ISNA Canada

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ISNA Canada is a non-profit organization in Canada whose main program is the operation of an Islamic elementary school, the ISNA Elementary School, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The school is one of the oldest Islamic schools in the Greater Toronto Area. It also operates a high school as part of separate facility, the Islamic Centre of Canada complex. The organization is loosely affiliated with the U.S.-based Islamic Society of North America, but is formally separate. It held tax-exempt charitable nonprofit status in Canada until September, 2013, when its tax-exempt status was revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency, for reason of alleged link to a terrorist organization. The organization, per its official website, is "committed to the mission and movement of Islam: nurturing a way of life in the light of the guidance from the Qur’an and Sunnah for establishing a vibrant presence of Muslims in Canada."[1]

ISNA Elementary School[edit]

ISNA Elementary School
Address
1525 Sherway Drive
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Information
Religious affiliation Islamic
Principal Obaid Yarkhan[2]
School type Private
Grades K-8
Team name ISNA Flames
Homepage isnacanada.com

The ISNA Elementary School is an Islamic elementary school in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. ISNA Elementary School was founded in 1983, and moved to its current location in 1985; it is one of the oldest Islamic schools in the Greater Toronto Area. ISNA Elementary School offers all subjects required by the Ontario Ministry of Education: English, Math, Science, French (grades 4-8), Social Studies, Gym and Computer Studies. Additionally it also offers Arabic, Quran and Islamic Studies as part of the school's Islamic curriculum.

The Spirit Girls, aka Grade 8G, is currently nominated for "All-time Best Class" (The ABC.) Their accomplishments include the building of the Attention Grabber, a large blanket fort, and amazing umbrella performances. They benefited greatly from the Divorce (the division of a class into two smaller classes based on gender.) They are soon to dig up a time capsule that they buried in 2013. Although they are missing one of their key original Spirit Girls, Houda, they still manage to carry on her original mission.

The school building's exterior underwent a facelift during the summer of 2005. The facelift added a cream-yellow insulation to the brick building and archways to the design, embodying Islamic architecture - resembling the design of its high school branch. ISNA Elementary School was also covered by the media as part of the faith-based school funding debate proposed by the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario if they won the 2007 general election.[3] ISNA Elementary School regularly faces other Islamic schools in the Greater Toronto Area in a yearly basketball tournament; the school's basketball team is called the ISNA Flames. They also have a girl's soccer team. The name is debated often, but the general consensus is that of "Peter Pancakes." They won first place in the 2014-2015 IIT Tournament.

ISNA High school[edit]

ISNA Elementary School also has a high school branch in Mississauga, which is called ISNA High School. The high school is housed in the Islamic Center of Canada complex, which also houses a big mosque and the headquarters of ISNA Canada, among other amenities for Muslims such as an Islamic funeral service and an Islamic bookstore.[4] It is one of the few Islamic high schools in the Greater Toronto Area.

Controversy[edit]

An audit of ISNA Canada in 2011 found only a quarter of the funds donated to the organisation went to help the poor. Charity donations were misdirected to private businesses.[5] On September 21, 2013, the Canada Revenue Agency revoked the tax-exempt registration of the ISNA-Canada due to an alleged link to a terror organization.[6][7] Funds intended to charity went to the Hizbul Mujahideen wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.[6][7]

The U.S.-based Islamic Society of North America, a distinct organization, noted association with ISNA Canada but emphasized its complete separation of governance, accounting, and auditing.[8]

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Coordinates: 43°36′13″N 79°34′07″W / 43.6036°N 79.5687°W / 43.6036; -79.5687