Islamic Relief Statement: February 1st 2019

Islamic Relief Canada stands against ALL forms of hate and bigotry towards any community. We have a strict speakers’ policy in place and all our speakers and guests that are hosted on Islamic Relief Canada’s platforms are regularly screened.

In 2017 we hosted a Reciter to deliver a recital of the Holy Quran prior to the month of Ramadan. He did not deliver any lectures or give religious instructions to any Canadian congregations.  

It has been brought to our attention that alleged statements were made by him that are contrary to our values at Islamic Relief Canada. We have not been able to confirm if he did, in fact, make those statements.We are currently investigating the the alleged incident.     

All our guests and speakers are expected to conform to the highest standards on our platform and sign a contract with us confirm their rejection of all forms of hate and bigotry.

Our staff, supporters and friends come from all backgrounds, including, Sunni and Shia Muslims, Christians, Jews and people of no faith.  We hold ourselves to the highest standard and are extremely disappointed in any failure to meet these standards.

We commit to increasing our rigour and care when selecting our guests for events across Canada. We also commit to ensuring our staff, volunteers and representatives are always committed to our shared Canadian values.