Islamic Charity Co-operations Questioned

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Photo: screenshot from IRC Facebook page accessed January 14, 2019

Over the last several days, we have been following reports from American Center for Democracy, articles that have been dealing with the connection/alleged collaboration between Islamic Relief Worldwide and a charity with definitive ties to Islamic Jihad, a terrorist organization based in Palestine.

The latest article by ACD was particularly interesting, as it stated in IRCs released official financial statements that Islamic Relief Canada  works independently and in partnership with Islamic Relief Worldwide (“IRW”) and other local and international partners to fund ongoing programs . Reports have also been published of  IRW allegedly funding terror, so the connection between IRC and IRW was concerning.

Our interest was thoroughly peaked today when we saw an article put out by anti Islamism group Pegida Canada, an offshoot of the German group PEGIDA, known for their large rallies against the large influx middle Eastern and North African migrants into Germany and the mismanagement of the government that facilitated this.

According to Pegida Canada’s report, they were equally concerned with the possible connection between IRC and IRW and possible connection with a terrorist group, albeit rather removed, as they had received a press release from The Center for Near East Policy Research that allegedly suggest that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Islamic Relief Worldwide, Turkey’s IHH and Mercy Malaysia worked in coordination with the Charitable Association For Palestinian Relief – CAPR, affiliated with the Palestinian terrorist group the Islamic Jihad.

Pegida Canada were concerned enough to contact  Islamic Relief Canada and Islamic Relief Worldwide,  and ask them specific questions about the press release and the subsequent articles in question. Following is an excerpt from Pegida Canada’s article, showing a detailed descriptive of the email communication between Islamic Relief Canada and Pegida Canada:

“On January 10, 2019 at 9:52 am, Pegida Canada sent to Islamic Relief Canada and Islamic Relief Worldwide a media inquiry that included CNEPR’s press release and the following questions:

  • Do Islamic Relief Worldwide and Islamic Relief Canada work in cooperation with the Charitable Association For Palestinian Relief – CAPR?
  • Are Islamic Relief Worldwide and Islamic Relief Canada aware of the reports that suggest that the Charitable Association For Palestinian Relief is a front organization of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad that was designated as a unlawful/ terrorist group by Canada?
  • Does Islamic Relief Canada transfer any moneys to Islamic Relief Worldwide?

We also phoned the office in Burlington, Ontario, advising them of the incoming email, so they would be aware. The receptionist assured us that she would pass the email on to the appropriate parties. We requested that they respond to this email by 12 pm January 10, 2019. We asked them to let us know if they needed more time to respond. We let them know we would be writing an article on the CNEPR’s press release.

We did not receive a reply to that email.

The following day, January 11, 2019, we became aware of two articles published by ACD which covered this press release. This prompted us to once again ask for clarification about the original press release, asking the same questions we had in the previous email. We included the two articles in question. We reminded them of the previous email, asking them once again to let us know if they needed more time. We advised them once again that we would be writing an article on this matter. This email was sent out on January 11, 2019 at 3:55 pm, and we requested that they answer by January 12, 2019, 12:00 pm.

Once again, we received no reply. We also received no response from Islamic Relief Worldwide.

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, we became aware of another article, dealing with the same subject matter, and we became more concerned. We sent another email January 14, 2019 at 8:08 am, with additional questions relating to the new information, and reminding them of the previous emails, and asked them to respond by 12:00 pm January 14, 2019. Once again, we let them know an article would be published. Following are the additional questions:

  • CAPR has acknowledged that Islamic Jihad has funded some of its projects. IRW has working in cooperation with CAPR. Would you like to comment on that?
  • IRC’s executive director Mahmood Qasim encouraged the disparagement of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a facebook post of a video by Boonaa Mohammed. Do you have any comments on that?

Islamic Relief Canada responded (and CCd to Islamic Relief Worldwide) to Pegida Canada’s email  and provided a brief statement on January 14, 2019 at 11:22 am. Following is the statement given by Islamic Relief Canada:

“Islamic Relief Canada is one of the world’s leading development charities working to end poverty and suffering in over thirty countries around the world. We abhor terrorism in all its forms, and we categorically reject any allegation of links to terrorism and any such accusations that have been made. We are a registered charity in Canada and are governed by all rules and regulations under the Canada Revenue Agency.”

Islamic Relief Canada answered questions that were never asked. Pegida Canada did not ask Islamic Relief Canada in a general manner about its position regarding terrorism or “links to terrorism”, but rather focused on very specific issues.”

The subsequent eventual reply from Islamic Relief Canada was interesting, in that they did not reply to any of the specific questions, but simply gave a broad statement about their abhorrence for terrorism.

What we also found particularly interesting was that the cover photo for Islamic Relief Canada’s facebook page shows the Charity logo with the following words “2019 we’re coming clean”

To claim  transparency but ignoring specific questions put to them is curious.

We will continue to watch this closely.

 

The Iranian Support for Al-Qaeda Terrorism

by: Rami Dabbas

 

According to reports, Isis  still has as many as 30,000 members almost equally divided between Syria and Iraq. They are  supported by al-Qaeda Islamic Terrorists. Al Qaeda has gained in strength  in some places now and all thanks to the Iranian support.

According to the Associated Press, a report prepared by United Nations experts presented  to the Security Council stated that despite the defeat of Isis, a radical Islamic terrorist organization  in Iraq and most of Syria, it seems  likely that a “secret copy” of the extremist group will remain in both countries, with supporters in Afghanistan, Libya, Southeast Asia and West Africa.

Experts from the United Nations said the global Al Qaeda network is much stronger than ISIS in some locations now , including Somalia, Yemen, and South Asia. Experts said that Al-Qaeda  in Iran have become more capable.  They work  with Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, and they have more authority and are more effective than before, particularly with regards to events in Syria.

Iran joins former ISIS members to  Al Qaeda

According to  reports, Iran increased support for Al-Qaeda reinforcements. Several documents and reports have revealed that Iran is working to bring together former Isis members to build al-Qaeda by using its strategic and historical ties with the organization’s leaders.

A report published in the Sunday times, said al-Qaeda today has rebuilt itself to the point where it can summon tens of thousands of elements with the help of Iran. Tehran is trying to join former members of Isis to al-Qaeda, coordinating with al-Qaeda military leaders who have traveled to Damascus to assemble all ranks of Isis fighters and establish a “new Al-Qaeda organization” similar to the culture of its Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah militias.

Since controlling the last strongholds of Isis organization in Syria and Iraq, Iran’s media machine has been promoting the defeat of the organization to Tehran, its allies and militias, and has abolished the role of the US-led international coalition in defeating the extremist organization. It also tried to falsify  facts by confiscating remnants after the defeat of the organization, where Iranian propaganda ignored the role of the Revolutionary Guard and its militias in the emergence of Radical Islamic Organizations as a result of suppressing the peaceful Syrian revolution and the release of extremist groups feeding them. Iran lost more than 3,500  according to semi-official statistics and tens of billions of dollars since their intervention to save Assad in 2012 in battles against the Syrian opposition.

AL-Qaeda leaders in Iran

Adrian Levy and Kathy Scott-Clarke, UK based writers, have confirmed that the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasim Soleimani, has played the most prominent role in managing the relationship with al-Qaeda since he provided refuge for the family of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda leaders after they fled Afghanistan in 2001. Qasim Soleimani built a residential complex at the heart of a Revolutionary Guard training camp in Tehran.

Iranian support and funding played an important role in reviving al Qaeda’s 400-strong organization when the 9/11 attacks were carried out and the Twin Towers were hit (according to FBI figures). The organization was confronted by the US invasion of Afghanistan, but it recovered with the advent of a nascent organization in 2013. According to reports, Qasem Soleimani used his relations with al-Qaeda in his maneuvers to play on all sides of the conflict to keep Iran at the forefront of possession of all papers of the extremist groups. According to the report, among the evidence, unpublished notes and interviews with senior members of al-Qaeda and the bin laden family show how Suleimani is mastering the relationship with the Sunni jihadist organization described by the official Iranian media as  terrorist martyr. He added that Al-Qaeda’s military leaders had been stationed in Tehran until 2015, when Soleimani sent five of them to Damascus, including Mohammed al-Masri, with the task of contacting fighters and leaders of Isis, to encourage them to split and unite al-Qaeda and fugitives, according to US intelligence reports. The reports confirmed that Masri was “the most experienced and capable operational planner among non-detainees in the United States or in any allied country.” The information adds that the coordination between al-Qaeda leaders and the fugitives is through the military commander of Isis, Saif al-Adel, a former Egyptian army colonel who entered into a major row with Ayman al-Zawahiri, who wanted to unify al-Qaeda and speak out in the fighting in Syria. Saif al-Adel ordered his fighters to wait until the end of the organization.

An ideological meeting

Experts believe that Iran’s relationship as an extremist Shiite religious regime with extremist Sunni organizations such as Al-Qaeda and even Tehran’s political and military ties with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements, as well as with the Muslim Brotherhood, are not seasonal, as some might imagine. The ideology of Khomeini’s regime is influenced by Sayyid Qutb, Pro-Tehran Shiite groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the rest of the militias in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen have the concept of “jihad” from this school and are therefore ideological and historical well matched, as well as the confluence of political interests. Extreme lasting relationships.

Bin laden documents

The documents, “Abbottabad,” obtained by US forces from the hideout of the leader of al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, when he was killed in 2011 in Pakistan, and published by the CIA in November 2017, revealed details of part of Iran’s relationship with Al Qaeda.

Of the 470,000 documents obtained from Bin Laden’s cache, 19 were devoted to this large archive of al-Qaeda’s high profile ties with the Iranian government. One document showed that a senior al-Qaeda member confirmed in a letter that Iran was prepared to provide all that al-Qaeda needed, including funds and weapons, and training camps for Hezbollah in Lebanon in return for the terrorist group attacking US interests in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf ” , According to an investigation by Thomas Jocelyn and Bill Rajev of the foundation for defense of democracies, about 19 pages of al-Qaeda links to Iran from the Abbottabad documents. According to the documents, the Iranian intelligence services, in some cases, facilitated the issuance of visas for the elements of the al-Qaeda in charge of carrying out operations, and at the same time has housed other groups. “Iran’s intelligence services agreed to provide al-Qaeda operatives with visas and facilities and to harbor other members of al-Qaeda,” said another document, which was negotiated with Iran by Abu Hafs al-Mauritani, an influential al-Qaeda member, before the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Iran is fined

Last year, a US court in New York fined Iran for co-operating with al-Qaeda in 9/11 attacks for $ 10.7 billion and other fines of $ 21 billion for the families of American victims of bombings which was carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard cells.

References

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/home

https://ctc.usma.edu/the-abbottabad-documents-bin-ladins-security-measures/

https://www.cia.gov/library/abbottabad-compound/index.html

 

Upcoming Toronto Conference Speaker Refutes Christianity as the Basis for Modern Western Civilization

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Dr Shabir Ally Source: Youtube screenshot

Let The Quran Speak, a weekly media production promoting Muslims and Islam, is hosting a fundraising dinner February 14 entitled “Let the Quran Speak Family Day Fundraising Dinner” to be held at the Grand Cinnamon Banquet and Convention Center, Toronto, Ontario.

The list of guest speakers:

Imam Siraj Wahaj
Dr. Shabir Ally
Uzma Jalaluddin
Safiyyah Ally
Mamoun S. Hassan
Dawud Warnsby

Circanda has previously reported on Imam Siraj Wahaj, an American from New York. This Imam has been under fire for comments concerning jihad and anti Jewish sentiments. Following is an undated prayer by Mr Wahaj:

“Everyone invited them to Allah’s deen [religion of Islam] in order to establish Islam. May Allah, Glorified and Exalted be He [GEBH] help us, guide us to the straight path. We Ask Allah, GEBH, to help us, to help the people, to guide the people, to guide the people towards Islam. We Ask Allah, GEBH, to help the Muslims everywhere on the earth. We Ask Allah, GEBH, to help the Sudan. Make the Sudan a great example of establishing Allah’s deen [religion of Islam]. And in Senegal, and in Trinidad and Tobago, and in Jamaica, and in South America, and all over the world. Allah, GEBH, never to forget Jerusalem, never to forget Palestine. May Allah help the Muslims in Palestine to establish the deen [religion of Islam], take over our land again, establish Islam back as it is supposed to be. We ask Allah, GEBH, to help our Muslim brothers and sisters in Yemen. Help them in every part of the globe.”

Dr Shabir Ally  is the president of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto, Ontario. He is a prolific debater engaging in regular debates around the world with noted theologians.

In 2015, Dr Ally refuted statements made by Robert Spencer, an American author and activist who fights radical Islamism.

In the video, Dr Ally made the statement that Modern Western Civilization was not based on Christianity. Following is a quote from the video.

“Somehow he (Robert Spencer) has misunderstood history, because as far as we know, Christianity is not the basis of Modern Western Civilization.”  “As you know, our Canada is not a religious state.”

See entire video here: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2vrziy

To the best our knowledge, he has not corrected that statement.

As far as history goes, the founding fathers of Canada thought Judeo/Christian ethic was important enough to inscribe it on our Canadian Coat of Arms. A Mari usque ad Mare, latin for From Sea to Sea taken from Psalm 72:8.

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The Canada Coat of Arms are used on federal government possessions like buildings, official seals, money, passports, proclamations and publications. They are also reproduced on the rank badges of some members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The Arms of Canada are also used by federal institutions, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the Tax Court of Canada to symbolize their judicial independence from the Government of Canada.

Dr Ally’s viewpoint is echoed to a certain extent by the founder of the Islamic Party of Ontario. Jawad Anwar of IPO believes that Islam is Ontario’s and Canada’s native DEEN (religion).  Here is the IPO Principles and Policies.

Dr Ally has also been vocal in his views of homosexuality.

“But God’s law says that what we’re talking about here [homosexuality] is wrong, and if they do that wrong they have to face it.”

On the subject of homosexuality, we read this in the Quran and Hadith:

Quran (7:80-84) – “…For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds…. And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone)”

Abu Dawud (4462)– The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.”  (This is a sahih hadith)

Dr. Ally is a regular contributor on the program “Let the Quran Speak”.

 

 

BREAKING: IPOLITICS Adjust their Story; A Win for a De-radicalized ‘Islamophobe’

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Michael Coren Source: youtube screenshot

ATTENTION ALL JOURNALISTS: BE VERY CAREFUL WHO YOU LABEL AS AN ISLAMOPHOBE

A few days ago, we did a story on Eric Brazau, a Toronto activist, following his journey from ‘Vitriolic Islamophobe’ to ‘De-radicalized’.

Included in this story we included a quote from Michael Coren, columnist and political commentator for the Canadian political blog, IPolitics.

We have discovered that IPolitics has adjusted their story, no doubt after having a second look at Mr Brazau’s recent videos.

In the original piece by Mr Coren,  he calls Mr Brazau a “notorious Islamophobe”.

In the newly edited piece, we see an editors note at the top: Editor’s note: This column has been updated to include Eric Brazau’s new self-identification as a reformed Islamophobe, as well as an initiative he launched, which he says will work to fight Islamophobia. 

Other changes include:

The phrase “purporting to be in support of this new party” was removed.

The original phrase “He speaks of murdering” was changed to ” He speaks about how under Sharia Law those convicted of endorsing the LGBTQ lifestyle face execution, either by fire, sword or being thrown off the tops of tall buildings”.

The original phrase “declares there is nothing to fear from Islam” was changed to ” At the end of the video, he [Brazau] notes that “when we listen we learn together, ensemble, we will defeat Islamophobia, the irrational fear of Islam.”

The original phrase “notorious Islamophobe” was changed to  “A self-described reformed Islamophobe who has long appeared at demonstrations and meetings, and who has even served time in jail for his activities. Brazau says he has been deradicalized and has recently launched a new initiative to fight Islamophobia”.

The lesson here? Be careful what you say. I am sure Mr Coren will be very careful from now on.

Founder of IPO: ‘Nutters’ or Systematic?

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Jawed Anwar at Ford rally, 2018. Source, screen shot, youtube

Jawed Anwar, founder of the Islamic party of Ontario has been on the periphery of the hoopla concerning the new party.

The party and its principles and policies  give a very clear indication of the thought process of the party founder. A thought process that is based on teachings from the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah. A thought process that is echoed in many mosques in Canada and throughout the world.

Mr Anwar’s bio shows an extensive interest in Islamist ideas and practices.

“Jawed Anwar has completed fellowship of New York Times Institute of Journalism in 2005, Certificate in Journalism from New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York, USA in 1999, and M. A. in journalism from University of Karachi, Pakistan in 1990. He has graduated from Aligarh Muslim University in 1981.

He has written hundreds of articles, columns, reports and feature stories in English and Urdu published in Dawat (Delhi) & Several Newspapers from India, Jasarat (Karachi), Takbeer (Karachi), Jang (Karachi), Dawn (Karachi), The News (Karachi), Datalog (Karachi), Pakistan Post (New York), Pakistan News (New York), Muslim Observer (Detroit), Pakistan Link (California), Muslims Weekly (New York), Aafaq (Toronto), Pakeezah International (Toronto), and various others. His articles on Islamic Education System, Intellectual History and Madrasah System in South Asia got wide recognition.”

He has also received numerous awards for his writings and involments, including an award from  CAIR, a HAMAS supporting organization.  Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization.

“–In 2003, Muslims Weekly New York won six awards presented by the Independent Press Association, New York (www.indypressny.org), an association of all ethnic and community newspapers. Muslims Weekly won Best Photograph, Best Re-Design, Second Best Editorial/Commentary, Second Best Article on Immigrant Issues, Second Best in Overall Layout/Design and Third Best in Layout/Design under the category of “newspapers of New York under the circulation of 25,000.”

Jawed Anwar won the second place award for Best Article on Immigrant Issues and the Best Photograph Award.

-In 2004, Jawed Anwar won the third place award Best Feature Article and the third place award for Best Editorial/Commentary, along with three other awards to different writers of Muslims Weekly by Independent Press Association, New York.

–In 2005, Jawed Anwar was awarded third place for Best Editorial Award in the Editorial Category. Muslims Weekly also won Best Article on Immigrant Issues, Racial, or Social Justices, the Honorable Mention on the article “The Muslim Participation in US Presidential Election (Record Muslim Voter Turnout)” by Jehangir Khattak.

–In 2005, Muslims Weekly, New York (Publisher & Chief Editor Jawed Anwar) won Media Justice Award by Council of American-Islamic Relations, New York (CAIR NY).”

Mr Anwar has also been involved as as school board member, chair and co-chair of  Thorncliffe Park Public School, the largest elementary school of North America, from 2009-2011. During that time, he has been involved in several protest rallies which were organized at Queens Park in 2011-12. As-Seerah education movement [initiated by Jawed Anwar] was started at the time.

He has also written a letter to former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne regarding her sexual orientation. Following is a excerpt of that letter:

“Now, the crime of the person who commits sodomy in flagrant opposition to this scheme of things is not limited to that act alone. In fact he commits along with it a number of other crimes…

God decreed that they be wiped out altogether. When the collective life of a people becomes totally bereft of goodness and purity, it forfeits the right to exist on earth. Their example is like that of a basket of fruit. As long as some fruit remains firm, there is some justification to keep that basket. But the basket has to be thrown away when the fruit becomes rotten…”

During Ontario Provincial election in 2018, residents of Thorncliffe, Ontario were mobilized by the local Muslim leadership to vote against then Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne (and NDP) because of her policy on gender identity and sex-education curriculum.

Mr Anwar’s involvment in Doug Ford’s campaign is significant. In February of 2018, he spoke on behalf of the Muslim Voters Association DVW at a Doug Ford rally. Following are some quotes from that speech:

“I always wonder why people support Liberals…..The Liberal party is based on the philosophy of liberalism. Liberalism erases God in all matters and all aspects of life.”

“We say Liberals support Muslims minus Islam. And Muslims without Islam are not Muslims”

Video link here.

Mr Anwar is busy. His work is extensive, his influence is found throughout the world. The IPO is small, but the founder has spread his ideas far and wide.

A fellow Muslim, Mohammad Hashim has called him a ‘nutter’. Is he a nutter, or is he being systematic in his spread of his ideas?

Acknowledgement: We are very grateful to the people at American Center for Democracy for their in-depth investigation into this party and it’s founder.

 

Jewish Activist Group Fights Against Islamic Party of Ontario

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Meir Halevi Weinstein, JDL, speaking with City TV, Toronto

The silence from Main Stream media with regards to the Islamic Party of Ontario is deafening.

Many media personalities discount this party, calling it a flash in the pan, nothing to be concerned about. Muslim personalities have also discounted this party as being “homophobic, mysogynistic”.  I am speaking specifically about Mohammad Hashim, this is the gentleman that wrote the public statement for the family of the Danforth shooter, Faisal Hussain. He discounted journalist Tarek Fatah’s concern about IPO with the following words:

Here we go again. Tarek Fateh doing his usual batshit crazy routine. I have no idea how he can say, calling him an ‘enemy of Islam’ definitively equals a death threat – as somehow that labels him an apostate and therefore makes killing him the responsibility of every Muslim out there. He’s nuts. Who cares what you are man? Do you crazy routine as you want but to claim yourself as being threatened here in Canada is just nutters.

Toronto Imam Ibrahim Hindy calls the platform of the IPO ‘trash’.

We have asked this before, is this carte blanche for criticism against Islam? If Islamic personalities criticize a political party based on Islamic principles, does this mean non Muslim Canadians are given the same privilege?

Yet, up to this point, non Islamic Main Stream news sources are curiously quiet, not only about this party, but also about Muslim criticism of this party. No reports, aside from an Op-Ed from Mr Tarek Fatah, Sun News. Nothing. Positive or negative.

Why is that? Why is the main stream media ignoring this political party? They certainly have reported extensively on another ‘rogue’ party, the PPC, People’s Party of Canada, and their leader Maxime Bernier. Perhaps that is because the PPC have had decidedly Western democratic conservative views.

The founder of IPO has an extensive bio of activities surrounding Islamism.  Being the president of the now defunct website TheMuslim.Ca, Mr Anwar, founder of IPO published, or allowed to be published a call for the caliphate in Tunisia in connection to the Islamist group Hizb Ut-Tahrir

See link here

Hizb Ut-Tahrir’s views towards the Jews is known

Their hatred for Israel, and their desire to annihilate them has been well documented, including the following press release given in Bangladesh in June of 2010:

“O Muslim Armies! Teach the Jews a lesson after which they will need no further lessons. March forth to fight them, eradicate their entity and purify the earth of their filth”

Hizb ut-Tahrir operates freely in Canada.

Canadian Imam Mazin Abdul-Adhim, based in London, Ontario, closely affiliated with Hizb ut-Tahrir has been quoted as saying about Israel:

“May Allah cause the winds to increase and the fires to spread far and wide, and burn their illegitimate properties and all their beloved belongings to ashes, and take from them what they took from the people of the pure land of Al-Aqsa and its surrounding area,” 

With this in mind, it is no wonder that one of the only groups that has rallied to fight this very concerning political party is the Jewish Defense League in Toronto, Ontario, a group that fights against antisemitism and fights for the right of existence of the Jewish state of Israel.

The leader, Meir Weinstein, released a video, stating his action of going to the police about their very grave concerns about this political party. They have vested interest in trying to stop the implementation of this party. As should the rest of Canada.

It’s not just the party that is so concerning, it is who is behind the party, their affiliations, their activism and what it can produce.

We would do well as Canadians to be just as concerned as the Jewish Defense league is about this development.

De-radicalizing a Vitriolic ‘Islamophobe’

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Eric Brazau Screen shot facebook video

Eric Brazau. The name is familiar to many in the greater Toronto area. He has been in the news countless times for his  rants and actions against Islam.  He has been jailed twice as well, some would say justifiably, for his fight to be heard about his concerns about Islam.

Over the last half year or so, we have not seen much of Mr Brazau. Things have been quiet.

However, through the last several weeks, videos have emerged that show a calm Brazau. A Brazau that speaks about issues within the Islamic community. His nom de plume seems to be fightislamophobia.ca, and his material is found on the corresponding facebook page  He has launched this new initiative “Fight Islamophobia”, the irrational fear of Islam and appears to want to enrich the knowledge about Islam based on authentic Islamic sources in Canada, including Islamic teachings by senior Canadian Muslim scholars and Imams and Islamic literature which is available in Canada. He advises his followers to seek only reliable information about Islam. He considers this his ‘dawah mission’, spreading the word about Islam. Leftists accuse him of spreading hate. Interesting thought, that.

On FightIslamophobia.ca, you can find videos that address pertinent issues , but from a supposedly Islamic perspective.  The issues are brought across in a non combative manner. He is dressed in Islamic dress, yet you can still see the tongue in cheek playfulness in his videos. In one video, you see several  wine bottles on the shelf behind him with a sign below saying ‘Water’.  Alcohol is haram in Islam.

Two videos in particular have really taken off, wherein he deals with the new Islamic Party of  Ontario. In the videos, he explains the platform of the party, with no threatening language, undertones or disparaging comments, just the facts. He has certainly opened a lot of eyes to the danger of this new party.  In a calm, non threatening way.

As a result of his efforts, left wing personalities have disparaged him, calling him a fraud. Michael Coren,  colomnist and political commentator is quoted as saying with regards to Brazau: There is something else, and something that is deeply disturbing. A video purporting to be in support of this new party suddenly featured on social media, and was viewed numerous times. It labels itself a “Message for LGBTQ from the Islamic Party of Ontario,” and is hosted by a man dressed in what appears to be cartoon Muslim dress. He speaks of murdering gay people by fire or by sword, or throwing them from the tops of tall buildings. He purposefully mispronounces English words, and declares there is nothing to fear from Islam. Truly awful stuff. But this man is actually someone called Eric Brazeau, a notorious Islamophobe who has long appeared at demonstrations and meetings, and who has even served time in jail for his dreadful and hateful activities. For this, he’s considered a martyr by some anti-Muslim zealots. They surely must have recognized him from the video, but said nothing about his true identity.

And some tweets from Mr Coren:

“I could be wrong but this looks like the anti-Islam activist Eric Brazeau. If so, is the a fake story and have various people been taken in?”

“But Tarek, the founder has only around 100 Twitter followers and most of them are bots or conservative activists. The video that purports to be in support of this “party” is actually a fraud made by the anti-Muslim extremist Eric Brazeau.”

And from CBC writer Shanifa Nasser on Twitter:

“The man behind a video in support of the so-called Islamic Party of Ontario making the rounds on social media is actually the known anti-Muslim agitator, Eric Brazau, reports.”

This in itself is fake news. Eric didn’t support the Islamic Party. He quoted its political platform and advised Canadians to seek knowledge about Islam from authentic Islamic sources in Canada.

And a rebutt to her tweet by journalist Tarek Fatah:

That’s not true . Eric Brazeau DID NOT support the . He merely read the group’s political platform in a parody. Seems now that Islamist agenda is exposed, radical Muslims worried of being exposed claim is just a creation of Eric Brazeau.

Tweets from right wing activist, who are confused about his change in approach:

“Eric Brazau, once jailed for being against an ideology has now become the active promoter of same religious political party of Ontario & has released a video mandating “EXECUTION OF APOSTATES”, how did this extreme transformation take place?”

And others who are going with the conspiracy theory:

“The man in the video appears to be Eric Brazeau; he has a long and documented history of disseminating materials with quotes from the Qur’an to promote hatred of Muslims. How can you be sure he didn’t create the party and social media pages as part of his anti-Muslim campaign?”

Anti Racist Blogspot got in on the action as well, calling Eric Brasau a ‘special concern’:

 “Islamophobe Eric Brazau has created a caricature of a Muslim extremists that he has been using spread his hatred; Ms. Forbes re-tweeted a video in which he makes incendiary comments without questioning the source”

Has Mr Brazau been de-radicalized? Has he been converted? It appears that way, but I will leave that for you to decide.  However, he most certainly has learned that aggressive behavior is not necessarily always the best way to get your point across. Something that many right and left wing activists could take a lesson from. Eric Brazau – Ex-Islamophobe, launching a unique “dawah mission” to fight Islam-ophobia, the ‘irrational’ fear of Islam. Interesting indeed.

Mr Brazau also has an upcoming book in the works.