Thousands of Muslims will be flocking to Toronto, Ontario, Canada from December 23-25th to participate in the 15th annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference at the Metro Convention Centre. The conference, which is one of the largest Islamic conferences in North America and hosts speakers from all around the world, is being sponsored by Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), an Islamic charity organization with deep ties to terrorism.
Co-founded by Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam El-Haddad, IRW, which is the largest Islamic charity in the world, was banned by Israel and United Arab Emirates in 2014 on grounds of funding terrorism. El-Haddad served as the head of the office of President Mohamed Morsi, helping oversee the oppressive Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, which provided material support to Hamas.
IRW is given millions of dollars every year by Western governments for the purpose of making “the world a better and fairer place for the three billion people still living in poverty,” with a focus on Islamic countries.
The connections between IRW and terrorism should concern everyone. On its home page, Reviving the Islamic Spirit describes the convention as “an attempt by the young Muslims in the West to help overcome new challenges of communication and integration.” However, hosting an Islamic conference that is sponsored by a terror-linked organization isn’t the best way to communicate or integrate into Western society.
AFDI contacted Reviving the Islamic Spirit several times for a comment regarding the IRW sponsorship. A spokesperson was not available to comment.