Aly Hindy

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Aly Hindy is the current Imam of the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough, Canada, notable for his alleged connections to militant and fundamentalist elements, as well as his defence of Canadians convicted of terrorism.[1][2][3]

A noted friend of the Khadr family,[4] Hindy immigrated to Canada in 1975 after graduating in Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He spent the next four years studying at the University of Western Ontario, where he received his Doctorate in structural engineering. He worked for Stone & Webster for two years, before starting his 21-year career as a safety engineer for Ontario Hydro.[5]

Aly Hindy (right) in 2004

According to the 2005 interrogation of Abdullah Khadr in Pakistan, Hindy's son briefly attended the Musab al-Surri Afghan training camp in the late 1990s, however Abdullah's lawyer, Dennis Edney, has claimed that his statements were a product of Pakistani torture and should be discounted.[6][7]

The director of the Canadian Islamic Congress in Toronto,[8] Hindy was arrested by Egyptian security forces in February 2003 and held for two days before being released.[9] Upon his return to the country in November, he was questioned for three hours at the Cairo Airport and twice brought to the State Security bureau for interviews.[9]

In 2004, Hindy celebrated the 135th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi by organising a group of 100 local Muslims to videotape the CN Tower as part of a non-violent protest against detention of Kassim Mohamed who was arrested after taking footage of the tourist attraction on his videocamera.[10]

Hindy has performed at least thirty polygamous wedding ceremonies which are illegal in Canada.[11]

Role in legal trials[edit]

He claims to have been cooperative with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the past, helping them and answering questions about potential militants in Canada. He claims that he abruptly ended that support when he learned that they were also asking the local communities questions about him.[9] He began distributing leaflets encouraging non-cooperation with Canadian Security Intelligence Service alleging that CSIS intelligence agents had "roughed up" Muslims, following up on an accusation he first mentioned in a meeting between Muslim leaders and Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan in May 2005.[13]

In 2007, Hindy raised $15,000 from the Toronto Muslim community to add to Hassan Almrei's application for release on bail.[14]


  1. ^ Freeze, Colin. Globe and Mail, Arar case began amid fear of attack on Ottawa, January 16, 2004
  2. ^ Faisal Kutty: The Dirty Work of Canadian Intelligence
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  4. ^ "CIA paid me to spy: Abdurahman Khadr". CBC News. March 5, 2004. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  5. ^ Scarborough muslim cleric hate
  6. ^ Freeze, Colin. Globe and Mail, "I only buy and sell weapons for al-Qaeda", November 3, 2006
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  8. ^ Layden-Stevenson, Justice. "Hassan Almrei and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Solicitor General for Canada", "Reasons for Order and Order", December 5, 2005
  9. ^ a b c Homes not Bombs, "Stay of Deportation Granted to Secret Trial Detainee Hassan Almrei", November 28, 2003
  10. ^ gandhihindy
  11. ^ Noor Javed (May 24, 2008). "GTA's secret world of polygamy". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-05-25.  mirror
  12. ^ CBC, CN Tower protest focuses on anti-Muslim prejudice, October 4, 2004
  13. ^ Scarborough muslim cleric hate
  14. ^ Lemieux, Justice. "Hassan Almrei and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister of Public Safety. ""Reasons for Judgment and Judgment", October 5, 2007