A recent investigative report by the Fifth Estate has revealed that a Toronto mosque has been issuing marriage certificates for Muslims in polygamous relationships.
Polygamy is illegal in Canada under section 293 of the Criminal Code, however it is rarely prosecuted by the legal system.
“I’ve decided to have a marriage again, to take a second wife” says the undercover reporter to Imam Aly Hindy.
“We have no problem with the government because this is nikah [a Muslim marriage]. There is no problem,” says the Imam.
“We are not going to register. If you register then it is illegal because you are already married.”
When confronted with the video of his statements, Imam Aly Hindy says that “you can’t prevent” polygamy.
“We have a problem and eventually this society, we’re going to recognize that there’s not enough men for each woman.”
Imam Aly Hindy has courted controversy before. In 2012 Hindy was quoted telling his congregation that homosexuality was “nonsense” and an “invented” phenomenon.
He described homosexuality as “illegal acts” saying that “Illegal means illegal in Islam, not illegal in the Canadian law, because everything is legal in the Canadian law, except children. Other than that, they allow everything.”
He’s also claimed that the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks were conducted by the CIA, he’s refused to sign a letter condemning the 2005 London bombings and has called the Toronto 18 terrorists “good people”.
The multi-million dollar Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Toronto where he works is known to receive a majority of its funding from foreign sources in the past as reported by the Canadian Revenue Agency.