News Releases & Statements


NCCM condemns recent anti-Muslim incidents

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - September 15, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim advocacy organization, today condemns three recent anti-Muslim hate incidents, including an attempt to run down a Calgary Muslim imam with a motor vehicle and two vandalisms of a Fort Saskatchewan Islamic prayer space and a residential building. According to recent reports, Calgary Muslim community leader Imam Syed Soharwardy was struck by a car twice on September 12, 2014 on his way to Friday prayers. The female driver yelled out that he was a ...

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NCCM endorses and echoes Imams’ denunciation of ISIS

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – August 22, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, endorses and reiterates the declaration today by the Canadian Council of Imams (CCI) which denounces violent extremism and terrorism by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). “The NCCM joins the CCI today in reaffirming its categorical condemnation of extremist violence and terrorism of any kind, for whatever stated reason, by anyone and against any individual or group. “We emphasize the ...

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NCCM condemns anti-Semitic vandalism in GTA

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – July 24, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) condemns the recent anti-Semitic vandalism in Thornhill. According to media reports, a swastika and the word “F--k Israel” were spray painted on a bus shelter, which is situated in the predominantly Jewish neighbourhood. This attack comes just days after a similar incident targeting a mosque in the area with anti-Muslim and anti-Arab graffiti. In a statement, NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee says: “The NCCM stands with our fellow Canadians in unequivo...

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NCCM condemns vandalism of Thornhill mosque

Urges political leaders to "tone down" rhetoric about Gaza-Israel conflict -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - July 21, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today is calling on federal politicians and elected representatives to denounce the recent vandalism of the Jaffari Islamic Centre in Thornhill, Ontario.  According to media reports, the Islamic Centre was spray painted with stars of David and anti-Arab messages referencing the current Gaza-Israel conflict. York Regional Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. See: CBC - ...

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NCCM denounces attack on Hamilton Muslim students

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - July 17, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, condemned the assault last night on two McMaster University students in Hamilton, Ontario which is being investigated by the Hamilton Police hate crimes unit. According to a media report the victims - both Muslims originally from Egypt - were leaving evening prayers at a local mosque when a group of approximately ten youth yelled racial slurs at them.  Shortly thereafter 3 males from among the group ran towards ...

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NCCM condemns Toronto Councillor Doug Ford’s anti-Muslim remarks

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - July 4, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, today condemned anti-Muslim remarks made by Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford. According to reports, in responding to an integrity complaint, Ford told the complainant to "go to hell", and accused him of being part of a "jihad". Ford also told the Toronto Sun on Thursday that "this is not normal in democracy . . . it is a full out jihad against us right now." A day earlier, Ford accused Cynthia Mulligan, a ...

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National human rights group calls for ‘decisive’ government action for Canadian journalist sentenced by Egyptian kangaroo court

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - June 23, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group, again calls on the federal government to take decisive action to secure the release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy. In a long awaited decision, the Canadian-Egyptian Cairo bureau chief for Al Jazeera English was sentenced to seven years on what are widely believed to be politically motivated charges of spreading false news to undermine Egyptian national security and for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. ...

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NCCM Endorses National Ramadan Campaign to Fight Hunger

For Immediate Release - (Ottawa, June 16, 2014) – The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties organization, is pleased to endorse a national, grassroots campaign aimed at fighting hunger by raising money for food banks during the holy month of Ramadan. Give 30, now in its third year, encourages Canadians of all faiths and backgrounds to share in the giving spirit of the month which begins at the end of June. Canadians donated over $130,000 in previous years. In 2014, nine food banks in five provinces are part of the ...

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NCCM urges Canadian Muslims to renew efforts to combat radicalization

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - June 4, 2014) Following news of another Canadian man who is reported to have died abroad in a suicide attack in Iraq, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, is calling upon Canadian Muslim communities to reinvigorate their efforts to combat radicalization towards extremist violence. "We call upon leaders within Canadian Muslim communities to continue to combat the message of violent extremists who attempt to hijack and distort the Islamic faith by using cut-and-...

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NCCM commences defamation lawsuit against PMO

-For Immediate Release- MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Saikaley, Legal Counsel | Caza Saikaley LLP, 613-565-2292 (Ottawa - May 26, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, has commenced a lawsuit against Jason MacDonald, the Prime Minister's Communications Director, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper for defamation in relation to a media statement made by Mr. MacDonald about the NCCM on January 16, 2014. In response to a January 14th open letter issued by NCCM to the Prime Minister urging him to reconsider ...

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