The Quebec Government subsidizes a controversial Montreal Muslim school to the tune of $555,500 annually - this to a school that claims to be associated with the Muslim Brotherhood ideology. The Muslim Brotherhood is an extremist organization whose mission is to advocate the establishment of an Islamic government and which has also led to the founding of Hamas in Palestine. Criticized by many for its affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, the institution gladly opened its doors to Rue Frontenac in order to counter what it qualifies as "paranoia".
Mr. Lazhar Aissaoui, the director ofthe Dar Al Iman School in the Saint-Laurent borough of Montreal, says with great assurance and pride that "I introduce my students to tolerance a lot more than the public school would". The director, wearing a grey suit is calm and smiling as he leads the visit of his establishment and allows the Rue Frontenac photographer to take as many pictures as he wishes. The female teachers, their heads covered with an Islamic veil, look at the visitors with an amused look.
Lazhar Aissaoui wants to show that there is nothing to hide. He is aware that his school has its critics. Dar Al Iman school clearly states on its internet website that it is affiliated with the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), a Muslim charitable organisation. Lazhar Aissaoui is also part of the board of directors of the MAC which, according to the Canada Revenu Agency, reported approximately $ 16 million worth of assets, and revenues of $ 9 million in 2009.