I recieved a mail the contents of which are now known to most of us. Its encouraging to see that there is someone in canada who is circulating this mail amongst bohras to create awareness which is a good sign. The mail is as under :-
In Ramadan 1430, the Mumineen of Mississauga have witnessed a new
level of arrogance from their Amil, Sheikh Ali Akber Attar.
During his bayaan on Sunday September 6th, 2009, the Amil told the
Mumineen of Mississauga that if they do not attend the majlis on
Ramadhan 19th (Imam Ali's shahadat) and did not even come for the
niyaz on that day, then he would question if they were "mumin or not".
Emotional blackmail at its very best!
On Lailat-ul-Qadr, he publicly and shamelessly told off a mumin bhai
for reciting duas in an audible voice (and presumably stealing his own
thunder). The next day, within the clear hearing of several mumineen
waiting outside the Jamaat office, he engaged in a very loud and
emotional argument with the same mumin bhai. The next day, that mumin
bhai suffered a mild stroke - a sheer coincidence or the direct result
of the Amil's high-handed ways?
Shk. Ali Akber Attar has made no secret of the fact that he spies on
Mumineen using the security cameras which have been installed in the
markaz. Apart from the question as to why security cameras are needed
inside the markaz, has anybody given thought to the fact that:
* While on the one hand, our ladies are always required to be seated
behind the purdah, they too are clearly visible from the security
cameras. Who watches these security camera recordings?
* Several young mothers freely nurse their babies in the ladies
section. Who else is watching them?
* Many Mumenaat behno, feeling "safe" behind the purdah, remove their
ridahs and wear namaazi jodis on fazila raats such as Lailat-ul-Qadr.
Shk. Ali Akber Attar has made it compulsory for all Mumineen
households in Mississauga Jamaat (apart from those who had volunteered
to do niyaz in Ramadan) to contribute $252.00 so that all Mumineen can
partake in the "barakaat of doing niyaz". Unless the payment of
$252.00 was made, clearance could not be obtained and wajebaat was not
accepted. The Amil forgets that wajabaat is, by its very basis, wajib
on all Mumineen, whereas the niyaz contribution was just that - a
voluntary contribution. Also, no explanation was given as to what this
money was to be used for given that individual Mumineen had already
volunteered to do niyaz for every day in Ramadan.
Skh.. Ali Akber Attar has also decreed that henceforth razaa will not
be given to any family for any function unless all daughters over the
age of 18 and all sons over the age of 21 are registered with the
ITNC. Several Mumineen that I personally know of are facing problems
at home with their teenage children refusing to attend markaz because
of the pressure to register with ITNC. Instead of encouraging Mumineen
children to attend markaz and participate in Jamaat activities, the
Amil is turning them away.
The most dastardly thing done this Ramadan, and quite possibly the
lowest level that any Jamaat anywhere has ever stooped to, was the
public announcement of the names of the Mumineen who had not paid
wajebaat. This was a clear attempt to "name and shame". If his
intention was to humiliate these Mumineen into submission to his
demands, his action may have completely backfired on him. For the
first time that I can recall, a petition was circulated among Mumineen
the next day condemning the public announcement of the names. And
several Mumineen freely and openly signed the petition.
In one of his bayans, the Amil inadvertently revealed that the
decision on how much wajebaat a Mumin is asked to pay is based on the
car that the Mumin drives! As he put it, "Look at the car, and you
will know what that Mumin's capabilities are".
Now that Ramadan is nearly over, Shk. Ali Akber Attar will be going
full steam ahead with the new masjid project. As he said, even if one
takes a cautious number of 100 Mumineen who own homes in Mississauga,
and each home has a value of at least $250,000.00, the Mumineen of
Mississauga Jamaat are "sitting on $25,000,000.00". I guess those 100
Mumineen had better sell their homes and pay up the sale proceeds to
Shk. Ali Akber Attar.
It is high time this arrogant Amil, who has been sent here to SERVE
Mumineen, is stopped. We always complain, yet we do nothing. Mumineen
of Mississauga, enough is enough. either stand up and refuse to let a
bully walk all over you or else follow his personal farmans and stop
complaining behind his back.
If any of you have the contact of any Shahzada Sahebs or Bhai Sahebs,
please pass on this information to them.