Ottawa mosque has charitable status revoked

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  1. jamal9

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    Ottawa mosque has charitable status revoked after CRA audit finds 'extremist' speakers

    The audit was also critical of the board’s 'passive approach' to speakers, 'often approving speakers without any knowledge of the content of the lectures'

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    The Canada Revenue Agency has revoked the charitable status of an Ottawa mosque because auditors were concerned about its activities — including “extremist” speakers.

    The charitable status of the Ottawa Islamic Centre and Assalam Mosque was revoked effective July 14 after an audit found a number of faults with the organization. These included including failing to devote all of its resources to charitable activities, allowing its resources to be used for activities that promote hate and intolerance, providing resources to non-qualified donees, providing an undue benefit to a director and failing to maintain proper books and records.

    Loss of charitable status means donors can no longer deduct from their taxable income money given to the mosque.

    The audit, released to this newspaper, says the CRA made inquiries about the organization’s activities because it was concerned about potential for the organization’s guest speakers and lecturers to “displace the public benefit by engaging in activities that promote hate and intolerance.”

    The CRA had agreed to register the organization as a charity based on promises that the organization would conduct due diligence on its speakers. But the audit found that there was very little to suggest any due diligence about vetting the speakers. The CRA also conducted a sample review of speakers and concluded that their viewpoints “may be incongruous with the concept of public benefit.”

    This newspaper was unable to reach a mosque official for comment Thursday evening. However, Muhammad Haile, the mosque secretary and a member of its board of directors, told Global News that the CRA’s decision was a shock. “We don’t tolerate any hate,” he was quoted as saying.

    The list of speakers mentioned in the audit includes several controversial clerics, including Abu Usamah At-thahabi, a U.K.-based imam who has been quoted as saying Christians and Jews are enemies to Muslims; Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, a Jamaica-born Canadian who has been banned from entering several countries, and Said Rageah, a Toronto-area imam who was criticized in 2009 for calling on God to “damn” infidels.

    Some of the events were organization by members of the congregation, and not by the mosque’s directors, said the audit, which also praised the organization for alerting the appropriate authorities to individuals who appear to have been radicalized. The name of one such individual was redacted in the CRA audit.

    “The Organization, by allowing these individuals to make use of its facilities, and to speak to an audience consisting of its parishioners, is providing its guest speakers with a de facto endorsement,” said the audit.

    The audit was also critical of the board’s “passive approach” to speakers, relying on suggestions from members of its congregation, and “often approving speakers without any knowledge of the content of the lectures that were to be delivered, and in some cases allowing speakers to attend the mosque against the board’s wishes.”

    “The Organization acknowledged that it allowed its premises to be used by individuals and groups with extremist views. The Organization recognizes that certain people made decisions about guest speakers and lecturers without appropriate due diligence and oversight,” said the audit.

    Between 2009 and 2013, two directors made all the decisions about the organization, including approving speaking events. They encouraged the youth group and other groups to organize these events, and other directors were not aware of the activities until they happened, auditors found. The organization told the auditors its board is now committed to ensuring that it is not controlled by external forces or promoting extremist views.

    The CRA asked the organization to provide written transcripts or recordings of the speaking engagements, but the organization was unwilling or unable to produce them, the audit said.

    In 2012 and 2013, the CRA asked on four occasions for a complete list of guest speakers. it said. But that list was “grossly deficient” compared to the number of events the CRA identified through its own research. The organization has not lived up to it obligation to maintain adequate books and records on guest speakers, the audit concluded.

    During an audit interview, the organization said it covered the travel expenses of speakers, but only provided records of eight people. The CRA’s supplementary research showed that an additional 28 people spoke in the organization’s facilities.

    The organization’s website describes it as “playing a positive active role in the lives of the Islamic community (beneficiers of the Islamic Centre and Assalam Mosque) in the Ottawa-Carleton area.”

    The mosque has weathered tough times in the past. Established in 2002 at a space on Terminal Avenue, the mosque moved in 2005 to its current location in an east-end industrial park at the corner of St. Laurent Boulevard and Thurston Drive. In 2009 the mosque’s imam, Mohamed Rashad, died on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, collapsing while climbing Mount Arafat.

    In 2010, the organization was carrying a debt of $1.2 million and was fundraising to reduce its debt. That same year, after the organization was granted charitable status, the City of Ottawa reduced its tax arrears from $678,000 to $186,000.

    The CRA audits 800 to 900 registered charities across Canada each year.

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  2. jamal9

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    Wow, I didn't know Said Rageh was considered an "extremist imam". He used to be imam of Abu Hurairah mosque in east tdot....


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    They shouldn’t of had the status to begin with. Here in America my masjid refuses to take government money because that’s how they control what you do.
     
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    Muslims are even lucky to even build a Mosque in the 1st place in a Gaal country, but try to build a religious place in a Muslim country and it's not allowed double standards
     
  5. AussieHustler

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    The guy is a joke, he left his Somali wife and her kids for an Italian-Canadian convert who was the Uber of town. Yeah, “damn infidels”. He is a salafi and what you expect of them? There was another qutba where he insults Jews when Jewish Canadians have offered young Somalis a mentor program. He is another clan sheikh.
     
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  6. Baki

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    Waxaa iguu daraan these youngsters following these so called sheiks, and literally everything they say is holy to them
     
  7. jamal9

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    So imam cannot say in the mosque such things as:
    "homosexuals are filthy and will go to hell..."
    "jews and christians are enemies of muslims...."
    "kuffars will go to hell...."
    "muslims cannot marry atheists...."

    But in churches, christian priests can say:
    "only thru Jesus will you go to heaven"
    "homosexuality is a sin and all sinners will go to hell...."

    Jews call all non-jews as "Goyim" and all goyims will go to hell. isn't that hate too?
     
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    BRING evidence of the Jews thing waryaa or it didn't happen
     
  9. ForwardSweep

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    What the fuck, that was my mosque when I lived in Ottawa.
     
  10. Knowles

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    This idiot is always insulting Somali women. Hopefully they ban him from preaching anywhere.
     
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  11. TekNiKo

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    How is Bilal Philips extremist? Ridiculous.
     
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  12. Blade1

    Blade1 Abdi pleaser

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    How are muslims lucky when in muslim countries you'll find churches and other religious buildings.
    the west keep making it seem like here open minded when they purposely do things specifically to oppress muslims religious freedom which they say is a right
     
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    Blade1 Abdi pleaser

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    Wallahi it's so dumb
     
  14. FendiFanatic

    FendiFanatic Freedom of Speech

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    I been that mosque before it’s ran by Somalis and all Somalis in Ottawa go there. What a shame tho I never heard any intolerant stuff there. They even let the Ottawa mayor pray with them before
     
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    this mosque has a history of fraud
     
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    There is a fine line between merely interpreting the religious text and promoting what is known as hate speech, for which the government rightfully should deny charity status.

    Neither Christian nor Jews are acting on their sentiment while the same can't be said about muslim, furthermore Jews believe anyone following the seven laws of Noah have a place in the afterlife.


    Nayya, who are you lying to, many muslim countries outright ban the building of other religious institutions, persecute and discriminate against the very same religious minorities, not to mention criminalize apostasy. Now THAT is oppression :gucciwhat:


    This is not, they are not persecuting muslims, only denying them tax-payer support when they fail meet the guidlines of what a charity able organisation should not do including failing to book-keep, having misallocated ressources to other purposes.
     
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    What type of stuff does he say?
     
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    "Oh no, he asked God to damn us!"
    This country really is the snowflake capital of the world.
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    Wow, what a loser! This man has no dignity.
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    What's his clan?
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    Jerome in the house Vimto gang

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