ISLAMIC SHIA ITHNA ASHERI JAMAAT (ISIJ)

“The Thornhill Jaffari Mosque”

AN EXAMPLE OF THE IRANIAN-KHOMENEIST PRESENCE IN CANADA

 Key Judgements

***The controversy surrounding the proposed expansion project of the Jaffari Mosque is not about religious differences between Muslims, Christians and Jews.  The controversy is driven by the ongoing advancement of the Khomeneist doctrine in Canada, supported by Iran.  This anti-democratic, misogynistic, sectarian, and exclusionary political-religious doctrine is wholly inconsistent with Canadian values as contained in the Constitution, the Charter of Rights and the Criminal Code of Canada.  This is not a “Muslim problem.” It is an “Iranian regime/Khomeneist problem.”

***Internationally, sectarian strife has been increasing sharply both within Islam (particularly the Shia-Sunni divide) and between Islam and others.  As Canada looks for strategies to combat radicalization and extremism, it should be expected, at a minimum, that individuals or groups who advocate intolerant, exclusionary or violent belief systems will not receive charitable status, accreditation, government grants or lobby access to Parliament.  The Jaffari Mosque is home to three registered Canadian charities supported by taxpayers.

***The various ethnic, linguistic and religious communities around the Vaughan and Thornhill area have been, in the past, models of the Canadian ideal of peaceful co-existence. The increasingly aggressive and intolerant Khomeneist belief system should not be given further funding or opportunities to expand.

***Moulana Sayyid Muhhamad Rizvi (Imam Rizvi) of the Jaffari Mosque believes that the Khomeneist interpretation of Shia Islam is to take precedence over all matters including those which are personal, social, economic and political.

***Imam Rizvi believes and advocates that sex with nine year old girls is acceptable, as long as it occurs within munqati’ (temporary) or da’im (permanent) marriage.  Permanent marriage is preferred, but sex with girls as young as nine within the concept of a temporary marriage is permissible.  This would appear to be sanctioning pedophilia, despite Canadian laws against under age marriages and forcing underage females to have sex.

***Imam Rizvi also approves of consanguineous marriages between first cousins.

***While forbidden to do so within Canadian charity laws, Imam Rizvi uses his position to make political speeches which condemn the government of Canada and all three mainstream political parties (Liberal, NDP and Conservative).

 

 

CITY TV Interviewer asking questions about the Jaffari Mosque Expansion Project on February 03, 2014:

“Your housing will only be eligible for people from the Muslim community?”

 

President of the Jaffari Mosque Mr. Shabbir Jeraj:

“Of course, we are building it.  We are paying for it.”[1]

 

 

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The 2012 East End Madrassah Investigation by York Regional Police

“Islam has allowed boys to engage in sports for one specific reason and that is to always keep them healthy and strong. But why should a Muslim be healthy and strong? Firstly, it is necessary to take care of the body because it is a gift from Allah. Secondly, so that you may physically be ready for jihad whenever the time comes for it.” (Level 7 Curriculum)[2]

Girls should stick to “hobbies” that prepare them to become wives and mothers. (National Post and Level 7 Curriculum)[3]

OVERVIEW

The ambitious expansion proposed by the Jaffari Mosque at 9000 Bathurst Street in Thornhill, Ontario is raising questions about the intent, funding and the political/religious ideology behind this project.

The Imam and resident Alim[4] of the mosque, Muhammad Rizvi, is a follower and outright supporter of the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran.  When Khomeini overthrew the government of Iran in 1979, he began to enforce his intolerant and exclusionary political concept of Velayat-e-Faqih.  This translates roughly into the Guardianship of the Jurists[5]  which creates a theocratic dictatorship controlled at the top by individuals chosen for their hard-core interpretation of a Shia inspired Sharia Law.

The Jaffari Mosque used to run three schools in Toronto, one of which, the East End Madrassa, was closed after a 2012 hate propaganda investigation was carried out by the York Region Police.  No charges were laid, although the police noted that the complainant “has raised a legitimate concern and has prompted change.”  The school was removed from its rented premises by the Toronto District School Board. The two individuals responsible for the hate propaganda material – the principal, Ms. Masuma Jessa, and the mosque’s Imam, Muhammad Rizvi – attempted to distance themselves from it, but the investigation made it clear they were aware of the Iranian-produced material being used.

Further concerns have been raised about the overall financing for the project. The costs of the current proposed expansion will run past $150 million.  The Jaffari Community centre that was opened in 2009 was believed to have cost approximately $30 million.  It is not clear where any of this money has come from.  Neither the Jaffari Mosque nor the developers have explained the financing or the costs.  A previous project at the site was left in a state of partial completion for 10 years when there was a financing failure.  This does not seem to be a concern now.

Mr. Shafiq Punjani is the Chairman of the Capital Projects Development Board, a sub-group of the Executive Committee of the mosque.  Mr. Punjani is also head of the MP Charitable Foundation, which is involved in the project as well as being the head of the Punjani Family Group and the Bridlepath Properties Group.  How the charity moves money around is not clear in relation to this project.

As noted in the Toronto Star, hundreds of residents appeared at Vaughan City Hall to speak out on the Jaffari mosque expansion project in early 2014.[6]

 

CURRENT CONCERNS ABOUT THE JAFFARI MOSQUE

The Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Toronto (the Jaffari Mosque) has its primary location at 9000 Bathurst Street in the City of Vaughan.  It has had a presence there since the early 1970s.  The associated website is:  www.jaffari.org and the contact information listed at that public website is: 9000 Bathurst Street, Thornhill, Ontario L4J 8A7, Tel: 905-695-9786 | Fax: 905-695-1585

Up until the last few years, the neighbourhood’s mosque, Jewish temple and seminary, Roman Catholic churches, and other religious and cultural organizations enjoyed a peaceful co-existence.  Currently, considerable conflict is emerging.

The concern appears to be based on three primary issues:

  1. A school run by the mosque was shut down after a police-led hate propaganda investigation, due in part to the Iranian-produced teaching materials used at the school. There are concerns that the school at the Jaffari site will share a similarly problematic curriculum given the on-going influence of the Iranian based Khomeneist influence. A weekend school in Ottawa was also closed after it was discovered using Iran based text books.[7]
  2. A current expansion plan consists of two 17 story apartment blocks with 520 units as well as some 61 row house units and other associated facilities. One public fear (seemingly well founded based on statements by the mosque president) is that the facility and housing will be a “Shia Khomeneist Muslims only” facility. The project is being referred to as the “Muslim residential compound.”[8]
  3. The source of the funding for the project is not clear, even though costs will likely exceed $150 million. There are suspicions that the money is coming from sources abroad given the lack of funding information available to the public, the Imam’s connections to Iran and a history of accounting problems at the mosque even though their board of directors features several individuals with extensive national and international financial experience.

This mosque and its associated building program have already caused significant interest in the local community and in the national media.  Recent media stories from 2012 to 2014 have included:

  1. Muslim condo complex in Thornhill sparks heated debate”[9] (February 5th 2014)
  2. “Community backlash builds over a Thornhill development”[10] (February 3rd 2014)
  3. “Thousands sign petition opposing proposed Thornhill condos”[11] (February 4th 2014)
  4. “Police investigating Islamic school over curriculum comparing Jews to Nazis”[12] (May 7th 2012)
  5. “Madrassah booted from Toronto school pending hate probe”[13] (May 16th 2012)

 

THE IMAM AND ALIM OF THE JAFFARI MOSQUE

The Imam of the Jaffari Mosque is Moulana Sayyid Muhhamad Rizvi.

Born in India in 1957, Imam Rizvi was educated in Tanzania and in the city of Qom in Iran, where he studied for 10 years.  He was a student of Grand Ayatollah al-Uzma Shaikh Wahid Khurãsãni.  He holds a qualification that would be roughly equivalent to a PhD in religious law (Ijtihad).

Given his advanced studies in Islamic religious studies, Imam Rizvi is also referred to as an “Alim” or religious scholar of advanced standing.

He first arrived in Toronto in 1991 after having previously lived in British Columbia.  From 1991 to 1996 he was the director of the Toronto based “Islamic Education & Information Centre.”  During this time, he was also involved in the founding of the As-Sadiq Islamic School, a full-time Islamic school from kindergarten to Grade 8 levels.  In July 1996, he accepted the responsibilities of the Imam-e Jum‘a and Resident Alim (religious scholar) of the Jaffari Islamic Centre / Jaffari Community Centre.[14]

Imam Rizvi of the Jaffari Mosque also plays a hands-on role in the finances of the mosque.  Note the following on investment certificates:

The Toronto Jamaat has launched a unique scheme to raise funds to complete the construction of the Jaffari Community Centre at 9000 Bathurst Street. The scheme which is designed by young professionals of the community has been fully endorsed by the resident Aalim of the Toronto Jamaat Sayed Mohamed Rizvi.[15]

See also:

Designed by the young professionals of the community in Toronto this is well explained in the brochure (on investment certificates), as is the Sharia aspect of it, which has been studied and approved by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi of Toronto.[16]

Temporary Marriages for Nine Year Old Girls

Imam Rizvi has written extensively on marriages and morals within Islam while he has been in Canada.[17] Among some of his views are that:

  1. Girls can be considered sexually mature at the age of nine lunar years,
  2. A girl/woman can only enter into her first marriage with the permission of her father and/or grandfather.
  3. Girls/women can be entered into temporary marriages, apparently from the age of nine and upwards.

Imam Rizvi also raise the question “If a person cannot marry soon after becoming sexually and mentally mature, then how should he or she handle the sexual urge?”  There are two acceptable practices in Islam according to Imam Rizvi.  These are temporary abstinence and temporary marriages.

It is difficult to assess from a Canadian legal point of view, but the idea that temporary marriages as a means of exercise sexual wants would not be covered in law.  However, if the temporary marriage of a girls who is above nine years of age is acceptable on the wishes of her father, then this might be considered statutory rape under the Criminal Code of Canada.  To encourage a system that allows for the temporary marriage of underage children for sexual pleasure would seem to be advocating pedophilia.

THE JAFFARI MOSQUE AND THE IMAM’S BELIEFS IN KHOMENEIST DOCTRINE

On June 2nd 2012, Imam Rizvi of the Jaffari Mosque travelled from Toronto to Ottawa to be the keynote speaker[18] at Carleton University. This was in support of Cultural Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran (in Ottawa) and the Iranian Cultural Association of Carleton University. The conference he attended was held to celebrate the anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini[19] and was titled “The Contemporary Awakening and Imam Khomeini’s Thoughts.”

At the conference, Imam Rizvi told the audience that Khomeini had “proved that Islam is not just a religion of prayers and personal laws that only deals with matters of divorce and inheritance, rather it is a complete code of life that can govern all aspects of society — spiritual, material, as well as personal, social, economic and political aspects.[20]

This quotation is a cause for concern as Khomeneists believe that their interpretation of Sharia law takes precedence over all other forms of law and regulation – including the Canadian Constitution,  the Charter of Rights and the Criminal Code of Canada.

In other words, Imam Rizvi believes that the Khomeneist interpretation of Shia Islam is to take precedence over all matters and that this should govern all aspects of society.  His views are consistent with those of the Khomeneist government of Iran:  Their interpretation of Sharia Law is the final arbitrator in all aspects.

The Cultural Centre of the Islamic Republic of Iran (previously located at 2 Robison Street, Ottawa) was owned by the Mobin Foundation, which is a part of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).[21] It appears to have been run by Hamid Mohammadi of the Iranian Embassy who had lived on Prince of Wales Street in Ottawa until the house was sold following the 2012 Canadian directive that Iranian diplomatic officials leave the country.[22]

The ownership of the property had been previously transferred from the Fatima Cultural Activities to the Mobin Foundation in 2001.[23]  The Mobin Company is on the UN Iran Sanctions list (pursuant to UNSC Resolution 1737-2006)[24] and that of other countries.[25]  The property was seized as an Iranian government asset[26] in a terrorism-related civil lawsuit pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. The plaintiffs in the case claimed that the government of Iran had been funding Hamas, a terrorist group.[27]  This seizure and others like it may now be contested by the government of Iran.  Toronto lawyer Colin Stevenson is representing the interests of Iran in this case.[28]

The Iranian Cultural Association of Carleton University, which helped sponsor the conference attended by Imam Rizvi, was run by Ehsan Mohammadi. Mohammadi is the son of the Iranian cultural counsellor at the Embassy of Iran, Hamid Mohammadi, who arrived in Canada in 2011 and left when the Iranian embassy staff were expelled.  Hamid Mohammadi was shown on an Iran-based website, speaking in an interview about Iran’s plan to win the hearts and minds of Iranians living in Canada[29] and telling Iranian-Canadians to “occupy high-level key positions” and “resist being melted into the dominant Canadian culture.”[30]

It should be noted that the Government of Canada ordered all diplomatic officials of the Government of Iran out of Canada in September 2012. Among them were officials such as Hamid Mohammadi.  Among property seized under the Justice for the Victims of Terrorism Act was that owned by the Mobin Foundation (IRGC) and the Iranian Embassy.[31]

THE JAFFARI MOSQUE AND THE EAST END MADRASSA HATE PROPAGANDA INVESTIGATION

The East End Madrassa was located at the David and Mary Thomson Collegiate and was run as part of the Jaffari Mosque organization.[32] The school was founded in 1973 and had over 400 students at the time of the investigation. Throughout its early years, there appear to have been no major complaints or issues within the larger Thornhill/Vaughan community.

In 2012, the school was accused of inappropriate teachings advocated through Iranian-provided material, and the York Regional Police investigated it for hate propaganda issues.[33]  The school and the Madrassa are connected by common staff, common emails, and common physical addresses. Moreover, the mosque itself said that it was their school.

The school principle (falsely) stated that the teaching material did not come from Iran:

“The EEM [East End Madrassah] has been renting space from the TDSB for 38 years (since 1974), and as the TDSB itself has noted, it has been an entirely positive relationship and we have never had any issues previously. We have more than 400 students from 265 families enrolled in our classes, with the age range from 5 to 17 years of age. The curriculum is now under a comprehensive review and I can also confirm that the material at issue did NOT come from Iran.[34]

The Imam said the material was on the website without his knowledge or that of the principal. This would later also be shown to be false. As described in the press:

“The chief Imam of the Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Toronto, the EEM school’s parent organization, said late Tuesday that the offensive content came from information taken from two websites without the permission of the “scholars” designing the school’s lesson plans.”

Police held Principal Masuma Jessa and Imam Syed Mohammed Rizvi responsible. “As leaders in their respective roles the two must accept responsibility for failing to appropriately screen the learning material. Although not held criminally responsible, the complaint has raised a legitimate concern and has prompted change.

 But police traced the most contentious passages to books published by the Al Balagh Foundation in Iran and the Mostazafan Foundation of New York, an alleged front for the Iranian regime.”[35]

The curriculum also stated that girls were instead to stick to “hobbies” that prepare them to become wives and mothers.[36]

The statements that the material did not come from Iran were shown to be false by the police investigation.  The materials came from both Iran (Al Balagh Foundation) and from the Mostazafan Foundation of New York, which is identified as an arm of the Iranian government.[37]

Most significantly, it is clear that the school knew the material was in the curriculum as they had a homework checking sheet that was sent home for parents to confirm the students were reading the material.

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE ISIJ/JAFFARI MOSQUE (Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of Toronto)

Significant concerns have been raised about the funding for the mosque’s previous project (cultural centre) and the new expansion project.  Issues have also been raised about the financial information provided by the NAMISCO charity, which is registered to the same address.  Among the concerns are imbalances in their accounting with the differences running to more than a million dollars in one case. Given the financial background of many of the key players who are on the board at the mosque, this does seem unusual as they are highly skilled individuals in the areas of finance.  Many members of the Executive Committee have particularly strong financial backgrounds with international experience.

The key members of the Executive Committee[38] with strong financial backgrounds appear to be:

  1. Shabbir Jeraj (President) president@jaffari.org
  2. Mazahair Dhirani (Secretary) secretary@jaffari.org
  3. Habib Meghjee (Treasurer) treasurer@jaffari.org

 

  1. Shabbir Jeraj

Shabbir Jeraj is the President of the Executive Committee of the ISIJ. He is also a section manager for the National Bank of Canada’s Correspondent Network or NBCN.  He appears to have extensive knowledge of how trust funds and money transfers work overseas, particularly in the Cayman Islands.  In his 2007 testimony to the Ontario Securities Commission, Mr. Jeraj described his role in working with the Congor, Conset and Southridge Accounts of Biovail Corporation in the Cayman Islands in relation to accusations that Biovail was involved in fraudulent behaviour.  In court testimony he was identified as a section manager in the credit risk department of the National Bank Correspondent Network (NBCN), which was handling some of the money. [39]  The securities case suggested that members of Biovail compromised the integrity of the capital markets through their activities in relation to the trading of Biovail securities held by certain trusts in 2002, 2003 and 2004.[40]  This occurred in the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Jerai is the same individual who told a City TV reported that the new project was for “Muslims only.”[41]

  1. Mazahair Dhirani

Mazahair Dhirani is the secretary of the ISIJ executive committee. He has both a Bachelor’s degree in commerce and an MBA.  His LinkedIn page shows him as having been:

HEAD OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH from May 1991 – August 2000 (9 years 4 months)DAR ES SALAAM TANZANIA.

The GIZ is the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, which is a German government organization that works in business and development in foreign countries.[42]  It has a staff of almost  17,000 people and an overall budget in the billions of Euros.[43]  Mr. Dhirani is currently the owner and/or operator of a Guardian Drug store in Scarborough according to his LinkedIn site.

  1. Habib Meghjee

Habib Meghjee is the treasurer of the ISIJ/Jaffari Mosque and uses the publicly available email address treasurer@jaffari.org in that position.  He is also a Chartered Accountant and a partner[44] at Deloitte & Touche LLP.[45]  He has been employed there for an extended period of time in a number of roles. He has been quoted in the financial press on a number of occasions for his understanding of Sharia compliant investments.[46]  He has also been quoted on tax and immigration matters as a senior figure at Deloitte & Touche.[47]  At one point, he was identified as Firm Director, International Assignment Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto.  According to the State of Illinois, he is also a Certified Public Accountant[48] and earned that distinction in 2012.[49]   Mr. Meghjee is also a member of and speaker[50] at the troubled NASIMCO charity, which has an office co-located at the Jaffari Mosque at 9000 Bathurst.[51]

Mr. Meghjee has been publicly discussing Sharia compliant funds since at least 2008. At that time,  the only Sharia compliant fund available in Canada was being run by FrontierAlt, which has offices in Toronto,[52] the Cayman Islands[53] and others.

“MAK ALLEN AND DAY CAPITAL PARTNERS” AND “FRONTIERALT INVESTMENT”

Imtiyaz Ahmed was described as a representative for the only Shariah capital markets fund in Canada (at that time), which is at FrontierAlt.[54] FrontierAlt had (has?) an investment arm MAK Allen and Day Capital Partners.  At the same time in 2008, Habib Heghjee, described as an associate partner at Deloitte & Touche, was interviewed about the various advantages and problems associated with Sharia compliant funds.[55]  He is also described as having:

Started Pristine Partners, a management consultancy firm which successfully solicited funding of $100 million from a financial institution to finance Shariah compliant mortgages in Ontario. Mr. Ahmed assisted with business development and market development efforts of the only Shariah compliant mutual fund in Canada at the time.[56]

As noted, the only organization in Canada in 2008 that had a “Sharia compliant fund”[57] was shown as being FrontierAlt Funds Management.

It is not clear what role the group plays in the mosque’s financial program, although they appear linked and – as noted above – the Imam of the mosque has said that their fund raising efforts (investment certificates) are in compliance with Sharia Law.  Given that they ran the only Sharia compliant fund at the time, it stands to reason that these organizations must have been involved.

There appears to be some organizational crossover between FrontierAlt and MAK Allen and Day Capital Partners in that MAK Allen and Day were, at some point, the investment arm of FrontierAlt.[58] Mr. Asif Khan was listed in a settlement hearing by the Ontario Securities commission as being a responsible person in both organizations.[59]

MAK Allen and Day Capital Partners, have, or had, offices at 350 Bay Street Suite 1300 Toronto, ON M5H 2S6 Canada.  It was founded in 2006.  The fax number is listed by Bloomberg Business Week as 416-360-6202.[60]  However, when a Google search is done on this number, it traces to FrontierAlt Investment Management, 42 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON, M5E 1C7.[61]

FrontierAlt Funds Management Limited/Gestion de Fonds frontierAlt Limitée also had offices at 350 Bay Street Suite 1300.[62]  Mr Asif Khan[63] is listed as a director.[64]

In his role at FrontierAlt and MAK Allen and Day Capital Partners, Mr. Asif Khan was the subject of an Ontario Securities Commission hearing and settlement, which identified multiple failures of Mr.Khan to comply with securities law and practices.[65]

THE JAFFARI MOSQUE AND ITS REGISTERED CHARITIES

The Jaffari mosque has a series of charities related to its address.  The main one (the mosque itself) is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. (CRA charity registration number 107516171RR0001, first issued in 1972.)  As such, rules about disclosure of funding sources apply. The expansion project at the mosque also involves the MP Charitable Trust which is registered in both Canada and the UK.   (MP Charitable Foundation:  CRA # 880170014RR0001 of 120 Finch Ave West, Suite 710, North York, ON M3J 3K6).  A third charity registered at the same address is NASIMCO, which has alleged problems of its own (see below).

NASIMCO

NASIMCO is the North American Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities Organization. It was registered as a Canada Revenue Agency charity in 1987 with the registration number 119069870RR0001.

NASIMCO’s contact information is listed as 9000 Bathurst St, Thornhill, ON L4J 8A7, with the business phone number of 905-763-7512.  The Honorary Treasurer is Syed Imtiaz Naqvi, whose name appears in the CRA listing of directors. This is the same address as the Jaffari Mosque.

NASIMCO is an umbrella organization for a number of related Shia charities. Those related to it appear to be: the Masumeen Islamic Center (Brampton, Ontario); the Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Association (Edmonton); the Razavi Islamic Center (Hamilton, Ontario); the Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Kitchener-Waterloo; the Ahlul Bayt Islamic Center (London, Ontario); the Shian e Haidery Islamic Association (Montreal); the Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Association of Ottawa; the Islamic Shia Ithnasheri Jamaat of Toronto; and the Shia Musim Community of British Columbia (Vancouver). The associated Shia groups in the United States include the Islamic Masumeen Centre of New England and Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat of New York, among others.[66]

NASIMCO appears to have a series of financial irregularities involved in its charitable operations.  The amount involved in one year appears to be some $1.2 million for which proper accounting is not available. A study by a University of New Brunswick professor in 2012 suggested that CRA should audit this organization given the wide ranging series of commissions and irregularities.[67]  At this point in time, it is not clear what CRA is doing in response to this study.

USING A CHARITY FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES

The use of a charity for political purposes is forbidden by CRA rules.  The CRA states that:

We presume an activity to be political if a charity:

  1. explicitly communicates a call to political action (that is, encourages the public to contact an elected representative or public official and urges them to retain, oppose, or change the law, policy, or decision of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country);
  2. explicitly communicates to the public that the law, policy, or decision of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country should be retained (if the retention of the law, policy or decision is being reconsidered by a government), opposed, or changed; or
  3. explicitly indicates in its materials (whether internal or external) that the intention of the activity is to incite, or organize to put pressure on, an elected representative or public official to retain, oppose, or change the law, policy, or decision of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country.

Imam Rizvi makes regular political comments from his charity privileged position as Imam of the Jaffari Mosque.  In August of 2014, he told his congregation (refereeing to the Israeli/Palestinia conflict) that:

There had been a condemnation from all corners of the world with the exception of one country, Canada.  Not only the government, we know, but the two opposition parties, Liberals and NDP, they’re all on the same page

Imam Rizvi also accuses the government of Canada of not believing that the blood of Muslims is thick enough and not supporting Muslims when they are the victims.[68] Imam Rizvi also advocates that Canada is now a province of Israel when it comes to foreign policy.[69]

 

PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE IN THORNHILL/VAUGHAN

A formal Shia Mosque organization has existed in Thornhill since at least 1972. There are also a variety of Christian, Muslim and Jewish institutions in the area.  The entire community had been a show case for Canadian peaceful co-existence.   A variety of religious institutions in the area not only used to co-existed, but frequently cooperated openly with each other.

The peaceful nature of the community began to change sometime prior to 2009/2010 and there is now outright concern and anger about the exclusionary nature of the Jaffari Mosque and many of its practices, which seem alien to previous practices in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the early 2000s.

It is difficult to pinpoint any one issue or event at the root.

However, it is worth noting the Iranian government opened up its Iranian Cultural Centre on Sheppard Avenue.  The centre had its incorporation papers filed on January 16, 2008.  One of the three listed directors is Fazel Larijani, at the time cultural attaché at the Iranian embassy in Ottawa. Fazel Larijani is one of the famous Larijani Brothers of Iran.[70]  His father was Grand Ayatollah Hashem Amoli. His brother Sadeq is married to Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasami, while his brother Ali is married to the daughter of Ayatollah Mortaza Motehari, said to be Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s most revered student.

Fazel is also the brother of Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, and Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, head of the country’s judiciary.[71] As noted in TIME Magazine, Mohammad Javad Larijani, a Berkeley-educated mathematician, has been a member of parliament, Deputy Foreign Minister and adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Bagher Larijani, a physician, has served as Deputy Minister of Health.[72]

It is also worth noting that by 2012, Imam Rizvi of the Jaffari Mosque was openly supporting the Iranian government and the Khomeneist beliefs.

 

CONCLUSIONS

Iran has designated by Canada as a state sponsor of terror.  Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, has been listed as a terrorist organization by the EU, Canada, Japan, the USA and others.  Hamas, a Muslim Brotherhood satellite organization[73] in the Palestinian territories, has been the recipient of Iranian government funding.

The activities of the Jaffari Mosque are illegally funded by the Government of Iran and the mosque supports the extremist version of political Islam as directed by the Khomeneists who control Iran.

The funding for the expansion of the Jaffari Mosque is being moved into the country in a manner which may violate both the charity status of the mosque and may be criminal as well.  This refers specifically to money that has been moved in through the Cayman Islands.

An organization in Canada that accepts its political and ideological leadership from Iran while following a Khomeneist doctrine should not be granted charitable status for any of its activities.  This applies to all three charities.

 

 

Endnotes

[1] http://www.citynews.ca/2014/02/03/community-backlash-builds-over-a-thornhill-development/http://www.citynews.ca/2014/02/03/community-backlash-builds-over-a-thornhill-development/#related-content-preview

[2] East End Madrassah, eemadrassah.ca

[3] East End Madrassah, eemadrassah.ca and the National Post, Police investigating Islamic school over curriculum comparing Jews to Nazis,  Stewart Bell | May 7, 2012 | Last Updated: May 9 3:23 AM ET , http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/07/toronto-islamic-school-removes-parts-of-curriculum-casting-jews-as-treacherous-akin-to-nazis/

[4] Resident religious scholar.

[5] This concept is not universally accepted throughout the Shia world or the larger world of Islam itself.  It remains a highly contested legal concept, except in official Iran and within organizations such as Hezbollah.

[6] Muslim condo complex in Thornhill sparks heated debate, Laura_Kane, Wed Feb 05 2014,  http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/02/05/muslim_condo_complex_in_thornhill_sparks_heated_debate.html

[7] See http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/10/219724.html and http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/09/08/david-frum-good-riddance-to-iranian-diplomats/ and http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/david-b-harris/irans-fifth-column-target_b_1577752.html .

[8] http://urbantoronto.ca/forum/showthread.php/20377-9000-Bathurst-St-quot-Thornhill-quot-%282-X-17s%29-Not-ready-for-Projects-and-Construction!

[9] http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/02/05/muslim_condo_complex_in_thornhill_sparks_heated_debate.html

[10] http://www.citynews.ca/2014/02/03/community-backlash-builds-over-a-thornhill-development/

[11] http://globalnews.ca/news/1128835/thousands-sign-petition-opposing-development-in-thornhill-backed-by-muslim-group/

[12] http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/07/toronto-islamic-school-removes-parts-of-curriculum-casting-jews-as-treacherous-akin-to-nazis/

[13] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/madrassah-booted-from-toronto-school-pending-hate-probe-1.1184281

[14] http://jaffari.org/IslamInFocus/SayyidMuhammadRizvi.php

[15] http://www2.world-federation.org/Directory/Organisations+Directory/Noticeboard/Toronto_Jamaat_Launches_Jaffari_Investment_Certificates.htm

[16] http://www2.world-federation.org/Directory/Organisations+Directory/Noticeboard/Toronto_Jamaat_Launches_Jaffari_Investment_Certificates.htm

[17] See the book Marriages and Morals in Islam which is available online at:  http://www.al-islam.org/marriage-and-morals-islam-sayyid-muhammad-rizvi .  The preface for this book states that it was written by  S. M. Rizvi at Richmond, B.C. and dated Jamadi II 1410/January 1990.

[18] https://www.facebook.com/167918709914006/photos/a.381873191851889.87764.167918709914006/387617051277503/?type=1&theater

[19] http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/06/06/carleton-university-teams-up-with-iranian-embassy-to-honour-ayatollah-khomeini/

[20] http://www.macleans.ca/authors/michael-petrou/carleton-university-teams-up-with-iranian-embassy-to-honour-ayatollah-khomeini/

[21] See Forbes Business among many others: http://www.forbes.com/2009/10/08/iran-telecommunication-ahmadinejad-business-oxford.html.  See also http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/regional/middle-east-and-north-africa/the-revolutionary-guards-looting-of-irans-economy/ , http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/all-guards-men-irans-silent-revolution, http://www.telegeography.com/products/commsupdate/articles/2009/09/28/etemad-e-mobin-score-tci-coup/ and http://www.jpolrisk.com/political-risk-to-investment-in-iran-sanctions-inflation-protectionism-war-bonyads-and-the-irgc/

[22] Heroes’ Welcome planned for expelled Iranian diplomats, by Michael Petrou on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:30pm  http://www.macleans.ca/authors/michael-petrou/heroes-welcome-planned-for-expelled-iranian-diplomats

[23] Official land registry documents list Mahmood Khedmatgozar as president of the Mobin Foundation and Lida Madarshahian as director. http://www.macleans.ca/authors/michael-petrou/heroes-welcome-planned-for-expelled-iranian-diplomats/

[24]  For a brief explanation of the sanctions on Iran concerning its nuclear program see http://www.un.org/sc/committees/1737/

[25] Etemad Amin Investment Company Mobin.  See, among many others, the UK government’s list of companies in Iran covered by sanctions: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/252343/iran-list-oct-13.pdf

[26] http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/09/17/canadian-bank-accounts-linked-to-iranian-government-frozen-as-terror-victims-seek-damages/ (PDF version page 6 of 14)

[27] http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/01/irans-canadian-assets-frozen-over-13m-u-s-terrorism-payout/

[28] http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/08/17/iranianconnected_house_in_toronto_at_centre_of_international_showdown.html

[29] http://jewishinfonews.wordpress.com/tag/iranian-cultural-association-of-carleton-university/

[30] http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/12/iranian-embassy-in-ottawa-clearly-seeking-to-interfere-in-canadas-domestic-affairs-expert/

[31] See, among others, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/iran-to-forfeit-7m-in-canadian-assets-for-supporting-terrorism-1.2580632 and http://www.ablglobal.net/articles/home/show/369/Justice-for-Victims-of-Terrorism-Act

[32] See the York Regional Police investigation report at:  http://www.friendsofsimonwiesenthalcenter.com/downloads/news_110812.pdf

[33] The title of the report by the York Regional Police was:  East End Madrassah, Hate Propaganda Investigation, Occurrence Number 2012-126786

[34]  http://www.jewishtribune.ca/news/2012/05/22/islamic-school-kicked-out-of-public-school

[35] See, among others, http://www.torontosun.com/2012/05/08/islamic-school-apologizes-but-jewish-group-says-they-need-to-do-more.

[36] Police investigating Islamic school over curriculum comparing Jews to Nazis, Stewart Bell | May 7, 2012 | Last Updated: May 9 3:23 AM ET, http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/07/toronto-islamic-school-removes-parts-of-curriculum-casting-jews-as-treacherous-akin-to-nazis/ and the Level 7 curriculum.

[37]  See the East End Madrassah, Hate Propaganda Investigation, Occurrence Number 2012-126786.

[38] http://jaffari.org/executiveCommittee.asp

[39] https://www.osc.gov.on.ca/documents/en/Proceedings-RAD/rad_20080620_carmichael.pdf (page 8 of PDF version)

[40] https://www.osc.gov.on.ca/documents/en/Proceedings-RAD/rad_20080620_carmichael.pdf. Page 6 of 84 of the PDF version.

[41] http://www.citynews.ca/2014/02/03/community-backlash-builds-over-a-thornhill-development/http://www.citynews.ca/2014/02/03/community-backlash-builds-over-a-thornhill-development/#related-content-preview

[42] http://www.un-spider.org/institutions-guides/german-agency-international-cooperation-giz

[43] http://www.giz.de/en/aboutgiz/profile.html

[44] He was reported as an “associate partner” in 2008.  See http://www.investmentexecutive.com/-/news-46160

[45] He was reported as a “firm director” at: http://www.canadianmoneysaver.ca/part-time-work-play-outside-canada/

[46] See, among others, http://www.investmentexecutive.com/-/news-46160

[47] http://www.canadianmoneysaver.ca/part-time-work-play-outside-canada/

[48] http://licensedirect.com/habib-meghjee/5123855 (Licence number 065040817 granted in 2013 and expires in 2015).

[49] http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:h5iIXv5d9ggJ:issuu.com/lillyd/docs/insight_spring13+&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca&client=firefox-a

[50] https://www.facebook.com/pages/NASIMCO/125745913891?sk=timeline  See the photo with the caption: Br. Habib Meghjee starts off day two of the NASIMCO Conference with a little bit of humour.

[51] Nasimco, 9000 Bathurst St, Thornhill, ON L4J 8A7, 905-763-7512, http://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/Ontario/Thornhill/Nasimco/2426797.html

[52] 350 Bay Street Suite 1300. [52]

[53] Cayman Islands, Box 10580, phone 526-2222.

[54] http://www.investmentexecutive.com/-/news-46160

[55] http://www.investmentexecutive.com/-/news-46160

[56] http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Imtiyaz-Ahmed/1374690045

[57] FrontierAlt Oasis Canada Fund, formerly run by Zaigham Hassan.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/funds-and-etfs/fund-manager-shakeup-at-frontieralt-capital-corp/article787540/

[58] http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/funds-and-etfs/fund-manager-shakeup-at-frontieralt-capital-corp/article787540/

[59] https://www.osc.gov.on.ca/documents/en/Proceedings-SET/set_20120413_khana.pdf

[60] http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=53151982

[61] http://411.ca/business/profile/6079457

[62] https://opencorporates.com/companies/ca/2343363

[63] Asif Khan, Chairman & CEO, frontierAltCapital Corporation, Tel: (416) 848-8850, Fax: (416) 848-7749, e-mail:akhan@frontieralt.com

[64] https://opencorporates.com/companies/ca/2343363

[65] https://www.osc.gov.on.ca/documents/en/Proceedings-SET/set_20120413_khana.pdf

[66] Irregularities in NASIMCO’s Stated Finances, August 2012 report, available at:  http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/arts/departments/economics/_resources/pdfs/irregularitiesinnasimcosfinancespaper2.pdf

[67] Irregularities in NASIMCO’s Stated Finances, http://www.unb.ca/fredericton/arts/departments/economics/_resources/pdfs/irregularitiesinnasimcosfinancespaper2.pdf

[68]  2014 recording of Imam Rizvi talking of Canada  as a Satellite State, minute 11:02.

[69]  2014 recording of PM Haper’s Biased Allegiance at minute 11:00.

[70] The Brothers Larijani: A sphere of power, As the country gears up for the elections, Al Jazeera takes a look at one of Iran’s most influential political families, Nour Samaha Last Modified: 09 Jun 2013 12:04, http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/2013/06/2013628374847373.html

[71] http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2010/04/14/is_iranian_government_tied_to_toronto_cultural_centre.html

[72] Will Iran’s ‘Kennedys’ Challenge Ahmadinejad?, Time Magazine, Robin Wright, Monday, Aug. 17, 2009

[73] In section two of its charter, HAMAS states that it is “… a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood chapter in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood movement is an international organization. It is one of today’s largest Islamic movements. It professes a comprehensive understanding and precise conceptualization of the Islamic precepts in all aspects of life: concept and belief, politics and economics, education and social service, jurisdiction and law, exhortation and training, communication and arts, the seen and the unseen, and the rest of life’s ways.