Amazon has agreed to fund a hardline British charity whose leading ideologue supports child marriage, female genital mutilation and stoning people to death for adultery.
Under its charitable programme, the internet giant will make donations to the London-based group whenever its supporters buy products.
The Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF) has been described by the government’s counter-extremism commissioner, Sara Khan, as “the main Salafist organisation in the UK”.
Its founder and former chairman is Haitham al-Haddad, 52, a Saudi-born Islamic scholar whose beliefs led him to be labelled “one of the most dangerous men in Britain” by the head of the counter-extremism Quilliam Foundation.
Mr Haddad believes that:
• Husbands should not be questioned about hitting their wives;
• Homosexuality is an evil crime;
…the rest of the article is behind a paywall, but Newsweek picks it up from there:
The Times revealed that MRDF is one of 6,000 charities to have joined the Amazon Smile program despite its founder Haitham al-Haddad’s extremist views.
These include describing homosexuality as a “crime against humanity,” stating that all Western women should wear the niqab and calling Christians and Jews the “enemies of Allah,” as well as warning Muslims not to integrate, according to a report by the neoconservative foreign policy think tank Henry Jackson Society.
Haddad, originally from Saudi Arabia, has also been described as the “one of the most dangerous men in Britain” by the head of the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremism think tank. Sara Khan, who leads the U.K.-based Commission for Countering Terrorism, described MRDF as “the main Salafist organization in the UK.”
“Haitham al-Haddad’s views are misogynistic, racist and homophobic,” Khan told The Times. “They promote a supremacist ‘us versus them’ world view that wrongly makes Muslims feel that they can’t be fully British.”
According to The Times, al-Haddad said “the younger the better” with regard to teenage girls getting married. “It’s not necessarily a problem, biologically, if a girl of 12 or 13 becomes pregnant,” he added.
He also believed “a man should not be questioned why he hit his wife,” and has stated, “Men should toil outside the house. Women should be devoted wives and mothers.”
In the wake of the catastrophic 2011 tsunami in Japan, Haddad said Allah allowed thousands to die to “punish the Japanese for their refusal to submit to him.”
Haddad also declared his support for stoning as a punishment for adultery and mandatory capital punishment for apostasy.
In a statement, Amazon said they relied on the official charity regulator, The Charity Commission for England and Wales, to determine which organizations would be allowed to take part in Amazon Smile.
“If a charity no longer has charitable status because that organization supports, encourages or promotes intolerance or discrimination and has been removed from the Commission’s register, we will remove them from the service,” a spokesperson told Newsweek.
“Due to the serious nature of these concerns, we have referred these allegations to the Commission and will be conducting a full review to ensure they do not violate our policies.”
Amazon has not said how much money MRDF received through their charity scheme, but it is believed that the total figure is likely to be small.
Emma Webb, a research fellow with Henry Jackson Society’s Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism, criticized Amazon for “channelling ordinary shoppers’ money into the hands of intolerant extremists” by supporting MRDF with the scheme. “That’s wildly irresponsible. It’s giving charities like MRDF a veneer of respectability they don’t deserve.”
Amazon, owner of the Washington Post, aiding and abetting Islamic terrorists…like many big tech companies.