Salaheddin Islamic Centre: Propensity for Hosting Controversial Figures?

Last July, Circanada wrote a piece about Toronto Imam Said Rageah , who spoke about the sinfulness of music. He is quoted as saying; “When you play music all the shayateen [devils] are welcome to your house.”

In August of this year, Said Rageah was a guest speaker of the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough, Ontario. This same Islamic Centre will host its annual Winter Conference on December 24-25, 2018. We have written a recent article about a controversial speaker to attend this conference who speaks in a denigrating manner about non Muslims.

Mr Rageah has been known to speak disparagingly of non Muslims as well, and is a strong proponent of sharia. Among other things, he is a believer in the death penalty for apostates.

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Said Rageah at Salaheddin Islamic Centre Aug 2018. Photo: Salaheddin Islamic Centre Facebook page

Salaheddin Islamic Centre hosted Imam who implies Israelis are behind 9/11 by: Rachel Ehrenfeld,  ACD

In recent years Shaykh Said Rageah voiced opined on Israel/Jews, race relations, infidels and conspiracy theories among other issues. Here are excerpts from Rageah’s statements:

Said Rageah: “Hire only Muslims”; “Do business only with Muslims”

The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Sheikh Said Rageah at Abu Hurairah Centre in Toronto on February 6, 2009:

“With four, five [hundred] thousand Muslims you can create the most powerful lobby in Canada… with that number of Muslims you can create one of the strongest Muslim business in Toronto… If you just put our resources, if we put our resources together, if we can work together as an Ummah [Muslim nation] we can change a lot… As Muslims, we are scattered all over the city. You have people living in Brampton, you have people living in Mississauga, you have people living in Whitby, you have people living in Richmond Hill. Imagine if we all get together in one area. In the City of Edmonton, the Sikh, Sikh, they live in one neighbourhood and nothing can be changed or done without their approval. We here we may as well benefit from the system that they have here. What can you do with unity? A lot. You can change a lot. You can change the foreign policy of this country. You can change how the Muslims think. You can even when need help, when you need help you call Muslim for your need you will help the Muslim community… Brothers in the masjid [Mosque] right now, they are coming up with the magazine or newspaper called Ummah Times. What Ummah Times is that? Ummah Times is advertising all your businesses all the Muslim businesses [are] Ummah. All you need to do – I will never advertise with a kafir [unbeliever, infidel], there you go. I hear some advertisements giving to 680 News $5,000. Before your Muslim brothers $50 and $80 or $100 we think twice before we do it. Unless we work together, the day we need a truck driver we know where to find truck drivers. The day that I need a cab I should have a number of a Muslim cab it’s ok, pick me upWhen I want to see a doctor, only Muslim doctorWhen I want to hire someone only Muslim worker. Then we can strengthen ourselves. This is the way and this is the only way we can exist in the society, living according to Islam. When the Sharia [Islamic Law], when the government of Toronto, Ontario gave us a break and said: deal your internal affairs based on your Sharia [Islamic Law] we did not go and say: Those few people are Ismailis and Ahmadis, they are not even Muslims. Why would they speak on behalf of Muslims. But, we say no, we keep quiet and see and watch what happens, and then the result was that they said… we will never allow you to rule yourselves, your internal affairs based on the Shariah… My brothers in faith [اخوتي في الله], anything that happens in your Muslim community, in the City of Toronto, anything that can be done, five hundred thousand Muslims that is a great number, large number, you can do a lot, work together. Let’s be an Ummah [nation]… Take your children to Islamic schools. Take your vehicle to Muslim owned businessIf you buy a vehicle make sure there is a Muslim business or car dealer that sells carsIf you want to do anything just ask if that individual is a Muslim or notIf he is not, then look for a Muslim, because I’m sure you’ll find a Muslim. I’m sure you’ll find a Muslim in that field… O Allah, Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims [اللهم اعز الاسلام والمسلمين], and humiliate the disbelievers and the polytheists. [اذل الكفرة والمشركين]”

Said Rageah: “I don’t believe Muslims did Charlie Hebdo attack”

Here is an excerpt from Rageah’s speech (published on January 28, 2015) at Sakinah Community Centre (26:03-27:51):

“The United Nations received 55 thousands images of what happened to some of the Muslims in Syria, but they didn’t do anything about [it]. But one person, three people, eight people, 12 people, all the people die [in Charlie Hebdo attack], you have 50 presidents, 50 coming together, locking arms, marching. Is that for humanity? No (لا). I don’t believe, by the way, for the record, I don’t believe Muslims did that [Charlie Hebdo attack]. It does not make any sense and it is not for you to accuse us. It is not for the Muslims to say: we did it. I don’t believe a bit that Muslims have anything to do with that, because, Glory be to Allah (سبحان الله‎), September 11 [2001], the building melted, but they found a Saudi passport, Allah willed it (ما شاء الله). What a miracle! You know here [in the case of Charlie Hebdo attack] they kill, you know, people, but miraculously the guys are so intelligent to assassinate 12 people, but he was so dumb to leave his document in the car? Allah willed it (ما شاء الله), May Allah bless you (تبارك الله). I mean, the amateur, you know, thief knows how to clear his mess and it is so unique that the media has files of these people, that the President of the country [France’s François Hollande], 45 minutes, he’s on the scene. He is not afraid that some of these cars are already bombed, you know, you know, is he not afraid? Is does not make any sense. But I dare a Muslim to say: we did it, because we did not.”

Said Rageah: “What happened in September 11 [2001] was not a work of Muslims”

Here is an excerpt from Rageah’s speech at the Islamic Awareness Week in 2008:

“You should stay away from it, you should stay away from it, because if you open that subject it is an argument, it is a crazy argument, and I think that at this point most of the people in the West, in the West, most of them understand that what happened in September 11 [2001] was not a work of Muslims.”

Said Rageah implies Israelis are behind the 9/11 attacks

Responding to a question regarding the claim of responsibility for the 9/11 attacks taken by an Islamic organization, Rageah said:

“Well, in this case, actually, you can always refer them to websites, like which are done and designed by non-Muslim Americans like www.whatreallyhappened.com, [conspiracy website accusing Israelis of 9/11 attacks] the other side, they will explain to them in a way that maybe to hear from you they will not accept it. That what I did with my father in law. My father in law and the brother in law and especially the mother, they think that Muslims are terrorists and this, and when they hear from a non-Muslim explaining the situation that the plane in the Pentagon is not a work of a plane, they’re thus accepting this, but they did not accept this from me, nor from their daughter. they accept it from someone else. So you can always refer that to the websites that they made and the history that they talked about it way before it happened”

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