Montreal Islamic group defends itself by saying message is misunderstood

CTV – October 21, 2011

An Islamic group whose presence in Montreal sparked controversy has insisted that its message has been misunderstood. The Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) is a UK-based group that describes itself on its website as an “international dawah organization committed to educating and informing humanity about the truth and noble message of Islam.” However, a speech by the group’s chairman Abdurraheem Green, where he suggested it is alright for a husband to use physical force on his wife, drew a lot of negative attention to the group.

It led Concordia University’s Muslim Students’ Association to cancel a planned speech, but a Montreal group affiliated with the Muslim Association of Canada found another venue for another iERA lecturer to speak.