Survey of Middle East Christians

by Rami Dabbas

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Christianity in the Middle East is under violent assault. The following is a brief survey by Jordanian activist Rami Dabbas of how Christians are faring in various Middle East countries.

Christians would rather stay out of the Middle East’s raging conflict, but they invariably become the most prominent victims. Even in the region’s quieter countries, Christians face routine persecution. And it’s been that way for millennia.

Iran

We received the following letter from Iranian Christian activist Karim Irani, host of a popular program on the Arama- ic Broadcasting Network (www.abnsat.com): “It is impossible to convey in one short article all the suffering of Christians in Iran. I converted to Christianity in 2013, but it took me a long time to find other Christians since there is no true freedom of religion. It’s very difficult even to find a Bible. Many Christians won’t openly acknowledge their identity for fear of being reported to the authorities by their Muslim neighbors. There are no Christian schools, so Christian children are being forcibly converted to Islam at the Muslim schools. Anyone caught evangelizing is publicly executed. We love our country, but the Iranian authorities do not allow us to be Christians and practice our faith freely.”

Lebanon

Lebanon was once a Christian country, but waves of Christian emigration have resulted in a Muslim majority today. Iran has slowly been taking over Lebanon via its proxy, Hezbollah. “Those Christians remaining in Lebanon are living in fear and acknowledge now that they are second-class citizens,” Lebanese journalist Brigitte Gabriel, who today lives in the US, recently wrote. Many don’t under- stand that in addition to fighting Israel, Hezbollah is a jihadist organization seeking to establish Sharia Law, under which Christians will inevitably be persecuted.

Syria

Syrian activist George AlKaser insisted in remarks to Israel Today that Christians are the indigenous people of his country who were forcibly Arabized and converted to Islam. Pockets of these native Christians remain in what’s known as the Assyrian Church. The Syrian regime prevents a reversal of this situation by punishing any Muslim who converts to Christianity.

Jordan

Often portrayed as the most moderate of Arab Muslim countries, Jordan still legally prohibits Muslims from converting to Christianity and forbids Christian men from marrying non-Christian women. Christians in Jordan, while they are free to worship in churches, must submit to various aspects of Sharia Law.

Egypt

Egypt has by far the largest Christian population of any country in the Middle East, but that hasn’t helped them in terms of quality of life or national influence. Egypt’s Coptic Christians are prohibited from holding certain high- level government positions, and are routinely discriminated against in society. For instance, many sports clubs will not admit Christians unless they convert to Islam. Young Christian women are often kidnapped and forcibly converted, with little or no intervention by the authorities, and the destruction of Christian property more often than not goes unpunished.

Iraq

Christians in Iraq say mass persecution began immediately after the fall of Sad- dam Hussein, when, among many other violations of human rights, Muslims started forcing Christian women to wear the hijab. According to Wafa Abdallah, an Iraqi Christian today living in Australia, the situation for Christians in the city of Mosul became intolerable as many local Muslims began supporting groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS. And forget about open evangelism. Converting from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death in Iraq. And if the authorities fail to carry out the sentence, then the many Sunni extremist or pro-Iranian militias will.

Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Christians suffer discrimination and persecution at the hands of the local Muslim population and the Palestinian Authority government. For example, in 2015 Muslims set fire to the Saint Charbel Convent in Bethlehem. The law prohibits Muslims from converting to Christianity.

Israel

Israel is today the one place in the Middle East where Christians enjoy equal rights and are able to practice their faith openly without fear of violent or legal repercussions. Many of the Christians from the above countries with whom we spoke privately acknowledged as much, but were too afraid to openly say so for fear of their Muslim neighbors and authorities. Some said that while they respect Israel, they still view it as an enemy due to the education they received and the societal pressures of living in Muslim countries.

Scheer Hypocricy on the part of Main Stream Media and Politicians

Downloads13Yesterday, Andrew Scheer, leader of the official opposition was blasted for not contradicting part of an audience member’s question concerning ‘Pizzagate’. The conspiracy theory accuses Clinton and her team of running a child sex ring out of Comet Ping Pong, a pizza shop in Washington, D.C.

This was big news for the CBC and other main stream news sources. Prime Minister Trudeau also blasted Scheer for not contradicting the questioner. “Someone made just a terrible comment about a bit of fake news that is absolutely heinous in its substance called Pizzagate,” Trudeau said during an armchair discussion at an Catholic teachers association meeting in Ottawa on Saturday. “And [Scheer’s] response was, ‘Oh I didn’t hear that comment in the question.’”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/scheer-pizzagate-townhall-1.5048256

Trudeau slams Scheer over response to question that touched on ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy

Pedophilia. This is significant in this story. Pizzagate is a conspiracy theory, yet these ideas are propagated within our communities.

What is very interesting is that main stream media is all over this faux pas by Mr Scheer, yet when it was revealed in 2018 that Toronto Muslim police chaplain Musleh Khan did not condemn, but rather excused Mohammed’s marriage to a nine year old (Aisha) CBC nor any main stream news source certainly did not report on this.

Mr Scheer is denounced for not correcting a question about a conspiracy theory concerning pedophilia, yet you hear no condemnation of Mr Khan for his views on child marriage. No condemnation from media, no condemnation from politicians.

Musleh Khan is a Canadian Saudi born imam affiliated with the Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) who also serves as a chaplain for the Toronto Police.

Mr Khan has given at least two lectures on the subject of child brides, specifically speaking about Mohammad’s child bride Aisha. Following are some quotes from these lectures:

“The husband’s got to be somebody that’s very tolerant and he’s got to have wisdom. He’s got to have wisdom and how to speak to a person like this [9-year-old wife]. How to build a relationship with an individual like this[9-year-old wife].”

Full article here

“So what is the real age to get married if it’s so different everywhere you go? The answer it’s our prophet [Mohammad] peace and blessings be upon [who ruled] at the age of puberty.”

Full article here

 

 

Toronto Masjid Hosts RCMP Recruitment Presentation

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Screenshot, Facebook, Toronto Masjid

March 1, 2019, Toronto Masjid is hosting a recruitment presentation by RCMP Constable Imran Saeed.

Toronto Masjid has been in the news for it’s controversial commentary and prayer activity regarding  the promotion of Islamist ideas.

In July of 2016, Toronto Majid Imam  Abdool Hamid prayed: “O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims and humiliate the polytheism [identified by Muslim scholars also as Christianity], the infidels and the atheists, and give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah. O Allah! Give victory to our oppressed and deprived Muslim brothers and the mujahideen [those who engage in jihad] everywhere. O Allah! Pour on them patience and steadfast their feet and give them victory over the disbelieving people and give them victory over the evildoers and give them victory over the criminals.”

Dr. Wael Shihab was appointed in April 2014 to a full-time resident Imam of the mosque Masjid Toronto. 

Shihab has a PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University and he was the head of the Fatwa (Islamic opinion) Unit of IslamOnline.net (English website) and the Shari’ah (Islamic Law) consultant of the Shari’ah department of Onislam.net.

He is also a member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) headed by Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, (Muslim Brotherhood) who played a major role in launching both above websites.

On June 15, 2016  a sermon and prayer led by Aymen Elkasrawy, accompanied by Br. Murshid and Dr. Mustafa Hannout was recited in this mosque. This prayer was the cause of much controversy.  Below is an excerpt of this prayer:

[O Allah!] Give us victory over the disbelieving people…

O Allah! Give victory to Islam and raise the standing of the Muslims

And humiliate the polytheism and polytheists

O Allah! Give victory (help) to your slaves who believe in the oneness of Allah, O the Lord of the Worlds!

O Allah! Give them victory over the criminal people

O Allah! Destroy anyone who killed Muslims

O Allah! Destroy anyone who displaced the sons of the Muslims

O Allah! Count their number; slay them one by one and spare not one of them

O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!

O Allah! Purify Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews!

Is the RCMP aware of these activities?

Link to further information.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar and anti-Semitism

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Youssef Al-Qaradawi

“While anti-Semitism is in the headlines of all French media, it is curious to note that no commentator, representative of political parties, or government questions the role of political Islam incarnated by the Muslim Brotherhood in this sudden upsurge of immoral acts.”

Originally published in French by Mediapart blogger Tanya Klein

The definite rise in antisemitism in North America as well as throughout the world correlates with the rise in activity by Muslim Brotherhood and their affiliates. We need to pay attention to this most definite threat to our democracies.

“While anti-Semitism is the headline of all French media, it is curious to note that no commentator, representative of political parties, or government questions the role of political Islam incarnated by the Muslim Brotherhood in this sudden upsurge of immoral acts.

But what is the nature of this blindness? Is it voluntary, if so, what is it hiding? Or is it only the result of a bad knowledge?

A simple reminder to all the people mentioned above:

The one who is considered the supreme religious and ideological authority of the Muslim Brotherhood is Youssef Al-Qaradawi and lives quietly in Qatar, which has even given him a diplomatic passport . His antisemitic remarks are numerous , here are some examples: ”  There is no dialogue between us and the Jews, except by saber and rifle  “. Concerning the Jews, he also declared in 2009: ”  Kill them, until the last one  “. According to him, the Prophet Muhammad said: ” You will continue to fight the Jews and they will fight you until the Muslims kill them. The Jew hides behind a rock and a tree. Not to mention the fatwas of Qaradawi authorizing attacks on Jews around the world, believing that there is no essential difference between Judaism and Zionism and that, therefore, each Jewish target is equal to an Israeli target . 

Another useful reminder:

The Muslim Brotherhood operates as a secret society. Their goal is to create a global Islamic state, based on political Islam and the establishment of Muslim law, that is to say Sharia law . ”  There is still a long way to take control of Europe  ” said Muhammad Mahdi, supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood from 2004 to 2010. To do this, the multiple associations directly related to this brotherhood, UOIF, FOIE, Muslims de France, European Forum of Muslim Youth (FEMYSO) etc. have infiltrated all the European institutions or each Member State and even receive subsidies. The displayed anti-Semitism of the Muslim Brotherhood does not seem to disturb the sleep of French and European leaders.

For their intense lobbying work, the Muslim Brotherhood benefits from funds generously allocated by Qatar . Previously, this money came into the coffers of a London-based NGO called Qatar Charity UK . It has been so much hired for its help, especially to terrorist groups working in all hot spots around the globe , that its directors have preferred to change their name and rename it Nectar Trust . As a result, the Muslim Brotherhood still has the means to conduct its anti-Semitic policies.

But, in principle, this does not bother anyone because the UK authorities continue to turn a blind eye to its activities by not declaring them illegal. French government side, laxity is also appropriate. On December 10, 2018, Christophe Castaner, Minister of the Interior and therefore Minister of Cults, went to the Congress of Islam of France, a congress led by Milli Görüş an association directly linked to the Turkish president, Erdogan, Tabligh a radical Islamist movement, and UOIF, renamed Muslims of France. The first cop of France, did not seem troubled, the least, by the heavy antisemitic pedigree of these movements.

Voluntary blindness or foul incompetence?”

Additional information on Youssef Al-Qaradawi here

From Disillusioned Muslim to Christian Arab ‘Zionist’

by: Rami Dabbas Article originally published in Israel Today

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Jordanian skyline Source: Youtube screenshot

My name is Rami Dabbas. I was born in 1989 in what is now the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, to a non-practicing Muslim Arab father and a Russian mother. When I was three-years-old, we moved to Jordan, and I was raised in a non-religious home.

Fast-forward to 2010, I was in my third year of university studying surveying and geomatics en route to a degree in civil engineering when I developed strong anti-Islamic feelings due to the spread of terrorism around the world. I was only 20-years-old. I started participating in anti-Islamization groups with many thousands of followers in Europe and the West. It wasn’t long before I deemed myself completely secular, with leanings toward atheism. I still suspected that God existed, but was by then convinced that He wasn’t to be found in Islam. Those honest enough to read the true history of Islam and its spread worldwide will find a litany of violence, incitement, invasion, war crimes, slavery, genocide and pedophilia.

So I looked elsewhere. There is a Buddhist meditation center in Amman, but I found no peace there. It was during this time of seeking that I even began to develop a phobia toward my own people, the Arabs. I got in touch with Jewish religious centers, even attending an online series of lectures in Kabala (Jewish mysticism) before one night having a dream in which Jesus appeared. For several days after, I contemplated Christianity. It was the summer of 2011. I began researching churches online, and ended up contacting some of them. My curiosity eventually drove me to visit an international church in Amman where I met a blessed American pastor. I prayed and accepted Jesus that very night. Less than a year later I was baptized and immediately began studying the Bible and Christian theology.

As a child, I was neutral on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But when I accepted Jesus and started reading the Bible, I discovered just how much the Arab media had lied. The nation of Israel has existed for more than 3,000 years, and not only in the State of Israel’s current borders, but also in what are now parts of Jordan, Syria, Egypt and other Arab states.

As a Christian, I became aware that Jesus is Jewish, a descendant of King David, another Jew. It was the Muslim Arabs who were the invaders and occupiers. I now believe that the Jewish people remain God’s chosen people. To those who do not believe, especially atheists, I always tell them to just go visit the many Jewish monuments that dot not only the State of Israel, but most of the Arab states, too. After discovering this truth regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict, I began to engage with Israelis, who I found to be wonderful and kind, quite in contrast to my own people, who can often be rude and aggressive. I also found that Israel is the only country in the Middle East where true freedom is possible, especially for Christians, who are waning in number in every place in the region except for the Jewish state, where the Christian population is actually growing.

Now, to be pro-Israel is not easy in the Arab world, especially where Islam dominates. Being this way makes one the target of a lot of conspiracy theories, hatred, incitement and discrimination. You must be willing to be called a traitor.

But I’m not alone. I know many supporters of Israel in Jordan. Depending on the person, his or her contacts, and the environment in which he or she was brought up in, many prefer to keep silent for their own safety. Others bravely speak out. I know people who develop business with Israelis, even known Israeli activists and politicians. Of course, doing so quickly earns a fatwa upon your head by radical Islamic terrorists, so one must be wise and know the limits.

Is Brooks Masjid, Alberta Ready to Break Stereotypes?

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Raheel Raza, one of the first Muslim women in Canada to lead a Friday service Source: Screen shot Tag TV

The Muslim Council of Calgary recently posted an advertisement on behalf of Brooks Musallah masjid located at 820 Railway Avenue, Brooks, AB, Canada.

Brooks Musallah is looking for a new Imam. The advertisement has laid out very clear criteria for what they are looking for in this new Imam with one exception. No gender is specified. The ad can be seen here.

Brooks Musallah is an English speaking mosque and it comes out of the Sunni branch of Islam, one of the more conservative sects. They are also listed as a multi-cultural mosque. Fluency in English and Arabic, written and spoken, is a requirement for the above position.

Another of the qualification requirements for the potential new Imam in Brooks is quoted below:

“Lead by example to prevent discrimination on any basis including but not limited to school of thought, gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin, citizenship, political affiliation  or economic status.”

What stood out for us with this particular ad was the stress on preventing discrimination.

Women generally have had a minor role in the working of a mosque, even in the West. There are some women in leadership roles, but these are generally secondary roles and limited in scope.

Could Brooks Musallah be one of the mosques in Canada that breaks through mainstream stereotypes? Could they be willing to consider a female Imam? Would or does this congregation hold de-segregated  worship?

Canada has had some women lead in prayer in progressive mosques, but most definitely not the main stream Islamic community. Below is a summary of Muslim women involved in leading worship and prayer in Canada. Taken from Wikipedia.

Canadian Muslims have been active in the woman-led prayer movement since 2003 when El-Farouk Khaki organized a woman-led prayer with Ghazala Anwar leading for the Salaam/al-Fatiha International Conference. In 2004, United Muslim Association UMA demonstrated its commitment to having women deliver the sermon and lead the prayer.[16][17][18]

In that year, 20-year-old Maryam Mirza delivered the second half of the Eid al-Fitr khutbah at the Etobicoke mosque in Toronto, run by the UMA.[19] Later the same year, Yasmin Shadeer led the night isha prayer with her male and female congregants.[20] – the first recorded occasion in contemporary times where a woman led a congregation in prayer in a mosque.[citation needed]

In April 2005, Raheel Raza led Toronto’s first woman-led mixed-gender Friday service, delivering the khutbah and leading the prayers of the congregation. The event was organized by the Muslim Canadian Congress to celebrate Earth Day, and was held in the backyard of the downtown Toronto home of activist Tarek Fatah.[21] In July 2005, Pamela K. Taylor, a Muslim convert since 1986, gave the Friday khutbah and led the mixed-gender prayers at the UMA Toronto mosque at the invitation of the Muslim Canadian Congress on Canada Day.[22] In addition to leading the prayers, Taylor also gave a sermon on the importance of equality among people regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, and/or disability.,[23]marking the first occasion where a Muslim woman led prayers in an official mosque. In 2006, the former Mufti of MarseilleSoheib Bencheikh, requested that either Raza[24] or Taylor lead him in prayer, which Imam Taylor did during a visit to Canada in February 2006.[25] The prayers were sponsored by the Muslim Canadian Congress and held in a private venue with a mixed gender congregation.[26] In 2007, Imam Taylor let prayers for International Woman’s Day hosted by the Canadian Muslim Union [27]

From 2008, the Noor Cultural Centre in Toronto has included women on their Board of Khatibs, and women and men alternate giving the call to prayer each week. Women regularly give full length sermons prior to the second adhan, with a male khatib delivering the Arabic portion in brief after the second call until 2012. In 2012, the Noor began having women give the full sermon including the Arabic portions.

In 2009, academic Laury Silvers, activist lawyer El-Farouk Khaki and artist Troy Jackson founded the Toronto Unity Mosque, the foundation mosque of El-Tawhid Juma Circle, in downtown Toronto. The circle is gender-equal, lgbtq-affirming, and religiously non-discriminatory. All Muslims are welcome to lead the prayer and give the sermon.[16][17][18] It helps set up similar circles when asked: The first two sister circles were founded in Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia, in early 2011. These two communities are now associated with Muslims for Progressive Values. (see USA section below). Since then, Montreal Quebec, London Ontario, and Vancouver B.C. have established gender-equal/lgbtq-affirming prayer communities with El-Tawhid Juma Circle. ETJC maintains a website Juma Circle where resources for establishing mosque communities, learning to lead prayer, give a sermon, engage the Qu’ran, the life of the Prophet, and his family, as well as reviews of books, movies, and websites.

Muslims for Progressive Values Canada, an affiliate of Muslims for Progressive Values USA, founded in 2010 by Shahla Khan Salter (chair) leads mixed congregational prayers in Ottawa, Canada. Prayers for MPV Canada have been led by women, including Farhat Rehman and by Zeinab A.

At least five countries, including Canada have had women that either lead Friday sermons or attempted to. Read about that here.

“Bahrain (Middle East)

In 2004, a 40-year-old woman tried to deliver the Friday sermon (Jum’ah khutbah) on the last Friday of Ramadan.

She was disguised as a male Imam, wearing a full male dress, false beard, and mustache.

The congregation was able to see through her disguise and she was handed over to the police by the mosque’s imam, Sheikh Adnan Al-Qattan.”

 

 

 

Facts About Islamic Relief Worldwide and Islamic Relief Canada….Just the Facts

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Islamic Relief Worldwide and  the Charitable Association For Palestinian Relief – CAPR (الهيئة الخيرية لإغاثة الشعب الفلسطيني), a charitable organization run by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a designated terrorist entity by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel, discussed co-operation between the two organizations. [1]

“……[meeting] was held during the visit of the delegation to IRW’s office in the [Gaza] Strip. In the meeting the two sides discussed ways to enhance the relationship and cooperation between them [CAPR and IRW].”

““Meeting between Al-Khairiya and Islamic Relief Worldwide. [The Charitable Association For Palestinian Relief] Al-Khairiya_Lebanon. Yesterday, November 13 [2015] at IRW’s office in Sidon a delegation of Al-Khairiya met with [officials of] IRW. The delegation included Mr. Khalid Abu Samra, Chairman of Al-Khairiya, Mr. Mahmoud Rifai, Director of Al-Khairiya’s office in Lebanon, and Mr. Maher Abboud and Mr. Radwan Issa from the Department of Public Relations. It was agreed upon to implement some relief projects as part of the winter campaign.” [2]

Islamic Relief Canada, after being posed questions, assured Pegida Canada that it abhorred terrorism in all it’s forms. This email reply was CCd to Islamic Relief Worldwide. [3]

“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’s British Columbia senior official was recorded as encouraging the Intifada against Israel. [4]

“Long live the Intifada, Long live the Resistance, Viva, Viva PalestinaFree, free Palestine, With [Our] soul and blood we will redeem you, Al-Aqsa [Mosque]”

This same senior official calls down the wrath of Allah on the Jews.[5]

 “O Allah, take revenge against the unjust (wrong-doers) Jews”

Islamic Relief Worldwide identifies Islamic Relief Canada as “our staff”, “our team”, “our website”. [6]

“Islamic Relief Worldwide added the following statement: “Thank you Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau for joining our team at Islamic Relief Canada and supporting us in commemorating the spirit of Ramadan within the “

Islamic Relief Worldwide/Canada assisted the Canadian government in the resettling of Syrian refugees. [7]

“The Canadian government has received a great amount of support from various Non-government Organizations, who have assisted with the immigration process of Syrian refugees, humanitarian aid, etc. “

Justin Trudeau’s ties to Islamic Relief Canada. [8]

“Islamic Relief Worldwide added the following statement: “Very honoured to share our work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today, packing boxes to give to a food bank in Montreal and commemorating the spirit of Ramadan together. Thank you for your trust and support, and to all who helped!”

Islamic Relief Canada receives assistance from the federal government. Total revenue received from federal government (Islamic Relief Canada) – $ 2,800,000 [9]

“Islamic Relief Canada received $6,836 through Canada Summer Jobs 2017 – Ontario.”

Islamic Relief Canada and ties to a pro Hamas Nigerian organization. [10]

“May Allah reward the Nigerian Ta’awoon Organisation [Jamaatu Taawunil Muslimeen] and its sheikh and president [Dawood Imran] for their efforts and hard work in Da’awah [preaching to Islam] and for defending Islam and protecting it against missionaries and enemies conspiracy. Regardless or the poverty and life struggles they still support and stand in Solidarity With Palestinians.”

We are grateful for the work of American Center for Democracy and their tireless investigations.

 

  1. http://news.acdemocracy.org/islamic-relief-worldwide-islamic-jihad-front-organization-discussed-cooperation/
  2. http://news.acdemocracy.org/reports-on-cooperation-between-irw-irusa-and-islamic-jihads-al-khairiya/
  3. https://pegidacanada.wordpress.com/2019/01/15/islamic-relief-canada-we-categorically-reject-any-allegation-of-links-to-terrorism/
  4. http://news.acdemocracy.org/islamic-relief-canadas-senior-official-long-live-the-intifada-against-israel/
  5. http://news.acdemocracy.org/islamic-relief-canadas-senior-official-the-jews-are-the-enemy-of-islam/
  6. http://news.acdemocracy.org/islamic-relief-worldwide-identifies-islamic-relief-canada-as-our-staff-our-team-our-website/
  7. http://news.acdemocracy.org/canadian-governments-efforts-benefited-from-assistance-of-islamic-relief-worldwide/
  8. http://news.acdemocracy.org/justin-trudeaus-ties-to-islamic-relief-canada/
  9. http://news.acdemocracy.org/federal-financial-support-to-islamic-relief-canada/
  10. http://news.acdemocracy.org/islamic-relief-canadas-ties-to-pro-hamas-nigerian-organization/