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Muslim CPA concedes payments by Al Qaeda

June 12, 2012

A Muslim accountant in New York City has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to provide material support for terrorism (h/t JihadWatch).  The indictment against Sabirhan Hasanoff alleges that he accepted $50,000 from an un-named Al Qaeda operative to carry out tasks in Al Qaeda’s behalf.  One might expect a certified public accountant to adhere to a higher professional standard.

Speaking of professional standards, it used to be that reporters tried to answer who, what, where, when and why, but the Associated Press made no attempt to explain Hasanoff’s motive in this case.

Did Hasanoff, a former senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, do it all for a $50,000 payment?  Given the number of “secular” opportunities that are available in the world to accept bribes, financial need is not a credible motive at all.

Some Islamic businessmen and financial professionals fund terrorism in order to gain street credibility with among ordinary Muslims.  Some are true believers in traditional Islam and who don’t care what any mortal thinks.  Some are both.  Some are simply following the instructions of the Koran, the Hadith, and jihadists who tell them that striving with their wealth for jihad (ie, funding terrorism), will spare them from hellfire and reserve a place for themselves in paradise.

Expecting the Associated Press to look into those motivations is a pipe dream.  But they could have at least reported what mosque Hasanoff attends, what professional organizations he belongs to, whether his co-workers at PricewaterhouseCoopers ever observed anything problematic, whether he was a member of the Muslim Students Association when he attended Baruch College, etc.  Come on, AP—do some legwork.

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