Archive for March, 2011

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Politician opens eyes, sees zakat unfairness

March 31, 2011

Malaysians pay income tax.  Muslim Malaysian taxpayers receive a zakat “rebate” for being Muslim.  Non-Muslims receive no such rebate.  This is in accordance with Islamic law which forbids non-Muslims from receiving zakat.  This concept is so deeply ingrained within Islamic thought that when a politician simply observes that it is unfair to give Muslim Malaysians a rebate that non-Muslims do not receive, that observation makes the news.  From Malaysia Kini on Mar. 4:

The current tax policy is unfair as proceeds from zakat, an Islamic tax, is used exclusively for the development of Muslims through the building of mosques and other amenities, said senator S Ramakrishnan.

The senator, who is also an accounting lecturer, called on the government to be fair to all Malaysians by giving non-Muslims a similar tax rebate like zakat.

Ramakrishnan urged the government to amend the tax legislation so that Malaysians of all religions are treated fairly in the spirit of ‘1Malaysia’ when computing their income tax…

Malaysia is also well-known for its jizya-inspired discriminatory bumiputra tax system.

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Young French Muslim revivalists push zakat

March 30, 2011

Union des jeunes musulmans (UJM), or the Union of Muslim Youth, is a French organization created by second generation Muslims who didn’t care so much about the cultural traditions of their parents’ home countries (or of France’s traditions for that matter) as they cared about a renewed Islamic religiosity.  UJM was created with the blessing of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF).  UJM has also supported Hamas donor Tariq Ramadan’s presence in France (see here).

Now the UJM is busy at work creating a new generation of zakat-givers, which is certainly only for benign humanitarian purposes, no?  From Ahlul Bayt News Agency on Mar. 1:

An educational workshop on the concept of Zakat (alms giving) for Muslim children has been underway since February 28 at Tawheed Islamic Center in Lyon, France.

According to the website of the union, it has been organized by the Union of Muslim Youth (UJM).

Children’s questions on Zakat will be answered during the educational sessions which will continue until March 5.

The union was established in 1987 in Lyon by a group of French Muslim youth and Muslim citizens to introduce the true image of Islam and defend religious identity of the Muslims of the country.

Most of the activities of the union include religious, social and cultural programs such as holding courses on Arabic language and Islamic teachings as well as make up classes for Muslim students, organizing programs on various religious occasions, and holding Islamic forums.

Remember, the Koran 9:60 mandates that the mujahideen, the holy warriors of Islam, are eligible recipients of zakat.

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Muslim Aid in foreign politics

March 29, 2011

The news and analysis website E-Bangladesh has uncovered more duplicity by Muslim Aid, a Union of Good (pro-Hamas) charity based in Britain.  While Muslim Aid tries to tell the public that it is a humanitarian relief organization, it is really sending zakat dollars to support a major Islamist political party in Pakistan.  E-Bangladesh rightly calls on the U.K.’s feckless Charity Commission for a renewed investigation into Muslim Aid.

E-Bangladesh, Feb. 20, 2011–Muslim Aid is charity based in the UK. It has sister organisations around the world. These include the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and Muslim Aid Australia. They are all affiliated to the Jamaat-i-Islami movement and give donations to the Al-Khidmat Foundation in Pakistan.

In February 2011, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr. Peter Tibber, visited Liaquat Baloch, the Secretary General of Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan. Baloch also acts as the Chairman of the Al-Khidmat Foundation. Tibber told Baloch that he praised Jamaat for its social work through the Al-Khidmat Foundation…

Muslim Aid and its sister organisations do provide vital support to people in poor countries and conflict afflicted areas. That can not [sic] be disputed. However, Muslim Aid(s) support for Al-Khidmat is designed to increase the political influence of the Jamaat-i-Islami. It is also trying to undermine the Pakistani government.

The Jamaat-i-Islami movement was founded by Maulana al-Mawdudi. He envisioned a quasi religious/political/social party which would try to emulate the spirit of fascist and communist revolutionaries. The movement would then build a core ideology around Mawdudi’s interpretation of Islam. He believed Jihad and armed struggle was essential to give energy to his revolutionary programme which looked to overthrow secular society and replace it with an Islamic theocracy.

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Ernst & Young: zakat makes stable economy

March 28, 2011

Zakat taxation within the context of vast Saudi wealth is able to exist without yet destroying the fabric of Arab society.  The Saudi economy functions in spite of the zakat it has mandated.  But remove zakat from the petro-wealth context, and the abject misery, chaos, and violence that zakat creates is quickly evident. 

All one must do is look to Pakistan, whose adoption of an Islamic tax system has exacerbated local poverty, has induced wide-scale zakat corruption, has resulted in one of the most hated and impotent tax systems in the world, and inspired the Taliban’s interest in traditional Islamic tax collection measures (to include the ushr on opium and the jizya against Sikhs).  In many ways, we have Pakistan’s adoption of an Islamic financial system to thank for the rise of the Taliban and the type of funding that led to 9/11.

Nevertheless, Ernst & Young recently claimed of Saudi Arabia that, “Tax and Zakat are basic components of the country’s fiscal and economic development. It is a discipline that offers fiscal stability and ensures financial prudence.”  Ernst & Young, would you still advocate for Koran-based revenue measures if your employees were kidnapped and held for fida’ (Islamic ransom)?  Would you still champion the cause when your employees cannot worship safely at Christian churches without fear of jizya when they work in the Middle East?  Would you still extol the benefits of zakat when it is redirected into jihadist accounts for the next terrorist attack against the West?

From the Saudi Gazette on Feb. 24:

JEDDAH: Ernst & Young (E&Y) recently hosted the 8th Annual Tax Seminar on the updates in Saudi Arabia’s new Corporate Income Tax Law, its by-laws and Zakat, as well as clarifications issued by the Department of Zakat and Income Tax (DZIT). Recent appeal decisions, tax treatment of complex tax issues and proposed amendments to Saudi companies [sic] regulations were also discussed.

Ahmed Reda, office managing partner, Ernst & Young Jeddah, said: “Tax and Zakat are basic components of the country’s fiscal and economic development. It is a discipline that offers fiscal stability and ensures financial prudence. The main objective of the seminar was to update and enhance the knowledge and understanding of the New Saudi Income Tax Law (NITL), Zakat regulations and double tax avoidance treaties recently signed by Saudi Arabia.”

The seminar is an annual event organized by Ernst & Young to ensure that its clients are kept abreast with latest developments in Tax and Zakat matters as well as other relevant business regulations…

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PA offer to use U.S. funds to pay Hamas

March 27, 2011

We’ve known that the Palestinian Authority, whose budget is largely dependent on U.S. and European aid, all too often transfers money to Gaza that ends up in the pockets of Hamas brownshirts.  (See here, here, and here.)  Now the PA itself, not Hamas, has put an offer on the table to expand that funding.  From World Net Daily (h/t GoV) on Mar. 18:

TEL AVIV – The Palestinian Authority has quietly offered to place tens of thousands of Hamas security forces on its payroll if Hamas joins in a unity government, according to information obtained by WND.

The PA is funded in large part by the U.S. and Europe.

Earlier this month, WND reported the PA has been engaged in an intense effort to convince the Hamas terrorist organization to join it in a new unity government.

According to a senior PA official, the PA has been sending mediators to Hamas in an effort to persuade it into a unity deal.

Now, WND has learned the PA has engaged in intense marathon talks with Hamas the past three days. As part of its latest list of incentives, the PA has offered to place between 15,000 and 20,000 of Hamas’ forces in Gaza on official PA salary if Hamas joins in a unity government.

The technical explanation being given by PA sources is that the Palestinian leadership feels it better to maintain one major financial apparatus to pay all security forces, instead of having a separate governmental system in Gaza run by Hamas.

Monthly salaries of Hamas security officers in Gaza typically range from between 800 and 1,500 shekel, or between $244 and $421…

Read the rest at WND here.

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Kuwait’s Muslim Brotherhood to raise funds for Libyan rebels

March 25, 2011

A Kuwaiti charity with Muslim Brotherhood “ideological roots” wants the government’s permission to collect money to give to Libyan Islamists.  No word yet whether Kuwait will allow it.  From the National on Mar. 13 (h/t TGMBDR):

KUWAIT CITY // A Kuwaiti group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to overcome government controls to raise money for Libya’s opposition, a leading figure in the movement has said.

“We are waiting for the government to tell us we can collect,” said Abdullah al Ateeqi, the secretary general of the Social Reform Society (SRC), on Wednesday. The society is a Kuwaiti charity linked to the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM), a political group with ideological roots in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

“In the future we will raise money,” Mr al Ateeqi said.

He said the SRC advertised in local newspapers last week to encourage Kuwaitis to support the Libyan opposition “in any way they can”, but his organisation was not accepting donations yet.

Nasser al Ammar, the director of the ministry of social affairs and labour’s charity and donation organisations department, said no Kuwait charities have received permission to raise money for the Libyan crisis.

“They can’t do anything now,” Mr al Ammar said. “We need time to study [the proposal] with the ministry of foreign affairs.”

Charity collections in Kuwait have been tightly controlled since foreign governments accused some charities of having links with terrorists. In 2008, the United States designated the local Salafi charity, the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, as an organisation that supports al Qa’eda. The society denies the charge.

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Money Jihad on hiatus

March 14, 2011

Takin’ a break.

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