‘Good chance lamb you buy at Whole Foods is halal, even though it’s not branded’

As so-called sharia finance grows in the West, so too do beheadings, honor killings and dhimmitude. And more powerful, better-funded jihad groups. There is a direct correlation.

“There’s a good chance that piece of lamb you are buying at Whole Foods is halal, even though it’s not branded as halal,”

via Shariah financing growing popular in the West. h/t Dee

CHICAGO — Ahmed Irfan Khan was poised to transform his family’s small but successful slaughterhouse into a specialty-meat selling juggernaut.

Just one thing stood in his way: His faith.

Khan’s thriving business in Chicago’s old stockyards — which sells halal meat — protein slaughtered in a way prescribed by Islamic law — might have made him attractive to Main Street investors. But his strict adherence to his Muslim faith made going down that path complicated.

From Khan’s website:

located minutes from downtown Chicago (Behind white Sox US Cellular field)… Animals are Hand slaughtered by Muslims

Back to the story:

Under Islamic law, collecting or paying interest is prohibited, making it difficult for Khan to borrow the roughly $2 million needed to expand his company, Barkaat Foods.

But Khan was ultimately able to get the capital for his business — and stay true to his faith — with the help of a traditional bank and a boutique venture capital firm willing to hammer out arrangement that Khan said was “Shariah compliant.”

In the Barkaat deal, the Chicago-based venture capital firm Prairie Street Capital borrowed from Ohio’s FirstMerit bank on standard terms. Prairie Street then entered into what is known in Arabic as a murabaha, a deal that is effectively structured as a lease-to-own agreement. The firm rents back equipment and the building to Barkaat at a marked up rate.

A Chicago investment bank, Sikich, assisted Barkaat in brokering the deal.

Michael Barry, president of Prairie Street Capital, said his firm was enticed by Barkaat, even as the Midwest has seen several mainstream meat producers go out of business in recent years. With the U.S. Muslim population projected to grow by 35% in the next 20 years, Barkaat was uniquely positioned, Barry said.

“We saw a business that we felt good about owning, we felt good about being part of,” Barry said. “It’s a business we can add value to and we could make money with. It’s what drove us to the decision.”

Khan, whose first career was in IT, knows first-hand the demand for his product. When his family moved to Chicago from Bombay in the mid-1980s, they struggled to find halal meat.

For years, he looked for slaughterhouses, like the one he eventually bought in 2009, that would let him come in and slaughter his own lamb or goat, so that he could be assured his family was eating authentic halal meat.

Already, Khan is selling his meat directly to thousands of Muslim customers throughout the country, who buy his lamb, goat and veal, and have it shipped to them. (With the $2 million cash infusion, he plans to buy new equipment and retrofit parts of his slaughterhouse, so that he can begin slaughtering cattle as well.)

While most of his customers shop online, many come to check out his facility in person. Earlier this month, hundreds of Muslim families came to his slaughterhouse to kill lambs themselves to mark the holy day of Eid al-Adha.

Non-Muslims are also his customers, with much of his product being sold to a Wisconsin meat company that sells high-end organic meats to grocers.

“There’s a good chance that piece of lamb you are buying at Whole Foods is halal, even though it’s not branded as halal,” Khan said.

Some critics, including the conservative Center for Security Policy, warn that Americans should be wary of Shariah-compliant financing. They charge that certain aspects of Shariah are draconian, including requirements that women seek permission from their husbands before doing something as mundane as getting a driver license and calls for capital punishment for those who slander Islam.

“Islamists are attempting to impose Shariah Compliant Finance (SCF) on Western institutions to use our own financial strengths against us,” the group writes on its blog dedicated to the issue, Shariah Finance Watch. “The most serious problem with SCF is that it legitimates and institutionalizes Shariah law… a theo-political, legal doctrine violently opposed to Western values.”

Chris Geier, partner-in-charge at Sikich, the investment bank that helped broker the Barkaat deal, said such criticism is unfair.

“This is a company in the U.S., legally domiciled, approved by the USDA to do business the way they are doing it,” Geier said of Barkaat. “We try to help companies and support their business plan and therefore support this economy. It is done without a belief about what they do religiously.”

Which economy? The sharia economy? The economy of jihad? Geier does not care if his clients use the money to fund jihad. It’s all about the money.

Meanwhile, Khan is elated that sharia is creeping along in the U.S.

Khan said he’s unfazed by the criticism, and instead said his deal shows that American financial institutions are beginning to see Islam in granularity that they hadn’t before.

“It’s progress when you can find a way to do business and stay true to your beliefs,” he said.

 


From a 2010 post:

Barkaat’s biggest single customer is Strauss Brands, a Franklin, Wisconsin based purveyor of lamb and veal which has made a name of itself producing free raised animals, which graze in pastures with their mothers, rather than being confined to crates, or held on tethers.“Our secret is authenticity,” Strauss advertises.

After each slaughter, most of the meat is shipped to Strauss’ Wisconsin facility for further processing, and sold under the Strauss label. In Chicago, you can buy Strauss brands, which may have been slaughtered at Barkaat, through Whole Foods, and through Caputo’s Fresh Markets. It’s also available through Costco online.

Suburban Chicago Muslim arrested at O’Hare Intl Airport en route to join ISIS

ISIS might be appropriate in this case, Islamic State of Illinois. via Illinois man busted trying to join ISIS left letter behind for parents: FBI – NY Daily News.

A suburban Chicago man was charged Monday with attempting to travel overseas to join the Islamic State.

Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, of Bolingbrook, was arrested without incident at O’Hare International Airport after being questioned by FBI agents Saturday.

The alleged wannabe terrorist left behind a three-page letter for his parents explaining his actions, according to the criminal affidavit.

“My dear parents, there are a number of reasons I will be going to the blessed land of Shaam (another name for Syria) and leaving my home,” the letter reads.

The parents

 

He allegedly wrote he feels an obligation to migrate to the region now that the Islamic State has “been established,” referring to the terrorist group’s self-declared caliphate.

Khan also raged against what he considered the decline of western societies, the affidavit said.

“We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day. I do not want my kids being exposed to filth like this,” he wrote, according to the FBI.

The letter was signed “Your loving son, Hamza (Khan’s middle name.)”

Austrian Airlines said a roundtrip ticket was purchased on September 26 for Khan to travel to Istanbul via Austria Saturday and return to Chicago this Thursday, according to the criminal affidavit.

He was initially approached by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers while going through security and later questioned for three hours by agents with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

After taking Khan into custody, the federal agents executed a search warrant of his house where they found the incriminating letter along with several other handwritten documents — by Khan and others — voicing support for the Al-Qaeda splinter group that’s been terrorizing Syria and Iraq, according to authorities.

One such document was a notebook filled with pro-ISIS bile, including  a disturbing drawing of an armed terrorist standing before the ISIS flag, the criminal complaint said.

“Come to Jihad” was written in Arabic above and below the picture, according to authorities.

Khan appeared in federal court Monday wearing an orange prison jumpsuit to face his charge of trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group.

A judge ordered that he be held until a detention hearing on Thursday.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Deport the entire family and ban any relatives from entering the U.S. for at least 100 years.

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that about a dozen Americans are thought to be fighting for ISIS in Syria at the moment.

But, he said, more than 100 Americans have either attempted to join ISIS in Syria and been arrested or gone and returned.

There are thousands if not tens of thousands of Muslims in the U.S. (let’s refer to them as ISUS going forward) who support ISIS, the sharia, the caliphate and are or are willing to wage jihad and kill Americans.


 

Atlas has more: YouTube And Google Plus Pages Of Chicago Muslim Teen Arrested Enroute to Join the Islamic State

Chicago: Muslim driving with ISIS flag threatens to carbomb cops when pulled over

emad-karakrah

Yesterday Muslims were threatening to shoot up an Ohio school and attacking Jews in NYC, now this. via Man with ISIS flag on vehicle threatens cops with bomb | Voices.

A man who had an ISIS flag waving from his vehicle is facing several charges after he threatened police with a bomb Wednesday morning when he was pulled over on the Southwest Side.

Emad Karakrah, 49, was charged with felony counts of disorderly conduct and aggravated fleeing; and a misdemeanor count of driving on a never-issued license, according to Chicago Police. He was also issued three traffic citations.

Someone called police after seeing a “suspicious person” driving a silver Pontiac southbound in the 7700 block of South Kedzie at 9:18 a.m. with an ISIS flag waving out the window, according to a police report.

Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver took off, according to the report. The officers called for assistance, and another officer pulled the vehicle over after it went through several red lights.

The man told police during his arrest that there was a bomb in the car and he would detonate it if they searched the vehicle, according to the report.

A bomb squad, the FBI and Homeland Security responded to the scene and searched the vehicle, but no bomb was found, authorities said.

Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Karakrah held on a $55,000 bond Thursday. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 3.

Chicago Police Dept Documentary…on Islam (video)

Stumbled across this video posted in 2009 that should alarm Americans.

The Chicago police department is pimping for Islam in a documentary that shows an unindicted co-conspirator to the 1991 World Trade Center bombing and another Muslim who “officially resigned from the Obama campaign following inquiries from the Wall Street Journal about his ties to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”

via Islam – A Chicago Police Department Documentary – YouTube.

A Chicago Police Department Documentary about Islam and understanding Muslim beliefs and practices.

It’s a full-fledged ad for Islam and seemingly seeks to force Chicago police officers to submit to Islamic customs sharia law when dealing with Muslim immigrants.

The Illinois State Police learned their lesson after hiring a Hamas-linked Imam to a Chaplain Post, but as recently as 2012 the Chicago Police Dept. Superintendent speaks at Hamas front CAIR-Chicago’s annual fundraiser.

New York is top U.S. city with “known or suspected terrorists”

You already know #2 on the list from yesterday’s post about Dearborn, Michigan and Jihad Watch had the top 5 from the same report:

The top five U.S. cities represented on the main watchlist for “known or suspected terrorists” are New York; Dearborn, Mich.; Houston; San Diego; and Chicago. At 96,000 residents, Dearborn is much smaller than the other cities in the top five, suggesting that its significant Muslim population—40 percent of its population is of Arab descent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau—has been disproportionately targeted for watchlisting. Residents and civil liberties advocates have frequently argued the Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities in and around Dearborn are unfairly targeted by invasive law enforcement probes, unlawful profiling, and racism.

“New York” is a state so it’s not quite clear if that refers to just Manhattan, or other boroughs overflowing with Hamas and jihad supporting Muslims including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and possibly portions of New Jersey (e.g., the known Muslim terror hotspot Jersey City).

Chicago Islamic Center imam urges true Muslims to wage jihad (video)

via Memri Tv . h/t Jihad Watch

Following are excerpts from Friday sermons delivered by Sheik Mohamed Elimam at the Chicago Islamic Center on July 18-25, 2014, and then posted on the Internet:

July 18, 2014

Mohamed Elimam: Oh, those of you who want to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah, Palestine is calling you and Gaza is crying out for your help. If you are true believers, real mujahideen, hasten to Palestine. However, if you are collaborators with those who give you weapons and money, then keep indulging yourselves with this money of yours.

[…]

[The Koran says:] “Prepare for them what force and steeds of war you can, to strike fear in the hearts of the enemy of Allah and of your own, and others besides them, whom you do not know, but Allah knows.” All the Arabs have abandoned our brothers in Palestine, and the Muslims are oblivious to them, but Allah supports them. They have prepared for battle. Even if the resistance cannot match [Israel] in numbers and equipment, it does in spirit and steadfastness, as mothers sacrifice their sons and wives sacrifice their husbands for the sake of Allah.

American Muslim Leader Defends Hamas, Praises Israeli Casualties

via AMP Official Defends Hamas, Praises Israeli Casualties

The group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) does not shy away from its support for the terrorist organization Hamas. The group’s National Campus Coordinator, Taher Herzallah, recently posted Palestine TV photos of injured Israeli soldiers and a destroyed tank to his personal Facebook page. The caption for both photos read: “The most beautiful site in my eyes.” It appears that this post has been removed.

Herzallah proudly lists being part of the ‘Irvine 11′, a group of students arrested after orchestrating a plan to shut down a speech by then-Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s 2010 speech at UC Irvine, in his biography.

In another recent Facebook comment, Herzallah justified Hamas rocket fire aimed at Israeli civilians, saying that “in order for them [Israeli society] to feel any compulsion or urge to end the occupation, they need to feel that they are in an abnormal situation. In that regard, Hamas’ rockets are effective even though they don’t kill anyone.”

 

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) was formed in 2006 as a nonprofit organization based in Chicago with chapters around the country. Its message omits any mention of peaceful coexistence with Israel, and routinely includes calls for an end for U.S. aid to the Jewish state. The AMP is a founding member of the new U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, joining the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

In April, AMP hosted a fundraiser dinner praising Rasmieh Odeh, a women directly responsible for two deaths in an Israeli grocery store bombing. Odeh was indicted in October and charged with naturalization fraud after failing to disclose her arrest and subsequent imprisonment in Israel for her role in the 1969 bombings by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Other event speakers included a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Jordan who led a Hamas-propaganda arm in the United States and a man listed as a member of the Palestine Committee, the Muslim Brotherhood’s umbrella organization of US-based Hamas-support groups.

Full post at The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

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