“…NCCM was formerly known as CAIR-CAN or the Council of American Islamic Relations-Canada. Its U.S. parent, CAIR-USA, was originally established by the Muslim Brotherhood and later designated by the U.S. Justice Department as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case, meaning it might have been suspected but was never charged with an offence. One of CAIR-CAN’s founding directors was also an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial, which pertained to the illegal funding of Hamas. Not coincidently, Hamas is defined in its charter as the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. So despite the current denials by NCCM of any connection to the Brotherhood-affiliated CAIR-USA, the two organizations have extensive historical ties, with both groups having made repeated claims in the past that they are connected to each other.
But the domestic implications of the Brotherhood’s influence in Canada go beyond funding terror abroad and the NCCM lawsuit. The mission of the Brotherhood in the U.S. and Canada is hardly benign. According to the Ikhwan’s “1991 Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” the Brotherhood’s “civilizational jihad” in North America is focused on “eliminating and destroying the western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house.”
Canadians will undoubtedly take umbrage at classifying Canada as a “miserable house” slated for destruction but are unlikely to be overly preoccupied with Canada becoming a caliphate any time in the near future. But there is every justification to be concerned with Muslim Brotherhoodaffiliated organizations such as Young Muslims in Canada that actively promote the hate-filled diatribes of individuals such as Sayyed Qutb. Qutb is a Brotherhood icon and martyr, whose monographs against unbelievers were instrumental in laying the ideological foundation for the violence of so many Islamist terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida.
Young Muslims of Canada, the youth wing of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), also references the works of Brotherhood figures such as Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna. The latter is quoted on the website, urging martyrdom: “…prepare for jihad and be the lovers of death… May Allah grant myself and yours the honour of martyrdom in His way!”