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-MAC School in Quebec and Islamic Education in Britain

The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) submitted a rezoning application to add a Private Islamic School to Lessard Mall. They also run Pre School and After School programs. While we have no information at this point about what MAC is currently teaching in their school or what they will be teaching in the future, we do have some information about a school (Dar Al Iman School in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montreal), that is affiliated with MAC in Quebec. As you can see in the article below, the school and MAC are openly sharing the vision and the philosophy of the Muslim Brotherhood:

“The director of the school said that … ” his organization has no “Organizational” affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, even if it shares their vision and philosophy of religion. “We’re not the Muslim Brotherhood but it does not mean we have anything against them,” he summarizes.”

Since Lessard Mall is owned and managed by MAC, it is likely that the same philosophy and ideology will be taught right here in our neighborhood. As well, by now there is quite a lot of information about a network of more than 40 Islamic Schools in Britain. The British Government is taking several steps to ensure that similar schools will not be approved:

We are determined to ensure that those who have access to public money and those who are shaping young minds, do not peddle an extremist agenda.” (Michael Gove, Education Secretary)

With MAC sharing the Muslim Brotherhood ‘s vision and philosophy of  religion, how do we ensure that an extremist ideology (similar to what has been found in British Islamic Schools),  will not be encouraged here in Lessard Islamic Centre?

 We encourage you to read the following information:

 1) The article below about MAC’s school in Montreal ( By Vincent Larouche, November 25th 2010, Published on Rue Frontenac)

2) Check this link about “Saudi school lessons in UK concern government”:

 3) Check this link:     “John Ware asks: How do you define extremism? ” (BBC Panorama)

 4) Check this link : Segregation of Muslim Students

________________________________________________________________________________ Quebec Government subsidizes an Islamic school openly linked with the Muslim Brotherhood

By Vincent Larouche November 25th 2010 Published on Rue Frontenac Translation to Enlish of Subventions controversées à des intégristes musulmans by Point de Bascule.

The Quebec Government subsidizes a controversial Montreal Muslim school to the tune of $555,500 annually – this to a school that claims to be associated with the Muslim Brotherhood ideology. The Muslim Brotherhood is an extremist organization whose mission is to advocate the establishment of an Islamic government and which has also led to the founding of Hamas in Palestine. Criticized by many for its affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, the institution gladly opened its doors to Rue Frontenac in order to counter what it qualifies as “paranoia”.

 Mr. Lazhar Aissaoui, the director ofthe Dar Al Iman School in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montreal, says with great assurance and pride that “I introduce my students to tolerance a lot more than the public school would”. The director, wearing a grey suit is calm and smiling as he leads the visit of his establishment and allows the Rue Frontenac photographer to take as many pictures as he wishes. The female teachers, their heads covered with an Islamic veil, look at the visitors with an amused look. Lazhar Aissaoui wants to show that there is nothing to hide. He is aware that his school has its critics. Dar Al Iman school clearly states on its internet website that it is affiliated with the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), a Muslim charitable organisation. Lazhar Aissaoui is also part of the board of directors of the MAC which, according to the Canada Revenu Agency, reported approximately $ 16 million worth of assets, and revenues of $ 9 million in 2009.

 On its website, MAC declares that “Its modern roots can be traced to the Islamic revival of the early twentieth century, culminating in the movement of the Muslim Brotherhood“. It also says that “This movement influenced Islamic activities, trends and intellectual discourse throughout the world including those of Muslims who came to Canada in search of freedom, education and better opportunities.” Although it remains perfectly legal in Canada, the Muslim Brotherhood movement is highly controversial within the Muslim community.

Liberal Interpretation of the Koran

Advocating a literal interpretation of the Koran and a complete Islamization of society, the movement has been instrumental in giving rise to the Palestinian Hamas, a group that stepped up suicide bombings and attacks against the secular Palestinian movements.

The founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, author Tarek Fatah, is outraged that a school claiming the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood is subsidized by the Quebec government. “It’s unfortunate that taxpayers’ dollars fund them. We should be worried. The MAC is not a religious organization; it is a political organization. They are against Western civilization and the essence of their philosophy is anti-Semitic, anti-gays and anti-women,” he protested. Salma Siddiqui, vice-president of the Muslim Canadian Congress also denouncedthat “they have taken the religion and turned it into a political matter. They believe in a strong Islamist ideology and they want to import it here” he said.

During the interview, the director of the school, Lazhar Aissaoui, responded with righteous indignation to what he considers to be paranoid and unfair accusations on behalf of the Muslim Canadian Congress. “Nowhere in the world are the Muslim Brotherhood considered terrorists, but by Tarek Fatah “, he said with indignation. He added that his organization has no “Organizational” affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, even if it shares their vision and philosophy of religion. “We’re not the Muslim Brotherhood but it does not mean we have anything against them,” he summarizes. Lazhar Aissaoui condemns terrorism stating that the attacks of 9-11 were a horrible crime and that “crime has no religion”.

When we asked him about his willingness to establish an Islamic State and tribunals, he appeared more annoyed. “Why bring up this question here? There is no plan to apply or implement this in Canada. That’s for Muslim countries”, he said, “what we say to our members is to start by being good Muslims, youand your family. As society will be composed of families, so society will become Muslim”, explains the director.

The Ministry of Education Permit

He explained that the 238 students of Dar Al Iman School strictly follow the curriculum of the Ministry of Education, which provides 25 hours of class per week. The school adds two hours of Arabic, one hour ofIslamic studies and one hour of koranic studies. The Ministry of Education confirms that the institution has been approved as a private school eligible for State funding since the school year 2006-2007 for the primary level, and from 2007-2008 for preschool. It receives just over half a million dollars a year. “It’s important to know that the MAC does not hold a permit for a private school from the Education Ministry” said spokesperson Simon Fortin. The permit holder is the Dar Al Iman Institute which is the licensee that receives the subsidy from the ministry. Before receiving their provincial accreditation, the Institution that manages the school on behalf of the MAC had to demonstrate its respect for Quebec’s educational standards added the spokesperson.

 However, officials should further their investigations suggests the former Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) executive Michel Juneau-Katsuya. “I would guess they are monitored by CSIS who will not discard the philosophy behind the Muslim Brotherhood. It may appear that they now present a less harsh and radical perspective than before,yet they continue to advocate a very Islamist perspective of society. The fact that they receive money for a school should invite questions by officials”.


Also read:

Who Is Behind The Islamic School Being Planned For West Edmonton?


Discover the Phyllis Lambert and Serge Joyal defend the Muslim Brotherhood at the expense of freedom

 A summary of Hassan al-Banna’s doctrine is available in the 50 point manifesto

Opposing Hassan al-Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood Is Not Some Kind of Racism


-National Post: New Intelligence report about MAC ‘s ideology

A newly released intelligence report about radical Islam has been released. The following is an article on the topic published by the National Post on November 13, 2010. As you know, the Muslim Association of Canada  (MAC), who owns Lessard Mall, follows the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood ( This report confirms our concerns about MAC and their proposed future developments and activities in the Mall.

Islamist groups seek ‘parallel society’ in Canada: report

TORONTO –  A newly released intelligence report says hardline Islamist groups want to build a “parallel society” in Canada, which could undermine the country’s social cohesion and foster violence.
The de-classified Intelligence Assessment obtained by the National Post says extremists have been encouraging Muslims in the West to reject Western society and to live in “self-imposed isolation.” The report focuses on groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizb-ut-Tahrir, which do not advocate terrorist violence but promote an ideology at odds with core Western values. Read more…

– MAC Presents a Conference on “Islamophobia”


2 Novembre 2010 par Marc Lebuis 

The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood that, according to Meili Faille (Bloc Québécois MP), maintains a permanent presence on Parliament Hill, will hold a conference entitled The Rise of Islamophobia: A Rational Approach to Irrational Fears 1 in Ottawa on November 7th. Pannelists linked to the Muslims Brotherhood will discuss their perception of the rise of islamophobia in the West at the request of the Youth division of the MAC. The organizers refer to “the Hijab ban in France; faith-based arbitration, faith-based schools; Hérouxville; the banning of minarets in Switzerland; the niqab debate; Tariq Ramadan’s visit; NYC ground zero mosque; banning of Imam Zijad Delic” as evidence that the West is becoming increasingly Islamophobic. The organization will examine the best way to interpret these events and to manage them constructively, taking for granted that the diagnosis of islamophobia is the correct one.


The concept of islamophobia was developed in the 1980s by Islamists as they attempted to delegitimize all criticism of their political project by lumping it together with an irrational hatred of all Muslims. This confusion between islamophobia and the criticism of the ideology adopted by Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood is a strategy designed to silence all opposition to this totalitarian movement. The most vocal critics of Islamism – and especially of the Muslim Brotherhood – are Muslims themselves, as demonstrated during the last three of Tariq Ramadan’s visits to Montreal, as well as by the recent cancellation of Imam Delic’s speech at the Canadian Department of National Defence.

All featured speakers either belong or are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood movement and/or supporters of the Iranian regime

Click Here to read more about the speakers and about MAC


– Who is MAC? National Post (September 29, 2010)

As you may know  MAC is the legal owner of Lessard Mall, the property at the corner of Callingwood Road and 172 street.  Below, is a recently published article (National Post) that sheds more light on MAC.  It is very disturbing that this organization has settled in our midst.


National Post  September 29, 2010 

Rory Leishman: Calling out those who ignore Islamist extremists in our midst

National Post  September 29, 2010

The following column was scheduled for publication in the London Free Press on Sept. 11. The editor in chief declined to run it because the author refused to eliminate the sentence citing the participation by two prominent local imams in a lecture series at the London chapter of the Muslim Association of Canada — a national organization dedicated to promoting the Islamist ideology of Hassan Al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. The editor insists that the imams should have been given space in the column to defend their collaboration with MAC London.

Following the arrest of three more Canadian citizens on terrorism charges last month, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews warned: “We are not immune from international or home-grown radicalization. I have said this before: The threat is real and we cannot be complacent.”

Consider the evidence: The great majority of suspected terrorists arrested in Canada in recent years were either born and raised in Canada, or had spent most of their formative years in this country. And the same is true of all 11 of the Toronto 18 suspects who were convicted of conspiring to storm Parliament Hill and set off a series of devastating truck bombs in downtown Toronto.

That’s not all. An Environics poll conducted three years ago found that 10% of a representative national sample of Canadian Muslims admitted to feeling that members of the Toronto 18 were completely or somewhat justified to plan their attacks. How can that be? How could tens of thousands of Muslims living in Canada sympathize with Islamist terrorists who were plotting the greatest mass slaughter of civilians in Canadian history?

Part of the answer can be found in some mainstream Muslim publications in Canada. For example, in July, Al Bilad, a monthly newspaper published in Arabic and English in London, Ont., featured a poem that glorifies an Islamist homicide bomber who pleads to her mother:

“Yumma, tell my son that I did not abandon him, never!

I did it for his freedom and our peoples [sic] right to be able to live free, forever!

Yumma, tell my husband that he will always be my all,

I know he understands and he knows why I took that call.”

Following the publication of this ode to terrorism in Al Bilad, all Canadians who are alert to the peril of home-grown radicalization should surely boycott the newspaper. Yet the current issue includes advertisements for Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party; Irene Mathyssen, NDP MP for London–Fanshawe; Khalil Ramal, Liberal MPP for London-Fanshawe; Jim Chahbar, Conservative candidate for London–Fanshawe; and Ed Holder, Conservative MP for London-West.

Home-grown Islamist extremists are also liable to draw inspiration from groups like the Muslim Association of Canada, a fundamentalist organization with chapters in 11 Canadian cities. MAC leaders state on their national website: “MAC adopts and strives to implement Islam … as understood in its contemporary context by the late Imam, Hassan Al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Banna was one of the prime advocates of violent jihad in the 20th century. In Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Muslim Dissident, Salim Mansur, professor of political science at the University of Western Ontario, notes: “Banna preached a dangerous mix of religion and violence…. He is not just the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, but he is also the source of modern fundamentalist politics in the Arab-Muslim world. His teachings evolved and mutated into the politics and terrorism of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda.”

Banna has also helped to inspire the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), a terrorist organization banned in Canada. The Hamas Charter lauds Banna as “The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory” and commends his incendiary declamation: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

One might suppose that moderate and peaceful Muslim leaders would repudiate the Muslim Association of Canada, as well as all other organizations inspired by Banna. Yet among the speakers in a recent series of lectures presented by the London chapter of MAC were Sheikh Jamal Taleb, Imam of the London Muslim Mosque, and Dr. Munir El-Kassem, Muslim chaplain at the University of Western Ontario and Imam for the Islamic Centre of Southwestern Ontario.

Toews is right: Home-grown radicalization is a real threat. It is confined mainly, but not entirely, within the Muslim community. Surely, Parliament should shake off its complacency and conduct urgent national hearings into how all loyal and law-abiding Canadians can best combat this serious and growing menace to our national security.

National Post

– Who are the Muslim Brotherhood? CBN News

Stakelbeck on Terror – The Muslim Brotherhood in America Tuesday, September 21, 2010—The-Muslim-Brotherhood-in-America/

On this week’s special edition of Stakelbeck on Terror, CBN News examines the Muslim Brotherhood — a group that’s committed to jihad, sharia law and establishing Islamic domination in the U.S.

The organization shares the same goals as al Qaeda, but some experts believe — as a long-term threat to American security — the Brotherhood is more dangerous than Osama bin Laden’s followers.

Watch as former FBI special agent John Guandolo, ex-CIA officer Brian Fairchild and leading investigative journalist Patrick Poole break down the Brotherhood’s history, goals and its infiltration of leading U.S. government and educational institutions.

Also, stay with for part two of their discussion on the Oct. 4 edition of Stakelbeck on Terror. The panel will give recommendations on how America can fight back against the Muslim Brotherhood’s threat.

Part A: Who are the Muslim Brotherhood?

Part B: How should we deal with it?


Is the Muslim Brotherhood getting stronger in Quebec?

Former PQ Minister takes stand on the issue of the rise of Islamism and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Quebec.
Published on September 22, 2010  in the Montreal Suburban

An open letter to Quebecers:

– Is worshipping more important than our own safety?

Dear Neighbors,
We Need your Financial Support!  We hired a lawyer to help us with legal aspects involved in the rezoning application.  If you wish to
please call:  780-619-5951  or email:  Thanks!

Letters to the City:

Sent: Friday, September 10, 2010 5:58 PM
To: Tim Ford; Kenan Handzic; Gail Hickmore; Karen Leibovici; Linda Sloan; Joshua Puchailo; Stephen Mandel

Subject: Eid at the Lessard (RAHMA) mosque – September 10, 2010
As expected, this morning,  more than 400 people attended the end of the Ramadan (Eid ul-Fitr) celebration at the Lessard (RAHMA) Mosque.   As you all know, this is a violation of Permit Number 94742909-002 which sets a limit of 400 on attendance at this site.  As you also know, this is the fourth time MAC has broken the law by allowing more worshippers than the limit set by the City.  A few weeks ago, the City responded by increasing the limit to 400 people.  We all wonder what is the City planning to do now?
This recent infraction is more serious in that we had expected it.  Several of us had phoned various City departments telling them of the expected high traffic/parking  volume, and asking them to take action.  Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, nothing was done to prevent the mess created by MAC in our neighborhood.  This makes us angry, frustrated, and very concerned.
Yesterday, MAC had the temerity to send a letter to a few neighbors (I wonder how they decided who got this letter, since we live very close to the site yet did not receive it) saying that, “We may see increased traffic volume during the morning of Eid, particularly between 9AM and 10AM.  Neighbors who will be driving to work or other commitments  at that time should give themselves extra time to deal with traffic volumes.”  Let me state here and now  – we have no interest in MAC’s advice as we absolutely do not plan to reorganize our lives around MAC’s schedule.  We DO NOT want the mess that this organization has created here.  The City must forbid MAC from inviting people from all over Edmonton to attend a function while advising the neighbors to “give ourselves extra time” to deal with the consequences. 
The City has to intervene immediately and effectively to prevent such infractions from reoccurring.  So far, the City has done little to act upon all the information that we have provided.  On the other hand, the City acted remarkably fast on MAC’s request for a capacity increase.  What exactly should we do to spur the City to action?  What should we do to protect our own citizenship rights for quality of life and safety on our roads?  So many people knew about the event — how come that nothing was done to prevent it or at least to bring some order to today’s morning chaos by involving the police?  How come the Beth Israel synagogue hires police every Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year event that has been celebrated over the past two days) yet MAC did not?  Instead, they asked one of their own members to control the traffic in the area; a highly unsafe procedure. 
How come that so many people with so much authority let the Eid go just like that? 
I would like to acknowledge that I met two very nice parking officers at about 1:45 pm, well after the main action was over.  They were very courteous  and tried hard to provide whatever information they had.  I appreciate that.
MAC continues to show considerable disrespect to the neighbors and the City.  They have no intention of obeying the law unless they are forced by the appropriate authorities.  They would like us to adapt to their way of doing business.  This is not going to happen.    
Thank you very much for listening.  I am sure that by now you have gathered that I am not a happy Edmontonian.  I hope for better calmer times and more pleasant emails.
Have a very nice day,


Subject:  Eid at the Lessard mosque – September 10, 2010
To: lessard community <>

 I had phoned the City again today…  I tried driving through at 10:30 am and two orange vested citizens were out on the city street trying to back cars out of the overly congested parking lot…  They were stopping regular traffic and nearly causing accidents.  

 It’s just a matter of time before an accident will occur and when it does, it will be the City that is at fault here for turning a blind eye to our constants calls to action by our neighbourhood.


-Opposing Hassan al-Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood Is Not Some Kind of Racism

2 Septembre 2010

Opposing Hassan al-Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood Is Not Some Kind of Racism.

A reply to Issam Saleh, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who threatens to sue Edmontonians opposed to the opening of an Islamic school in their neighbourhood
By Marc Lebuis and Étienne Harvey

After they learned about the Muslim Association of Canada’s intentions to run an Islamic school in their Lessard/Gariepy area of Edmonton, 60% of the residents signed a petition opposing the project. [CTV – August 20, 2010]
Initially their objections were based on zoning considerations. As they learned more and more about the ideological background of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), their objections came to include the danger of having an organisation openly supporting jihad and suicide bombing that would run a school in their neighbourhood. The Lessard Petition Campaign has set up its own website to explain the motives supporting its opposition.
The MAC is the Canadian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), an organization whose motto concludes with “Jihad is our way” and “Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope”. A previous article published on Point de Bascule exposed the totalitarian ideology of the organization and that of its founder Hassan al-Banna. On its own website, the MAC pledges to implement al-Banna’s ideology as “the best representation of Islam”.
Unable to refute the objections brought up by the residents, Issam Saleh, the MAC leader in Edmonton, tried to silence his critics by threatening to sue them for so-called “Islamophobia” in the Edmonton Sun [August 19, 2010].
The very notion of Islamophobia has been developed in the late eighties by Islamists to make their critics pass for irrational haters of Muslims. The MB’s recourse to this concept is flawed for the simple fact that many of its critics are Muslims themselves. Many of the most eloquent expositions written against the MB’s ideology have been produced by Muslims. Many of the most courageous stands against the MB have been taken by Muslims. Consequently, condemning the MB cannot be equated to condemning Muslims in general.
To make this point as clear as possible, we submit to you various examples from different parts of the world that involve Muslims resisting the attempts by the MB to implement shariah [Islamic law] in the various facets of life.
Canada: Fatima Houda-Pépin led the opposition to the introduction of shariah in 2005
When the Ontario Legislature contemplated the idea of allowing shariah tribunals on its own territory, it was a Muslim woman, Fatima Houda-Pépin, who took the lead in explaining why this initiative had to be stopped. Originally from Morocco, she knew that shariah means, amongst others things, a systematic discrimination towards women. As a member of the Québec National Assembly, Houda-Pépin managed to gather a unanimous support from her fellow MNAs into adopting a motion against the introduction of shariah in Canada.
In the speech that she gave before the motion was adopted, she mentioned that Saudi Arabia was directly behind the initiative. She identified a meeting held in Washington in 1991 by the Saudi World Muslim League (MWL – Rabita al-Islamya) as the starting point of the campaign aiming at introducing shariah in North America. In 2005, Ontario was chosen as the North American weak link to do so.
In 2005, many MB leaders tried to discredit Fatima Houda-Pépin and also to mislead the public into believing that the shariah principles applied in Canada would somehow differ from the shariah principles applied in Muslim countries. Jamal Badawi, who was identified on a 2007 MAC webpage as a member of the MAC board of directors, told the Montreal Gazette [Mar 12, 2005, p. A6]: “What do we have to do with what happens in Sudan or Afghanistan? Did anyone say we have to apply the laws of [those countries] in Canada?”
What has to be understood is that the implementation of shariah is a gradual process. Shariah has one set of rules but many levels of penetration or implementation. These levels vary from country to country, even from area to area within a single country [e.g. Nigeria]. While Canada is currently less shariah compliant than Great-Britain, and Great-Britain less than Syria, and Syria less than Saudi Arabia, nothing is static. The MB with its substantial financial backing in petrodollars is working hard at implementing shariah wherever it sets up branches.
To confirm this point, it is worth mentioning that Feisal Adbul Rauf, the MB operative behind the New York mosque being planned for Ground Zero, is leading a team of Muslim scholars whose task is precisely to come up with a shariah index. Rauf’s website describes the index as an “Islamic legal benchmark for measuring [the] Islamicity of a state”. The shariah index is a tool that the MB will use to plan its future campaigns, to determine which Western country shows the least resistance to the implementation of shariah, where more Islamist propagators should be sent and so forth.
Rauf’s shariah project has been named the Cordoba Initiative while the name of the mosque planned for Ground Zero is Cordoba House. Cordoba refers to the city that became the capital of Islamic Spain in 716 after it was conquered by Muslim troops in 711. The Muslim conquerors proclaimed their domination of Spain to the world by demolishing the St Vincent Christian Basilica and by building a very large mosque in its place.

Click below to read the rest of the article…:

Point de Bascule has published more articles about the Islamic school being planned by the MAC in Edmonton:
Letter by the residents of the Lessard/Gariepy community [August 16, 2010]. Click HERE.
Edmonton: La section canadienne des Frères Musulmans menace de poursuite. Click HERE.
Who Is Behind The Islamic School Being Planned For West Edmonton? Click HERE.
Point de Bascule (Tipping Point) is an independent organization that promotes individual freedom by exposing the various ways by which Islamists are trying to implement their agenda.