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Toronto’s Museum of Islamic art: “… sheep’s clothing”?

Canada’s Hamilton Spectator recently reported the following:

TORONTO — The first museum in North America devoted to Islamic art will help promote an understanding of a religion that is based on tolerance and pluralism, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday at the new landmark’s opening ceremony.

The Aga Khan — spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili community — joined Harper in Toronto to celebrate the opening of his namesake museum, the $300-million Aga Khan museum and Ismaili centre.

Full Article:  http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4858907-museum-of-islamic-art-opens-in-toronto/

Canadian Prime Minister Harper’s track record with the country’s Muslim community has been bumpy this year.  In January 2014, The National Council of Canadian Muslims (formerly CAIR Canada)  filed a libel suit against him over his failure to apologize for a comment linking the organization to the terrorist group Hamas.  His appearance at the museum’s opening may improve his image with Muslims and Harper has maintained a relationship with the Aga Khan for several years.  In 2010, it was reported that the Prime Minister had conferred an honorary Canadian citizenship on the Aga Khan- only the fifth person to be so honored.

The relationship  may cause some concerns with Harper’s supporters.

The Ismailis, also refered to as Seveners,  are a subset of  Shia Muslims.  They are viewed as a peaceful group, but there are a few troubling issues with their leader.   The Aga Khan , controls a vast international network of business and philanthropic ventures and his estimated net worth is over $800 million.  Through the Aga Khan Development Network these holdings include a controlling interest in Habib Bank (HBL)/HBL Pakistan.

In 2007, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s widow Mariane sued the bank for damages relating to its funding of al-Qaida and involvement in the 2002 murder of her husband by Islamic jihad terrorists.  The suit alleged Habib Bank knowingly provided financial services for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.  The suit was dropped a few months after filing with Mariane Perl’s lawyers only stating that the bank had not answered the suit.  In 2002, the Pakistan’s Privatization Commission granted the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network, majority ownership of HBL against an AKFED’s investment in the bank.    In 2004, the Pakistani government turned over full  management control of Habib Bank to AKFED.

In 2012, Money Jihad reported:

Habib Bank and its former compliance officer Syed Itrat Hussain have been fined over a half million pounds by the British for downplaying the risks of dealing with customers in jurisdictions prone to money laundering and terror finance.

The Aga Khan Development Network  has also spent over $40 million since 2003 to develop business in Syria,  under the Assad regime.  The U.S. designated Syria a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1979.

sidenote – In 2011, Texas Gov. Rick Perry received criticism after a Salon.com article focused on his relationship with the Aga Khan.

 

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O Canada: A Lesson in Islamic Extortion

The recently foiled Canadian train terror attack is being heralded as the shining example of how law enforcement working with the Muslim community makes us all safer.  This was even mentioned in the article by Fareed Zakaria we highlighted.

At what price is this level of cooperation?  The citizens of Toronto are finding out …

Author/commentator/blogger Pamela Geller,  was scheduled to speak at a Thornhill, Ont., synagogue.  The host for the event is Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue, who also serves as a force chaplin with the York Regional Police.  These two factors led to the following, as reported on May 1st, 2013 by Sun News:

TORONTO — York Regional Police threatened to remove a rabbi as one of the force’s chaplains if he hosted a controversial anti-Islamist speaker at his Thornhill, Ont., synagogue.

Insp. Ricky Veerappan of the force’s diversity, equity and inclusion bureau, confirmed he and officers from the force’s hate crimes unit met with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan of the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue on Tuesday.

They expressed concern about an upcoming talk to be given by Pamela Geller, a vocal critic of radical Islam. She’s protested past plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City, and has posted anti-jihad messages in that city’s subway system.

Subsequent to his meeting with police, Kaplan cancelled Geller’s May 13 talk, which was sponsored by the Jewish Defence League (JDL) — a hard-line advocacy group which had rented space in Kaplan’s synagogue for the event.

“I think the police are turning a blind eye to who they should be keeping an eye on,” said the JDL’s Meir Weinstein, referring to radical Islamists. Weinstein said another location will be chosen for Geller’s appearance.

Veerappan said he told Kaplan that Geller’s speech “would not be endorsed by York Regional Police” and that the rabbi’s role as a force chaplain would be thrown into question if he were to allow the event.

“If he did (host Geller), then we’d have to reassess our relationship with (Kaplan),” Veerappan said. “We serve the needs of the entire community. Some of the stuff that Ms. Geller speaks about runs contrary to the values of York Regional Police and the work we do in engaging our communities.”

Veerappan said a member of York’s Muslim community, whom he wouldn’t identify, brought Geller’s scheduled talk to the attention of police.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  in March 2013, the University of Toronto hosted Tariq Ramadan who had been denied entry into the U.S. because of his terrorist ties.  The Muslim chaplin for the university is Imam Abdul Hai Patel – who also serves with Rabbi Kaplan as a York Regional Police chaplin.   Despite Ramadan’s history, there are no known reports of the York Regional Police approaching Iman Patel over reassessing the relationship with him

This is not the first time police in Toronto have used their authority to intimidate on behalf of area Muslim interests.

In 2007, then Hamilton Spectator columnist Tahir Gora reported a death threat posted on his Facebook page, listing him as an enemy of Islam and he should be put to death.  He was “visited two days later by a pair of Muslim officers who tried to talk him out of filing a complaint against a fellow Muslim.”

In 2011, Canadian author Tarek Fatah wrote of his frustration over how the police in Toronto handled death threats he received. He wrote:

I contacted Toronto police. Within hours, two uniformed policemen from 51 Division came to interview me in hospital. However, barely one minute later,  we were interrupted. Two men entered the room and told everybody else to leave. They did not identify themselves, but five minutes into what amounted to a two-hour interrogation, I realized they were police intelligence officers. One of them, I recognized by reputation – a Muslim officer who had shut down a previous investigation into a death threat against me in 2008, and another one against a partner in liberal Islam, Tahir Gora.

He continues …

The Toronto police, in their wish to promote an image of diversity and outreach, have dedicated themselves to serving and protecting the the radical Islamist elements within our city.

Fatah’s last comment above is disturbing, but highlights the  continuing theme when dealing with Islamist tactics against western society/institutions.  Documentation from the Muslim Brotherhood establishes the method of destroying from within to achieve the their goals:

The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Proecess” with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated… “ Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America

By using the west’s constant preoccupation with political correctness, cultural jihadists use a readily adaptable formula to establish themselves with positions of influence to obtain the goal.

The basic steps are:

  1. Identify/create a threat based on “radical” elements of the Islamic community
  2. Present the argument that “only Muslims can understand Muslims”
  3. Offer to assist officials by being appointed to advisory positions, review boards, etc.  This may include recommending “sympathetic” employees promoted/assigned to  influential positions.
  4. Threaten that “bad things will happen” if suggestions and input is ignored.

This is the same formula used by any protection racket run by a criminal enterprise*.

The citizens of Toronto are victims of extortion.  It appears their local government has chosen to capitulate to Islamic pressure and the area police have now taken on the role of “mob enforcer”. 

* David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry have effectively shown that the Muslim Brotherhood is essentially a criminal enterprise/organized crime in their book,   Muslim Mafia – Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America   It is reported a free copy of can be obtained HERE.

Islamic Center features Islam and terrorism – Bangor Maine

“In this country, terrorism is mainly associated with Islam,” Nabeel Hashmi, 20-year-old president of the Muslim Students’ Association, said Wednesday. “We want to break that misconception.”

Islamic Center open house to feature
speakers on Islam and terroism [sic]

From Bangor Daily News
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

Posted March 21, 2013

ORONO, Maine — A California marriage and family counselor will outline the “Psychology of a Terrorist” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the annual open house at the Islamic Center of Maine, 151 Park St.

Yassir Fazaga of Mission Viejo, Calif., will talk about what factors, including religion, shape a terrorist. He also will discuss “Misconceptions About Islam” at 9 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine.

The programs are sponsored jointly by the University of Maine Muslim Students’ Association and the Orono mosque.

Fazaga was invited to speak in Maine after officers in the Muslim student group heard him lecture last year at a national conference.

“In this country, terrorism is mainly associated with Islam,” Nabeel Hashmi, 20-year-old president of the Muslim Students’ Association, said Wednesday. “We want to break that misconception.”

Hashmi, who graduated from Bangor High School, said that the student group and members of the mosque were looking for a “hot topic” that would be relevant and entice people to attend the event.

Vice President Abdulraheem Sbayi, 20, of Lincoln said the Muslim Students’ Association is partnering with the Honors College in an effort to broaden students’ education and to bring more cross-cultural involvement to the Orono campus.

“There are many misconceptions about Islam, but a lot of them are minor details,” Hashmi said. “There is a lot of mixing between religion and culture. We want to be able to help students separate the religious form the cultural. It is also important to have a more intellectual discourse about Islam.”

Full Story: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/03/21/religion/islamic-center-open-house-to-feature-speakers-on-islam-terrorists/

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  Yassir Fazaga is the religious leader of the Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF) and has been featured as a speaker with Peace TV, a 24 hour Islamic satellite channel, along with a host of others such as:

  • Dr. Jamal Badawi – Board member of ISNA and Muslim Brotherhood member and listed as an unindicted co-conspirator, in the Holyland Foundation trial.  The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) states,  “Badawi’s comments over the years show he views Islam as superior to democracy and that he defends violent jihad, including suicide bombings, as a form of martyrdom.”
  • Zakir Naik (founder of Peace TV) – According to Toronto News www.thestar.com, he was quoted as saying: “If (Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden) is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him,” in a YouTube video titled “Zakir Naik — Specious explanation about bin Laden.”   “If he is terrorizing the terrorists, if he is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, every Muslim should be a terrorist,” Naik says in the 2007 video.  In other videos, Naik advocates death to homosexuals and to Muslims who leave Islam. In another, he lays out rules on how a Muslim man can beat his wife.   He has been banned from Britain and Canada for his hate speech and calls for violent acts in the name of Islam.
  • Imaam Siraj Wahhaj – Having a past with the Nation of Islam and also listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, he has frequently called for replacement of the U.S. government with an Islamic Caliphate.  He has endorsed a violent Jihad and was quoted as telling a mosque congregation, “I will never ever tell people, ‘don’t be violent, that is not the Islamic way.’ The violence has to be selected…. Islam is the only answer because it is only Islam that we do it for Allah…. [We are] commanded to do jihad…. [W]hen Allah commands us to fight we are not stopping, no one will stop us.
  • Yusuf Islam – Formerly known as singer “Cat Stevens”, and in a New York Times article, reportedly called for  Mr. Rushdie to be killed for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his best-selling novel ”The Satanic Verses.”

Mr. Fazaga was also a featured speaker at the 2012 Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) Convention in Toronto, Canada.  The convention was initially sponsored by the Muslim relief agency, IRFAN-Canada but their Canadian federal charitable tax status was revoked because of ties to Hamas.  According to the federal audit, IRFAN-Canada used “deceptive fundraising” to support Hamas.  RIS events have had a history of inviting speakers that promote violence in the name of Isam.  Sharing the 2012 billing with Mr. Fazaga were Jamal Badawi (see above) and Imam Zaid Shakir, an apologist for Hamas and al Qaeda.

It appears the University of Maine Muslim Students’ Association  picked the appropriate speaker to discuss Islam and terrorism.  Based on the company that Yassir Fazaga keeps, it is easy to see the association of terrorism with modern Islam.

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