Top cleric ran front group, found Gulf donorsSeptember 6, 2012
The U.S. has sanctioned eight senior members of the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). One of the men, Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, ran a front group to raise money for the terrorist for four years. He also participated in at least two missions to the Gulf to obtain zakat and sadaqa donations from rich Arabs. Sheikh’s biography is further evidence of the extent to which militant jihad relies on big money from the oil and banking powerhouses of Saudi Arabia and its neighbors.
From the Treasury Department’s press release:
Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, a member of LET’s central advisory committee, has held several different leadership positions in the group since approximately 2006. Sheikh has served as a leader in LET’s foreign affairs department since 2006, including acting as the department’s deputy director of political and foreign affairs between 2008 and 2009. As of mid-2008, Sheikh was also in charge of LET’s Islamabad office, including managing LET’s general operations in and around Pakistan’s capital.
Between 2008 and 2011, Sheikh ran LET front organizations that were used to raise funds and recruit on behalf of the group. Sheikh ran Falah-e Insaniat Foundation (FIF), a front used by LET for fundraising purposes, from early 2009 until mid-2010, when he was replaced as the FIF head by Hafiz Abdur Rauf. FIF and Rauf were designated by the U.S. pursuant to Executive Order 13224 on November 24, 2010. Falah-e Insaniat Foundation was added to the UN 1267 Consolidated List on March 14, 2012.
As of early 2010, Sheikh was the head of LET’s ulema (clerics) wing. Sheikh has also worked with LET’s international donors. In late 2006 and late 2007, Sheikh was part of an LET delegation that traveled to the Gulf on behalf of LET seeking support.
Head of the clerics? Since Islamic law calls upon Muslims to wage jihad with their wealth, should we be surprised that a group of clerics would support the financing of jihad?