Salaheddin Islamic Centre

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Salahedin Islamic Centre
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Basic information
Municipality Toronto
Province Ontario,  Canada
Country Canada
Leadership Ali Hindy
Capacity 2,500[1][2]

Located in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario Salaheddin Islamic Centre is a Canadian mosque noted for its outspoken Imam Aly Hindy

Since Aly Hindy took over the leadership of the Centre in 1997, Salaheddin has transformed from a small mosque to become a full centre with so many facilities and programs. Beside offering regular prayers, lectures & Conferences, Salaheddin Centre is assisting the disadvantaged and the destitute by offering a host of services including full-time elementary & High school, Marriage/counselling services, food bank,Youth programs ; and funeral service along with other activities that seek to improve people’s lives. www.salaheddin.org

One of its key founders was Hassan Farhat,[3] although he was made persona non grata by the mosque's administrators and forbidden from continuing to hold any position in the facility; although he was allowed to return for worship. A number of its worshippers have been accused of ties to terrorism, including Ahmed Khadr who ran a charity named Health and Education Project International that used to attend the mosque and allegedly funneled money to Afghan training camps.[4][5]

Brothers Saeed and Masoud Rasoul, whose father was a prayer leader at the mosque, later went missing in Iraq, believed to have fought for Ansar al-Islam, possibly at the urging of Farhat.[3]

Following the 2006 Toronto terrorism arrests, it emerged that Fahim Ahmad and a number of other suspects were members of the mosque.[6]

During the bail Hearing of Abdullah Khadr in August 2008, the Crown attacked the credibility of the mosque — although judge Trotter dismissed the suggestion, referring to testimony from RCMP officer Tarek Mokdad who agreed it was not reasonable to suggest the mosque supported terrorism.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shephard, Michelle. Toronto Star, "Centre of attention; Scarborough home to mosque, elementary school, library", February 28, 2004
  2. ^ Grady, Patrick. "Royal Canadian Jihad", p. 121
  3. ^ a b Shephard, Michelle and Tonda MacCharles. Toronto Star, "CSIS say Scarborough mosque founder linked to Al-Qaeda", March 9, 2005
  4. ^ Wood, Sara, American Forces Press Service, U.S. Military Commissions to Resume This Week at Guantanamo,
  5. ^ Bell, Stewart. National Post, "Khadr killed in gunfight: report", October 14, 2003
  6. ^ Macleans.ca 19 June 2006
  7. ^ http://www.thestar.com/article/482296

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