Canada adds Muslim charity to list of banned terrorist orgs

via Canada Raids, Designates Hamas-Tied Charity :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has conducted searches in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec as part of an investigation into a Muslim charity organization. Canadian federal auditors accuse the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN-Canada) of sending nearly $15 million to Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization. On Tuesday, the Canadian government officially added the organization to its list of banned terrorist organizations.

“As a consequence, any property or asset belonging to IRFAN is now frozen,” said a letter from the RCMP said.

IRFAN-Canada lost its charity status in 2011 following a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit that exposed the organization as an “integral part” in Hamas’ international fundraising infrastructure. The donations in question were sent between 2005 and 2009.

The CRA also found videos at the organization’s Mississauga office that “demonize Israel, characterize the Arab-Israeli conflict as a religious war, appeal for all Arab and Muslim nations to join in the struggle against Israel and glorify martyrdom.”

Tuesday’s raids netted “an extensive amount of documentary evidence along with stored media, money and other records were seized,” according to the RCMP statement issued shortly after the government announced the organization’s ban.

“IRFAN-Canada has knowingly financed Hamas … for many years,” Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday. “The well intentioned and charitable Canadians who sought to support humanitarian relief through this organization deserve better.”

No one for IRFAN-Canada was available to comment, but a lawyer speaking on the organization’s behalf condemned the listing as an attack on humanitarian assistance for Palestinians.

Also read Telling the Truth about Terrorism and Islamic Charities.

Lloyds Bank drops overdraft fee on Islamic accounts

Kufr must still pay. via Lloyds drops overdraft fee on Islamic accounts – Telegraph. h/t Europe News

Lloyds Bank has been accused of religious discrimination after offering free overdraft accounts to Muslims.

The bank sent customers a booklet this month explaining new charges.

While many will have to pay up to £80 a month if they go into the red, Muslims were told they would escape the charges. The document said: “We are removing the monthly overdraft management fee of £6 from our Islamic Account, Islamic Student Account and Islamic Graduate Account. So, if you use an unplanned overdraft on these accounts, there won’t be any charges.”

One customer, Anita Milton, a nurse of New Eltham, south London, said: “I can’t believe that they’re thinking of offering one account for Muslims and making everyone else pay for the same service. Do I have to change my religion to get the best deal?”

Barclays, Co-op Bank and RBS said they do not offer alternative bank accounts to Muslim customers.

James Daley, of Fairer Finance, a consumer group, said: “The best thing would be for everyone to switch to the Islamic account to avoid these charges. But if everyone does that I doubt it will be financially viable for Lloyds.”

The Islamic account was set up by the High Street bank to attract Muslim customers by allowing them to keep faithful to their religion.

A Lloyds spokesman said Islamic accounts were intended for customers who cannot receive or pay interest under sharia, but were available to anyone, regardless of their faith.

But only non-Muslims have to pay the overdraft fee.

JP Morgan drops world’s largest Shariah-compliant lender over risk

via J.P. Morgan to Saudi banksters: buh-bye! | Money Jihad.

from Bloomberg

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) dropped Al-Rajhi Bank, the world’s largest Shariah-compliant lender, as a correspondent banking client amid a push to improve risk controls, said two people with direct knowledge of the move.

The relationship with Saudi Arabia’s biggest publicly traded bank ended Dec. 31 because JPMorgan couldn’t get enough information on where payments in dollar-clearing services for Al-Rajhi had originated, said one of the people, who requested anonymity because the decision wasn’t public.

JPMorgan said it cut off the service to about 500 foreign lenders last year as regulators press the world’s biggest banks to verify that transactions are used for legitimate business. The crackdown seeks to halt funds tied to money laundering, terrorism and countries covered by economic sanctions. Correspondent accounts allow lenders to take deposits or make payments on behalf of foreign institutions.

“JPMorgan has to be extra careful to make sure they’re adhering to standards and not even approaching anything questionable,” said David Kass, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

The two banks haven’t been cited by U.S. regulators for involvement in illegal money transfers. Tasha Pelio, a JPMorgan spokeswoman, declined to comment on clients of the company, which is based in New York and ranks as the nation’s largest lender by assets. A spokesman for Al-Rajhi (RJHI) didn’t respond to inquiries, and there was no response to messages sent to the firm’s Riyadh headquarters.

Last week, a North Dakota bank dropped Islamic hawala services.

And a few months ago it was reported that JP Morgan Chase has been closing Arab and Muslim bank accounts in Michigan. Ohio banks followed suit. Supporters of sharia and jihad are up in arms.

 

North Dakota: Bank dumps Islamic money service businesses

via North Dakota bank dumps money service businesses – Washington Times.

A North Dakota bank is the latest financial institution in the United States and elsewhere that has decided to close the accounts of companies that transfer or convert money, a trend that has upset Somalis who want to send money home.

Officials with Fargo-based Bell State Bank say the federal government has called for stricter regulations for dealing with so-called cash-intensive money service businesses and they cannot risk massive fines. They say they don’t like to lose any business, but added that the bank has dropped all such transfer companies and the Somalia accounts were a small part of that sector.

Fines can reach up to $50 million, depending on your organization,” said Matt Stenehjem, a Bell State Bank fraud and security officer who was hired by the company to deal with new federal and state regulations.

Messages left with a media relations spokeswoman with the U.S. Treasury Department were not returned.

Many banks dumped money service businesses after 9/11 over fears the money was going to terrorist groups. One of Britain’s largest banks, Barclays, decided recently to drop customers who were sending money to Somalia.

U.S. Census Bureau statistics from a three-year survey taken between 2010 and 2012 estimate that about 1,000 people with Somali ancestry live in North Dakota. Most of them are believed to be living in the Fargo area.

Robert Entringer, commissioner of the state Department of Financial Institutions, said he can understand the decision by Bell to dump money service businesses.

“Their costs of compliance with state and federal regulations, especially with the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act and all that is coming out of that legislation, have just dramatically increased,” he said.

More on hawala services and jihad here.

What They Don’t Tell You About Islamic Banking

via The Terror Finance Blog:

By Rachel Ehrenfeld

Islamic banking is erroneously viewed as an ancient practice. “Neither classical nor medieval Islamic civilization featured banks in the modern sense, let alone ‘Islamic’ banks,” notes Timur Kuran, professor of economics and law at the University of Southern California.

Reports by Islamic banking scholars, the IMF, or the Congressional Research Service do not mention that Islamic banking was first concocted by Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna in the 1920s. The stated goal was to penetrate the Western finance system, corrupting it from within in hopes of creating a parallel system to re-establish a global Islamic empire governed by Islamic law (shariah). Islamic rules of commerce (fiqh al-muamalat) forbid interest (riba) and investing in a prohibited (hara’am) enterprise. They also mandate tithes on wealth (zakat). However, the Koran fails to precisely define these concepts. Imams and ayatollahs differ, for example, on whether riba prohibits all interest or only usurious interest.

The first successful Islamic banking experiment was the Mit Ghamr Savings Bank in Egypt in 1963. But five years later, the Egyptian government, which subsidized the bank, shut it down after Muslim-Brotherhood-led demonstrations swamped the country.

In 1963, Malaysia also introduced a limited form of Islamic banking, with establishment of Tabung Haji (Pilgrim’s Fund) that served only as a savings institution, to help Muslims save towards their pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj).

Ten yerrs later, growing oil fortunes in the Middle East, lead the Organization of the Islamic Conference’s (OIC) to establish the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) “in accordance with the principles of the shariah,” as prescribed by the MB-and to launch the fast-growing petrodollar-based Islamic financing market. The IDB, more a development than a commercial bank, was established largely “to promote Islamic banking worldwide.”  Consequently, the IDB founded the Bahrain-registered and -based Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI). Other regulatory organizations followed.

Finally, the most crucial element that helped persuade reluctant Muslims to use Islamic banks, the invention of “Islamic banking windows,” is never noted in reports documenting the development of  Islamic banking. This happened in 1993, when Anwar Ibrahim, then Malaysia’s finance minister, helped to introduce the newly invented “Islamic Banking windows” into conventional banks. This measure, which familiarized clientele with and built confidence in the unknown Islamic banking system, proved central to the development of the global Islamic finance industry.

Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Islamic Banking.

Also check out all the great blog links, lower left under Sharia Finance.

IRS Wants New York-based Charity’s Status Stripped for Hamas Support

via IRS Wants Gaza Caravan-Tied Charity’s Status Stripped ::

An Internal Revenue Service audit recommends stripping a New York-based charity of its tax-exempt status after it served as a conduit for donations for a convoy that delivered cash and goods to Hamas officials in Gaza.

The investigation was prompted by a 2009 report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism that documented statements during a Viva Palestina fundraiser directing contributions to the charity, the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organizations (IFCO)/Pastors for Peace. Viva Palestina is the brainchild of British MP George Galloway.

Viva Palestina’s U.S. website directed donations to an address in Chicago, explaining that IFCO “is serving as fiscal sponsor for Viva Palestina USA. Your donation to Viva Palestina – IFCO is fully tax deductible under IFCO’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.”

U.S. Reps. Brad Sherman, D-Cal., and Sue Myrick, R-N.C., wrote to IRS officials asking that they determine whether IFCO did, in fact, accept and process donations for Viva Palestina. “If so, IFCO’s status as a 501(c)(3) entity must be revoked,” Sherman wrote. “The taxpayers of the United States should not and cannot support the activities of recognized terror organizations. [Emphasis original].

The IRS had an answer last October.

“Based on our examination of Inter-Religious Foundation for Community Organization Inc. (IFCO), we have determined that IFCO does not qualify for exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Code,” the report explains.

Viva Palestina was not incorporated in the United States and never had tax-exempt status. There is no dispute that IFCO agreed to accept Viva Palestina donations and use its exempt status as an enticement.

“The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), which has been working for racial, social, and economic justice since 1967, is serving as fiscal sponsor for Viva Palestina USA,” Viva Palestina’s website said. Your donation to Viva Palestina – IFCO is fully tax deductible under IFCO’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.”

During a July 2009 Viva Palestina fundraiser, then-IFCO Executive Director Lucius Walker said that “we could not avoid being a part of this historic [convoy] effort to give the people of the United States an opportunity to visibly demonstrate their opposition to our government’s policies, our government’s callousness and our government’s complicity with Israel’s efforts to destroy the hopes and the aspirations of the Palestinian people. And so we have been honored to be able to receive funds on behalf of this effort that we are here as a part of.”

Even Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas described the convoy as a “propaganda tool” for Hamas.

In March 2009, before the IFCO fundraisers, Galloway boasted that he would give aid to Hamas and dared anyone to stop him.

“I personally am about to break the sanctions on the elected government of Palestine…” Galloway said, adding that the convoy would deliver 100 vehicles loaded with supplies and that convoy members carried in huge sums of cash strapped to their bodies. He would give it to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

“Here is the money,” he said, holding up a bag of cash. “This is not charity,” he repeated three times. “This is politics. The government of Palestine is the best people to decide where this money is needed. We are giving this money now to the government of Palestine.”

Galloway concluded by saying that the convoy raises hopes “that one day, we can return to our country, that we can return to our country, that we can drive them [Israelis] away, and we can return to our country.”

Another Viva Palestina convoy made its journey to Gaza in December 2009 and January 2010. Hamas leaders turned out to greet it during stops in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Gaza. In Jordan, flags for Hamas and its military wing were prominently displayed.

Deputy political director Mousa Abu Marzook told the convoy that Hamas terrorism – he called it “resistance” – would continue.

At another stop, the crowd chanted a key Islamist slogan:

“Allah is our goal. The Prophet Muhammad is our leader. The Koran is our Constitution.

Jihad is our path. Death for the sake of Allah is our most exalted desire.”

Read it all at The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

Florida: Publisher of Islamic bias in textbook heavily promotes sharia finance (updated)

via Florida Family Association.

Research reveals startling information regarding Pearson plc, publisher of Islamist biased World History textbook and United States Department of Justice intervention in Florida. 

Florida Family Association’s recent research has revealed some startling information:

  • Pearson plc, publisher of the Islamist friendly World History textbook, has extensive business relationships with wealthy Islamist financial institutions.
  • Volusia County School officials launched a misinformation campaign on the media and public.  This campaign brought on by the community organizer from the United States Department of Justice brought harm to open government and the people’s right to know the truth.

Pearson plc has extensive business relationships with wealthy Islamist financial institutions.

Prentice Hall’s World History textbook presents a biased, imbalanced view of Islam to high school students.  “The book has a 36-page chapter on Islam but no chapters on Christianity or Judaism,” said Florida State Representative Rep. Ritch Workman, in Townhall, about the Prentice World History textbook. “It’s remarkably one-sided.

Pearson plc owns Prentice Hall.  Pearson plc also owns the Financial Times.  The Financial Times operates two subscription based web sites, FT.com and TheBanker.com, both of which heavily promote “TOP ISLAMIC FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS – Global sharia compliant assets have grown to $1,267 BN”.  Posted below are photo images of the Financial Times and The Banker web sites with these promotions.

The United States Department of Justice personnel who influenced the Volusia County School District is a liberal community organizer whose motives had little to do with security issues alleged by the school district.

The Volusia County School board cancelled a public hearing regarding the textbook scheduled for November 5, 2013 after the United States Department of Justice weighed in on the issue.  Nancy H. Walt, Volusia County Schools Community Information Services Director, issued a news release regarding this cancelled public hearing.  The release stated in part:  This district was contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice just prior to the board meeting scheduled at 4 p.m.  The nature of this information raised safety concerns… 

Ms. Walt’s news release mischaracterized the nature of the communications from the United States Department of Justice (US DOJ) personnel.  Notes provided to Florida Family Association in response to a public record request show that Dr. Margaret Smith, Superintendent of Schools, “phone call log” states:  “She (Mildred Duprey de Robles – US DOJ) wanted to alert us to the possibility of large crowds, possible conflict at today’s meeting with state and national Muslim representatives expected to appear and speak in support of textbook.  DOJ has alerted VCSO and DeLand Police to be on alert for security and large crowd measures.  Name of state level Muslim rep is Hassan Shibley, 813-541-4321.  Said we should use this event as a teaching tool.

Ms. Walt’s news release did not disclose the name of the US DOJ department or personnel involved in the communication.  The US DOJ department was “Community Affairs” as noted in the Dr. Smith’s phone call log.    The name of the US DOJ personnel making the call was, Mildred Duprey de Robles, who is a liberal community organizer.

Online searches revealed that Mildred Duprey de Robles, United States Department of Justice Community Affairs, represented the interests of:

  • Trayvon Martin protestors who conducted a sit in the Florida Capitol.   The Washington Times posting reports “Trayvon Martin “Dream Defenders” champion Marxism, backed by DoJ.  DOJ-CRS agent Mildred I. Duprey de Robles and FL State Rep. Alan B. Williams of course are constantly on scene to make sure that their group of rabble rousers aren’t picked on or have their feelings hurt. This is a critical moment right now; if they are not removed from the Capitol now then the problem will get out of control as their numbers grow and this will become another Occupy Wall Street.”
  • LGBT organizations.  A U.S. Department of Justice news release reports“Mildred Duprey de Robles, conciliation specialist with the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service, led the discussion on ways for members of the LGBT communities to best work with federal law enforcement to identify and report hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents that specifically impact those communities.”
  • Anti-Sons of the Confederate Veteran organizations activists who oppose public display of the Confederate Flag.  The South Florida Times reports:  “The United States Department of Justice has begun monitoring the escalating controversy over the display of the Confederate battle flag in Homestead.  Justice Department officials would not comment on their specific plans, but civil rights organizations say they will hold a press conference on the steps of Homestead City Hall on June 11.   ‘I’m not in any position to comment,’ said Mildred I. Duprey de Robles, a conciliation specialist who is based in the Miami office of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service.  De Robles made her comments while attending a strategy meeting of civil rights groups and community leaders in Homestead on Thursday, May 28.  Organizers held the meeting to map out plans on how to block the display of the controversial flag at publicly sanctioned events in the city.”

The above information regarding the nature of the US DOJ’s communications and personnel does not appear to have been communicated to the press or public.  This information may have been withheld from school board members.

Additionally, there is little doubt that Florida Department of Education officials (who approved the World History textbook) and Volusia County Schools board members are not aware of the significant influence that wealthy Islamist organizations have with Pearson plc the publisher of the textbook.

Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send to Florida Department of Education officials and Volusia County Schools board members which contains the above information and urges them to stop using the Pearson plc World History textbook in schools.

To send your email, please click the following link, enter your name and email address then click the “Send Your Message” button. You may also edit the subject or message text if you wish.

Please click here to send your email to education officials.

Full list of school contacts with photos at Florida Family Association

Previous Creeping Sharia posts on the Islamization of Volusia County public schools.

Update:

Bank of America is a top advertiser with Pearson plc, publisher of Islamist biased text books and promoter of Sharia compliant banks.

Please click here to send your email urging Bank of America officials to stop supporting Pearson plc with their advertising dollars.

Head of a human-rights org also a financier for al Qaeda

The U.S. government this week said the head of a human-rights organization working on behalf of Islamist political prisoners was also a financier for al Qaeda.

Most of the world knows Abdul Rahman Omeir al-Naimi as a Qatari history professor and human-rights activist. The Swiss-based organization he founded, known as al-Karama from the Arab word for dignity, has worked closely with the United Nations and American human rights groups, most notably Human Rights Watch.

According to the U.S. government, however, al-Naimi is also a major financier of al Qaeda. On Wednesday, the Treasury Department issued a designation of al-Naimi that said he oversaw the transfer of hundreds of thousands of dollars to al Qaeda and its affiliates in Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen over the last 11 years. In 2013, the designation says, al-Naimi ordered the transfer of nearly $600,000 to al Qaeda via the group’s representative in Syria. In the same notice, the Treasury Department also designated Abdulwahab Al-Humayqani, al-Karama’s representative in Yemen, as a financier and member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group’s Yemen affiliate. On Twitter, al-Naimi acknowledged that he and al-Humayqani, whom he calls by his first name, were designated for supporting terrorism. Al-Naimi has resigned as president of al-Karama’s board, but told the group’s senior leadership that he intends to challenge the Treasury Department’s designation.

If the Treasury Department’s allegations are correct, the story of al-Naimi, who until Thursday was the president of al-Karama’s board, illustrates how sometimes human-rights advocacy can also be used as political cover for jihadist networks.

Read it all via Terrorists for Human Rights – The Daily Beast.

HSBC Fined Just $32,400 for Laundering Money for Hezbollah

via HSBC Gets Small Fine For Terrorist Transactions. (Huffpo can’t bring itself to refer to Hezbollah as what it is – an Islamic terror group)

A major U.S. bank has agreed to a settlement for transferring funds on the behalf of financiers for the militant group Hezbollah, the Treasury Department announced on Tuesday.

Concluding that HSBC’s actions “were not the result of willful or reckless conduct,” Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control accepted a $32,400 settlement from the bank. Treasury noted, as did HSBC in a statement to HuffPost, that the violations were voluntarily reported.

Everett Stern, a former HSBC compliance officer who complained to his supervisors about the Hezbollah-linked transactions, told HuffPost he was “ecstatic and depressed at the same time.”

“Those are my transactions, I reported them,” he said, satisfied that the government was taking action. But, he added, “Where I am upset was those were a handful of transactions, and I saw hundreds of millions of dollars” being transferred.

Stern said he hopes the government’s enforcement actions against HSBC have not come to an end with the latest settlement. “They admit to financing terrorism and they get fined $32,000. Where if I were to do that, I would go to jail for life,” he said.

HSBC’s fine is less than the $40,165.07 covered in the settlement agreement that the bank transferred between December 2010 and April 2011 on behalf of a development company that Treasury says serves as a front for some of Hezbollah’s biggest financiers in Africa.

And the government watchdog’s claim that HSBC committed no “substantially similar apparent violations” in the past five years is likely to raise some eyebrows. In December 2012, the bank agreed to pay a $1.9 billion settlement for moving money that a 2012 Senate report found had likely helped drug cartels and a Saudi Arabian bank the CIA has linked to al Qaeda.

No one at HSBC was criminally charged for what U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer called at the time “stunning failures of oversight.”

Too big to jail.

More from HSBC Whistleblower Everett Stern or here. According to HSBC though, he’s just a Muslim-hating Jew.

Philippine Stock Exchange panders to Muslims with sharia-compliant stock list

Dhimmis for dollars. via PSE readies list of Shariah-compliant stocks – InterAksyon.com.

MANILA – The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) will release a list of Shariah-compliant stocks this month to draw Muslim investors to the stock market.

On the sidelines of the PSE Bell Awards last Tuesday night, bourse president Hans B. Sicat told reporters the exchange tapped a third-party consulting firm to assist the exchange in selecting companies that will be part of the list.

“In about two weeks, we’ll make the formal launch. Our deadline is at the end of the month,” Sicat said, without elaborating.

Shariah is the moral code and religious law of Muslims. Shariah-compliant equities do not derive sales from alcohol, pork products, pornography, gambling and armaments. There are also restrictions on interest-related income.

In case bourse president Hans B Sicat wasn’t aware, 109,000 civilians were displaced by 200 Muslim separatists who want Islamic sharia law in the southern Philippines in September. In that latest siege, Muslims waged jihad, occupying five districts in Zamboanga City.

That’s some moral code.

Much more by clicking the Philippines link below.

Jihad or Terrorism? The Semantic Arguments of Islam’s Authorities

In the previous post, the Shariah Finance Watch blog highlighted two authoritative Islamic texts that prove sharia law permits Muslims to fund “terrorism”. We posed the question of whether sharia permits, requires in fact, Muslims to fund terrorism or jihad or both. Raymond Ibrahim lets Islam’s authorities provide us that answer.

via Jihad or Terrorism? The Semantic Arguments of Islam’s Authorities | Raymond Ibrahim.

A recent Arabic article appearing in Egypt’s Al Ahram newspaper titled “Is Terrorism Jihad?” written by Islamic law expert Dr. Abdul Fatah Idris offers important lessons—from the fact that jihad does involve subjugating non-Muslims to why the Western mentality is still incapable of acknowledging it.

Idris, professor and chairman of Al Azhar University’s Department of Comparative Jurisprudence at the Faculty of Sharia Law, is a well-reputed legal scholar.  He begins his article by quoting from various international bodies that correctly define terrorism as violence or threats of violence as a means of coercion.

Idris also mentions how “the Islamic Research Academy, in its report issued on November 4th, 2001, defines terrorism as terrorizing innocent people and the destruction of their properties and their essential elements of living and attacking their finances and their persons and their liberties and their human dignity without right and spreading corruption throughout the land.”

It is interesting to note that, although he quotes from several international bodies, it is only the “Islamic Research Academy” that includes words like “innocent” and “without right,” both of which clearly leave much wiggle room to exonerate terrorist acts committed against those perceived as not being “innocent” or who it is a right to terrorize, which according to many Muslims, includes the West.

At any rate, in the context of the Muslim Brotherhood’s recent terrorist attacks throughout Egypt—including the destruction of over 80 Christian churches—Idris agrees that,

It is therefore correct to define what happened recently [in Egypt] as terrorism and it cannot be called, as some have done [e.g., Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, et al.], a jihad or ribat in the path of Allah, for the difference between them is vast.  Terrorism is a crime, both according to Sharia and the law; and all international conventions consider it a crime and call on all people to fight against it through all means.

Up until this point, Idris defines and agrees with the international definition of terrorism, and portrays the actions of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (whom he never names) as terrorism.

So far so good.

However, Idris immediately makes a complete reversal in his follow-up sentences:

But jihad in the path of Allah, to make his word supreme, spread his religion, defend the honor of the Islamic nation [umma], and respond to the aggression against Muslims all around the earth—this is jihad: when a Muslim fights an infidel without treaty to make the word of Allah Most High supreme, forcing him to fight or invading his land, this is a permissible matter according to the consensus of the jurists.  Indeed, it is an obligation for all Muslims.  Now if the deeds of the jihad—including fighting the infidels and breaking their spine through all possible means—are permissible according to Sharia, then it is impossible to define those acts as terrorism, which Sharia-based evidence has made illegitimate. A large gap exists between them [jihad and terrorism].  And there is no connection between what is obligatory [jihad] and what is forbidden [terrorism].

At this point, the befuddled Western reader may be at a loss to understand how, exactly, jihad—“according to the consensus of the jurists,” no less—is different from the aforementioned definitions of terrorism.

What’s needed here is for the non-Muslim to try to transcend his epistemology and think, for a moment, like an observant Muslim, especially in the context of two points:

  1. According to Islamic doctrine, jihad, as Idris asserts, is an obligation for Muslims (offensive being communal, defensive being individual).  As this expert of Islamic jurisprudence states:  “But jihad in the path of Allah, to make his word supreme, spread his religion…  this is jihad: when a Muslim fights an infidel without treaty [e.g. dhimma pact] to make the word of Allah Most High supreme, forcing him to fight or invading his land…
  2. In Islamic thinking, even offensive jihad—including “breaking [the infidels’] spine through all possible means”—is seen as something of an altruistic affair, for the good of the world.  More to the point, the ends justify the means.

Taking these two points together—(1) Allah commands Muslims to wage jihad and (2) it is good for all concerned, a means to a glorious end, i.e., “making Allah’s word supreme”—how can Muslims classify jihad as “terrorism,” even when, from a non-Muslim perspective, it seems identical to the international definitions of terrorism that Idris himself delineated and agreed with?

In short, jihad is not terrorism simply because Allah says so—even if the two, back in the real world, are identical.  In the words of Idris: “Now if the deeds of the jihad—including fighting the infidels and breaking their spine through all possible means—are permissible according to Sharia, then it is impossible to define those acts as terrorism.”

Three final thoughts:

  1. Next time you wonder why “moderate” Muslims rarely if ever condemn the terrorism habitually committed in the name of their religion, you’d do well to remember Idris’ article and rationale.
  2. Regarding the supposedly “controversial” question of what jihad really is, who do you think is more authoritative—a Sharia law instructor at the Islamic world’s most prestigious university, writing in Arabic to fellow Muslims, or, say, a Karen Armstrong writing best-selling fluff pieces about a benign and “misunderstood” Islam to a naïve Western public?
  3. Why was Idris’ article left unreported?  Imagine the international outrage that would spark if a Christian theologian wrote in the New York Times—which is what Al Ahram is equivalent to in Egypt—that “it is an obligation” for Christians to wage “holy war” on non-Christian infidels and “fight or invade his [non-Christian] land” to “make Jesus’ word supreme”?

And so we come back full circle to the lamentable fact that, while Islam’s commands are black and white, so easily ascertained and visible to all, the West still cannot accept reality—thanks in great part to its own endless array of liars, fools, and traitors.


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Why Do Islamic Charities Send Zakat to Terrorists? Shariah Says They Must

Terrorists or jihadists? Or both? via Shariah Finance Watch.

Zakat is a form of tithing in Islam and is considered one of the Five Pillars of the faith. Essentially, every Muslim who is able to do so is required to give 1/40 of his wealth each year to the “needy” through the system of zakat. Today, most of the zakat payments, at least in the West, go through Islamic charities and mosques.

This has proven to be a problem because so many Islamic charities and mosques have been shown to provide material support for terrorism–a subject that we have covered on SFW repeatedly:

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/category/islamic-charities/

There is, of course, a connection to Shariah-compliant finance here. Shariah-compliant institutions, as well as many Shariah-compliant investment vehicles and transactions, are required to make zakat donations. And the explanations of the system of zakat show just exactly why zakat ends up funding terrorism (an explanation we will get to once again in a moment). We have addressed this previously, citing Islamic Shariah scholars and texts. We cited one text in particular, the widely circulated and popular Reliance of the Traveler:

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2012/08/28/how-zakat-funds-jihad/

It is very important to show, however, that Reliance of the Traveler is far from the only authoritative manual of Islamic sacred law that confirms the use of zakat to fund Jihad. In fact, some discount (inappropriately and incorrectly) the importance of Reliance because it traces its origins back several hundred years.

Therefore, when we find another authoritative text that confirms zakat funding Jihad, we are absolutely compelled to reveal it in as great detail as practical. Now is just such an opportunity/

Recently we were introduced to a manual of Shariah that was offered for sale at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA is the largest Muslim organization in the United States. They have also been exposed as a Muslim Brotherhood organization and were named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing prosecution in US history. More recently, ISNA’s Canadian wing lost its charity status for sending $280,000 to a Jihadist terrorist group in Pakistan. Even more recently, President Obama supplied a videotape message to the ISNA convention praising the organization, despite–we hope–its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Holy Land Foundation.

The Shariah manual that was offered for sale at the ISNA convention is a two-volume set known as A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence. It was written by Dr. Salih Al-Fawzan in 2005.

via Why Do Islamic Charities Send Zakat to Terrorists? Because Shariah Says They Must | Shariah Finance Watch.

Zakat is a form of tithing in Islam and is considered one of the Five Pillars of the faith. Essentially, every Muslim who is able to do so is required to give 1/40 of his wealth each year to the “needy” through the system of zakat. Today, most of the zakat payments, at least in the West, go through Islamic charities and mosques.

This has proven to be a problem because so many Islamic charities and mosques have been shown to provide material support for terrorism–a subject that we have covered on SFW repeatedly:

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/category/islamic-charities/

There is, of course, a connection to Shariah-compliant finance here. Shariah-compliant institutions, as well as many Shariah-compliant investment vehicles and transactions, are required to make zakat donations. And the explanations of the system of zakat show just exactly why zakat ends up funding terrorism (an explanation we will get to once again in a moment). We have addressed this previously, citing Islamic Shariah scholars and texts. We cited one text in particular, the widely circulated and popular Reliance of the Traveler:

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2012/08/28/how-zakat-funds-jihad/

It is very important to show, however, that Reliance of the Traveler is far from the only authoritative manual of Islamic sacred law that confirms the use of zakat to fund Jihad. In fact, some discount (inappropriately and incorrectly) the importance of Reliance because it traces its origins back several hundred years.

Therefore, when we find another authoritative text that confirms zakat funding Jihad, we are absolutely compelled to reveal it in as great detail as practical. Now is just such an opportunity/

Recently we were introduced to a manual of Shariah that was offered for sale at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). ISNA is the largest Muslim organization in the United States. They have also been exposed as a Muslim Brotherhood organization and were named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing prosecution in US history. More recently, ISNA’s Canadian wing lost its charity status for sending $280,000 to a Jihadist terrorist group in Pakistan. Even more recently, President Obama supplied a videotape message to the ISNA convention praising the organization, despite–we hope–its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Holy Land Foundation.

The Shariah manual that was offered for sale at the ISNA convention is a two-volume set known as A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence. It was written by Dr. Salih Al-Fawzan in 2005.

Sheikh Fawzan is considered one of the most esteemed Shariah scholars in the entire Islamic world, having received three degrees in Shariah from the University of Imam Muhammad in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, the Fiqh Committee in Mecca and the Committee for Supervision of the Callers in Hajj. He also heads the Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fatwas. He is the Imam at the Prince Mut’ib Ibn Abdul-Aziz Mosque, hosts a national radio program in Saudi Arabia and has published 60 books.

A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence is published by Al-Maiman Publishing House in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Several chapters of Volume 1 are devoted to zakat. Chapter 8 is devoted in its entirety to “Entitled Recipients of Zakat.”

This chapter provides a complete explanation of the 8 categories of recipients of zakat who are entitled to receive it. Of particular interest to those of us in the West is the seventh category. From pages 364-365 of A Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence, Volume 1:

The seventh category is that spent in the Cause of Allah such as that given to warriors who volunteer in fighting for the Cause of Allah and they do not take salaries from the Public Treasury of Muslims. Generally, the phrase “the Cause of Allah” refers to the war against the enemies of Muslims, as Allah, Exalted be He.”

Read more at SFW.

And know that one of president Barrack Hussein Obama’s first proclamations to Muslims was:

“…I’m committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat,” Barack Obama

Related:

‘Shariah in America’ Group’s FAQ: Zakat is for “Those in Jihad”

Duty of jihad is linked to zakat

Ramadan website says zakat can be used for jihad

Muslims, where is your zakat going? (video)

Canada: Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) charity loses status over terrorism links

The IRS should follow suit. via Canada: Islamic charity loses status over alleged terrorism links.

TORONTO — The Canada Revenue Agency has revoked the charitable status of an Islamic group after it says it distributed over $280,000 to an agency allegedly linked to a terrorist organization in Pakistan.

The CRA announced Friday it will strip the Islamic Society of North America Canada’s Development Foundation of its charitable status.

After a nearly two-year-long audit of its books, the CRA said it found evidence linking the group to an organization that funds a terrorist organization in Pakistan.

“The government of Canada has made it clear that it will not tolerate the abuse of the registration system for charities to provide any means of support to terrorism,” a press release from the CRA said.

The CRA audited ISNA’s books between Jan. 1, 2007, to Dec. 31, 2009. Transactions during that time showed a “funding arrangement” between the group and the Kashmiri Canadian Council/Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada.

That group would send money to the Pakistani-based Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims, which is the charitable arm of Jamaat-e-Islami, a political organization that supports the overthrow of India’s government through the activities of the Hizbul Mujahideen, the CRA release said.

Hizbul Mujahideen is considered a terrorist organization by the European Union and government of India, the CRA said.

Full statement from The Canada Revenue Agency website. Excerpt below:

Ottawa, Ontario, September 20, 2013. . . The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will revoke the registration of the ISNA Development Foundation, a Mississauga-based charity. The notice of revocation will be published in the Canada Gazette with an effective date of September 21, 2013.

An organization that has had its registration as a charity revoked can no longer issue donation receipts for income tax purposes and is no longer a qualified donee under the Income Tax Act. The organization is no longer exempt from income tax, unless it qualifies as a non-profit organization, and it may be subject to a tax equal to the full value of its remaining assets.

Hamas front CAIR-CAN recently changed its name in an apparent shell game to evade regulators and attempt to hide its notorious terror-linked parent south of the Canadian border (whose parent group is the Muslim Brotherhood).

Read about that here, CAIR-Canada changes name to cover links with Hamas-linked CAIR.

Why won’t the IRS do anything about terror-linked groups like CAIR and ISNA?

For starters, ISNA is Barrack Hussein Obama’s go to Islamic group in the U.S.!!! He Addressed the Convention of Unindicted Co-Conspirator ISNA just days before 9/11/13. He addressed the ISNA conference in 2010 too, and invited ISNA to give prayers at the DNC national convention and his inaugurations. ISNA has been a regular insider of the Obama White House.

Video explaining halal food racket

via Vlad Tepes.

The long awaited video on halal foods being slipped to us

Read previous Creeping Sharia posts on the “halal food” racket.

Muslim group ISNA being investigated for funding terrorists

via Star Investigation: Federal audit raises concern that Canadian charity funded terror | Toronto Star.

Money raised by an Islamic charity created to help Canada’s poor and needy instead went overseas, potentially into the hands of violent militants, a government audit has found.

The federal charity watchdog is now threatening to revoke the charity status of Mississauga’s ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) Development Foundation.

A Canada Revenue Agency audit revealed the foundation shipped more than $280,000 to a Pakistan-based agency, cash the government fears went to supporting the Hizbul Mujahideen — a militant group that seeks the secession of Kashmir from India.

The foundation “facilitated the transfer of resources that may have been used to support the efforts of a political organization . . . and its armed wing,” the CRA said in a letter to the charity outlining its findings, obtained by the Star.

“Canada’s commitment to combating terrorism extends to preventing organizations with ties to terrorism from benefiting from the tax advantages of charitable registration,” the CRA letter said.

The charity’s acting president dismissed the suggestion that the money it gave to the Pakistan-based Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims may have landed in the wrong hands because of poor oversight.

“The money did not go to any groups who were freedom fighters,” G. Nabi Chaudhary said. “We made sure that all of the money the charity sent to those organizations was spent on the needy, to help the misplaced. We had people on the ground who were working with the relief organizations.”

But the charity failed to show auditors any documents proving it had control over how the money was spent, as the tax agency requires.

Contradicting Chaudhary’s assurance the money was carefully spent, the charity’s board members told auditors the funds were sent abroad with “no strings.”

In fact, the sole scrap of evidence the charity said it had on how its money was spent overseas — photographs appearing to show relief work being done on behalf of the ISNA Development Foundation — was “altered,” auditors said.

A forensic examination determined the pictures of men performing relief work with a banner depicting ISNA Development Foundation in the background had been doctored after they were taken, specifically around the banner.

The charity’s directors told auditors their knowledge of the relief work done in Kashmir is based solely on these photographs.

“Once the money left Canada, (the foundation) had no control over the money, how it was spent or what it was to be spent on,” board members said, according to the CRA.

The CRA’s letter does not necessarily mean the charity will be shuttered. The government gives a charity a chance to respond to the audit before deciding whether to revoke its charity status.

It looks like the Muslim Brotherhood outfit will skate on these charges as well, but read it all and this ISNA CRA IDF-complete-audit-letter.

Many backposts on Obama’s favorite Muslim organization ISNA, here.

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