Imam ousted from community center in Edmonton

An Edmonton imam has been prevented from leading prayers at a local community center after B’nai Brith Canada drew attention to his hateful rhetoric from the pulpit and online, the organization said in a statement on Tuesday.

Sheikh Shaban Sherif Mady, who says he was licensed by the prestigious al-Azhar University in Egypt, told congregants in March that “international Zionism” was behind the Islamic State (ISIS), the recent terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand, and “all terrorism.”

He followed this up with another sermon in June in which he added, “We know that Jews do not like Islam or the Muslims.”

B’nai Brith Canada said it had notified the Killarney Community League Hall, which was renting space to Mady for Friday Muslim prayers. The Hall responded by discontinuing his rental arrangement at the end of July.

The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL), of which Killarney is a member, has reminded its other members of their obligation to prevent their properties from being used for hate speech.

The Hate Crimes Unit of the Edmonton Police Service is investigating Mady’s conduct as well.

“We applaud the Killarney Community League Hall and the EFCL for doing the right thing and demonstrating real leadership on this issue,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.

“There can be no room for hate speech in our communities, even when cloaked as religious dogma,” he added.