Other CAIR-CAN senior directors praised Hassan al-Banna and vowed to implement his doctrine in Canada.
Hassan al-Banna was described as a role model by three senior directors of the NCCM / CAIR-CAN
When CAIR-CAN became the National Council of Canadian Muslims, it presented itself as “a leading voice that enriches Canadian society through Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.”
This description is misleading given the fact that many of the leaders of the NCCM / CAIR-CAN (past and present) have collaborated with organizations in Canada and abroad whose track records are incompatible with human rights. Although the NCCM / CAIR-CAN Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee claimed in a CBC interview that his organization has never had any relationship with the Washington-based Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), documents issued by his own organization prove otherwise.
In the context of the NCCM’s recent allegations of defamation against the Prime Minister’s Office for having linked the NCCM to Hamas, discussing the relationship between Washington-based CAIR and the NCCM / CAIR-CAN is all the more relevant given the fact that in a 2009 American case, a federal judge concluded that “The [U.S.] government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR, ISNA [and other organizations] with Hamas.”
The NCCM / CAIR-CAN’s claim that it is committed to human rights can also be challenged by looking at the ideologues endorsed by the leaders of this organization over the years. Given the fact that important leaders of the NCCM / CAIR-CAN have openly endorsed ideologues whose goal is to establish a totalitarian society based on sharia, this organization must be considered a threat to human rights and definitely not a source of enrichment for Canadian society.
One such totalitarian ideologue who has been endorsed by prominent NCCM / CAIR-CAN directors is Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Banna advocated the establishment of a society based on sharia and in his essay To what do we invite humanity?, he praised Hitler as a role model for Muslims looking for “success, influence and fortune.” As a matter of fact, when the New York Times announced Hassan al-Banna’s death in 1949, it highlighted that his organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, had become a movement “with mystic and fascist overtones.”
Hassan al-Banna was openly endorsed by at least three senior NCCM / CAIR-CAN directors. In 1999, before the incorporation of CAIR-CAN, current NCCM director Khadija Haffajee was on the Editorial advisory board of Islamic Horizons when the magazine hailed Hassan al-Banna as “a True Guide.”
In 2004, while he was on CAIR-CAN’s Board, Jamal Badawi described al-Banna as “most inspirational.” Badawi added that “More than any other individual he [al-Banna] has epitomised twentieth century Islamic thought and ideology.”
In 2012, while he was a CAIR-CAN director, Wael Haddara was also the president of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC). MAC’s website proclaimed back then that “MAC’s […] modern roots can be traced to the Islamic revival of the early twentieth century, culminating in the movement of the Muslim Brotherhood. […] MAC adopts and strives to implement Islam […] as understood in its contemporary context by the late Imam, Hassan Albanna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. MAC regards this ideology as the best representation of Islam as delivered by Prophet Muhammad.” The same mission statement was already posted on MAC’s website in 2005 when Jamal Badawi and Wael Haddara were both MAC directors and CAIR-CAN directors.
According to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, “The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) appears to be one of the only organizations in the world that has acknowledged its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Wael Haddara resigned his position on CAIR-CAN’s Board of Directors in April 2012. On December 12, 2012, MAC issued a press release announcing Haddara’s resignation as president of the organization for “personal reasons.” On December 28, 2012, Wael Haddara was identified in an official United Nations document as a member of the Egyptian delegation at the UN. He had become a close advisor to now deposed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi. Haddara had just been promoted from the Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure in Canada to the original one in Egypt. This was the logical outcome of Wael Haddara’s involvement with CAIR-CAN and the Muslim Association of Canada.
CAIR-CAN was incorporated in 2000. When Khadija Haffajee joined its Board of Directors (either in 2000 or 2001), she was already on the Majlis al-Shura of the Islamic Society of North America, ISNA’s decision-making body. Khadija Haffajee was first elected as an ISNA’s administrator in 1997 and re-elected in 2001 and 2004. As a member of ISNA’s leadership, she was on the Editorial advisory Board of Islamic Horizons. ISNA refers to its own publication as “ISNA’s flagship bi-monthly magazine.”
Khadija Haffajee and another current NCCM director, Shahina Siddiqui, have presented their autobiographies in a book entitled Muslim Women Activists in North America: Speaking for Ourselves. It was edited by Katherine Bullock and released in 2005. As this article is being published, the portion of the book concerning Haffajee is still available on Google Books.
ISNA was established in 1982 by the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in North America in order to mobilize and radicalize Muslims outside of college and university campuses. The Muslim Students Association (MSA) had already been established in 1963 to target Muslim students. In the 2009 American legal case referred to previously, the judge remarked that a Muslim Brotherhood document produced as Exhibit 3-64 by the U.S. government “further ties ISNA to the Muslim Brotherhood by listing it as an ‘apparatus’ of the Brotherhood.”
ISNA is number 1 and MSA number 2 in a listing of 29 organizations affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood network in North America that was added to an internal memorandum written by an MB leader in 1991. In this memorandum, the goal pursued by the Muslim Brotherhood in North America is clearly presented:
POINT 4 The Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions… It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes.”
This memorandum was made public after it was seized by police and produced for evidentiary purposes in a 2008 trial that led to the conviction of all accused in a terror financing case. This excerpt was also quoted in the 2009 American legal case referred to earlier.
In July 2013, the ISNA Development Foundation’s charitable status was revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency because it provided tax receipts for donations made to a non-status organization that was funding a jihadist organization in India. At the time, ISNA’s leaders claimed that “There has been no links of authority or responsibility between the United States and Canadian organizations for a few decades, despite the similarity of names.” When the charity status revocation occurred in July 2013, at least two administrators of ISNA-Canada (Mohamed Bekkari and Khalid Tarabain) were on the U.S.-based ISNA’s Board (ISNA’s Board in June 2013 – ISNA’s Board in August 2013).
Hassan al-Banna’s 50-point Manifesto
One of the articles praising Hassan al-Banna in the March-April 1999 edition of Islamic Horizons highlighted an important proposal of his totalitarian program: getting rid of all political parties and replacing them by a one-party state (“He [al-Banna] called for mediation between [political] parties and even for their dissolution so they could emerge as a single entity serving according to the guidance of Islam.”)
This one-party state proposal is the first one in Hassan al-Banna’s 50-point Manifesto. According to Ikhwanweb, the Muslim Brotherhood’s website, the Manifesto was part of a letter sent by Hassan al-Banna to many Muslim leaders in 1947, including the king and the prime minister of Egypt. It contains fifty proposals for a systematic implementation of sharia. They are grouped in three categories (1. Political, judicial and administrative; 2. Social and educational; 3. Economic). The 50-point Manifesto is available on Point de Bascule.
Here are some of the proposals advocated by Hassan al-Banna and those who revere him as their “True Guide”:
1. POLITICAL, JUDICIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SECTORS
2. SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL SECTORS
3. ECONOMIC SECTOR
Other facets of Hassan al-Banna’s program
On February 4, 1949, the New York Times reported that “the terrorist Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt has formed a suicide squad of 200 men, each sworn to give his life to the cause in some venture such as the assassination of [Egypt’s] Premier Mahmoud Fahmy Nokrashy Pasha.” Egypt’s Premier Pasha was killed by a veterinary student member of the Muslim Brotherhood on December 29, 1948. This suicide squadron was the original model that inspired Hamas to organize its own suicide operations many years later and launch attacks not in Egypt this time, but at the heart of Israel. In its charter, Hamas identifies itself as “one of the wings of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
In the introduction of its charter, Hamas quotes Hassan al-Banna, who proclaims his determination to destroy Israel: “”Israel will exist, and will continue to exist, until Islam abolishes it, as it abolished that which was before it.”
In a 2009 speech on “Understanding Jihad and Martyrdom,” given at the Chebucto Mosque in Halifax (Nova Scotia), long-time CAIR-CAN director Jamal Badawi justified the use of suicide bombers and praised those who are killed in action as martyrs. The Investigative Project on Terrorism has gathered some audio excerpts of Badawi’s speeches on the subject.
In his essay On Jihad, Hassan al-Banna has also compiled numerous passages of the Koran, hadiths and excerpts of texts written by Muslim scholars on the subject. One of these excerpts, wholeheartedly endorsed by al-Banna, summarizes his adherence to the notion that military jihad is a legitimate way to further the cause of Islam: “It’s an obligation for us [Muslims] to fight against them [the infidels] after inviting them [to join Islam], even if they do not fight against us”.
Stockwell Day about Hassan al-Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood
In 2011, while Stockwell Day was President of the Treasury Board in the Canadian government, he commented in the House of Commons on the situation in Egypt. At one point in his speech, he talked about Hassan al-Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood. Some of his remarks were general and applied not only to Egypt but to Canada as well. They help better understand the background of organizations such as the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
While in the Opposition in Ottawa a few years earlier, Stockwell Day had experienced the Muslim Brotherhood’s lawfare tactics first-hand when IRFAN-Canada sued him for defamation in 2006 after he had accused the group in 2004 of raising funds for the terrorist organization Hamas. Day was eventually proven right when the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) discovered that, for the 2005-2009 period alone, IRFAN-Canada had transferred $14.6 million to Hamas. In April 2011, the CRA revoked IRFAN-Canada’s charitable status (CRA – GMBDR – Toronto Star).
In December 2012, after IRFAN-Canada’s charitable status was revoked for funding Hamas, then Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau nevertheless accepted to speak at the IRFAN-sponsored Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) convention in Toronto. Point de Bascule criticized Trudeau for doing so. Shortly after, CAIR-CAN (as NCCM was known at the time) issued a press release to condemn Point de Bascule “for slandering” and Islamophobia. The latter term is constantly used by Muslim Brotherhood operatives to silence the critics of their totalitarian program and make such critics pass for racists. Three days after CAIR-CAN’s press release, IRFAN-Canada withdrew its sponsorship of the convention. Once in the spotlight, its links with Hamas had become a liability for RIS organizers. What CAIR-CAN had described as “slanders” on Wednesday had become an unchallenged fact for RIS organizers by Saturday.
Apart from being engaged in the destruction of Israel, in recent years leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood branch Hamas have frequently advocated the Islamic conquest of the West (2008 – 2011 – 2012). On July 16, 2013, Hamas threatened to launch terrorist attacks in countries where Israel’s embassies are located. Canada is among the potential targets, of course.
Excerpts of a New York Times article announcing Hassan Al-Banna’s death
The promises and the good intentions enunciated by the NCCM / CAIR-CAN to media and police organizations must be compared with what the NCCM / CAIR-CAN leaders are telling their own supporters before we can legitimately conclude that this organization is an asset to counter the radicalization occurring in the Muslim community. The promotion of a totalitarian ideologue such as Hassan al-Banna by very important NCCM / CAIR-CAN leaders demonstrates that this organization is definitely not a part of the solution but a part of the radicalization problem in the Muslim community in Canada.
Point de Bascule (July 18, 2013): National Council of Canadian Muslims: The new name chosen by CAIR-CAN helps cover its links with Washington-based / Hamas-linked CAIR
Point de Bascule (December 21, 2012): CAIR-CAN condemns Point de Bascule and uses John Ralston Saul as a poster boy to legitimize the Islamist agenda
Point de Bascule (August 13, 2013): Early 2000s – Legal battle between CAIR and ISNA to get the acronym CAIR as trade-mark in Canada