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Respected Muslim Association of Canada Leader pleads guilty to toddler kidnapping

Another respected Muslim leader, this time of the Canadian Muslim community, pleads guilty to a vicious crime. Check out the devout Chiheb Battikh and his impressive zebiba.

Chiheb Battik

“Chiheb Battikh, 52, pleads guilty for trying to kidnap toddler for ransom,” CBC, March 20,  (thanks to Armaros)

Battikh’s plan was to confine the 3-year-old grandson of a Quebec billionaire for 1 day, demand $500M ransom. ChihebBattikh, 52, was sentenced to six years in prison today after pleading guilty to attempting to kidnap the grandson of a Quebec billionaire for ransom.

Battikh was having financial trouble and intended to demand a ransom of $500 million from the wealthy family of the three-year-old victim.

​Battikh tried to kidnap the boy on the afternoon of Dec. 19, 2012, when his father went to pick him up from daycare.

The two crossed through F.X. Garneau Park in Outremont to get home — the father pulling his son on a sled.

That’s when the father, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, noticed they were being followed.

Battikh punched and kicked the man in the head and face, and used a stun gun to try to neutralize the boy’s father — but missed, only getting his ear and neck.

Nonetheless, the father lay on the ground, pretending to be injured.

Battikh snatched the three-year-old boy and ran.

The father chased after them and managed to tackle Battikh.

Neighbours heard screaming and called police, while one witness rushed to the father’s aid and helped him neutralize Battikh.

Battikh confesses

When police arrived on the scene they immediately arrested Battikh, who had a stun gun, pepper spray and car keys on him.

Officers found Battikh’s car parked on Elmwood Street, just near the park. It had a fake licence plate, and inside the trunk were an X-Acto knife, electrical tape, plastic ties, and a briefcase containing two cans of pepper spray.


Police arrested Battikh on Dec. 19, 2012 in Outremont near F.X. Garneau Park. (Radio-Canada)

Battikh first told police the boy’s father attacked him, but he eventually confessed to trying to kidnap the toddler.

Battikh, a computer engineer, told police during his interrogation that he no longer had the means to support his wife and five children.

The intrepid and meticulous blogger Point De Bacule has the detailed background here:

The kidnapping of a 3-year old child in Montreal on December 19 was well covered by the media. On the other hand, the main suspect Chiheb Battikh’s Islamist background and his role within the Muslim Brotherhood local infrastructure have gone unreported since his arrest.

Point de Bascule presents a list of organizations run by Battikh that we have been able to identify so far.

battikh chiheb 2 photos

Left, La Presse (Montreal – February 8, 2013) announces that Chiheb Battikh was denied bail after having been arrested for the kidnapping of a 3-year old boy in Montreal.

Right, on CTV News (June 20, 2011), on behalf of the Muslim Association of Canada, Chiheb Battikh expressed his opposition to FIFA rules that were forbidding the wearing of hijab and other political, religious, personal and commercial symbols on a soccer field.

Part 1 – The Crown prosecutor stresses that there was premeditation in the Montreal kidnapping of a child to get ransom

Part 2 – Chiheb Battikh’s role in the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC)

Chiheb Battikh was a member of MAC’s board of directors from 2000 to 2002 and a member of its executive committee in 2004-2005. When he was arrested in December 2012, he was head of MAC Education department.

Part 3 – MAC aims at progressively implementing sharia in Canada

MAC declares that its ideological origin goes back to the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood (1928) and that it strives to implement Islam as understood by its founder Hassan al-Banna (1906-1949).

Part 4 – MAC / Canadian Institute of Islamic Civilization (CIIC)

Chiheb Battikh is director of this MAC substructure in Montreal. The CIIC is a think tank where Islamist leaders with expertise in various fields develop tactics in order to adapt to the Canadian reality the strategies of Islamization decided by the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Doha (Qatar), at the IIIT or elsewhere.

Part 5 – MAC / Springs for Knowledge

Chiheb Battikh is one of Springs for Knowledge instructors. It is a substructure of MAC Department of Education whose role is to train the next generation of Islamist leaders who will implement, in Canada, the decisions taken by the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. On its website, Springs for Knowledge indicates that it recruits its candidates mostly in high schools and universities.

Part 6 – Le Savoir School

Chiheb Battikh was a member of this Montreal Islamic high school’s board of directors in 2011-2012. The building where the school is located is owned by MAC.

Part 7 – Mississauga’s Jamat-E-Islahul Muslemin Mosque

Chiheb Battikh joined the mosque’s board of directors after he moved to Ontario. He remained on its board after moving back to Montreal in 2004.

Part 8 – Ennahda

Political party representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia. It is the main component of the current government. A Tunisian website presented Chiheb Battikh, born in Tunisia, as being close to Ennahda.

Part 9 – Chihed Battikh signed a petition addressed to President Obama with many other North American Muslim Brotherhood heavyweights

NOTE: There are many variations in the spelling of Chiheb Battikh’s name in official documents and in those published by the Islamist organizations to which he belongs. This is only a partial list.

Chiheb Battikh – MAC Springs for Knowledge’s website
Chehab Battikh – Poster of a cultural and sportive event organized by MAC Youth
Chihab Battikh – MAC’s annual report on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website (2000)
Chihab Battiel – MAC’s annual report on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website (2001)
Chihab Batikh – MAC’s annual report on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website (2002)

Part 1 – The Crown prosecutor stresses that there was premeditation in the Montreal kidnapping of a child to get ransom

The engineer Chiheb Battikh, 51, head of the Muslim Association of Canada Education department is charged with kidnapping a 3-year old boy with intent to obtain a ransom from his rich family of Swedish origin.

In its December 24, 2012 edition, L’Express Outremont / Mont-Royal (Archives PdeB) reported the following facts about the kidnapping.

On December 19, 2012, the suspect Chiheb Battikh rushed on a man who was walking in F.-X. Garneau park with his 3-year old child in Outremont, a Montreal district. After having temporarily overpowered the father, the suspect grabbed the child and ran with him. After getting back up, the father chased the suspect and intercepted him with the help of a passerby. They restrained the suspect and waited for police to arrive.

Apparently, police found all the equipment required for the kidnapping and the confinement of the child in the suspect’s vehicle (Taser gun, pepper spray, etc.).

According to the investigation conducted by the Montreal Police Service, it seems that the suspect had carefully chosen his victim.

When she talked to the media, Crown prosecutor Me Sylvie Lemieux stressed that there was premeditation:

“I think it’s a person who was responsible, who knew exactly what he was doing for a good period of time, with the facts that we have in our file.” (…)

“This was targeted, calculated. There were searches on the Internet to find the ideal victim for whom he could demand a ransom – a large amount of money. He made a statement explaining how he found out the ideal victim, how he acquired the weapons he needed and how he chose the day to act.”

battikh chiheb rectangle

Part 2 – Chiheb Battikh’s role in the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC)

When Chiheb Battikh was arrested for kidnapping in December 2012, MAC Springs of Knowledge’s website listed three of his functions in the MAC infrastructure:

  1. Head of MAC Education Department;
  2. Director of the Canadian Institute of Islamic Civilization (Montreal Chapter), a MAC substructure;
  3. Instructor of young Muslims enrolled in MAC’s Springs for Knowledge program.

MAC’s logo is clearly displayed on the Springs for Knowledge’s website homepage.

On June 20, 2011, CTV News also identified Chiheb Battikh on television and on its website as a Muslim Association of Canada’s spokesperson. At the time, CTV interviewed Battikh and Museb Nabil Abu-Thuraia about their opposition to a decision taken by a Montreal soccer federation to implement FIFA rules banning the wearing of hijab and other political, religious, personal and commercial symbols on a soccer field.

According to Montreal La Presse, Chiheb Battikh has been living in Canada for more than twenty-five years. One of his children, a singer who performs in Muslim Brotherhood’s activities, has posted his own biography on the Internet. He describes his family’s moves between Montreal and Toronto.

Upon his arrival in Canada at the end of the eighties, Chiheb Battikh settled in Montreal. He lived there approximately until 1992 before moving to Toronto and living there until 2004. That year, he came back in the Montreal area. When he was arrested, Chiheb Battikh was living in Laval, a Montreal suburb.

Reports provided by MAC to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) identify Chihab Battikh (sic) in 2000, Chihab Battiel (sic) in 2001 and Chihab Batikh (sic) in 2002 among the organization’s directors. Exceptionally in 2000, there is a postal code beside Chihab Battikh’s name in the CRA file. It is a Mississauga postal code, a Toronto suburb.

In July 2004 and in October 2005, MAC identified Chiheb Battikh on its website as the head of the Institutions Department within its Executive committee, an entity separate from the Board of directors. In 2006, MAC stopped posting the names of the members of its Executive committee.

Chiheb Battikh negotiates the purchase of a Montreal downtown building for the MAC

Around 2010-2011, MAC tried to acquire a building located at 615 Belmont in the business district of Montreal as a base for its Islamist think tank, the Canadian Institute of Islamic Civilization. This building was originally the head office of the engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

Disagreements occurred between the owner and MAC. In a motion submitted to the Superior Court on February 15, 2012, MAC asked the tribunal to transfer the ownership of the building to its name. In section 22 of the motion, Chiheb Battikh is referred to as MAC’s representative responsible for the purchase of the building. His name is also mentioned in sections 24, 25 and 26 of the document.

On the Canadian Institute of Islamic Civilization’s website (section Building), the organization’s head office is at 615 Belmont in Montreal.

In an undated document posted on the Portail des musulmans du Grand Montréal, Mohamed Hamrani announced, on behalf of MAC, the acquisition of the building located at 615 Belmont. However, information available at the City of Montreal Property Assessment Service does not indicate that MAC owns the building on the day this article is being published (February 22, 2013).

According to documents submitted by MAC to the Canada Revenue Agency, Mohamed Hamrani was one of its directors in 2006.

battikh chiheb mac head education

MAC Springs for Knowledge website
Br. Chiheb Battikh, Head of MAC Education Department and Director of the Canadian Institute of Islamic Civilization. (Montreal Chapter)

Part 3 – MAC aims at progressively implementing sharia in Canada

MAC implements the Muslim Brotherhood program in Canada. On its own website, it states that its “modern roots can be traced to the Islamic revival of the early twentieth century, culminating in the movement of the Muslim Brotherhood … MAC adopts and strives to implement Islam … as understood in its contemporary context by the late Imam, Hassan Albanna (1906-1949), the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

In his 50-point manifesto, Hassan al-Banna urges his supporters to abolish political parties and replace them by a single party system. He favours the modification of laws so that they conform to sharia and calls for the multiplication of associations dedicated to promoting the spirit of jihad amongst the youth.

In his essay On Jihad, al-Banna explains that “it’s an obligation for us (Muslims) to fight against them (the infidels) after inviting them (to join Islam), even if they do not fight against us”.

In another text (To what Do We Invite Humanity?), Hassan al-Banna refers to Adolf Hitler as a role model for Muslims looking for “success and fortune”.

According to GMBDR, a website monitoring the Muslim Brotherhood around the world, MAC and Hamas (Charter – Article 2) are among the rare sections of the network openly acknowledging their links with the Brotherhood.

MAC has even openly defended Hamas in a press release more than a year after the Canadian government added the organization to its terror list on November 27, 2002.

From 2001 to 2010, MAC transferred $296,514 to IRFAN-Canada, Hamas’ fund collector in the country. In April 2011, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked IRFAN’s status after having concluded that, for the period 2005-2009 alone, it transferred $14.6 million to the terrorist organization Hamas (GMBDRToronto Star).

Hamas’ leaders frequently advocate for an Islamic conquest of the West (200820112012) and the terrorist organization has vowed to wage jihad against Israel until it is wiped off the map (Charter – Article 13).

In spite of its charitable status that forbids involvement in politics, MAC radicalizes the Muslim community by regularly inviting in Canada foreign Islamist leaders who promote the implementation of sharia in the country.

Tariq Ramadan is one of these speakers invited by MAC. In a 2004 interview granted to an Egyptian magazine, Tariq Ramadan enjoined Islamist leaders operating in Canada to use the flexibility of the Canadian legal framework to their advantage and introduce sharia in the country. Ramadan warned that “for the time being”, it would be preferable not to openly mention the term sharia in Canada while doing so. “The term shariah in itself is laden with negative connotations in the Western mind. There is no need to stress that”, he concluded.

In 2011 in Dallas, Tariq Ramadan enjoined his supporters to “coloniz(e) the United States of America … with our understanding of Islam, our principles.” Brian Lilley recently presented this excerpt during a SUN TV show dedicated to Justin Trudeau’s participation at the RIS 2012 Islamist convention.

In an internal memorandum that was seized by police and produced for evidentiary purposes in the 2007-2008 Holy Land Foundation trials, the Muslim Brotherhood clearly sums up its goal in North America:

Point 4.4 The Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions… It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes.

The 2007-2008 Holy Land Foundation trials led to the conviction of all Muslim Brotherhood leaders charged of terrorism financing (GMBDR).

MAC controls many mosques, it manages schools, such as Dar al-Iman in Montreal and Abraar in Ottawa, it controls the main halal certification agency in Quebec, it mobilizes young Muslims through Scout activities and otherwise, it is engaged in so-called “outreach programs” with police services, political and religious leaders, etc.

A few days ago, after the announcement of a grant given to MAC by the government of Alberta, Point de Bascule published an article reminding of MAC’s links with IRFAN-Canada and WAMY-Canada, two organizations whose charitable status was revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency for having funded terrorism.

Point de Bascule (February 8, 2013): Alberta gave $250,000 to Islamists who financed HAMAS’ fund collector and invites promoters of sharia in Edmonton

mac canada carte

Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) – Islam in Canada

MAC is a national, grassroots organization. In 2009, MAC stated that it was operating in 11 Canadian cities. Its penetration has reached other cities since.

Two images from two MAC websites

Springs for Knowledge
MAC official website homepage (version 2009)

Part 4 – MAC / Canadian Institute of Islamic Civilization

In order to further its program of Islamization, MAC set up the Canadian Institute of Islamic Civilization (CIIC).

In the Contribute section of the organization’s website, donors who wish to do so are invited to contact an unidentified CIIC leader. The posted phone number is the same one that was given in 2005 by Chiheb Battikh to Industry-Canada when he registered his company Canada Best Food Investrade Inc (BN 818415879RC0001).

According to CIIC’s website, this organization was set up by MAC to determine how to best implement Islamic principles in the current reality:

MAC envisions that the CIIC will become the hub of great scholarship and research into Muslim Heritage and its applications, within the interconnected world of today.

Once deciphered, this message tells us that the CIIC is destined to become a headquarter where Canada-based Islamist leaders knowledgeable in law, economy, engineering, computer science and other fields will determine the most appropriate tactics to implement locally the general decisions taken by the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Doha (Qatar), at the IIIT or elsewhere.

The CIIC’s mission in Canada is similar to that of the Centre for the study of sharia run by Tariq Ramadan and inaugurated in Doha (Qatar) in January 2012:

With a vision of reform and renewal guided by the fundamental principles of the Holy Qur’an, Sunna and the higher objectives of Islam, we (the Doha Centre) aim to provide a methodological and theoretical framework that leads to concrete contributions and practical applications and in the process transforms reality to bring about a more just and ethical world.

GMBDR (January 17, 2012): Tariq Ramadan and Youssef Qaradawi Come Together at Launch of New Qatar Center to Be Headed by Ramadan

When Islamists talk about «transforming reality», they state their intention to implement sharia principles.

In order to determine the specifics of Tariq Ramadan’s “more just and ethical world”, it is important to know that Youssef Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide, is his mentor. In his book Radical Reform, Ramadan describes Qaradawi as a “prominent scholar” who has outlined the attitudes and the kind of behaviour that Muslims living in the West should adopt.

In recent years, Qaradawi’s “principles of ethics” have led him to advocate for the conquest of the West by Muslims, to condone female genital mutilations, to claim that Hitler was sent by Allah to punish the Jews (video), to endorse suicide bombings, to promote the killing of Muslims who leave Islam (apostates), etc.

This is what Tariq Ramadan, MAC and the Muslim Brotherhood’s “more just and ethical world” looks like.

Recently, Qaradawi even stated that, without the punishment against apostasy, “Islam wouldn’t exist today”.

In his book Priorities of the Islamic movement in the coming phase (chapter 4), Qaradawi declares it legitimate to use force to implement sharia principles (“changing wrong by force whenever possible”). To justify the use of force to implement sharia leads directly to armed jihad. In a text published by IslamOnLine in 2011, MAC’s mentor reminded that offensive armed jihad is a tactic that he supports.

The coercive and violent aspect of the Islamist project is very real. However, those who reduce the Islamist threat to a terrorist threat are seriously underestimating its scope.

Stewart Bell (National Post – January 3, 2013): Islamist extremists radicalizing Canadians at ‘a large number of venues,’ secret report reveals

ciic ris 2012

In December 2012, Chihab Battikh’s CIIC website displayed a message saying that the organization would be present at the RIS 2012 Islamist conference in Toronto. Justin Trudeau chose to speak there in spite of the objections. A few days before the conference, IRFAN-Canada, one of the main sponsors, withdrew from the event after its links with Hamas were exposed by Point de Bascule.

Chiheb Battikh was unable to attend RIS 2012 since he was arrested for kidnapping on December 19, 2012, two days before the opening of the conference.


Picture taken in January 2012 in Qatar at the opening of a research centre on sharia run by Tariq Ramadan

2nd from the left – Youssef Qaradawi, Muslim Brotherhood spiritual guide
3rd from the left – Sheikha Mozah, wife of the emir of Qatar
In the middle – Tariq Ramadan
5th from the left – Mustafa Ceric, Muslim Brotherhood leader in Europe

from the left – Yusuf Islam (ex-singer Cat Stevens)

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