Canadian Muslim Forum, Muslim community organisation based in Montreal and headed by Samir Majzoub, held it annul gala on November 13, 2015 with the attendance of Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage who represented the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Thomas Mulcair, leader of NDP, Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, Kathleen Weil, Quebec Immigration Minister, Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, Dimitrios (Jim) Beis, Mayor of Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough, Marc Demers, Mayor of Laval and Guy Ouellette, Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Chomedey in Laval.
One of the guest speakers was Saïd Youssef Fawaz (سعيد يوسف فواز), Chairman of Quebec Council of Imams, the Imam of the mosque “Mosquée al-Oummah al-Islamiah” and head of the Islamic centre “Centre culturel musulman de Montréal.” Fawaz also serves as a official Canadian representative of two foreign Islamic entities: Lebanese Dar al-Fatwa (the supreme religious authority for the Lebanese Sunni Muslims)and the Saudi Muslim World League
Dar al-Fatwa of Lebanon publicly supports the “jihad” of the Palestinian people against Israel. Muhammad Rashid Qabbani, who appointed Saïd Youssef Fawaz as a representative of Dar al-Fatwa in Canada and then the Grand Mufti of Lebanon, authorized a delegation of Muslim scholars representing Dar al-Fatwa, to meet (November 20, 2012) with Hamas senior official in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan.
Sheikh Amin al-Kurdi (امين الكردي), who headed the delegation, conveyed a message from the Grand Mufti Qabbani to Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas Prime Minister, which expressed “the standing of the Grand Mufti, Dar al-Fatwa and the Muslim scholars in Lebanon by their brothers, the Palestinian people, in support of the residents of Gaza who are steadfast while facing the Zionist killing machine.”
After the meeting with Hamdan, Sheikh Amin al-Kurdi said that “all [Muslim] scholars in Lebanon support their brothers in Gaza, pray for them and as much as they can offer moral and material aid in order that the jihadi march on the land of Palestine will continue.”
Sheik Qabbani, the Grand Mufti of Lebanon, repeatedly justified the jihad against the State of Israel. On the anniversary of Palestinian “Land Day” (March 31, 2012), Qabbani said that “the battle for Palestine will not end till it is entirely liberated from the Jewish foreign occupation and entirely returned to its Arab and Islamic nation.”
A year earlier (March 28, 2011) Qabbani emphasized that the “jihad of the people of Palestine in not terrorism as it is being alleged, but a war waged by the Palestinians for liberating their homeland.”
Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian, Qabbani’s successor as the Grand Mufti of Lebanon and the new boss of Saïd Youssef Fawaz, espouses similar positions regarding the jihad against Israel. Derian met on October 16, 2015 a delegation of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad headed by its representative in Lebanon Abu Imad al-Rifa’i (ابو عماد الرفاعي). During this meeting Derian said the following (originally in Arabic):
“The Israelis… attack us and our religion in order to take over al-Aqsa Mosque. They are trying to take over our blessed land and to deport us from it by building settlements…
“The religious, Arab, national and humanitarian duty calls on us to fight the attack on the religion [Islam], the [Palestinian] people and the land.
“The struggle was a common hobby for the Palestinians and still is today. The struggle of the Palestinians, the Arabs and the Muslims will continue till the liberation of al-Aqsa [Mosque], al-Quds [Jerusalem] and all Palestinian lands.
“Dar al-Fatwa in the Republic of Lebanon will continue to raise the issue of al-Aqsa [Mosque], al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Palestine till Allah will give us all the victory, the liberation, the realization of the Palestinian right and the Palestinian legitimate rights on the liberated lands of the defiled and brutal Zionist occupation.”
Muslim World League
The Muslim World League (MWL) is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 1962 by members of the Saudi Royal family to spread Islam worldwide. The website discoverthenetworks.orgreports that “MWL has a long history of ties to, and financial support for, Islamic extremists, terrorist operatives, and terrorist organizations including Hamas, the Abu Sayyaf Group, al-Ittihaad al-Islami, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Jemaat-al-Islamiyya, and al Qaeda. Moreover, a number of MWL’s subsidiaries, particularly the IIRO, have been involved in terrorist financing.”
The World Street Journal reported on May 11, 2004 that “The Treasury Department has designated an Islamic charity that is a subsidiary of the Muslim World League, a Saudi religious organization, as a terrorist entity. The al Haramain & al Masjid al Aqsa Charity Foundation of Bosnia was designated last week as a “global terrorist” organization by the U.S. government. The Treasury didn’t disclose the group’s ties to the Muslim World League, which lists Al Haramain as a subsidiary on its Web site. The League, which is controlled by the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, seeks to spread fundamentalist Islam around the world, according to scholars.”
The Treasury Department designated in 2006 The Human Relief Committee of the Muslim World League in the Philippines and Indonesia as terrorist entities.
Shiekh Saïd Youssef Fawaz’s speech
The Montreal-based Sada Al-Mashrek reported about the annual gala held by the Canadian Muslim Forum quoting parts of Saïd Youssef Fawaz’s speech at the event (originally in Arabic):
“The Shiekh Saïd Fawaz condemned the massacre in Paris, but he asked: ‘Why those who were killed yesterday in Bur al-Barjneh [in Lebanon] and those who are killed everyday in Palestine and in my country are not lamented by anyone’?
“He added, ‘We stand against terrorism. We are those who suffer from terrorism. We are asking: from where those who are accused of terrorism get weapons? Block the pipes of money… dry out the sources of weapons.
“There are people who are killed everyday in Palestine, their blood is flowing and and their souls are killed.
“Those who are ostensibly advocating for peace are the arms dealers. They are those who finance terrorism.‘
“His Eminence said: ‘In the land of the Israa and meraaj [Jerusalem] and The birthplace of Issa [Jesus] peace be upon him, everyday nails are hammered in the coffin of peace.
“In my country, women are killed on a daily basis. The necks of the children are struck, the dignity of the men are violated in front of their eyes while the world is watching and where is the leader who will stand up and say: We are all al-Quds [Jerusalem]?
“But, they stood up and proclaimed: We are Paris. They only send us weapons and later talk about asylum and refugees. Our countries used to spread good, but they did not want that for us.
“Our countries used to teach [others], but they did not want us to gain knowledge. In this regard, it is should be mentioned that all religions came from our countries. In spite of that they are saying: terrorism.
“The name of Islam came from the word peace, from the name of Allah, Glorified be He, and it does not derive or goes in line with terrorism.
“Terrorism is not related to us. Terrorism is not part of us, of Islam, of the Christians and of the Jews. Those who follow the book of Allah [Quran] and what Allah and what Allah revealed to them [The Torah to the Jews and the Christians] is the pure helper [Note: according to Islam, all Jewish prophets and Jesus were in fact Muslims who received the message of Islam from Allah, but their people rejected the “true message” and distorted it to what has become modern Judaism and Christianity].
“We all stand up against those who trade blood and arms. Based on that, we called for working together and sending a united message…
“Here, with your support of the Canadian Muslim Forum and specifically the Islamic community and the Arab community in general, I think that you have made a difference in Quebec provisional elections and in the federal elections in terms of the unity we are looking to see.
“I’m not talking only about the Islamic or Arab unity, but the unity of the noble persons, the unity of the peace seekers.’
“He called for cooperation, spending money [for the rights purposes], activity and a united message. ‘The march will not continue but with activity, financial and moral support in order to reach to results like other communities.’”