Did The East End Madrassah Mullah Just Violate The CRA’s Ruling On Political Activity By Registered Charities?

Below is a summation of Maulana Rizvi’s Dec 7 2012 Khutbah – Canadian Foreign Policy Towards Israel/Palestine; Status of Hussain in the Hereafter – Maulana Rizvi.

Beginning at the 13:40 mark for approximately 4 minutes, Rizvi communicates his opposition to the “Harper Government’s” “blind support of Israel”. The entire video is here.

Listen and then read what the CRA says about partisan political activity and whether Rizvi’s criticism of Canada’s support for Israel violates the CRA’s directives. I’ve italicized what I believe are the relevant sections. A complaint about the charitable status of Rizvi’s ISIJ has been filed on a separate matter.

Khutbah (Arabic: (خطبة khuṭbah)) serves as the primary formal occasion for public preaching in the Islamic tradition.

Published on Dec 7, 2012

– Canadian Government’s Stand on Palestine and Israel
– Total Blind Support for Israel is Evident
– Palestine Applied for Non-Member Observer State Status
– 138 Countries Voted in Favour
– 41 Abstained
– 9 Opposed including Canada, Czech Republic, Palau, Nauru, Micronesia, Marshall island, Panama, USA, and Israel
– Canadian Decision Not Reflective of the Majority Population

Friday Juma Khutba

Recited By: Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi
Date: December 7th, 2012

CRA 6.2 What are political activities?

A charity may take part in political activities if they are non-partisan and connected and subordinate to the charity’s purposes.

We presume an activity to be political if a charity:

explicitly communicates a call to political action (i.e., encourages the public to contact an elected representative or public official and urges them to retain, oppose, or change the law, policy, or decision of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country);

explicitly communicates to the public that the law, policy, or decision of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country should be retained (if the retention of the law, policy or decision is being reconsidered by a government), opposed, or changed; or explicitly indicates in its materials (whether internal or external) that the intention of the activity is to incite, or organize to put pressure on, an elected representative or public official to retain, oppose, or change the law, policy, or decision of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country.

6.1 What are prohibited activities?

A charity may not take part in an illegal activity or a partisan political activity. A partisan political activity is one that involves direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party or candidate for public office.

When a political party or candidate for public office supports a policy that is also supported by a charity, the charity is not prevented from promoting this policy. However, a charity in this situation must not directly or indirectly support the political party or candidate for public office. This means that a charity may make the public aware of its position on an issue provided:

it does not explicitly connect its views to any political party or candidate for public office;

the issue is connected to its purposes;

its views are based on a well-reasoned position;

public awareness campaigns do not become the charity’s primary activity.

In addition, a charity in this situation is also subject to the restrictions this guidance places on non-partisan political activity, public awareness campaigns and communications with an elected representative or public official.

Finally, a charity may provide information to its supporters or the public on how all the Members of Parliament or the legislature of a province, territory or municipal council voted on an issue connected with the charity’s purpose. However, a charity must not single out the voting pattern on an issue of any one elected representative or political party.

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