Archive for August, 2010

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Bureaucrat blockhead: jihadist involvement in Pakistani flood relief no big deal because “the needs are so vast”

August 24, 2010

At the daily State Department briefing on Aug. 23, 2010, Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman (a former aid to Al Gore, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton) dismissed concerns about the involvement of terrorist organizations in Pakistani flood relief because “the needs are so vast.”

If you have any trouble with the video above, here’s the transcript: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Beaucoup zakat for Pakistan

August 23, 2010

One gets the impression looking at this chart from a presentation entitled “Islamic Radicalization in Europe” by Dr. Mia Bloom University of Georgia that France is at the forefront of the Islamization of the West.

Demographics of Islam across Atlantic

France home to biggest Muslim population in West

France has more Muslims than Lebanon or Kuwait.

Where there are Muslims, there is also zakat.

Many French Muslims give at their mosques.  But for those who give to charities, the largest include: 

The website “Respaix Conscience Musulmane” recently urged readers to contribute to Pakistani flood relief by making a donation to any one of those three charities.

The inclusion CBSP in fundraising appeals for Pakistan is especially infuriating.  France is notorious for its refusal to designate CBSP as a terrorist organization, while Israel, the U.S., the Netherlands, and Germany have all recognized CBSP’s perfidy.  Any Frenchman who gives his money to CBSP might as well give his money directly to the Pakistani Taliban.

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More sick details on jizya against Sikhs

August 22, 2010

On Wednesday, Malkajgiri Lok Sabha blog posted an article about the slaughter of Sikh religious minorities in Pakistan.  Money Jihad has covered the imposition of the jizya on the Sikhs before (here, here, here, and here) but what caught my attention was the unprecedented detail that this post provided.  Take a gander of this excerpt:

The phenomenon “Pakistani Taliban” was unknown before 9/11. However, the significance of Jihadi elements in the tribal belt can be traced back to the early 80’s when the area became a launching pad for the CIA and ISI-driven holy war (jihad) against the former Soviet Union. With the Soviet withdrawal, the US agenda of jihad inside Afghanistan ended. But the strategic importance of the area remained intact for Pakistan which had to use, for many years to come, the tribal area for running training camps for jihadis, pursuing its policy of strategic depth against India as well as to have an upper hand with neighbouring Afghanistan.

Nevertheless, these games did not disturb the traditional tribal way of life and the Sikh families were living a normal life as before. With the rise of Pakistani Taliban in the past few years and their march to take control of the tribal areas, the traditional tribal code of ethics which ensured security for the Sikh community in the area gave way to the extremist ideology of Taliban. After establishing their writ, Taliban offered three options to non-Muslims — “Become Muslims, pay jizya or vacate the area.”

To set an example, Taliban last year demolished 11 houses of the Sikh community in the Orakzai Agency for refusing to pay ‘jizya’. The action was ordered by the then Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) chief for Orakzai Agency, Hakimullah Mehsud, after the deadline given to the Sikh community for payment of jizya passed.

“Sharia had been enforced in the area and every non-Muslim has to pay protection money”, Hakimullah Mehsud had announced. Read the rest of this entry ?

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CAIR lies about hawala

August 20, 2010

After it became clear that the would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad used hawala to finance his failed attack, the English-language Russian news channel RT interviewed Nihad Awad from the Council on American-Islamic Relations about hawala.

When asked about the terrorist and criminal uses of hawala, Awad made the wildly fanciful statement that “the 9/11 Commission has exonerated the hawala system…”

Actually, Mr. Awad, the staff of the 9/11 Commission found just the opposite in their monograph on terrorist financing as follows:

Al Qaeda moved much of its money by hawala before 9/11. In some ways, al Qaeda had no choice after its move to Afghanistan in 1996; the banking system there was antiquated and undependable. Hawala became particularly important after the August 1998 East Africa bombings increased worldwide scrutiny of the formal financial system. Bin Ladin turned to an established hawala network operating in Pakistan, in Dubai, and throughout the Middle East to transfer funds efficiently. Hawalas were attractive to al Qaeda because they, unlike formal financial institutions, were not subject to potential government oversight and did not keep detailed records in standard form. Although hawaladars do keep ledgers, their records are often written in idiosyncratic shorthand and maintained only briefly. Al Qaeda used about a dozen trusted hawaladars, who almost certainly knew of the source and purpose of the money. Al Qaeda also used both unwitting hawaladars and hawaladars who probably strongly suspected that they were dealing with al Qaeda but were nevertheless willing to deal with anyone.

The full interview, which includes a ridiculous comparison between Wall Street and hawala, and a series of softball questions for Awad, is available here.  It’s quite telling that Russian news producers regard Awad, the man behind CAIR’s fundraising efforts, as hawala expert, isn’t it?

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Charity with strings attached

August 19, 2010

BBC World Service broadcast a radio documentary on Aug. 16 on the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in contemporary Egypt.  It paints a scary picture in which the Muslim Brotherhood is filling the vacuum of needs unmet by the Egyptian government. 

At one point in this one-minute clip about a Muslim Brotherhood “charity hospital,” the BBC’s Magdi Abdelhadi elicited this telling response from a Brotherhood physician about what the hospital expects in return for their services:

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that social services provided by the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, etc., come without the expectation of the service recipients being “proper Muslims,” ie, good little Islamists.

Listen to the full documentary here.

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Weekly word: zakat al-fitr

August 18, 2010

Simple “zakat” is the 2½ percent Islamic tax on wealth often given during Ramadan.  (Note:  some Islamic scholars insist that zakat should be paid within one year of accumulating wealth that surpasses the threshold taxable nisab amount rather than at Ramadan.)

Zakat al-fitr is a smaller, more specific type of zakat paid in food on Eid, the last day of Ramadan.  Brill explained it this way:

By zakat al-fitr (zakat of the breaking of the fast) is meant the obligatory gift of provisions at the end of the month of Ramadan, which according to Tradition was ordered by the Prophet in the year 2 and fixed as regards the amount (the latter is however not certainly historical).  There were differences of opinion regarding the relation of this zakat to the general one and regarding the question whether it was obligatory.  According to the view which finally prevailed, the zakat al-fitr is obligatory (according to the Malikis only sunna) and has to be handed over by every free Muslim for himself and all persons whom he is legally bound to support at latest on the first of the month Shawwal which follows Ramadan.  A man is exempted only if he possesses the bare necessities of life for himself and his family.  The amount of this zakat is 1 sa (=1/60 wask) or 4 mudd of the usual foodstuffs of the country for each member of the household.

Compared to basic zakat (which some people call zakat al-mal), zakat al-fitr is a smaller tax that may be of less direct use for terrorist financing.  However, much like zakat, zakat al-fitr always carries a thinly veiled threat against Muslims for non-payment.  Take for instance this passage of the Sahih Bukhari, in which Muhammad swore that most occupants of hell are women for failing to pay zakat al-fitr:

On ‘Id ul Fitr [Eid al-Fitr] or ‘Id ul Adha Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) went out to the Musalla. After finishing the prayer, he delivered the sermon and ordered the people to give alms. He said, “O people! Give alms.” Then he went towards the women and said. “O women! Give alms, for I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-Fire were you (women).” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is the reason for it?” He replied, “O women! You curse frequently, and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. O women, some of you can lead a cautious wise man astray.” Then he left. (Volume 2, Book 24, Number 541)

In Christianity, tithing is voluntary.  Under Islam, failing paying zakat and zakat al-fitr are punishable by eternal damnation.

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Ramadan 2010: earnings season for Al Qaeda

August 17, 2010

Ramadan, the annual Islamic month of fasting, began last Wednesday.  By complete coincidence, a new fundraising appeal from Al Qaeda was reported on Thursday by Asharq Alawsat (h/t Rantburg).

Most zakat (and zakt al-fitr, which we’ll discuss tomorrow) is given during Ramadan.  And most terrorist dollars come from zakat.  Therefore, it should be no big surprise that organizations like Al Qaeda take in most of their funds during Ramadan.  The monograph on terrorist financing by the staff of the 9/11 Commission drives home the Ramadan/terror finance connection:

Al Qaeda depended on fund-raising to support itself. It appears that al Qaeda relied heavily on a core of financial facilitators who raised money from a variety of donors and other fund-raisers. Those donors were primarily in the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia. Some individual donors knew of the ultimate destination of their donations, and others did not; they were approached by facilitators, fund-raisers, and employees of corrupted charities, particularly during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The financial facilitators also appeared to rely heavily on imams at mosques, who diverted zakat donations to the facilitators and encouraged support of radical Islamic causes. Al Qaeda fund-raising was largely cyclical, with the bulk of the money coming in during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. (pp. 20-21, emphasis mine)

During the Bush administration, Treasury officials were deferential to the religious significance of Ramadan, but were also quite explicit in warning Muslim Americans to educate themselves properly about charities they gave to.  (See Sec. Snow’s statement on Ramadan in 2004).

Under the Obama administration and Tim Geithner’s Treasury, however, the second part of the formula has nearly vanished.  Neither Treasury’s 2009 Ramadan statement nor its 2010 Ramadan statement last week warn or even suggest that individual donors take any steps to give wisely.  Treasury’s latest press release simply trumpets the “particular significance” of charitable giving “within the Muslim faith during the holy month of Ramadan.”  Almost as a side note, Treasury awkwardly indicates its commitment to “protecting the charitable sector from the threat posed by those who seek to abuse this sacred obligation” of zakat.

This is like promising to protect the mafia from its own criminal element.

We’re one week into a month of millions if not billions of dollars flowing non-transparently throughout the world to Islamic entities whose donors and leaders firmly believe that the mujahideen are legitimate recipients of zakat in accordance with the Koran 9:60.  Hosting iftar dinners at the White House will not help prevent this.

Al Qaeda appears to have been pulled back from the brink of bankruptcy, and according to The Guardian it may regain its financial footing in Iraq.  If we don’t plug the hole this Ramadan, Al Qaeda could be seeing the green shoots of its own financial recovery.