Archive for April, 2010

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MB Report exposes Ikhwan’s money madness

April 30, 2010
Cross swords of the Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood's Seal

Continuing our focus this week on the Muslim Brotherhood and its financing, The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report has been providing solid coverage of the financial jihad of Ikhwan for several years.  You can click on any of the hyperlinks below to read their full original articles, but I’m also providing my own adjoining summaries for those of you on time budgets.  Take special note of the money laundering developments they’ve covered over this past week which expose the connection between a U.K. charity, Saudi Arabia, and the Muslim Brothers.

“Trade-based Money Laundering” Associated With Muslim Brotherhood. Yusuf Qaradawi, long-time spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, directs a worldwide network of Islamic charities known as “Union of Good.”  One of the member charities is the Comite de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens (CBSP).  The U.S. has designated the CBSP as a sponsor of terrorism that has laundered money to the Palestinian territories by delivering commodities under the guise of “aid.”  Those commodities are resold locally and the proceeds are given to terrorists.  Sept. 19, 2007.

Muslim American Society Raises Funds For Newest Of 25 Youth Centers.  A California chapter of the MAS (which is part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood) accepted $122,000 in “pledges” to establish American madrassas to indoctrinate American youths with a Muslim Brotherhood message.  Oct. 15, 2007.

Egypt Arrests Muslim Brotherhood Members In Plot To Aid Hamas.  Two Egyptian Brothers paid 20,000 Egyptian pounds to buy a remote controlled airplane for Hamas to load with explosives for an attack against Israel.  Apr. 29, 2008.

Muslim American Society Subject Of Egyptian Investigation Into Muslim Brotherhood Money Laundering.  The Muslim American Society (again, a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood) was identified by an Egyptian court as the beneficiary of money laundered from the Foreign Relations Committee of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  May 20, 2009.

BREAKING NEWS: Egypt Will Prosecute Muslim Brotherhood Members For Money Laundering; Saudi Also Charged.  Egypt will prosecute five men, including one Saudi, for raising funds for the Muslim Brotherhood—an organization which is illegal in Egypt.  The men reportedly raised £4 million through a U.K. Islamic charity, and two of the men laundered 2.8 million euros to Egypt.  Apr. 22, 2010.

BREAKING NEWS: Members Of Accused Brotherhood Money Laundering Ring Said To Be International Organization Leaders.  London resident Ibrahim Munir, secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood International Organization, may be one of the men charged with illegally raising funds for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and laundering them to Egypt.  Apr. 25, 2010.

Under Egyptian law, it is illegal for funds to be raised abroad for the Muslim Brotherhood.  Clearly, heaps of zakat have been raised in Saudi Arabia and transferred to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood for years.  It is therefore quite striking that this is the first time a Saudi has ever been prosecuted for breaking Egyptian laws against MB fundraising.

Kudos to the Global MB Report for staying on the case and adding layers to our understanding of Ikhwan’s financial tentacles.

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Funding the Muslim Brotherhood

April 29, 2010
Direction of Muslim Brotherhood funding

Following the zakat from Arabia to Egypt

We know what the radical, pro-caliphate Muslim Brotherhood is, but how is it funded?  Terror finance experts Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen have written that, “Mostly Saudi and Gulf sources fund its activities.”

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The weekly word(s): Muslim Brotherhood

April 28, 2010

From the Historical Dictionary of Terrorism:

Muslim Brotherhood:  The Ikhwan al Muslimin is a nonstate Islamic fundamentalist group that seeks to replace existing secular governments in the Muslim world with Islamic regimes under which religious and political affiars would both be governed by the Shari’ah, that is, the traditional canon of Islamic laws.  The name is applied to several territorial organizations, e.g., the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, and so on, that are formally independent of one another through all are historically derived from the original Ikhwan founded in Egypt by Hassan al Banna (1906-1949) in 1928…

The entry goes on to explain the historical development of the Brotherhood and its involvement in terrorist activities such as the assassination of Anwar Sadat.

More on the funding of the Muslim Brotherhood in the days to come.  For now, here’s a picture of Muslim Brothers firing on Sadat in a reviewing stand to kill him in Cairo in 1981.   Sadat’s crime under Islam was negotiating with Israel.  Quite peaceful, wouldn’t you say?

Armed Forces Day assasination

Sadat's murder by Ikhwan

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10,000 reasons to say “thank you”

April 27, 2010

As of today, Money Jihad has received just over 10,000 hits since launching in October 2009.  Thanks especially to our top 10 referring sites:

  1. The Religion of Peace
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  7. Creeping Sharia
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Those are all great resources—please support them.  An honorable mention also goes to Skeptical CPA.  Cheers!

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Sharia finance presentation worth watching

April 27, 2010

Last month the Family Research Council hosted Joy Brighton (of www.stopshariahnow.org, a site which also appears on SFW’s blogroll) to speak about sharia finance.  Ms. Brighton’s remarks run one hour long, but it’s time well spent.  (Her comments specifically on sharia financial products begin around 18 minutes 45 seconds into her presentation.)

Click here to watch the video on FRC’s website.

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Clinton says peace plan would de-fund terror

April 26, 2010

Never mind that the Koran commands Muslims to “Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah!” (9:41).  The real inspiration behind terrorist financing isn’t Islamic law and jihad…it’s a stalled Israeli peace process!  At least according to Bill Clinton.

Clinton, who lives in a mental fantasy land of his own invention, declared on ABC’s “This Week” program on Apr. 18 that “half” of terrorist funding comes from angst over the “Palestinian” issue.  Furthermore, Clinton argues that if Pres. Obama announced a peace plan of his own, that would mean a “whole different story” for terrorist financing:

TAPPER: You’ve come closer than any president in recent history in brokering a mid-east peace plan. President Obama is in a situation right now where he is getting a lot of conflicting advice. Do you think it’s time for President Obama to put a peace plan on the table?

CLINTON: Well, first of all, I’m reluctant to give him public advice. I talk to the president and the secretary of state and Mr. Emanuel and others privately. But let me answer you this way because I don’t want to do anything to foreclose their options. The argument against doing that is that the current Israeli government with its current coalition almost certainly would reject it.

And the argument is that that makes us look weak. I think it’s the — it may be — they may decide it’s more important to have clarity. And to do something that will be an action forcing event to put them back to the table.

And if he decides to do it, I will support it. And I think if he decides to do it, he should acknowledge that they may come up with a deal that’s slightly different than the one he proposes. But we need to do something to deprive both sides of any excuse not to engage in serious negotiations.

Look at the ramifications of this. Half of the energy coming out of all this organization and money-raising for terror comes out of the allegations around the unresolved Palestinian issue. If there were a Palestinian state working in partnership, with the policies Mr. Fayyad’s following on the West Bank, it would be a whole different world.

All the Arabs would identify with Israel.

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Jizya fan fiction

April 25, 2010

In yet another example of “moderate” Muslims defending the jizya (this time in detail), an Apr. 8 blog post over at Wisdom to ISLAM poses the question, “Does Jizya verse 9:29 of Quran invite Muslims to violence?: commentary on Islamic Jizya state tax.”

Their post is a lengthy defense of the jizya, and the author asks readers and critics of the jizya to “be patient enough and read this article to the end.”

Unfortunately, reading the blog post to the end does not make the jizya any easier to swallow.  The blogger is a little less glib than most jizya supporters, and thankfully he doesn’t trot out the old lie about jizya being less than the zakat.  Instead, WisdomtoISLAM provides eight primary explanations to defend jizya.  But each explanation is either utterly fictitious or problematic… here’s why.  (Direct quotes from WisdomtoISLAM’s post appear below in red italics.)

1. Jizya (Jizah) is not unique in Islam, its equivalent exists even in Bible.

Wrong.  Their “evidence” for jizya in the Bible is Deuteronomy 20:10-15, which says that if going into battle, the Hebrews should first offer their enemies peace, if the enemies agree they shall forced into labor for the Hebrews, and if they resist the Hebrews should besiege them.

However, Deuteronomy 20:17 limits the enemies in this chapter of the Bible to the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites—specific groups of enemies at specific moments in time.  Although apologists for the Koran say that the jizya was meant to apply to certain clans in Arabia, nothing in the actual text of the Koran limits the jizya to a specific group.  The jizya applies against all the “unbelieving” People of the Book—Jews and Christians.

It should also be noted that Deuteronomy does not say anything about conversions to Judaism or perpetual poll taxes against non-Jews.  Moreover, the jizya is currently imposed around the world by Muslims against Catholics in the Philippines, against Sikhs in Pakistan, against Christians in Iraq, and against Jews in Yemen.  Nowhere in the world is there any Deuteronomy-based tax being imposed by Jews or Christians against Muslims.

2. Not paying Jizya (Jizyah) is the condition for using force.

Agreed!  That’s the problem.  If non-Muslims living within Muslim territory don’t pay the jizya, Muslims are enjoined to fight them.  The Koran and Hadith offer no exemptions, no waivers, no forbearance from the jizya for non-Muslims trapped in the Islamic world.

3. Verse 9:29 of Quran does not ask Muslims to do forceful conversions.

Right—that comes from other parts of Islamic law!  The Sahih Muslim, one of the most venerated texts of all Islam contains this passage:

When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them…  If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.  (Book 19, Number 4294.)

That passage is where Muslims got the idea to convert non-Muslims to Islam, force them to pay the jizya, or fight and ultimately kill them.  Opponents of jizya and dhimmitude do not base their criticism solely on Koran 9:29.

4. Quran never commands killing disbelievers just because they disbeliever.

Actually, that’s exactly what the Koran commands in 9:5 (just a few lines over from the one we’re looking at) which says, “slay the Pagans wherever ye find them.”

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