Dr. Tariq Abdelhaleem is the father of Shareef Abdelhaleem who is currently serving a life sentence for his alleged participation in a plot to bomb key sites in Canada as part of the ‘Toronto 18′. Dr Abdelhaleem is a civil engineer by training and a lecturer at the Dar Al-Arqam Islamic Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Until recently, the 67-year-old worked on a contract basis for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., the Crown corporation that oversees the country’s nuclear reactors. The following was written 12 December of 2007:
Saturday, for most people, is a great day. They sleep in and start the day after a late breakfast, and then plan for the rest of it. They look forward to: shopping, visiting, eating out – all kinds of nice moments to look forward to. Except for me, it isn’t such a great day. It is, in the matter of fact, a day of pain and desperation. It is the day of my scheduled visit to my son, Shareef, in Maplehurst Correctional Center; where he is detained awaiting the trial.
I go to sleep the day before with the sad expectations of the next day. I wake up thinking of the visit. I didn’t see my son for a week. I want to make sure he is still holding himself together, and that he did not collapse or get a nervous breakdown.
I schedule my day around this event. No matter what other matters I have to attend to, it is paramount to break it at exactly 1:15pm and head to Milton. Read the rest of this entry »