Archive for February, 2011

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Congress probes U.S. Muslim Brotherhood

February 28, 2011

According to Paul Sperry writing for WorldNetDaily, congressional staffers are preparing a report on the involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood in American Muslim organizations and into their infiltration of the federal government.  Read Sperry’s full piece from Feb. 21 here.  In it, Sperry also republished a page from his own book, Muslim Mafia, that lists “key U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front organizations.”  This is a valuable list for future reference (with hyperlinks to some prior Money Jihad coverage added):

  • African Muslim Agency
  • Al-Aqsa Education Fund
  • All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)
  • American Muslim Armed Forces & Veterans Council (AMAFVAC)
  • American Muslim Council (AMC)
  • American Muslims for Constructive Engagement (AMCE)
  • American Muslim Foundation (AMC Foundation)
  • American Muslim Task Force on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT)
  • Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers (AMSE)
  • Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS)
  • Baitul Mal Inc. (BMI)
  • Council of Islamic Schools of North America (CISNA)
  • Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center
  • Dar El-Eiman USA Inc.
  • Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA)
  • Global Relief Foundation
  • Graduate School of Islamic & Social Sciences (GSISS, aka Cordoba University)
  • Happy Hearts Trust
  • Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF)
  • International Institute for Islamic Thought
  • International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO)
  • International Islamic Forum for Science, Technology & Human Resources Development Inc. (IIFTIKHAR)
  • International Relief Organization (IRO)
  • Islamic Academy of Florida
  • Islamic Assembly of North America
  • Islamic Association for Palestine in North America (IAP)
  • Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
  • Islamic Free Market Institute (Islamic Institute)
  • Islamic Media Foundation
  • Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA)
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • Makkah Mukarramah Charity Trust
  • Muslim American Society (MAS)
  • Muslim Students Association (MSA)
  • Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA)
  • Muslim World League (MWL)
  • North American Imams Federation (NAIF)
  • North American Islamic Trust (NAIT)
  • SAAR Foundation
  • Safa Trust
  • Taibah International Aid Association
  • United Association for Studies and Research (UASR)
  • World Assembly of Muslim Youth
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Obama’s zakat to Qaddafi charities

February 27, 2011

The article is seven months old now, but The Religion of Peace has recently linked to it, which gives it instant circulation among countless counter-jihad websites.  And that’s a good thing.  It’s a timely reminder of the pitfalls of Islamic charity and the madness of the U.S. federal government having anything to do with supporting such “charities.”

Originally from American Thinker on July 17, 2010:

Remember as a kid drawing connect-the-dots pictures?  Simply follow the dots and a clear picture emerges.  As an adult, connecting the dots of Obama’s actions leads to an oxymoronic picture.  A clear picture of a murky web.  Obama’s actions continually link him to people and causes that the majority of Americans do not support. The recent event of another aid ship sailing to Gaza is an example of to whom and what the strands of Obama’s web link him, and unfortunately America.

Last year, right around the time Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi called Obama “our son,” Obama earmarked $400,000 for two Libyan charities. The money was divided between two foundations run by Gaddafi’s children; Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, run by his son Saif, and Wa Attassimou, run by his daughter Aicha.  What noble causes did our tax dollars potentially help support thanks to Obama’s generosity?

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Your tax dollars refurbish mosques

February 25, 2011

This story about U.S. foreign aid going toward mosque and minaret restoration got some traction last year, but not much.  At the time we were led to believe that “only” $6 million was being spent on such efforts.  Vlad Tepes (h/t GoV) has posted a video from a recent WSB-TV Atlanta broadcast suggesting a much greater scope:

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Islamic bigwigs propose war on poverty

February 24, 2011
Islamic leaders call for anti-poverty measures

What if we donated our hats to the poor?

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, says that civil unrest in the Islamic world today is due to poverty.  This aligns him with Saudi King Abdullah who has called for an anti-poverty fund.  Incidentally, Osama bin Laden has called for the same thing.  The problem is that proposals like these will undoubtedly take shape as yet another zakat fund.   

Fourteen centuries of zakat, a pillar of Islam and the tax which is partly supposed to help the poor, have failed to eliminate poverty in the Islamic world.  Despite vast oil wealth, Islamic economies are among the least free on earth, and economic inequality in the Middle East is dramatic.  The solution proposed by these two distinguished Muslim leaders is to double-down on zakat—a failed model for social development.

As the auditor general of Malaysia succinctly put it, “more zakat, more poverty.”  (And that’s without even addressing the zakat-terrorism connections.)  From Asharq Alawsat on Feb. 22 (h/t Rantburg):

Jeddah– Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference [OIC] Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has said that the unrest taking place in some Arab states is due to their lack of policies to combat poverty, and the lack of social justice in these countries, which is something that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz called for at the Mecca Conference. Saudi monarch King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz had called for the creation of a fund to combat poverty at the Mecca Conference…

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Muslim scams abound

February 23, 2011

Western crooks, including Christians, do lie, cheat, and steal.  But they don’t have a religious authority telling them that theft is a duty imposed by god.

Meanwhile, Radical imam Anwar al-Awlaki has told Muslims living in the West that it is a commandment of Islam to engage in a variety of financial crimes against infidel governments.  That includes defrauding the welfare states that play host to Muslim immigrants.  With that as a preface, here’s a round-up of recent Muslim financial criminals at work:

  • Two bank clerks plotted to steal £350,000 by using fake ID cards (Men Media, Jan. 20)
  • Ten apparently Muslim families cost the U.K. over one million pounds per year in outrageous housing benefits (Daily Mail, Jan. 29).
  • An Afghan woman living high on the hog in Britain was able to live in a £1.2 million mansion through housing benefit fraud (Daily Mail, Jan. 25).
  • A mortgage fraudster and Islamic religious teacher was able to acquire £1.7 million in real estate through false mortgage papers (Daily Mail, Feb. 19).
  • Fake orphan scam:  a Pakistani immigrated to Great Britain and claimed he was a poor, homeless orphan facing death if he were deported, but who was actually just staying in Britain to send cash back to Pakistan (Daily Mail, Feb. 21, h/t GoV).

I’m leaving out some other recent flimflams from Canada, Sweden, and the U.S., but there’s only so much blog space and so many crimes…

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L’énergie nucléaire for Saudis & bin Ladens

February 22, 2011

Ah, another Gaullist day in Arabia.  The French company Areva is “excited” to have signed a deal to furnish Saudi Arabia with nuclear power.  Areva, which is 90 percent government-owned, is including a solar power deal for the sunbaked desert kingdom for good public show, too. 

Behind the convenient cover story of a depleting energy supply and a desire to diversify civil energy sources, the Saudis are probably pursuing the technology as a counterweight to Iran’s nuclear program.  On one hand, the initiative may be a beneficial deterrent to Iran.  On the other hand, considering the rising tide of Islamist protests against the existing regimes of the Islamic world, selling technologies to a “rational” actor like the Saudi royal family could prove to be disastrously shortsighted.

Oh, and the bin Laden Group will also be a co-partner in the power plant construction, but that is but a petit detail, oui?  Read it all, mes amis, from The National last month (with hat tip to Crossroads Arabia):

Saudi Binladin Group and the French nuclear reactor designer Areva are to sign an agreement on nuclear and solar power, advancing Saudi plans for diversifying the kingdom’s electricity supply.

Anne Lauvergeon, the chief executive of Areva, announced the prospective deal in Riyadh on Sunday, saying the companies would sign a partnership agreement to develop both types of power. She declined to give further details.

“We are in a major energy evolution in the region,” Ms Lauvergeon told a conference in the Saudi capital. “In the past it was oil and gas, and that was it. Now it’s oil, gas, renewables and nuclear.

“We are very excited about this evolution and we would like to be a long-term partner of these developments.”

“We think that on solar thermal in Saudi Arabia there’s an important market and we are partnering with Saudi Binladin Group to develop this,” Ms Lauvergeon added on the sidelines of the conference.

A spokeswoman for Areva, reached at the company’s Paris headquarters yesterday, said any deal signed in Saudi Arabia would mainly concern solar power. She said Ms Lauvergeon travelled to Riyadh in response to Saudi requests for discussions on possible solar projects and advice on the direction of the kingdom’s nuclear programme.

Saudi Arabia has responded to soaring power demand as it pursues industrial development by burning oil in its power plants to supplement an insufficient gas supply. As a result, air quality in its cities has deteriorated, while power cuts remain frequent in summer.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia has burnt increasing amounts of crude oil in its power plants in the past two years, limiting foreign revenue from oil exports as the kingdom has also sought to comply with the output cuts on which Opec agreed in late 2008. It is the only major economy dependent on oil for more than 50 per cent of electricity supplies.

Hashim Yamani, the president of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Atomic and Renewable Energy City, said power diversification would free up more oil for export.

“Saudi will need to invest upfront in nuclear energy but the oil saved will contribute significantly to the costs,” Mr Yamani told Reuters. “Nuclear and renewable energy will reduce dependence on fossil fuels by 2050”…

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Pakistan’s technical approach overwhelmed by Islamic reality

February 21, 2011

In a recent Dawn piece, Muhammad Amir Rana argues that Pakistan hasn’t accomplished much in efforts to counteract the funding of militant Islamist organizations.  It’s an informative article, and the author makes several good points about how absurd it is to try using a modern, technical campaign of anti-money laundering controls and prohibitions against only high-profile terrorist organizations when there exists a much broader, traditional, informal, religious, and even tribal-based system of transactions and privately collected Islamic “charity” and taxes.   It’s well worth a read.

Just keep in mind while reading it that it’s not just that Pakistan’s has failed to combat the financing of terrorism, it’s that Pakistan has funded terrorism through the ISI.  The Pakistani government also collects zakat and ushr without screening the recipients of local zakat board aid.  The Pakistanis government struck a truce to allow the Taliban to collect jizya from Sikhs.  The problem is that Pakistan’s overall commitment to Islamic taxation and sharia finance create a veritable breeding ground for jihadist financing.  And allowing militant organizations to fund themselves furthers Pakistan’s strategic interests in Kashmir.

DAWN—FEB 14—…Tracking the sources of their financing is a critical challenge. Although the state has taken some initiatives — including banning militant organisations, freezing their bank accounts and enforcing an anti-money laundering law — these have not proved effective. The main reason for that has been the fact that militant groups do not rely on the formal financial sector or avenues as well as the state’s failure to implement its decisions in any meaningful manner because of the absence of an appropriate mechanism.

In the absence of state monitoring and substantial measures to cut the flow of finances to the militants, the latter not only continue to launch fund-raising campaigns regularly, especially on religious occasions such as Ramazan and the two Eid festivals, but also receive support from individuals abroad, including expatriate Pakistanis.

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