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Justin Trudeau, the frontrunner in the Liberal Party of Canada leadership race, will take part in a meeting sponsored by Islamic Relief at the end of December in Toronto. For the occasion, he will be joined by many Muslim Brotherhood heavyweights, including Tariq Ramadan, Jamal Badawi and Mustafa Ceric. The full list of speakers invited in Toronto is available at the end of this article.
In March 2011, Justin Trudeau had already showed good-will towards Islamists by condemning the use of the term “barbaric” that was used to designate honour killings in a study guide for would-be Canadian citizens. After having been widely criticized, Trudeau backtracked and apologized.
On its British and Canadian websites, Islamic Relief lists eight categories of beneficiaries for the zakat (charity) that it collects. Islamic Relief openly mentions funding Muslims involved in jihad (“Those struggling in the path of Allah”). Besides jihadists, the charity funds mostly groups of needy people as well as the zakat collectors themselves.
The eight categories of zakat beneficiaries listed by Islamic Relief Canada and Islamic Relief UK match those mentioned in the sharia manual Umdat al-Salik. This manual is endorsed by many leaders and organizations linked with the Muslim Brotherhood network such as the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Tariq Ramadan and Mohammad Fadel.
Before sponsoring Tariq Ramadan’s visit in Toronto at the end of December, Islamic Relief Canada had already endorsed him by sponsoring his visit in Montreal in 2010 and in Edmonton earlier this year.
Section h8.17 of the Umdat al-Salik sharia manual specifies that “those struggling in the path of Allah” who may receive Muslim charity are those who are “engaged in Islamic military operations for whom no salary has been allotted in the army roster (O: but who are volunteers for jihad without remuneration). They are given enough to suffice them for the operation, even if affluent; of weapons, mounts, clothing, and expenses (O: for the duration of the journey, round trip, and the time they spend there, even if prolonged. Though nothing has been mentioned here of the expense involved in supporting such people’s families during this period, it seems clear that they should also be given it).”
A few days ago, the Swiss bank UBS closed UK-based Islamic Relief’s account and blocked its donations for fear of being involved in the financing of terrorist activities.
In sections 80-84 of the case R. v. Ahmad 2009 CanLII 84774 (ON SC) (that concerns another organization than Islamic Relief), Mr. Justice Dawson explained that, when a Canadian organization funds humanitarian activities in Gaza, it allows Hamas to free up money that would have been spent for civil purposes and to direct it toward other purposes. Therefore, it is impossible to dissociate contributions made for Hamas’ humanitarian activities in Gaza from those that are made to support its terrorist and military activities.
In its charter, Hamas does not hide its desire to eliminate Israel. Hundred of missiles fired by Hamas towards Israel in recent months (and particularly in recent weeks) demonstrate this objective.
Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood’s ambitions are not limited to the Middle East. Many Hamas leaders have openly mentioned their goal of imposing a caliphate (Islamic government) to Europe and the rest of the world.
In May 2012, an Islamic University of Gaza official called for the Islamic conquest of Spain and the Vatican on Hamas-controlled television (GMBDR). In October 2011, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahhar has also stated that Western civilization “will not be able to withstand the great and glorious Islam” (MEMRI – JihadWatch).
On November 27, 2002, Hamas was added to the list of terrorist entities identified by the Canadian government. At the time, the Minister of Foreign Affairs responsible for the file was Liberal Bill Graham.
Jim Bronskill (The Ottawa Citizen – November 28, 2002): Canada adds Hamas to list of terror groups, but not Hezbollah
Note: Hezbollah was added to the list of terrorist entities on December 10, 2002.
Ramifications of Islamic Relief leadership lead directly to the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt. The president of the board of Islamic Relief Worldwide based in Great Britain, Essam El-Haddad, was recently appointed as one of four Presidential assistants with responsibility for foreign relations and international cooperation by Egyptian President Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood (GMBDR).
Islamic Relief Canada (IRC) is an “affiliate” of Islamic Relief Worldwide. According to the most recent information available on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website (2010), the president of Islamic Relief Canada (Hany El-Banna) is the founder of the mother organization based in the UK.
The North American sections of the organization are also well integrated: IRC’s secretary- treasurer (Yaser Haddara) is identified as the US affiliate president of the board on its bio available on the Muslim Association of Canada’s website. MAC is the main Muslim Brotherhood organization in Canada.
In spite of its charity status with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Islamic Relief Canada (IRC) frequently sponsors meetings where speakers with obvious political motivations are invited. In 2010, Indian Islamist Zakir Naik was invited to address the IRC-sponsored Journey of Faith conference in Toronto. A few days before the event, the National Post (June 22, 2010) reproduced passages from his texts and speeches in which he states that “every Muslim should be a terrorist,” that Jews are “our staunchest enemy” and that “if [Osama bin Laden] is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him.”
On its part, the Toronto Star (June 22, 2010) reminded its readers that Zakir Naik promotes the killing of homosexuals and apostates of Islam in his videos and that he explains the rules that a man must follow when he beats his wife.
Like the British government a few months earlier, the Canadian government refused to grant a visa to Naik in 2010. These are the kind of ideas and the kind of individuals that Justin Trudeau will be giving credibility to by attending an Islamic Relief-sponsored meeting.
Justin Trudeau will share the podium with numerous Islamist leaders
Three Islamist leaders who will share the podium with Justin Trudeau at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference are particularly worth mentioning: Tariq Ramadan, Jamal Badawi and Mustafa Ceric. All three have supported Hamas in the past and promoted an Islamic conquest of the West.
In his book Radical Reform, Ramadan presents Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide Youssef Qaradawi as a “prominent scholar” who has outlined the attitudes and the kind of behaviour that Muslims living in the West should adopt. In another book, Ramadan wrote about Qaradawi that he “deeply respect(s) the man and the scholar and that (he) would be the last one to deny it.”
In 2011, in Dallas, Tariq Ramadan has openly enjoined his supporters to “coloniz(e) positively the United States of America … with our understanding of Islam, our principles.”
In a 2004 interview given to an Egyptian periodical, Tariq Ramadan described the Canadian legal framework as “one of the most open in the world”. He suggested that Muslim leaders operating in Canada should take full advantage of it in order to discretely implement sharia principles one at a time. Ramadan added that “for the time being”, it would be preferable not to openly mention the term sharia since it “is laden with negative connotations in the Western mind.”
It has not been possible to determine whether or not Liberal candidate Justin Trudeau is aware of the program of conquest advocated by Tariq Ramadan and other Islamists being invited in Toronto.
Jamal Badawi leads many of the most important Muslim Brotherhood organizations in North America. In Canada, he was on the Muslim Association of Canada’s board of directors from 2002 to 2006. On its own website, MAC states that it “strives to implement Islam ... as understood in its contemporary context by the late Imam, Hassan Albanna (1906-1949), the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
In his 50-point manifesto, Hassan al-Banna promoted the abolition of political parties and the instauration of a one-party State, the reform of the law, so that it will conform to sharia, an increase in the number of youth groups promoting jihad, the prohibition of dancing, the censorship of movies and plays and a dress code for all citizens enforced by a religious police.
According to GMBDR that monitors the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the world, MAC and Hamas (charter – article 2) are among the rare sections of the network openly acknowledging their links with the Brotherhood.
At point 20 of an internal Muslim Brotherhood’s memorandum released in the United States in 1991, Jamal Badawi is identified as a leader of the Islamist network in North America.
At point 4 of this memorandum, the goal pursued by Badawi and the Muslim Brotherhood in North America is clearly expressed:
Like Jamal Badawi (Gamal Badawi), Mustafa Ceric (Ciric) is a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research. The organization is currently led by the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide Youssef Qaradawi.
Until 2012 and for nineteen years, Mustafa Ceric was Bosnia’s grand mufti. Because of Qaradawi’s precarious health, observers often present Ceric as his possible successor.
In December 2010, at the Global Halal Congress held in Pakistan, Mustafa Ceric enjoined participants to “conquer the world through halal movement.”
Ceric’s ambition is based on the fact that halal’s scope is “very wide and goes beyond the food sector to include other fields such as financial and commercial activities (banks, credit, loans, mortgages, credit cards, insurance, etc.), cosmetics and clothing, drugs, recreational activities, gambling activities, sexual attitudes and objects, interpersonal relations (marriages), etc.”
Reviving the Islamic Spirit / Toronto December 21-23, 2012 – List of speakers
Abdallah BIN BAYYAH
Seyyed Hossein NASR
Habib Ali AL-JIFRI
William Fray VENDLEY
Abdal Hakim JACKSON
Hamza Yusuf HANSON
Ustad Moez MASOUD
John RALSTON SAUL
Ustad Nouman Ali KHAN
Point de Bascule (October 15, 2012): Maurais Live!: Islamic Relief Canada receives $1.5 million from CIDA in spite of its commitment to fund jihad (Maurais Live! : Islamic Relief Canada reçoit 1,5 million $ de l’ACDI en dépit de son engagement à financer le jihad)
GMBDR (November 12, 2012): UBS Closes Islamic Relief Bank Account