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Muslim Brotherhood in Canada?

September 28, 2010

I’ve written before about possible links between Muslims in Saskatoon and the Muslim Brotherhood.   There were quite a few comments criticizing me for even asking questions but I don’t remember anyone actually commenting on the connections.

Yesterday, Kathy Shaidle posted about Rory Leishman, a journalist whose column about the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) and local imams was not published.  The editor of the London Free Press did not like that he named the two imams who gave lectures at a MAC event.  Why is MAC of interest?  MAC promotes the ideas of Hasan Al-Banna.

MAC adopts and strives to implement Islam, as embodied in the Qur’an, and the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and as understood in its contemporary context by the late Imam, Hassan Albanna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. MAC regards this ideology as the best representation of Islam as delivered by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood and “sought to restore the worldwide Islamic Caliphate”.  He wrote that “jihad is used to safeguard the mission of spreading Islam”.

You can read Mr. Leishman’s column and related information on his blog post, Media Ignores Islamist Extremism.  RTWT.  Why should a journalist leave a fact out of an article?  The two imams gave lectures at the MAC event.  I agree with the author — the column should have run as is and then the imams could have written a response.  At no point was Mr. Leishman accused of lying only of possibly offending.

And the Saskatoon connection?  One of the imams that Rory Leishman wrote about was Dr. Munir Al-Kassem and his name was familiar to me.  I thought that he might have been in Saskatoon and I was right.  Last year, Dr. al-Kassem spoke at a fundraiser for the Islamic Centre and gave lectures while he was here.

Such a tangled web.

I’m curious.  Are there any visiting speakers who don’t have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood?

Update:  More from Kathy Shaidle at  NewsRealBlog.

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