Muslim Association of Canada

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Muslim Association of Canada
TypeNon-profit organization; association
Legal statusActive
PurposeProvides religious and educational services for the Muslim community in Canada.
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario
Location
  • 11 Canadian cities.
Region served
Canada
Official language
English
French
President
Dr. Wael Haddara
AffiliationsIslamic Circle of North America
WebsiteMuslim Association of Canada

The Muslim Association of Canada is a non-profit organization which provides religious and educational services for the Muslim community in Canada.

MAC operates in 11 Canadian cities, with a vision to establish an Islamic presence in Canada that is integrated within the social fabric and culture of Canada. MAC works to achieve its mission by building Muslim individuals through educational, who are spiritually connected, strongly grounded in their own faith, with an understanding of what Islam means in the modern world.

The association holds a joint annual conference with the Islamic Circle of North America.

Edmonton[edit]

Edmonton, Alberta's main MAC resource is the MAC Islamic Center or Rahma Mosque, located in Southwest Edmonton. The mosque and center has a preschool, a Sunday school and a youth center. In May 2012, led by the MAC Islamic Center, MAC held a three-day convention that also included a concert given by Dawud Wharnsby.

They also run a private school in northwest Edmonton, the MAC Islamic School[1] which covers pre-school to grade 4, and a preschool in north Edmonton, the Creative Minds Preschool.[2]

Toronto[edit]

Located in Toronto, Ontario, MAC Toronto is a branch of MAC, providing religious and educational services for Muslims in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).[3]

MAC Toronto offer programs for communities in Toronto such as leadership training, Campus Halaqas (Religious circles), Islam awareness week Training and MYVoice - a quarterly magazine aimed at engaging Muslim youth.[4]

MAC Toronto centers and mosques in Toronto[edit]

[5]

  • Masjid Toronto at Dundas
  • Masjid Toronto at Adelaide
  • MAC Education Centre
  • Kitchener Masjid
  • Islamic Community Centre of Ontario

MAC Toronto schools in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)[edit]

[6]

  • Al-Huda Islamic Schools – Ajax Campus
  • Al-Huda Islamic Schools – Milton Campus
  • Al-Huda Islamic Schools - Applewood
  • Al-Huda Islamic Schools – OGS Campus
  • Olive Grove Islamic School
  • MAC Maple Grove School
  • MAC Islamic Preschool and Childcare

MAC Montreal[edit]

Located in Montreal, Quebec, MAC Montreal is the largest MAC chapter.

MAC centers and mosques in Montreal[edit]

  • Al-Rawdah Masjid[7]
  • Centre Communautaire Laurentien (CCL)[8]
  • Centre Islamique de Verdun (CIV)[9]

Controversies[edit]

During the 2000s, the Muslim Association of Canada donated a total sum of $296,514 to IRFAN-Canada, an organization now known to have ties to Hamas.[10] Between 2005 and 2009, IRFAN-Canada transferred over 14.6 million dollars to groups that have ties with Hamas.[11] IRFAN-Canada's charitable status was revoked in 2011 and it was dubbed a terrorist group by the Canadian Government on April 29, 2014.[11] The Muslim Association of Canada released a statement indicating that once "the allegations that led to [IRFAN-Canada's] delisting as a charity" arose, it stopped all donations to IRFAN-Canada.[12] Canadian government surveillance of transactions involving the Muslim Association of Canada continued to until at least 2014.[13]

Lorenzo Vidino, a U.S.-based security expert, has suggested that a number of Muslim-Canadian individuals and organizations, including the Muslim Association of Canada, have links to the Muslim Brotherhood.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MAC Islamic School". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Creative Minds Peschool (North)". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Our Vision and Mission". Muslim Association of Canada. 2012.
  4. ^ "Services in Toronto". Muslim Association of Canada. 2012.
  5. ^ "Centers and Mosques in Toronto". Muslim Association of Canada. 2012.
  6. ^ "Schools in Toronto". Muslim Association of Canada. 2012.
  7. ^ "Centre Communautaire Laurentien/Mosquée AlRawdah". alrawdah.ca.
  8. ^ "Centre Communautaire Laurentien". alrawdah.ca.
  9. ^ http://www.verdunmuslims.ca/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Islamic-Center-of-Verdun-Canada/345796632097538
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-30. Retrieved 2015-01-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ a b Canada, Public Safety (2014-04-29). "Government of Canada Lists IRFAN-Canada as terrorist entity". gcnws. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  12. ^ "A Statement by the Muslim Association of Canada" (PDF). Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Canadian Muslim group funnelled $300K to Hamas-linked charity: Documents". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  14. ^ MacLeod, Ian; May 16, Ottawa Citizen Updated:; 2015 (2015-05-16). "Beware of the Muslim Brotherhood, expert warns | Ottawa Citizen". Retrieved 2019-05-18.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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