Muslim Association of Canada: a contributor to Hamas fund collector controls halal certification in Quebec

Écrit par Point de Bascule on 03 Avril 2012. Posted in Articles par Point de Bascule

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PART 1 – Presentation and general conclusions
PART 2 – The Association des viandes halal (AVH) and its relationship with MAC
PART 3 – More information about MAC
PART 4 – More information about AMCVH
PART 5 – More information about the Aboubakerseddik Cultural Centre
PART 6 – AMQ, another of MAC’s organizations at 371 Jean-Talon E.
PART 7 – Excerpts of Dumont le midi TV show broadcast on March 13, 2012

    Pour a frosty one and make a nice ham sandwich with mustard and click over to Point De Bascule for this stunning and thorough analysis of halal foods, financing and effects in Quebec and abroad.

Up to 10,000 children being exploited by sex gangs, says children’s commissioner

This article has better detail.

The Mail:


By Chris Greenwood

Last updated at 1:56 AM on 14th October 2011

Concerns: The Children¿s Commissioner¿s Office estimate there are 10,000 children in England being sexually exploited by organised gangs Concerns: An estimated 10,000 children in England are being sexually exploited by organised gangs

As many as 10,000 children could be the victims of gang-related sexual abuse, it was claimed last night.

And the Children’s Commissioner’s Office said many more could be subjected to exploitation.

It is launching a two-year inquiry aimed at lifting the lid on the scale of the shocking crimes that reach into all parts of society.

The investigation will examine how often vulnerable children are being sexually exploited by organised criminal gangs and other groups.

It will study the appalling phenomenon of Asian men grooming white girls for sex and how teenage girl gang members can be forced into prostitution.

Experts said there is a lack of reliable  official information about the true scale of sexual abuse across England.

Fears have been repeatedly raised that teachers, social workers and police are missing the warning signs when children fall prey to abusers.


Deputy Children’s Commissioner Sue Berelowitz, who is leading the inquiry, said estimates suggest up to 10,000 children could be victims.

But she said available evidence suggests many more girls and boys of all ages are being abused in much larger numbers.


Jailed: Evil Stephanie KnightJailed: Evil Stephanie Knight

A young woman who lured two white teenage girls to be raped by three Asian men was jailed for seven years last month. Continue Reading →

‘Wear a headscarf or we will kill you’: How the ‘London Taliban’ is targeting women and gays in bid to impose sharia law

Thanks Ethan

The Mail Online:

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:12 PM on 17th April 2011

Women who do not wear headscarves are being threatened with violence and even death by Islamic extremists intent on imposing sharia law on parts of Britain, it was claimed today.

Other targets of the ‘Talibanesque thugs’, being investigated by police in the Tower Hamlets area of London, include homosexuals.

Stickers have been plastered on public walls stating: ‘Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment’.
Troubled: Whitechapel in east London is at the centre of the hate campaign by the 'London Taliban' (file picture)Troubled: Whitechapel in east London is at the centre of the hate campaign by the ‘London Taliban’ (file picture)

Posters for H&M which feature women in bikinis and a racy poster for a Bollywood film have been defaced.

It is believed Muslim extremists are behind a spate of attacks being investigated by police, according to the Sunday Times.
How they want to see women: 'Talibanesque thugs' have been threatening women including non-Muslims with violence for not wearing a headscarfHow they want to see women: ‘Talibanesque thugs’ have been threatening women including non-Muslims with violence for not wearing a headscarf

An Asian woman who works in a pharmacy in east London was told to dress more modestly and wear a veil or the shop would be boycotted.

When she went to the media to talk about the abuse she suffered, a man later entered the pharmacy and told her: ‘If you keep doing these things, we are going to kill you’.

The 31-year-old, who is not a practising Muslim, said she has since been told to take holiday by the pharmacy owners and now fears she may lose her job.

She said: ‘Why should I wear a hijab (headscarf) or burqa? I haven’t done anything wrong.’

Other incidents reported include the placing of stickers across the white-minority borough which state it is a ‘gay-free zone’ and the daubing of paint on posters for clothing shop H&M featuring women in bikinis.

Ghaffar Hussain, of the anti-extremism thin tank the Quilliam Foundation, told The Sunday Times that the intimidation was the work of ‘Talibanesque thugs’.

He added: ‘This minority think they have the right to impose their fringe interpretation of Islam on others.’

Paul Rickett from the Met Police said: ‘I am saddened that there are a small minority of people who do not wish to respect the lifestyle choices of others’.

He added that there was nothing to indicate the incidents were linked.

Three men have been charged with religiously-aggravated criminal damage in connection with some of the incidents, which have mirrored crude attempt at censorship in Birmingham.

Tower Hamlets has a reputation for being a centre of Islamic extremism in London.

Recently it was revealed Rich Dart, a middle class former BBC worker had converted to Islam and was living in Bow, east London in a £300,000 flat paid for by benefits.
Muslim convert: Former BBC worker Rich Dart (pictured speaking into a loud hailer) at a rallyMuslim convert: Former BBC worker Rich Dart (pictured speaking into a loud hailer) at a rally

Despite being unemployed, Mr Dart regularly attends Muslim rallies in which he was recently heard to say: ‘When the Taliban defeat the allies we will establish Sharia law and take the fight to the enemy.’

Before Christmas posters appeared in the borough claiming the religious festival was ‘evil’.

The campaign’s organiser was 27-year-old Abu Rumaysah, who once called for Sharia Law in Britain at a press conference held by hate preacher leader Anjem Choudary, the leader of banned militant group Islam4UK.

Mr Rumaysah said: ‘Christmas is a lie and as Muslims it is our duty to attack it.

‘But our main attack is on the fruits of Christmas, things like alcohol abuse and promiscuity that increase during Christmas and all the other evils these lead to such as abortion, domestic violence and crime.

‘We hope that out campaign will make people realise that Islam is the only way to avoid this and convert.’

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Glenn Beck and Center for Security Policy speak on sharia finance

Last Friday, Christopher Holton, the Center’s Vice-President for Administration, Marketing and Development and editor of participated in an hour-long segment on Glenn Beck’s Fox News program, along with Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum. Watch it here:

The main topic of discussion was shariah-complaint finance and the threat it poses to America and Western culture. Shariah compliant finance is the practice of ensuring that all monetary matters are in full compliance with the dictates of Islamic law. Some of these edicts, such as zakat, enable radical Islamists to wage financial jihad to the tune of $1 trillion dollars against the United States. A grave threat indeed. The show also touched on the scandal of the US government’s ownership of the largest provider of Shariah financial products, AIG.

For a very in-depth examination of the issues surrounding Shariah Compliant Finance, see David Yerushalmi’s 72-page paper for the Utah Law Review, Shariah’s Black Box: Civil Liability and Criminal Exposure Surrounding Shariah Compliant Finance. To keep up to date on these issues, follow Christopher Holton’s Shariah Finance Watch blog.

As you know, the Center had been a leader in identifying and exposing the threat Shariah poses to America. This past September, we released the best-seller Shariah: the Threat to America.

Chris’ appearance on Glenn Beck was merely the latest in a long-line of media appearances that the Center has engaged in to educate and articulate the Shariah threat. Thanks to your continued support we will continue in this mission to wage the war of ideas.

U.S.: Lebanese Canadian Bank Identified As Money Launderer

February 10, 2011 STRATFOR:

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Feb. 10 the identification of the Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL together with its subsidiaries (LCB) as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern. It was identified as such due to its role in facilitating the money laundering activities of an international narcotics trafficking and money laundering network that moves illegal drugs from South America to Europe and the Middle East via West Africa. It also launders hundreds of millions of dollars monthly through accounts held at LCB and exposes the militant organization Hezbollah’s links to LCB and the international narcotics trafficking and money laundering network.

India says no to Islamic banking

The Union Government today informed the Kerala High Court that it was not legally feasible for banks in India or its branches abroad to undertake Islamic banking activities.

In a counter affidavit, M M Dawla, Under Secretary in the ministry of Finance informed the court that this had been the stand of the Union Government even while giving replies to questions in Parliament as well as in response to various VIP correspondence on the subject.

The counter was filed on a petition by R V Babu of Hindu Aikya Vedi against an Islamic banks proposal .

Earlier, Janata Party leader, Subramaniam Swamy, had also filed a PIL against the establishment of the financial institution to be run on the model of Islamic banks with the support of Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC).

The stand of the government is that Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFC) should should basically commence or carry on the activities in accordance with provisions of RBI and directions issued there under.

Government said that even though the relief sought for by the petitioner is not directly connected with the Union of India, the affidavit is filed for the purpose of clarifying the stand of the central government on the issues involved.

The High court had in April this year directed the state government and its institutions not to participate financially or otherwise in the financial company modelled on the lines of Islamic bank.

London’s largest sharia bank bailed out by Qatar

This is London:

Struggling Islamic Bank of Britain is bailed out with £20m by Qatar

Nick Goodway Nick Goodway

Islamic Bank of Britain, the country’s largest Shariah bank, was today bailed out by its largest shareholder Qatar.

Qatar International Investment Bank is injecting £20 million of fresh capital through an issue of two billion new shares at just 1p each.

IBB said that without the injection it would not be able “to continue operating as going concern”.

It also said the cash was needed to ensure that it complied with the Financial Services Authority‘s capital adequacy rules. Shariah banks in the UK have suffered during the economic downturn and particularly from the slump in the housing market.

Lloyds recently withdrew from the UK market for Shariah loans while HSBC said it sees better growth opportunities in overseas Muslim communities.

IBB, which has some 50,000 customers, saw its losses mount last year from
£5.9 million to £9.5 million. It raised £7.5 million of extra capital in January 2009. Continue Reading →

Divorce Sharia style

Thanks again to KitmanTV the premiere finder of all videos that actually matter, here is another channel Four documentary of tremendous importance. Remember #4 also is the UK TV channel that made the excellent and important document, ‘Hidden Mosque’ which revealed how large British mosques, some of which are recipients of huge government money for ‘multi-faith outreach programs’ were in fact teaching hatred and intolerance to all who they could reach.

Here is a new report on sharia law in England which references the above documentary, again thanks to Kitman:

Sharia Law in Britain – A threat to "One law for All" [Jihad against Women]

UK government ‘warms to idea of sovereign sukuk’

From The Nation

The UK’s new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government is set to revisit plans to issue the country’s first sovereign Islamic bond, or sukuk, according to a banker advising British leaders on the issue.

Humphrey Percy, the chief executive of the Kuwaiti-backed Bank of London and Middle East, said Mark Hoban, the new UK financial secretary to the treasury, was “prepared to look at it positively” after the Labour government rejected the sukuk idea.

“The previous government concluded that they did not want to do it because there were still uncertainties around the benefits to the government issuing sukuk,” Mr Percy said on the sidelines of the World Islamic Economic Forum. “Things have changed.” Continue Reading →

Mastercard goes for the sharia banking market

From The National Post

MasterCard offers card aimed at Muslims

Tim Shufelt, National Post Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A March 2010 handout of MasterCards new credit card for Muslims,  iFreedom

A new interest-free credit card, the first of its kind in North America, aims to reconcile Islamic canonical and Western consumer culture.

Until now, observant Muslims have been precluded from owning credit cards on which they pay interest, a violation of shariah law.

The iFreedom Plus Mastercard, set to be available in the coming days, promises no bills, no interest and no credit card debt.

“Everyone living their day-to-day lives, they need a credit card. You can’t rent a car, you can’t travel if you don’t have a card. Everyone wants one in their pocket,” said Omar Kalair, president of UM Financial, a Toronto-based Islamic financing firm that is launching the card with the Mastercard brand.

But banks have little incentive to offer products that don’t bear high interest rates, causing a dilemma for Muslim consumers in Canada, he said.

With the iFreedom Plus Mastercard, holders load up their card with cash in advance, up to $6,000. Each purchase draws down on the account without accruing interest.

The concept follows the Islamic principle that finance should be backed by owned assets. It was approved by a panel of Muslim religious scholars, Mr. Kalair said.

“You’re spending money you actually own,” he said. “There’s a certain degree of stress when you use a credit card. On this one there isn’t.”

Cardholders pay $50 for two years of use and each transfer of cash on to the card costs 95 cents.

And since the new product doesn’t actually involve credit, applicants are approved without a credit check.

The card, which is primarily aimed at younger newcomers, was launched at the inaugural conference of the Usury-Free Association of North America in downtown Toronto.

“As soon as you hit university, all the banks start sending you $500 credit cards,” Mr. Kalair said. “People start using them and start getting in debt. It’s better to start someone on a prepaid.”

Card accounts will be managed by Mint Technology, which operates other prepaid card programs. But unlike other prepaid cards, the iFreedom card is personally embossed and draws on the pervasiveness of the Mastercard brand, Mr. Kalair said.

And on purchases of more than $100, cardholders earn 1% cash back.

Also, Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways is offering a 10% discount for customers booking a flight with the card.

“And our community travels a lot,” Mr. Kalair said.

National Post

Sharia Stock Exchange to Launch in London

From Reuters. By Cecilia Valente

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – The first electronic trading platform allowing sharia-compliant companies to raise cash will launch in London in May, the venture capital firm behind the project told Reuters on Thursday.

The Sharia Ummah Securities Information Exchange (UMEX) is designed to provide a platform to companies with a capital value of at least 20 million pounds ($31 million) and looking to raise the equivalent of at least 20 percent of their market value. Continue Reading →

Canada: Sharia finance comes to Centennial College

Bankers are lining up to enroll in Canada’s first sharia finance course at Ontario’s Centennial College. Spring classes are full. ‘One of the fastest growing markets is the Islamic business community…..’ Meanwhile, an Ottawa Imam has issued a fatwa against the use of credit cards.

From The Globe and Mail

Toronto school to offer course in Islamic finance

Centennial College will be the first in Canada to offer subject

Elizabeth Church

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Responding to demand from the banking industry, Toronto’s Centennial College is about to become the first school in Canada to offer a course in the growing field of Islamic finance.

The new course will be offered online and led by an Islamic scholar who also is a financial expert. It will be available in September to the general public, but the college has already filled a spring class with staff from a major bank.

John Harris, a chair in Centennial’s business school, said the new course is a clear case of the college answering a need for training in industry.

“One of the fastest growing markets is the Islamic business community in Toronto and Vancouver,” Mr. Harris said. Continue Reading →

Canada: Imam tells Muslims credit card use unIslamic

From The Ottawa Citizen

Don’t use credit cards: Ottawa imam

Muslim leader reminds faithful interest is forbidden

By Jennifer Green, The Ottawa Citizen February 18, 2010 3:06 AM

Imam Khaled Abdul-Hamid Syed  isued a fatwa against credit cards because they entail usury.

Imam Khaled Abdul-Hamid Syed isued a fatwa against credit cards because they entail usury.

Photograph by: Jean Levac, The Ottawa Citizen, The Ottawa Citizen

In an economy awash in easy credit, Ottawa’s leading imam is definitely swimming against the tide.

Imam Khaled Abdul-Hamid Syed has issued a fatwa against credit cards, even if they are paid off every month.

“I conclude that it contains usury … which is forbidden in Islam, so it should not be used,” Khaled said in an e-mail to members of the main mosque on Northwestern Avenue. Continue Reading →