A major Canadian Islamic charity with it’s headquarters in Mississauga has been fined $550.00 and suspended for a year. ISNA Canada was audited by Canada Revenue Agency, and it was discovered that they may have used money to support armed militants. Islamic Society of North America (ISNA Canada) denies any ties to terrorism, and they are saddened by the allegations. In an article by Global News, it was revealed that this is the latest in a number of charges against the ISNA umbrella:
“The suspension and penalty were the latest results of federal audits of four formerly affiliated Mississauga charities. ISNA Islamic Services of Canada was stripped of its charitable status last year after auditors raised concerns about possible funding of Hizbul Mujahideen. ISNA Development Foundation was stripped of its charity status in 2013 over similar concerns. The Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation’s charity status was also revoked.”
ISNA president Dr Katherine Bullock has stated in a panel discussion at York University, Toronto in 2014 that there is nothing radical about wanting the caliphate and sharia. Following is a excerpt from from her contribution to the discussion:
“They defined a radical as this: 1. someone who desires to install a Caliphate. 2. Someone who wants to impose for an Orthodox Sharia; and 3. the use of force, for example, resisting coalition forces in Iraq. So if you’re an Iraqi nationalist who doesn’t believe that the United States should be occupying your country and you fight against them, and you believe in the Caliphate, and you believe in Sharia, you are a radical you’ve been radicalized. But from an Islamic point of view this absolutely nothing radical about wanting Caliphate or wanting Sharia. These are completely normal traditional points of view.”
Taha Ghayyur, who is the new Executive Director of the Islamic Society of North America – Canada (ISNA Canada) also is a proponent of Sharia. He believes that the Islamic Law can be gradually implemented in North America. link
Following is an excerpt from an article he wrote in 2007:
“The principles of Shariah are universal and are not bound by the limitations of time and culture.
“It is certainly possible to apply Shariah in the North American society only if three conditions are fulfilled:
- One, when an environment is developed, provisioned with preventative measures, that is conducive to a just and productive lifestyle, which is often not compatible with a consumer lifestyle.
- Two, if the Shariah laws are implemented gradually, accompanied by continuous public education and training on the importance of justice, freedom, and one’s purpose on this earth, the way it was revealed and practiced, as a strategy of pre-crime social reform, over a period of twenty-three years at the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the first generation of Muslims.
- Three, if the punishments in the Shariah are given their due place, only to be used as a last resort, and not to be practiced in isolation from the other major objectives of the Shariah.
ISNA Canada has also worked in cooperation with the controversial Islamic political group Hizb ut-Tahrir. This group is actively working to develop a worldwide Islamic caliphate.
“At a 2016 Hizb ut-Tahrir conference in Mississauga, a guest speaker was the principal of the Islamic Society of North America High School of Mississauga, Abdul–Aziz Rasoul. The ISNA high school received millions in funding from Saudi/Wahhabis sources. Its parent organization, ISNA, also lost its federally registered charity status for its “Development Fund” when it was caught funding a terrorist group”
Many Canadian dignitaries have visited ISNA Canada, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and MP Ralph Goodale.
ISNA Canada retains it’s charitable status.