On July 6, 2013, CAIR-CAN issued a press release announcing that the organization will now be known as the National Council of Canadian Muslims (Conseil national des musulmans canadiens in French).
Removing all allusions to CAIR in its name helps the newly renamed Council cover its links with the Washington-based / Hamas-linked organization. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was founded in 1994 by three leaders of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), a Hamas front in the United States at the time.
According to its charter (article 2), Hamas is the branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza. In recent years (2008 – 2011 – 2012), its leaders have confirmed that the destruction of Israel is only a part of its program that aims at imposing Islam to the whole planet. In 2011, for example, Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said on TV that Western civilization “will not be able to withstand the great and glorious Islam.”
IAP appears in an annex of a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood’s internal memorandum listing the organizations associated with the Brotherhood in the United States. It is #22 on the list.
This memorandum was seized by police and produced for evidentiary purposes in two Holy Land Foundation trials that took place in the U.S. in 2007 and 2008. These trials led to the convictions of all leaders accused of terrorism financing.
At point 4 of the memorandum, the goal pursued by IAP and the other organizations belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood network in North America is described in no uncertain terms:
The Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions… It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes.”
At point 20 of this declaration of war, Jamal Badawi, is identified as a Muslim Brotherhood leader in North America. Badawi has been on CAIR-CAN’s board of administrators at least since 2004. On May 28, 2013, he was still listed on the organization’s board. Badawi is based in Halifax. He is also on the board of many other Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations in Canada and in the United States.
In a 2004 text, Jamal Badawi wrote about the Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna (1906-1949) that “he has epitomized twentieth century Islamic thought and ideology.” Al-Banna’s ideas are summarized in his 50-point manifesto. In it, al-Banna urged his supporters to abolish political parties and replace them by a single party system, he favoured the modification of laws so that they conform to sharia, he called for the multiplication of associations dedicated to promoting the spirit of jihad amongst the youth, etc.
In his essay On Jihad, al-Banna explained that “it’s an obligation for us (Muslims) to fight against them (the infidels) after inviting them (to join Islam), even if they do not fight against us”. (Five Tracts, Translated by Charles Wendell, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1978, p. 147)
In another essay (To what Do We Invite Humanity?), Hassan al-Banna referred to Adolf Hitler as a role model for Muslims looking for “success and fortune”.
CAIR-CAN / NCCM leader Jamal Badawi is also a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), headed by the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide Youssef Qaradawi. Like the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Qaradawi is inspired by Hitler’s deeds. In 2009, on Al-Jazeera, Qaradawi claimed that Hitler was sent by Allah to punish the Jews (video – MEMRI – GMBDR).
In 2002, while she was CAIR-CAN Chair, Sheema Khan introduced Qaradawi to her Globe and Mail readers as a “renowned Muslim scholar.”
In its 2009-2010 Annual Review (p. 4), CAIR-CAN rewrote history and claimed that “in 2000, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) was incorporated as fully autonomous and entirely separate organization from the Washington-based CAIR.”
On July 6, 2013, CAIR-CAN / NCCM provided answers to frequently asked questions with its press release announcing the name change. Again, it misrepresented its relationship with Washington-based / Hamas-linked CAIR by stating that “there was never any operating or funding relationship between CAIR.CAN and CAIR.”
In a 2003 trademark case, then-CAIR-CAN Chair Sheema Khan stated in an affidavit that CAIR “has direct control” over CAIR-CAN’s activities.