Posts Tagged ‘madrassa’

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Mad money news: recommended reading

August 7, 2014
  • Boko Haram schools are funded by Saudi charities… more>>
  • What could Hamas have bought and built for its own people for the same price as its smuggling tunnels?  Infographic>>
  • Fethullah Gulen and his Turkish operatives have quietly begun donating tens of thousands of dollars to elected officials in the U.S…. more>>
  • Terrorists are planning major cyber attacks according to the Department of Justice and the 9/11 Commission. Targets:  the economy and power grid… more>>
  • Companies should think twice before making a donation to a “charity” tied to a public official… more>>
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Terror-linked WAMY funds 10 Pak madrassas

February 15, 2013

The World Assembly of Muslim Youth, a quasi-governmental foundation established and funded by Saudi Arabia, has completed renovations on 10 madrassas Pakistan.  WAMY has been a primary vessel in financing the spread of virulent Wahhabi Islam internationally.  From WAMY-Pakistan’s website last month:

WAMY School in new dress

WAMY Pakistan is running 10 Orphans education Schools in Afghanistan from more then 20 years .  Where Providing free quality education , social protection and cash aid to about 2000 two thousand orphens students  and their families too. Recently WAMY Afghanistan has completed the maintenance of these all school to provide the better facilities to students , WAMY is an International Youth Welfare Charity, Saudi Arabia Based  working around the world for the welfare of Muslim Youth in all  filed.

The Canada Revenue Agency stripped WAMY-Canada of its tax exempt status last year because WAMY’s Canadian branch could not demonstrate that it was independent from the terrorist financial activities of Saudi-based WAMY.

WAMY’s office in Alexandria, Virginia, was raided by federal authorities in 2004 as part of an investigation into the financing of terrorism.

Additional background on WAMY’s money trail is available from the ADL, Militant Muslim Monitor, the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, and terror finance expert Rachel Ehrenfeld’s book, Funding Evil.  Prior Money Jihad coverage of WAMY can be found here, and here on the use of orphanages as radical indoctrination camps.

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Suggested reading: SFW on madrassas

August 4, 2012

Muslim classroom cartoon

The Islamic schoolhouse remains the incubator for Wahhabi indoctrination across the Muslim world today, yet we do nothing about its funding.  Please take a look at this recent post Shariah Finance Watch:

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2012/07/27/zakat-support-for-madrassas/

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Qatar Charity opens $200K Java madrassa

February 23, 2012
Qatari oil money brainwashes Muslim children

Indonesia's newest Wahhabi madrassa

Qatar Charity, an entity that Osama Bin Laden once regarded as one of Al Qaeda’s three most important charitable front groups, has committed 760,000 Qatari rials (about 200,000 USD) to build a madrassa in West Java, Indonesia.  The charity, which is blacklisted by Israel, does not even pay lip service to the idea of having “moderate” imams or curriculum at the school.  From the charity’s press release last month:

Qatar Charity has established an educational project in Indonesia, after a QAR 760,000 donation.

The project includes a school, mosque, library, clinic, Quran memorization center, student housing and a student service center and was funded by a donation from Aisha Hussain Behzad.

The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Nur Shams, Director of Educational Affairs at the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs, Dr. Al-Haj Saad Eddin, Governor of Bakassi city, Ibrahim Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, acting Qatari Ambassador, Ibrahim Zainal, Director of Monitoring at QC and Hassan Ozkor, QC Office Director in Indonesia.

Zainal stressed QC’s enthusiasm for the implementation of such projects, which work in cooperation with local authorities, local associations and the targeted communities and beneficiaries in order to support the most vulnerable.

The project resembles so many Gulf-sponsored initiatives over the past 40 years that use Arab oil wealth to export fiery Wahhabi teachings to parts of the Islamic world that historically had somewhat less dangerous expressions of Islam tempered by local traditions and culture.

Qatar Charity (sometimes called Qatar Charitable Society) was formerly known as the Qatar Charitable Foundation.  The Qatar Charitable Foundation was implicated as an Al Qaeda front, a Hamas-supporting Union of Good member that also funded Chechen Islamists, a central player in a failed assassination attempt on Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in 1995, and a financier of the Bangladeshi jihadist organization Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

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Zafar Iqbal, Lashkar-e-Taiba money man

October 25, 2011

Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, and is one of the richest terror organizations in South Asia.

One man partly responsible for LeT’s wealth is Zafar Iqbal, a terror fundraiser, terror training camp patron, and madrassa curriculum chief.  In its press release describing the designation of Zafar Iqbal as a terrorist, the U.S. Treasury Department described him this way:

Zafar Iqbal is a senior leader and co-founder of LET, has served in various LET/JUD senior leadership positions and was once considered LET/JUD’s second-in-command.  As of late 2010, Iqbal was in charge of LET/JUD’s finance department. Zafar Iqbal has also been involved in LET/JUD fundraising activities. As of 2008, he was identified as LET/JUD’s chief of fundraising, and in 2010, Iqbal was overseeing the construction of an LET/JUD facility.

From 2003 to 2010, Iqbal was also the director of LET/JUD’s education department. In this capacity, Iqbal has been involved in recruiting activities on behalf of the group and has prepared the curricula for schools run by LET/JUD in Pakistan. As of 2010, Iqbal was a joint secretary of a university trust created by LET/JUD to carry out activities on behalf of the group.

Iqbal formed LET in the late 1980s with current LET/JUD emir Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, designated by the U.S. pursuant to E.O. 13224 in May 2008, and by the UN in December 2008. In 1989 or 1990, Iqbal traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with LET/JUD emir Hafiz Muhammad Saeed to request financial support from Usama bin Laden.

Our prior coverage has revealed that Lashkar-e-Taiba has received funding from zakat collections in Kashmiri mosques, hawala, and donations from rich Arabs in the Gulf

LET member proclaims shahadat is the real life

Note:  The above bum is not Zafar Iqbal, but some other Lashkar-e-Taiba goon displaying his love of jihad for the camera.

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Noorzai brothers acquire millions for Taliban

October 20, 2011

The Taliban, the richest jihadist organization in the world, owes some of its recent financial success to Faizullah and Malik Noorzai, two brothers from Afghanistan who have both performed the hajj and who are each approximately 50 years old.  The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against the duo on Sept. 29 for their roles as financiers for the Taliban.  Malik, who according to Reuters is living in Pakistan, has already denied that he’s given money to anybody, but Faizullah is mum.

What’s interesting is the Noorzai brothers funding methods:  Faizullah obtained over a hundred grand from (big surprise here) Arab donors from Gulf nations.  He also collected “tens of thousands” through his Afghan-Pakistan border madrassa.  Malik also received money from Gulf donors under the cover of fake investments and through a sizable hawala account.

Here’s the skinny from Treasury:

Hajji Faizullah Khan Noorzai (Faizullah)
Faizullah has served as a prominent Taliban financier with whom senior Taliban leaders invested funds. He has collected more than $100,000 for the Taliban from donors in the Gulf and in 2009 gave a portion of his own money to the Taliban.

Faizullah also financially supported a Taliban commander in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan and has provided funding to assist with training Taliban and al-Qa’ida fighters who were to conduct attacks against coalition and Afghan military forces.

In addition to his financial support, Faizullah has facilitated Taliban training and operations. As of mid-2009, Faizullah supplied weapons, ammunition, explosives, and medical equipment to Taliban fighters from southern Afghanistan. In mid-2008, Faizullah was responsible for housing Taliban suicide bombers and moving them from Pakistan into Afghanistan. Faizullah has also provided anti-aircraft missiles to the Taliban, helped move Taliban fighters around Helmand Province, Afghanistan, facilitated Taliban suicide bombing operations and has given radios and vehicles to Taliban members in Pakistan.

As of mid-2009, Faizullah operated a madrassa near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, where tens of thousands of dollars were raised for the Taliban. Faizullah’s madrassa grounds were used to provide training to Taliban fighters in the construction and use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and as of late 2007, his madrassa was used to train al-Qa’ida fighters who were later sent to Kandahar Province.

Hajji Malik Noorzai (Malik)
Malik is a Pakistan-based businessman who, with his brother Faizullah, has invested millions of dollars in various businesses for the Taliban.  In late 2008, Taliban representatives approached Malik as a businessman with whom to invest Taliban funds. Since at least 2005, Malik has personally contributed tens of thousands of dollars and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Taliban, some of which was collected from donors in the Gulf region and Pakistan and some of which was Malik’s own money. Malik also handled a hawala account in Pakistan that received tens of thousands of dollars transferred from the Gulf every few months to support Taliban activities.

Malik has also facilitated Taliban activities in other ways. As of 2009, he had served for 16 years as the chief caretaker of a madrassa near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border that was used by the Taliban to indoctrinate and train recruits. Malik delivered funds that supported the madrassa, among other things.

Malik, along with his brother, has also played a role in storing vehicles to be used in Taliban suicide bombing operations and has helped move Taliban fighters around Helmand Province. As early as 2005, he owned a vehicle import business in Afghanistan that imported vehicles from Dubai and Japan. Malik has also imported auto parts and clothing from Dubai and Japan for his businesses, in which two Taliban commanders have invested. Additionally, in mid- 2010, Malik and his brother secured the release of hundreds of cargo containers, reportedly worth millions of dollars, which Pakistani authorities seized earlier that year because they believed the recipients had a connection to terrorism.

The United Nations Security Council has also sanctioned the Noorzai brothers, calling Faizullah a “prominent Taliban financier. As of mid-2009, supplied weapons, ammunition, explosives and medical equipment to Taliban fighters; and raised funds for the Taliban, and provided training to them, in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region. Has previously organized and funded Taliban operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. As of 2010, travelled to and owned businesses in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Japan.”

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Even Islamic Relief USA sours on TiZA

September 5, 2011

Even attorneys for Islamic Relief USA and the ACLU say that, “TiZA has operated the school in a manner that has had the effect of transferring millions of dollars of public money to related Islamic organizations.”

After reading that, few could harbor any doubts about TiZA, a Minnesota madrassa that spent more time funneling taxpayer money into Islamic causes than it did educating children.

From the Star Tribune (h/t RoP) on Aug. 3:

TiZA opts against appealing closure

SARAH LEMAGIE , Star Tribune
August 3, 2011

A metro-area charter school battered by years of controversy over claims that it promoted religion has decided not to appeal a state decision that forced its closure earlier this summer.

The board of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TiZA) voted Tuesday evening not to ask the Minnesota Court of Appeals to reverse the state Education Department’s denial of an application that would have allowed it to stay open.

“I think it’s fairly obvious that TiZA is recognizing that it has been forced to involuntarily cease operations,” Shamus O’Meara, an attorney for the school, said after the vote. “Its students are transferred into other schools. The staff has found employment with other schools. Prospects to have an operating school this fall or at any time in the future are bleak.”

In Tuesday’s resolution, which the board passed on the advice of its attorneys, it also said that TiZA will proceed with orderly closure and dissolution under a bankruptcy petition that court documents filed by the school have previously described as an attempt to reorganize.

The state had issued closure instructions to TiZA shortly before a new law took effect on July 1 disqualifying the school’s former authorizer. Summer classes ended abruptly and the school’s director advised families to seek new schools — but TiZA also filed a bankruptcy petition under Chapter 11, which businesses typically use when they want to restructure rather than liquidate.

TiZA, which had campuses in Inver Grove Heights and Blaine, served about 540 students, most of whom were Muslim.

O’Meara said that Tuesday’s vote signals the school’s attempt to effect an “orderly winding-down” of operations. He added that the decision is likely to “dramatically” affect a longstanding lawsuit brought against TiZA by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, which claims the public school has violated the Constitution by promoting religion. Since the school no longer exists, “We would expect that the ACLU would recognize the obvious and allow the parties to move on with their lives,” he said.

The board’s vote decreases the likelihood that the First Amendment dispute will go to trial, said Peter Lancaster, an attorney for the ACLU.

“I think it’s the right decision, and I also hope that the school will agree to have a trustee to help with the orderly dissolution,” he said.

The ACLU, state education commissioner and the school’s former authorizer, Islamic Relief USA — all three of which are creditors in the bankruptcy case — have already called for the appointment of a trustee to oversee the school’s remaining assets, partly because of what they have called “fraud and dishonesty by TiZA.”

In a recent court filing, attorneys for the trio of creditors described the school’s bankruptcy motions as “a transparent effort to benefit those in control of [TiZA] and its employees at the expense of the other creditors.”

“TiZA has operated the school in a manner that has had the effect of transferring millions of dollars of public money to related Islamic organizations,” they wrote. “Its history creates concern that it is seeking bankruptcy relief to continue that pattern, allowing TiZA to further dissipate its assets to related Islamic entities and individual Muslim participants in school operations.”

The ACLU, state and Islamic Relief have also asked a bankruptcy judge to lift an automatic stay on litigation that kicked in when TiZA filed for bankruptcy, freezing the ACLU lawsuit.

The education commissioner and Islamic Relief were both named as co-defendants in that suit, although the ACLU has since settled with Islamic Relief and reached a tentative deal with the commissioner.

In that suit, the state and Islamic Relief are seeking a combined total of more than $1.7 million in legal costs from the school.

The ACLU says it could be entitled to reimbursement of attorneys’ fees that currently exceed $3 million if it proves that the school violated the Constitution, although whether the organization will ever actually see any of that money is “hard to say,” Lancaster said Tuesday.

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