAIR CAN provided a graphic that contained the following information:
In 1996, a group of concerned Canadian Muslims started an informal network in Canada to work with the Washington-based CAIR, an organization well known among Canadian Muslims since 1994. In the spring of 1997, CAIR-Montreal was formed, and was soon after replaced by CAIR-Ottawa. In 2000, CAIR-CAN was incorporated as a Canadian organization speaking out for Canada’s Muslim population.[lx]
This same graphic provided information on its then-director, Dr. Khan and provided the following information:
Sheema Khan completed her undergraduate studies at McGill University prior to obtaining her PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard University.[lxi] Residing in Ottawa with her husband and three children, she is a long-time activist and speaker and has been the chair of CAIR CAN since its inception. A regular columnist for the Globe and Mail, Sheema works as a patent agent and is an inventor of patents with pharmaceutical technology.[lxii]
4. CAIR USA states that CAIR CAN is their Canadian office (13 examples)
The main CAIR USA website has published a number of articles where its states that CAIR CAN is their Canadian office. Typical of these articles are statements such as:
The main branch of the Calgary Public Library was the site for the launch of the CAIR-CAN -- the Canadian office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations -- national Islamic library project.
This extract came from a story with the title Libraries Get New Package to Study Islam.
Twelve other stories with similar statements denoting CAIR CAN as the Canadian office of CAIR are:
Canadian newspaper publishes apology for anti-Muslim article
CAIR-CAN: Is Canada 'Subcontracting' Torture?
CAIR-CAN CITED IN 2005 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT
CAIR-Can Meets With U.N. Rapporteur
Her Comic Take
Canadian MP offers apology for assistant's remark
Canadian Muslims condemn firing of Publisher
Canadian Muslims condemn vandalism against Jewish institutions
Canadian group denied public funding to fight circumcision
Muslims urge denial of public funding for Anti-circumsion campaign
Vandals attack Canadian Islamic Center
Suspicious fire destroys Canadian Mosque
5. CAIR USA chapters say that CAIR CAN is one of its chapters
As of early 2014, two CAIR chapters in the USA claim that CAIR CAN is a chapter of the same organization of which they are members. These are:
http://cairhouston.org/chapters.htm (as of 28 February 2014)
http://www.cairchicago.org/cair-chapters/ (as of 28 February 2014)
6. CAIR USA Chicago’s website lists CAIR CAN as a Canadian chapter
The website of the Chicago chapter of CAIR USA lists 32 chapters of CAIR and identifies CAIR CAN as being one them.[lxiii]
7. Technical Connections
CAIR CAN has used the email address of firstname.lastname@example.org . This is the same service used by other CAIR USA chapters such as CAIR San Antonio SanAntonio@cair-net.org , CAIR Cleveland http://ohio.cair.com and Care Ohio which also uses email@example.com
8. CAIR CAN and CAIR USA – common staff
Maryam Dadabhoy works for CAIR-CAN in Toronto and formerly worked for CAIR Los Angeles. One of CAIR-CAN’s websites notes:
Maryam joined CAIR CAN in 2004. She manages Toronto affairs related to media, Islamic awareness trainings, advocacy and community relations. Maryam graduated from California State University Fullerton in 2002 in Business Administration. Prior to joining CAIR CAN, she was with the Los Angeles office of the US - based CAIR.[lxiv]
CAIR CAN may also be trying to disassociate itself from some questionable affiliations, although this is not clear. For example one of the original board members in 2000 was Dr. Jamal Badawi who has remained on the board of CAIR CAN throughout its existence. Dr. Badawi is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial in the USA. The trial directly addressed the funding of HAMAS. Dr. Badawi has been identified in two primary source documents as being a key figure in the Muslim Brotherhood’s North American organization (board of directors and noted as an individual at the core of their organizational work and educational work.)[lxv]
Another long time board member of CAIR CAN is Dr. Wael Haddara. He served on the board of directors of Canada for at least nine years (2002-2011) and may have been on the original board in 2000 as well. Dr. Haddara has been involved with a number of Muslim Brotherhood related organizations and was recently a senior advisor to the Muslim Brotherhood’s President of Egypt, Dr. Morsi. Dr. Haddara was also on the board of IRFAN-Canada (International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, Canada) in the years 2000[lxvi] and 2002[lxvii] and he remained a voting member of the organization until at least 2004 according to the CRA investigation. IFRAN was under investigation for years and eventually lost its charitable status for having transfer some 14 million dollars to HAMAS despite claims it did not as well as having been warned about the potential problems. The CRA believes that IRFAN was set up in 2000 to circumvent the Canadian government when it would not give charity status to the Jerusalem Fund.[lxviii] (See separate entries on Wael Haddara and IRFAN in this report for details). Dr. Haddara was also a long time board member and also president of the Muslim Association of Canada which has publicly stated its belief in the teaching of Hassan Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. (See separate entries on Dr. Haddara and the MAC in this report).
Khadija Haffajee has also been on the board of CAIR/CAN NCCM from its inception in 2000. She is also on the “ISNA Women’s Committee and was the Canadian Zonal Representative for the MSA Women’s Committee. She has been a speaker at ISNA Conferences on different occasions and acts as an advisor and counselor for Islamic youth camps.”[lxix] Of note, Khadija Haffajee was on the editorial board of Islamic Horizons when the published a glowing tribute to Hassan Banna as the “True Guide” in 1999.[lxx]
CAIR CAN was first registered in July of 2000. The initial registration shows:
COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS (CANADA)[lxxi]
10 July 2000 (over 13 years ago)
99 KAKULU RD, SUITE 100, KANATA ON, K2L 3C8, Canada
JAMAL Badawi, director
WAEL HADDARA, director
SHAHINA SIDDIQUI, director
KHADIJA HAFFAJEE, director
AFTAB SABIR, director
SELMA DJUKIC, director
KHALID ELGAZZAR, director
KASHIF AHMED, director
The corporate history of this organization[lxxii] is:
Corporate Name History
2000-07-10 to 2013-06-24
COUNCIL ON AMERICAN ISLAMIC RELATIONS (CANADA)
2013-06-24 to Present
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CANADIAN MUSLIMS (NCCM)
Name Changes in Canada and the USA
While CAIR CAN’s name was changed to National Council of Canadian Muslims, a new umbrella organization in the USA will be known as the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO).
The new USA organization will consist of the following groups: Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), Muslim American Society (MAS), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), The Mosque Cares, Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA) and the Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA). [lxxiii]
Four charities in Canada with Muslim Brotherhood connections have had their chartable status revoked following investigations by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Three of these were revoked for cause which the CRA states occurs only in the “most severe cases of non-compliance, or cases where there is continuous non-compliance.”[lxxiv] Another was revoked for failing to conduct any substantive charitable activity during the three years under audit while providing a private benefit to a Director. All of the money provided to this charity came from Colonel Kaddafi in Libya and his “jihad fund.”
The CRA clearly identifies that funding terrorism is a major factor in all four cases and that in one case, a charity was claiming to be raising funds for victims of disasters in Asia, yet was using the money to fund terrorism in the Middle East. In other words, individuals in Canada who may have thought they were funding a charity to help those truly suffering from a natural disaster were in fact having their money used to fund terrorism. Additionally, all Canadians are subsidizing this activity due to the tax breaks that accrue to charitable donations.
These four noteworthy charities with revoked status are:
1. IRFAN-Canada (International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy) (2011-04-09) Mississauga ON
2. ISNA Development Foundation (2013-09-21) Mississauga ON
3. WICS (World Islamic Call Society) (2011-03-26) London ON
4. WAMY (World Assembly of Muslim Youth) (2012-02-11) Mississauga ON
IRFAN-Canada (International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy) (2011-04-09) Mississauga ON
In 2011, the CRA revoked (for cause) the charitable status of IRFAN-Canada due a series of failures and for funding HAMAS which has been listed as a terrorist group. The short form of the statement as it appears on the CRA website reads:
On the basis of our audit, we have concluded that IRFAN-Canada has: ceased to comply with the requirements of the Act for its continued registration; failed to comply with or contravened sections 230 to 231.5 of the Act; issued a receipt for a gift or donation otherwise than in accordance with the Act and the Regulations or that contains false information; and failed to file an information return as required under the Act-[o]ur analysis of the audit information has led the CRA to believe that IRFAN-Canada provides support to Hamas, a listed terrorist organization. Our findings indicate that IRFAN-Canada provided over $14.6 million in resources to operating partners that were run by officials of Hamas, openly supported and provided funding to Hamas, or have been listed by various jurisdictions because of their support for Hamas or other terrorist entities.
In addition to failing to comply and funding a terrorist group, the CRA also noted that IRFAN was raising money by appeals made to the general public under misleading circumstances. Specifically, CRA notes that IRFAN requested pledges for money for the 2004 Tsunami disaster, the South East Asia Earthquake Disaster of 2006, the Indonesian Earthquake of 2006, the Bangladesh Cyclone of 2007, the Burma Cyclone of 2007, the Pakistan Earthquake of 2008 and the Indonesian Earthquake of 2008. The CRA audit discovered that the money raised through these campaigns was not sent to assist those in need. Rather, the money was then co-mingled with the general monies of IRFAN and then used to fund other activities such as funding terrorism. (Section 2.5 Public Breech Test/Deceptive Funding)[lxxv]
The CRA audit and investigation also reveals that they believe IRFAN was an integral part of the international fund raising efforts to support HAMAS. They add that it is a strong possibility that IRFAN was created in order to circumvent the CRA’s refusal to grant charitable status previously to charitable status to the Poverl Jerusalem Fund for Human Services (JFHS). The CRA believes that there are “strong indicators” that the JFHS acted in Canada on behalf of the American based Holy Land Foundation.[lxxvi] The Holy Land Foundation has been the subject of an extensive criminal investigation in the USA which resulted in convictions for funding terrorism.[lxxvii]
The CRA also stated that there was “clear evidence” that at their earliest inception, the HLF and JFHS were in close communication, their identities overlapped, and they were part of the North American network established by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committees to support HAMAS.[lxxviii]
Furthermore, the CRA notes that JFHS and IRFAN’s have a past pattern (1992-2002) of funding organizations that have been recognized as having links to HAMAS and that despite its 2004 undertaking, IRFAN continued to do so.[lxxix]
The CRA believes that IFRAN was set up in 2000 to circumvent the refusal of the Government of Canada to grant charitable status to the JFHS. The founding member of the board of directors of IRFAN were Nadeem Siddiqi, Mohamed Farhad Khadim, Dr. Wael Haddara, Reyad Hobba and Mohammad Ammak.[lxxx]
Dr. Wael Haddara is also noted as being on the board of directors again in 2002[lxxxi] and the CRA report also notes that he was a voting member of the organization until at least 2004.[lxxxii]
From this reporting, it appears clear that Dr. Haddara was in a position of authority and influence when the IRFAN was set up, as well as being a voting member until 2004. During this time period, IRFAN was involved in a series of deceptive practices, including false claims of fund raising for disasters and funding terrorism.
As noted elsewhere in this report, Dr. Haddara has an extensive and long standing list of affiliations with the Muslim Brotherhood including have been a senior political and electoral officer for the Muslim Brotherhood’s President of Egypt, Dr. Morsi.
As made clear by the HAMAS charter itself, HAMAS is part of the Muslim Brotherhood.[lxxxiii] The CRA audit of IRFAN and the Holy Land Foundation trial in the USA make it clear that the IRFAN, the JFHS and others are part of the various Palestine Committees set up by the Muslim Brotherhood in North America.
ISNA Development Foundation (2013-09-21) Mississauga ON
In 2013, the CRA revoked (for cause) the charitable status of the ISNA Development Foundation for funding terrorism.[lxxxiv] The ISNA is located at 2200 South Sheridan Way in Mississauga Ontario. The same address houses/housed a number of other charities and organizations run by the ISNA, including, but not limited to the Islamic Schools Association of Canada (ISAC) The Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation, The Canadian Muslim Relief Committee of ISNA Canada, the Indian Muslim Relief Committee of ISNA Canada, the Canadian Muslim Council, the Islamic Book Service, ISNA-IDB Education Trust, the Muslim Youth of North America and the Islamic Centre of Canada. The ISNA itself has direct links to the Muslim Brotherhood and was one of its first North American organizations set up in Canada and the USA.
The short version of the CRA revocation statement reads as follows:
On the basis of our audit, we have concluded that the Organization has: ceased to comply with the requirements of the Act for its continued registration; failed to comply with or contravened any of sections 230 to 231.5 of the Act; issued a receipt for a gift or donation otherwise than in accordance with the Act and its Regulations; and failed to file an information return as required under the Act. Our analysis of the information obtained during the course of the audit has led the CRA to believe that the Organization had entered into a funding arrangement with the Kashmiri Canadian Council/Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada (KCC/KRFC), non-qualified donees under the Act, with the ultimate goal of sending the raised funds to a Pakistan-based non-governmental organization named the Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM) without maintaining direction and control. Under the arrangement, KCC/KRFC raised funds for relief work in Kashmir, and the Organization supplied official donation receipts to the donors and disbursed over $281,696 to ROKM, either directly, or via KCC/KRFC. Our research indicates that ROKM is the charitable arm of Jamaat-e-Islami, a political organization that actively contests the legitimacy of India's governance over the state of Jammu and Kashmir, including reportedly through the activities of its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen. Hizbul Mujahideen is listed as a terrorist entity by the Council of the European Union and is declared a banned terrorist organization by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967. Given the commonalities in directorship between ROKM and Jamaat-e-Islami, concerns exist that the Organization's resources may have been used to support the political efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing, Hizbul Mujahideen.
Dr. Seema Khan (also reported as Sheema Khan) has been on the board of directors of the ISNA Development Foundation for the in 2 of the last 3 years (2010 and 2011) before the charity lost its status for funding terrorism. Of interest, she also sits on many of the other boards of other ISNA organizations. Earlier, she was the founding director of CAIR Montreal, CAIR Ottawa and CAIR CAN:
Seema Khan, Director of Operations, Phone 905 403 8406 (Ex 222). She has the following email addresses listed as well: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com.[lxxxv]
Dr. Mohamed Bekkari was on board of directors of the ISNA Development foundation for at least the last five years before its lost its status for funding terrorism (2008-2012) including being the Vice Chair and President. He also sits on the boards of many other organizations that sit under the ISNA umbrella as well. Dr. Bekkari is currently (2013/14) involved in a law suit involving the ISNA, himself and a former staff member Mohammad Ashraf. This stories have been covered in the Toronto Star articles which noted that a Muslim charity squandered money for poor[lxxxvi] as well as another article Star Investigation: Federal audit raises concern that Canadian charity funded terror.[lxxxvii]
Khalid Tarabain was also on the board of directors of the ISNA Development Foundation for three of the last five years before the charity lost its status for funding terrorism.
The ISNA and its Previous Connections to Terrorism Funding
The ISNA has been repeatedly tied directly to issues of concern about the promotion of terrorist groups or the funding of terrorism. The most recent and well documented of these is the Canada Revenue Agency statement of September 2013 which revoked the charitable status of the ISNA Development Foundation.[lxxxviii] Specifically, the CRA had concerns that the charity’s money “may have been used to support the political efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing, Hizbul Mujahideen.”[lxxxix]
The ISNA has a previous history with the Jamaat-e-Islami such as when they invited the head of Jamaat-e-Islami to be a speaker at the 34th Annual Convention. Zazi Hussain Hamad (also reported as Qazi Hussain Hamad) was the head of Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan at the time. The group has been banned as a terrorist group in numerous countries. He would have been a speaker on Saturday 23 May 2008 from 1:45 to 2:45 PM and on Sunday 24 May 2008 from 1:45 to 2:45 PM. Following that, he was to have been a moderator on a panel from 7:15 PM to 8:45 PM.[xc]
The conference was called “Our Youth, Our Future: Path to Paradise.” The conference was endorsed by CAIR CAN, the ICNA, the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) and the event was sponsored by Human Concern International (HCI). Dr. Wael Haddara and Dr. Yasser Haddara were both on the board of directors of the MAC at the time Mr. Ahmad was invited. Dr. Wael Haddara was on the board of CAIR CAN at the time along with Dr. Jamal Badawi and Ms. Haffajee. Among many other, Khalid Tarabain was on the board of directors of HCI at the time. Dr. Bekkari was the Vice Chair of the ISNA Development Foundation, the charity that would eventually have its status revoked in 2013 for concerns about funding terrorism: Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing, Hizbul Mujahideen.
Mr. Ahmad did not make it to the convention as the Canadian government pulled his visa shortly before the conference after a complaint from the NGO Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD).[xci]
WICS (World Islamic Call Society) (2011-03-26) London ON
IN 2011, the World Islamic Call Society lost its charitable status for failing to meet the definition of being a charity and for providing private benefits to its director. The case is interesting as WICS-Canada was a chapter of the World Islamic Call Society that was set up by the former President of Libya and funded through his “jihad fund.” The short statement from CRA concerning this revocation reads:
On the basis of the Canada Revenue Agency audit, we have concluded that the World Islamic Call Society (Society) has ceased to comply with the requirements of the Act for its continued registration as it has failed to meet the definition of a charitable organization under the Act by failing to conduct any substantive charitable activity during the three years under audit. It has also provided a private benefit to a Director.
In its longer audit report, CRA also noted: [xcii]
“The Society acts at the direction of, and receives all of its funding from, the Libyan-based World Islamic Call Society (WICS-Libya), an organization founded by Muammar al-Qadaffi (Gadhafi) in 1972 whose objects and activities are not confined to the advancement of religion as that term is understood under Canadian law.”
According to various sources, WICS-Libya is operated under the control of the Government of Libya and funded by allocations made by Muammar al-Qadaffi. (Gadhafi) from “the Jihad Fund”. (FN3) An affidavit and the Plea Agreement filed in the successful U.S. conviction of Abdurahman Muhammad Alamoudi in 2004 on charges of wilfully attempting to violate U.S. economic sanctions against Libya imposed because of Libya’s involvement in terrorist bombings and the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, attest to the use of the WICS-Libya’s network to move funds on behalf of the Libyan government in violation of the sanctions against Libya.”
The head of the charity was Assem Fadel.[xciii] Assem Fadel was president of the organization from its inception until it lost its charitable status.[xciv] One of the recipients of the WICS money was a jihadist political party that tried to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago (Jamaat al-Muslimeen). Assem Fadel was the holder of the bank account that transferred the monies in question. The CRA also noted that for a number of years the majority of the money from the charity was used for administrative expenses including rent of an office in a building owned by Mr. Fadel himself as well as paying for his cell phone etc.[xcv]
Mr. Fadel is also the President and former treasurer of the Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario (ICSO), which was first registered as a charity in 1995.[xcvi] [xcvii] THE ICSO is also the co-funder of the new chair of Islamic Studies at Huron College (University of Western Ontario). The other funder of this chair is the Muslim Association of Canada, which had Dr. Wael Haddara as President at the time of the announcement of the project.[xcviii]
WAMY (World Assembly of Muslim Youth) (2012-02-11) Mississauga ON
The CRA short statement on the revocation of charitable status read:
On the basis of our audit and of our review of the Organization's Registered Charity Information Returns for the years from 2005 to 2009, we have concluded that the Organization: failed to comply with or contravened subsection 230(2) of the Act; ceased to comply with the requirements of the Act for its continued registration; and failed to file an information return as required under the Act. Our analysis of the Organization's operations has led the CRA to believe that the Organization, which has been inactive since at least 2005, was established to support the goals and operations of its parent organization located in Saudi Arabia. Our analysis particularly noted that the Organization shared a common director, contact information, and a bank account with the Benevolence International Fund in Canada (BIF-Canada), and provided $50,246 to the Benevolence International Foundation in the United States (BIF-USA) in 2001. On November 21, 2002, BIF-Canada and BIF-USA were added to the Consolidated List of the United Nations Security Council's Al-Qaida and Taliban and Sanctions Committee.
WAMY was founded in part by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the biography of Kamal Helbawy who has been identified as one of the longest serving adherents of the Muslim Brotherhood. His biography is posted on IkhwanWeb, the official English language website of the Muslim Brotherhood in an article titled: A brother and a scholar:[xcix]
For 58 years, Kamal Helbawy has been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, making him one of the oldest members of the Islamic movement. He joined the MB when he was 12 - in 1951 - and since then the Brotherhood, Islam and political Islam have been the centre of his life.
Helbawy has established several organisations, associations and research centres with a focus on Islam as a religion and as a political ideology. In the early 1970s, he took part in founding the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) in Saudi Arabia and served as its executive director until 1982. (Emphasis added)
Dr Helbawy was then in charge of Muslim Brotherhood activities in Afghanistan from the late 1980s until 1994. He then moved to the United Kingdom and has been based there ever since. Upon his arrival in London, he established the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), which have helped establish him as one of the leaders of the Islamic community in the UK.
As noted by the CRA as well, WAMY is an organization based in Saudi Arabia which has funded a number of projects outside of Saudi Arabia itself. One of those organizations was CAIR (USA) whose leadership has had a long standing relationship with WAMY and the Organization of the Islamic Conference. CAIR founder Nihad Awad has meet with the Secretary General of WAMY in Saudi Arabia and WAMY and CAIR have had joint projects.[c]
CAIR USA has also made it clear that they have derived funding from Saudi Arabia in the past, at least according to their own executive director:[ci]
Elaborating on the CAIR campaign to dispel misunderstandings of Islam and Muslims, Nihad Awad, CAIR executive director, said that his group proposes to spend $10 million annually for five years in a media campaign. He said that CAIR would also recruit volunteers and produce educational material as part of its initiative. “We are planning to meet Prince Alwaleed ibn Talal[cii] for his financial support to our project. He has been generous in the past,” he added.
The Use of Monies Raised by the Various “Palestine Committees”
A variety of adherent Muslim Brotherhood organizations have raised money for the Palestinian cause, both legally and illegally in Canada and the USA (and elsewhere). The loss of the chartable status for IRFAN-Canada highlights how a Muslim Brotherhood led organization has transferred literally millions of dollars of “charity” money overseas to HAMAS. Much the same can be said for the Islamic Association for Palestine and for the Holy Land Foundation (among others).
In a special non-periodical bulletin (Issue 1- dated 01 October, 1992)[ciii] the Muslim Brotherhood sends the following information to its various Masuls (leaders). It is worth noting that the bulletin itself says it should not be photocopied (underlined) but that the ideas should be spread among the Ikhwan. In the section titled “Inside News” the bulletin, the examples of how HAMAS is operating with the money are given, including the claimed killing of a Canadian and the wounding of two others by Muhammad Arif Bisharat (a.k.a. Abu Suhayb):
The pioneering role played by the Hamas Movement among the Palestinian people sectors inside and outside and on all the horizons is known to you. This is a blessings arid a favor from God.
The Movement has become the first organization in the field as your brothers bear the burdens of the Intifadah and are in the front row of the distinguished operations against the enemy and its collaborators. The Movement has now a weight that is taken into consideration abroad and it is the one leading the powers that are opposed to the peaceful settlement, and it amasses all the capabilities for that purpose.
Due to the brothers' conviction of the necessity of keeping you abreast of the different developments inside the Movement, and also the news of your brothers inside and outside, and in order for you to be aware and informed of the Movement’s policies and plans, something which helps you to perform your duties, and in order to gather efforts, program them and coordinate between them ... , due to all of this, it was decided to issue a private, non-periodical bulletin dealing with all of the aforementioned (The Movement's positions and news, news of the inside, directions. .).
The first issue of "The Trust" is between your hands and we ask God to help us and you to fulfill the proper duty towards the trust. We find it necessary to make some remarks which should be observed precisely:
1- The bulletin is specifically for the brothers, the Masuls of (Palestine Committee in every country only), and it is a trust in their necks.
2- The brothers are to study the bulletin in the periodical meeting of the committee and it is not to be photocopied, meaning that the original copy should remain the only one. (Emphasis added)
3- The brothers should work on spreading the contents of the bulletin and the ideas contained in it among the Ikhwans and the collective Islamists. (Emphasis added)
News of the Inside
The Jerusalem Operation:
Two units of Izz al-Din d-Qassam attacked a group of soldiers. One of the Mujahedeen fired his M16 machine gun at one of the soldiers, killing him immediately. This operation caused a massive reaction among the Jews as i.t took place in Jerusalem. The news agencies broadcasted the news. We received a report from the inside about the brother who carried out the Jerusalem operation.
Name: Muhammad Arif Bisharat (Abu Suhayb).
Town: Tammun - Jenin
Age: Approximately 20 years.
He carried out a previous heroic operation as on June 13, 91, brother Bisharat stabbed three Canadian settlers, killing one of them and inflicting medium wounds on the two other ones and this took place at al-Aghwar region. The army identified him and started to chase him, Fatah Movement tried to claim responsibility for this operation and did not succeed. The brother carried out several operations after that and was wounded during one of them and managed to flee before the army found him. Finally, he carried out the operation of the attack on the soldier in Jerusalem. (Emphasis added)
[i] In an introduction to one of his books. Dr. Qaradawi states: However, in most examples I will be citing the Muslim Brotherhood, because that is the movement where I grew up; I experienced all its hardships and good times, and shared in many of the events it witnessed over almost a half-century. See: http://www.islambasics.com/view.php?bkID=48&chapter=1
[vii] This same preface also shows up on a Facebook site with the title “Return Of The Khilafa before 1445 A.H. In sha Allaah.” The Facebook site appears to be calling for the return of a caliphate before 1445 A.H. which means 2024 C.E. https://www.facebook.com/ReturnOfTheKhilafaBefore1445AhInShaAllaah
[ix] See the closing summation of the paper JIHAD: HASAN AL-BANNA at: http://web.youngmuslims.ca/online_library/books/jihad/
[xii] See http://mynamiami.blogspot.ca/2005/09/history-of-myna-part-1-premordial.html and note the comment: March (or April), 2002 - The MYNA Olympics take place in Atlanta, Georgia. (Note: they may have been called the MSA Sportsfest by this point.) A team from Miami goes representing the MYNA Miami chapter (Fawad Siddiqui is the coach). See also the statement: Imam Magid, Imam Musri, and Fawad Siddiqui are included among the speakers. See also: The 1994 FYLTP happens in Herndon Virginia with 75 people in attendance. The youth complain about a lack of parental involvement. MYNA is still referred to as a “youth movement.” [This may be the one I, Fawad Siddiqui, attended as the Region 7 Director of Publicity, or maybe that was 1995.]
[xiii] History of MYNA - Part 1 Premordial Sludge, http://mynamiami.blogspot.ca/2005/09/history-of-myna-part-1-premordial.html
[xv] There were other youth organizations with the overall umbrella of the MSA and the ISNA. Mr. Siddiqui notes that: 1976 - Ezzat Jaradat is president of MSA (succeeded by Yaqub Mirza). MAYA, the Muslim Arab Youth of America, is founded as an MSA constituent organization-it is actually an adaptation and conglomeration of existing Arab students associations, primarily the Kuwaiti Students Association, according to Ahmed ElHattab, who was active in the previous organizations, as well. ElHattab is MAYA's first president. Their programs are primarily in Arabic with overlapping speakers from MSA programs, but also others who only speak Arabic from overseas. [Much later there will be a Malaysian Islamic Studies Group under the MSA/ISNA umbrella for years, as well. Both will decline in the 80s (check)--and indeed die out--before MYNA's similar decline in the late 90s, but then MYNA is starting to be revived while they are not. But as MAYA and MYNA--and probably MISG in some form--were very successful for very many years, people who went through their programs are now prominently placed in Muslim American community leadership and Islamic activism via various organizations and efforts throughout the country. When in 1994, ICNA seeks to start a youth wing, they approach MYNA leaders who advise them in the creation of ICNA's YM, or Young Muslims, a more ICNA-movement-oriented and indeed smaller scale version of MYNA, basically, which continues to operate till today, as does a 90s-formed youth wing of the Muslim American Society (MAS), known as MAS Youth, as the only Muslim youth organizations with functional structures. They are picking up steam today while MYNA goes through reorganization.
[xvi] See the list of Muslim Brotherhood organizations in An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America 5/22/1991. .
[xvii] See also the multiple references to the MSA and the Muslim Brotherhood in "Ikhwan in America,” a speech and Q&A by Zeid al-Noman. See, among many other sources: http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/26.pdf
[xviii] See History of MYNA - Part 2 MSA to ISNA which is available online at: http://mynamiami.blogspot.ca/2005/09/history-of-myna-part-2-msa-to-isna.html
[xix] See History of MYNA - Part 2 MSA to ISNA which is available online at: http://mynamiami.blogspot.ca/2005/09/history-of-myna-part-2-msa-to-isna.html
[xxi] For more on this see Who's Who in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which is available online at:
[xxii] For more on this see Who's Who in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which is available online at:
[xxiii] For more on this see Who's Who in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which is available online at:
[xxv] See the complete section at: http://mynamiami.blogspot.ca/2005/09/history-of-myna-part-4-birth-of-myna.html
[xxvi] Khadija Haffajee is a retired schoolteacher who is originally from South Africa. In the past, she has served as chairperson for the ISNA Women’s Committee and Canadian Zonal Representative for the MSA Women’s Committee. For more on her biography see the separate listing on her in this paper or see the ISNA’s own description of her on their website at: http://www.isna.net/about/profiles/Khadija_Haffaje.html
[xxvii] Islamic Voice, MAY 1999, MONTHLY * Vol 13-05 No:149 * MAY 1999/ SAFAR 1419H
[xxx] This number is currently registered to A W Mustapha, (204) 832-3511, East St Paul MB.
[xxxi] In his last entry of April 2013, Mr. Siddique raise the question of whether there should be an MYNA again and he looks specifically at a Miami chapter. See the article : Is it time for MYNA Miami again? It is available at: http://mynamiami.blogspot.ca/2013_04_01_archive.html
[xxxiv] See, among others: http://www.frontyardtheatrecollective.com/home/bios/
[xxxvi] See the artwork at: http://faviqawal.deviantart.com/art/harm-harm-at-all-costs-24046105
[xxxvii] See Government Exhibit 003-0003; 3:04-CR-240-G; U.S. v. HLF, et al. See also: http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/case_docs/439.pdf
[xxxviii] The entire charter of HAMAS can be seen at: http://www.palestine-studies.org/files/pdf/jps/1734.pdf
[xxxix] HAMAS was formed in 1987.
[xli] This statement and others can also be seen in testimony at: US v. Holy Land Foundation, 3:04-CR-240-G, Government Exhibit 16-75, p. 17
[xliii] Omar Ahmad would be with CAIR from its founding until 2005.
[xliv] . “Articles of Incorporation, Council on American-Islamic Relations” 15 September 1994.
[xlvii] See CAIR-CAN list of biographies for speakers at its 2012 Vancouver “Leadership Boot Camp” held in Vancouver at: http://ccla.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Bios-of-Speakers-at-Social-Cost-of-National-Security-Conference.pdf
[xlviii] See the biographic information on CAIR CAN’s website at: http://www.caircan.ca/Final%20CAIRCAN%20Bios%20Copy.pdf
[xlix] Muslim group demands apology from Harper, chief spokesman, Posted: Jan 28, 2014 12:24 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2014 6:18 PM ET. See: http://www.cbc.ca/news/muslim-group-demands-apology-from-harper-chief-spokesman-1.2514099
[l] See the CBC interview with Mr. Gardee at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/muslim-group-demands-apology-from-harper-chief-spokesman-1.2514099
[li] Dr. Jamal Badawi.
[liii] “The Muslim Brotherhood's Guidelines” as published on IkwanWeb, the official English language website of the Muslim Brotherhood.
[liv] Paragraph 5 of the 16 December 2003 affidavit signed by Dr. Khan.
[lvi] Paragraph 6 of the 16 December 2003 affidavit signed by Dr. Khan.
[lviii] The website referred to here is www.caircan.ca. The site was caircan.ca was registered originally with a creation date of 2001/05/16 according to the WHOIS website using information from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, (http://www.cira.ca/). When checked on 28 February the site showed as active with an expiry date of 2018/05/16 and a last update of 2013/06/25. The DMOZ Title for the site is: CAIR-CAN - Council on American -Islamic Relations Canada.
[lix] Archived copies of the CAIR CAN website can be found by using the Internet archive website called “The Way Back Machine” which can be found at www.web.archive.org. For a copy of the see http://web.archive.org/web/20030701034732/http://www.caircan.ca/ and the select “download the CAIR CAN Journalists Guide” which will then be found at: http://web.archive.org/web/20030617021214/http://www.caircan.ca/downloads/jgprint.pdf
[lx] (2005, CAIR CAN Annual Review, History, page three)
[lxii] (2005, CAIR CAN Annual Review, History, page three)
[lxv] See section 20 in the document “An Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America 5/22/1991”
[lxvi] As listed on the T3010 form of IRFAN as submitted to the CRA for the year 2000. Available on the CRA website.
[lxvii] As listed on the T3010 form of IRFAN as submitted to the CRA for the year 2002. Available on the CRA website.
[lxviii] CRA report/letter dated 14 December 2010 (file number 3001490). RE: Audit of Registered Charity: International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada).
[lxx] See the ISNA magazine Islamic Horizons, March/April 1999 issue, pages 34 to-39. Hasan Al-Banna a Martyr of Our Time Original subtitle: Remembering a True Guide.
[lxxv] For more information on the deceptive fund raising efforts of IRFAN see Section 2.5 Public Breech Test/Deceptive Funding, (page 22/27) of the CRA report/letter dated 14 December 2010 (file number 3001490). The subject line of the letter was RE: Audit of Registered Charity: International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada)
[lxxvi] Page 3/27 of the CRA report/letter dated 14 December 2010 (file number 3001490). RE: Audit of Registered Charity: International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada).
[lxxvii] See the United States Department of Justice 2009 statement Federal Judge Hands Downs Sentences in Holy Land Foundation Case, Holy Land Foundation and Leaders Convicted on Providing Material Support to Hamas Terrorist Organization. It is available online at: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/May/09-nsd-519.html
[lxxviii] See page 15/27 of the CRA report/letter dated 14 December 2010 (file number 3001490). RE: Audit of Registered Charity: International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada).
[lxxix] See page 15/27 of the CRA report/letter dated 14 December 2010 (file number 3001490). RE: Audit of Registered Charity: International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada).
[lxxx] As listed on the T3010 form of IRFAN as submitted to the CRA for the year 2000. Available on the CRA website.
[lxxxi] As listed on the T3010 form of IRFAN as submitted to the CRA for the year 2002. Available on the CRA website.
[lxxxii] CRA report/letter dated 14 December 2010 (file number 3001490). RE: Audit of Registered Charity: International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada). (Annexes)
[lxxxiii] Section Two of the charter begins with the line: The Islamic Resistance Movement is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood chapter in Palestine. The entire charter of HAMAS can be seen at: http://www.palestine-studies.org/files/pdf/jps/1734.pdf
[lxxxiv] For a short description of the reasons for revoking the charitable status of the ISNA Development Foundation, see the CRA’s website at: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/haip/srch/revcausesumm-eng.action?bn=863919262RR0001
[lxxxvi] See the Toronto Star article of Thursday, 20 January 2011 Muslim charity squandered money for poor which is available online at: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2011/01/20/muslim_charity_squandered_money_for_poor.html
[lxxxviii] A PDF version of the 36 page letter from CRA is available online at: http://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/static_images/IDF-complete-audit-letter.pdf
[lxxxix] See the short statement of the CRA issued when the revocation occurred. It can be found on the CRA charity listing website.
[xci] http://globalmbreport.org/?p=942, Canada Denies Visa For Leader Of Jamaat-e-Islam To Attend ISNA Conference. See also http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3189
[xciii] CRA Charity number 894381573RR0001
[xciv] CRA letter concerning revocation of the charitable status of the WICS, dated 04 October 2010. See: http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/images/uploads/World_Islamic_Call_Society.pdf
[xcv] CRA letter concerning revocation of the charitable status of the WICS, dated 04 October 2010. See: http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/images/uploads/World_Islamic_Call_Society.pdf
[xcvi] CRA charities website.
[xcvii] For one example of his being treasurer see the CRA charity directors list of officials for the ICSO for 2008 under board of directors, trustees and other officials.
[xcviii] See the MAC announcement at: http://www.macnet.ca/English/PressRelease/C_NAT-NewsRoom-PressRelease2011Oct14_Content.pdf
[c]According to a Dec. 23, 1999 Arab News article, WAMY announced at a Riyadh press conference that it “was extending both moral and financial support to CAIR in its effort to construct a $3.5 million headquarters in Washington, D.C.
[cii] Prince Talal is the grandson of King Abdulaziz. He is famous (infamous?) for his announcement that he would sue Forbes magazine for under estimating his wealth. Forbes reported him as being the 26th richest man in the world worth an approximate USD 20 billion. Prince Talal claims he is worth some 7 billion more than Forbes reported and this under estimation damaged his reputation. The outcome of this situation is, as yet, unclear.