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Muslim Brotherhood-linked mosque hit with lien

July 19, 2011

Among his many leadership positions among North American Muslim Brotherhood front groups, Dr. Jamal Badawi also serves on the board of directors for the Maritime Muslim Academy of Halifax, Canada.

The Maritime Muslim Academy hired Kassner/Goodspeed Architects for a project at Ummah Mosque and Community Centre.  The Maritime Academy has since stiffed the architects for over $35,000.

The bill has gone unpaid for at least several months, so  Kassner/Goodspeed has fearlessly upped the ante by filing a mechanic’s lien against the mosque.  If Maritime doesn’t cough up the payment, a judge could force the sale of the mosque to satisfy the lien.  Alas, Maritime will probably reach some sort of half-hearted payment plan or settlement with the firm.

But wouldn’t a forced sale be lovely?  A prediction, by the way:  we will see more and more unpaid debts by Islamic institutions to “infidel” professional service firms and lenders in the coming months and years.

From TGMBDR (with paragraph breaks added) on June 28:

Canadian Mosque Associated With U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Leader Has Financial Trouble

Canadian media is reporting that a new Halifax mosque associated with U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi appears to be experiencing financial difficulties. Acording to the report:

A Halifax architecture firm has put a lien on the city’s new mosque. Kassner/Goodspeed Architects Ltd. has launched a lawsuit against the Maritime Muslim Academy over an unpaid $36,194 bill for its work on the Ummah Mosque and Community Centre. The architecture firm registered a lien against lands at 2510 St. Matthias St. and 6225 Chebucto Rd.

The last work the architecture firm did on the project was on April 1, according to the statement of claim made public Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. ”Any applicable period of credit for payment has expired,” said the lawsuit.

Kassner/Goodspeed is looking for the Maritime Muslim Academy to make good on the unpaid bill, plus the cost of the legal action.  ”In the event of a default of payment,” the architecture firm wants a judge to order the property sold to cover the academy’s bill, according to the lawsuit.

Andrew Wolfson, a Dartmouth lawyer who represents the architecture firm, admitted it was odd to place a lien on a mosque. ”Yeah, it’s different,” Wolfson said. “I’ve never had to do that before.” Dan Goodspeed, who designed the project, refused to comment Wednesday.

Hadi Salah, principal of the Maritime Muslim Academy, said Wednesday he couldn’t speak about the matter. ”I really don’t have the time now,” Salah said. Last year, he told The Chronicle Herald that the $6-million project would be completed without borrowing a penny. Salah said in an April 2010 interview that the mosque was being constructed without the traditional sort of North American mortgage obtained by most businesses, institutions and individuals undertaking big construction jobs. ”In Islamic tradition, it is prohibited to deal with interest,” Salah said at the time. “This project is built mostly by fundraising and the community has been quite generous.”

But Imam Jamal Badawi, professor emeritus of religious studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, said Wednesday that the unpaid architect’s bill has nothing to do with that tradition. ”It’s something much more complex than that,” said Badawi, who refused to elaborate.  ”It has nothing to do with the question of interest. It is a matter before the court of law and it would not be appropriate ethically or legally to make any comment at this point.”

The mosque is slated to take up about one-third of the 25,000-square-foot complex, which includes a gymnasium, library and cafeteria. The province contributed $767,000 toward the construction cost of the gym. Donations for the construction project are still being solicited on the mosque’s website. ”The envelope is completed and we are getting closer to the final stage,” according to http://www.ummahmasjid.ca. “To date, approximately 70 per cent of the needed work toward the project completion has been done.”

An overview updated this month indicates that $5,263,640 in donations have been promised for the project, with $4,238,858 collected.

Dr. Badawi is a leader in many of the most important organizations of the global Muslim Brotherhood including the Islamic Society of North America, the Council on American Islamic Relations (Canada), the Fiqh Council of North America, the Muslim American Society, and the European Council for Fatwa and Research. He recently retired from an academic position at St. Mary’s University in Halifax and continues to be one of the most widely traveled North American Muslim Brotherhood leaders. An earlier post discussed his role in the top leadership structures of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

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4 comments

  1. In the name of Allah the most Gracious and most merciful————————————————

    July 26, 2012

    Galib Malik Ramathan
    1626 Weston Rd Unit B1 Toronto, Ontario, M9N 1T9, Canada
    E-Mail: galibramathan1999@hotmail.com

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Assalamu Alaikum My Dear Brothers/Sisters in Islam

    My name is Galib Ramathan. I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia on January 1st 1981. I am from a poor Muslim family. I have a problem and I need some help. I am sick I have a mental problem. I am not feeling well, I suffer mental illness called Schizophrenia; I am unable to work or to go to school because of this illness, Presently, I am taking a medication. I have a family doctor in Toronto, Ontario

    Presently; I am residing in Toronto for the past 17 years since 1994; alone by myself. I don’t have any family in Canada. My family is living in East Africa Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania. I never had seen my family for long time because we lost each other during the civil war in Somalia. Now I would like to visit with my family and spend more time with them to feel much better. I miss my family and I miss home. Now I am a Canadian citizen. But I do not have money for airline ticket. My airline ticket it cost $1650.00 including everything.

    Tanzania is a poor country however everybody is happy and healthy nobody worries about anything.

    Today I am not in good health. For that reason I am requesting any Zakat during the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is month of blessing. Whatever Zakat you can afford please send me a cheque with my name on it at above address on the top of this letter. Please try to help me as much as you can.

    If you don’t help me nobody else can help me you are my Muslim brothers and sisters. Please don’t look at the money look the health I will get that is the most important thing. The reason I send you this letter is to let you know about my situation as a Muslim brother.

    Our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him) says have mercy on those upon the earth; and Allah will have mercy on you and please help and follow those who are in need and wherever you are helping each other?

    Any amount of money that I can get will be greatly appreciated. I am planning to go to Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania on September 1st, 2012 insha-Allah. Please don’t ignore me as long as we are Muslim brothers and sisters.

    I wish I had this airline ticket it makes me comfortable and happier. Anyway you can help me I will be greatly appreciated. If I go to Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania and spend more time with my family my personal health problem will improve greatly, I will feel much better. Please donate to me generously and kindly.

    I am requesting for help for the sake of God. I need your help and would you please help me in this situation? I would like to have a chance to live happily and to experience no frustration due to my illness. I am very desperate for your help. If you don’t help me, who will?

    Thank you, for your understanding and May Allah bless you and your family.

    Jazak Allah Khayran

    Yours truly,
    Galib Ramathan


  2. In the name of Allah the most Gracious and most merciful——————————

    October 2, 2012

    Name Bank: Scotia Bank

    address Bank 1885 Weston Rd Toronto, Ontario, M9N 1V9, Canada
    Account Number # 516720403881 Branch Number # 51672 Institution
    Number # 002

    Swift Code NOSCCATT

    Canadian dollar Account

    Name Account: Galib Ramathan

    Galib Malik Ramathan
    1626 Weston Road Unit B1 Toronto, Ontario, M9N 1T9, Canada
    E-Mail: galibramathan1979@hotmail.com

    To Whom It May Concern:

    My Dear Brothers/Sisters in Islam

    Assalamu Alaikum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakathu

    My name is Galib Ramathan. I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia on January 1st 1981. I am from a poor Muslim family. I have a problem and I need some help. And I am currently a Canadian citizen. I am from a low income family and in need of financial assistance. I am sick and suffering from a mental illness called Schizophrenia;

    I am unable to work or to go to school because of this illness. Presently, I am taking a medication and in care of a family doctor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My health was affected by the civil war in Somalia when I was ten years old and its deteriorating day by day. I have been sick for the past 20 years since 1991.

    Presently, I am residing in Toronto for the past 17 years by myself with no family members. My family is in East Africa Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania, I have been away from my family since 1994; we were separated because of the civil war in Somalia.

    I have decided to move to Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania permanently to join my family, I never took a medication in my life when I was in Africa it doesn’t matter what part of Africa. Now if I go back to Tanzania my personal health problem will be improve greatly. I will feel much better.

    I am going to Tanzania in order to improve my health condition. I am frustrated, lonely and depressed living in Canada alone without my family I can’t eat properly and I cannot sleep because of the stress,

    I believe I will be off in Tanzania with my family as I am ill and they can take care of me. I strongly believe my health will improve with my family around;

    I lived in Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania for many years before coming to Canada and that time I was healthy and I never suffered from any disease or illness.

    I am not will be unable to get enough money to survive there. I am in need of financial assistance in order to move back to Tanzania, as I am unable to work due to my illness and I cannot survive in Africa as there is no agency or government that can assist me financially.

    I would be much better for my health wise physical and mentally I will really appreciated for any help that I can get from you.

    If I remember how we lived in Tanzania sometimes I cry. I am in need urgent support and please try to assist me the best you can. Please don’t ignore me. It doesn’t matter if you are a Muslim or non-Muslim, Please try to help me as much as you can.

    Today I don’t have a life in this country. I spend thinking about myself of not knowing what to do. I would like to achieve a better life as well as independence. Now the problem I have is I am not will be able to get enough money to survive there. I cannot survive in Africa without any support.

    Tanzania is a poor country however everybody is happy and healthy nobody worries about anything because there is no stress, frustration and
    depression.

    I have strong feelings going back to Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania for good. I am requesting any financial assistance for this matter.

    I am a poor social support in Canada.
    I can’t even afford to visit with my family and spend more time with them to feel much better.

    Whatever charity you can afford please Deposit into this Bank Account on the top of this letter you can also send me a cheque with my name on it at above address on the top of this letter with ups services, or Federal Express post. Please don’t send me regular mail because my house is basement the mail box there is no Key and it is outside apartment it is not safe.

    Please the reason I send you this letter is to let you know about my situation as Muslim brothers and sisters. Anyway you can help me will be greatly appreciated.

    Islam cares much for maintaining the highest level of social solidarity and strength among the members of the society. It goes without saying that spending money on charitable deeds, such as helping the needy, alleviating the pains of the distressed and support those who are in need will be upon them in this world and hereafter.

    Safwan ibn Salim related that the prophet said; anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah�s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night (Bukhari) Anas related that the prophet said; if any Muslim plants something or sows seed from which a man, a bird or an animal eats, it counts a charity for him. (Bukhari, Muslim)

    Any amount of money that I can get will be appreciated and I will pray for you and for myself for God to make it easy for me and bless whoever will be willing to assist me, reward them and make it easy upon them in this world and hereafter?

    I will not be unable to survive Tanzania without assistance. Please try your best to assist me. I get depressed if the weather is too cold especially during the wintertime but African season is always summer there is no winter in Africa.

    The weather in Tanzania is good and I will be more active unlike here I cannot stand the winter season and the more I stay inside my apartment due to the cold I get more stressed out and depressed. I would like to be independent in my life I want to get a better life in the future.

    I am very happy to go back to Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania to be with my family.
    I miss my family and I miss home. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible.

    I feel depressed and unhappy and I feel lonely. I would like to closer to my family. I am planning to go to Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania on December 31, 2014 for good insha-Allah, I am happy to go to Tanzania to be with my family and share my life with them to feel much better.

    I need your help and would you please help me in this situation? I would like to have a chance to live happily and to experience no frustration due to my illness. I am very desperate for your help. If you donâte help me, who will?

    Thank you, for your understanding and May Allah bless you and your family.

    Jazak Allah Khayran

    Yours sincerely,
    Galib Ramathan


  3. Only a criminal investigation can resolve this crisis. If you are a Muslim that became involved in this project or donated money, you would the depth of corruption. There aren’t many culprits. It’s only handful and everyone knows them but only a few had the courage to confront these rogues. These ‘leaders’ are not humans, let alone Muslims that would mean they act on conscience. They lie when they speak, they break when they make an agreement, they never keep their promise, and they speak with contempt when they argue.


  4. In the name of Allah the most Gracious the most merciful——-

    February 18, 2013

    Galib Malik Ramathan
    1626 Weston Road Unit B1 Toronto, Ontario M9N 1T9, Canada

    E-Mail galibramathan1979@hotmail.com

    To Whom It May Concern:

    My Dear Brothers/Sisters in Islam

    Assalamu Alaikum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakathu

    My name is Galib Ramathan. I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia on January 1st 1981. I am from a poor Muslim family. I have a problem and I need some help from my Muslim brothers and sisters. I am sick I have a mental problem. I am not feeling well, I suffer mental illness called Schizophrenia; I am unable to work or to go to school because of this illness, Presently, I am taking a medication. I have a family doctor in Toronto, Ontario

    I don’t have any family in Canada. My family is living in East Africa Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania. I would like to visit with my family and spend more time with them to feel much better. Now I am a Canadian citizen. I have airline ticket to go to Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania. I am leaving on March 1st, 2013 insha-Allah now the problem

    I have is I do not have money for food to survive there for that reason I am requesting any Zakat

    Whatever Zakat you can afford please send me a cheque with my name on it at above on the top of this letter. I am going to Tanzania in order to improve my health condition to feel much better. Whatever you learn good thing in your heart May Allah make it easy for you? I am going away for six months. for example I wish I had USD$5000.00 or more to survive there for the next 12 months.

    Tanzania is a poor country however everybody is happy and healthy, nobody worries about anything. I miss my family and I miss home. IF I go to Tanzania and spend more time with my family my personal health problem will improve greatly, I will feel much better.

    Please don’t look at the money look the health I will get that is the most important thing. I used to live in Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania. I never suffered from any disease of illness. I never took medication in my live when I was in Africa it doesn’t matter what part of Africa. I am in need of important urgent support and please try to assist me the best you can.

    Any amount of money that I can get will be greatly appreciated. Please don’t ignore me as long as we are Muslim brothers and sisters. Anyway you can help me I will be greatly appreciated. May Allah will give you more than you give me and May Allah will help you and reward you. Please donate to me generously and kindly. Please forward to concern this letter to other members government in your country.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible. I am requesting for help for the sake of God. I need your help and would you please help me in this situation? I would like to have a chance to live happily and to experience no frustration due to my illness. I am very desperate for your help. If you don’t help me, who will?

    Thank you, for your understanding and May Allah bless you and your family.

    Jazak Allah Khayran

    Yours truly, Galib Ramathan



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