On December 12, 2012, MAC issued a press release announcing that Wael Haddara “has stepped down from the Board of Directors of the organization and resigned from his role as President.” He is replaced by Yasser Mohammed, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Alberta (Edmonton). Mohammed has been on MAC’s board of directors since 2007 according to annual financial statements provided by MAC to the Canada Revenue Agency.
The official press release seems to have been withdrawn from MAC’s website but the cache of the page announcing the official press release was still available on January 27, 2013. It is archived on Point de Bascule.
Haddara’s professional profile published by the University of Western Ontario (archived on Point de Bascule) mentions that he was born in Egypt and raised in Kuwait. Wael Haddara is the son of Mahmoud Haddara, who played an important role with various Muslim Brotherhood organizations in Newfoundland before moving to London ON, and the brother of Yaser Haddara, an important MB leader in North America.
After Point de Bascule explained the links between the Muslim Association of Canada and the main halal certification agency in Quebec in April 2012, Wael Haddara issued a press release on behalf of MAC claiming that “If, for any reason, an organization ceases to be considered in compliance with Canadian laws, the Muslim Association of Canada also withdraws its support to it.”
This statement is highly deceptive. On March 22, 2004, more than a year after HAMAS was added to a list of terror groups by the Canadian government on November 27, 2002, MAC issued a press release praising the terrorist organization. This document seems to have been removed from MAC’s website but is archived on Point de Bascule.
According to data available from the Canada Revenue Agency, MAC transferred $296,514 from 2001 to 2010 to IRFAN-Canada, HAMAS fund collector in Canada. From 2001 to 2009, it also transferred $41,838 to Edmonton-based Life for Relief & Development, an organization that has been an important contributor to IRFAN until its charity status was revoked for its financing of terrorist activities in 2011.
According to its charter (article 2), Gaza-based HAMAS is a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The article 13 of the charter mentions that HAMAS is committed to wage jihad against Israel until it is destroyed. Hamas’ leaders also frequently advocate for an Islamic conquest of the West (2008 – 2011 – 2012).
For many years, Wael Haddara has played an important role with many organizations affiliated with the North American Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure.
Muslim Association of Canada (MAC)
According to the annual financial statements submitted by MAC to the Canada Revenue Agency, Haddara has been on MAC’s board from 2002 to 2005 and later from 2007 to 2012. Wael Haddara became Chair/President of MAC on February 19, 2011. He was replacing Sharaf Sharafeldin.
Muslim World League (MWL)
From 2004 to 2008, Wael Haddara was listed as a Muslim scholar by the Canadian branch of the Saudi-based Muslim World League. Different versions of a MWL’s webpage are available on Web Archive and the 2004 version is available on Militant Islam Monitor.
The Canada Revenue Agency revoked MWL’s charity status in 2003.
London Moslem Mosque (LMM)
At the beginning of 2013, Wael Haddara is listed on the website of the organization as one of its directors.
Wael Haddara was on CAIR-CAN board of directors from 2003 to 2012. CAIR-CAN issued a press release announcing Haddara’s resignation on April 3, 2012.
CAIR-CAN Annual Review 2007 (page 14)
Another CRA document (p. A2) mentions that Wael Haddara was already on IRFAN’s board when the organization applied for its incorporation and stayed on after it received it on October 15, 1997.
The same document (pp. A2-A3) refers to Haddara’s presence on IRFAN’s board for the following years: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. The document states that CRA’s officials were informed during a visit at IRFAN’s office in October 2003 that Wael Haddara had resigned from IRFAN’s board earlier that year.
In April 2011, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked IRFAN’s charity status after having concluded that, for the period 2005-2009 alone, it transferred $14.6 million to the terrorist organization HAMAS (GMBDR – Toronto Star). HAMAS was added to a list of terror groups by the Canadian government in 2002.
Muslim Students Association
A 2011 MAC-Vancouver newsletter mentions that Wael Haddara worked with MSA-National in the past. MSA-National is not limited to the network of MSAs in Canada but refers to the North American infrastructure of the organization.