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Money Jihad blogger joins Terror Finance Blog

March 7, 2014

This blog is delighted to announce that Money Jihad author A.D. Kendall is joining the ranks of contributing experts at the Terror Finance Blog (TFB)!  Kendall is honored to be wearing this additional hat.  TFB has been a valuable resource in the field for years, and its contributors include counter-terror rockstar Rachel Ehrenfeld, the author of the excellent book Funding Evil.  Please be sure to bookmark http://terrorfinance.org/ it if it isn’t already one of your favorites.

Money Jihad itself isn’t going anywhere.  Fresh, insightful blog posts and tweets to our 4,000+ followers will continue churning out as usual.

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Los números de 2013

January 4, 2014

Los duendes de las estadísticas de WordPress.com prepararon un informe sobre el año 2013 de este blog.

Aquí hay un extracto:

El Museo del Louvre tiene 8.5 millones de visitantes por año. Este blog fue visto cerca de 140.000 veces en 2013. Si fuese una exposición en el Museo del Louvre, se precisarían alrededor de 6 días para que toda esa gente la visitase.

Haz click para ver el reporte completo.

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Money Jihad reduces posts per week from 6 to 5

January 1, 2014

Money Jihad normally publishes one new post each day except Saturdays, with a couple week-long breaks throughout the year.

Due to a side project, Money Jihad will cut back slightly in 2014 by eliminating one weekday post per week (probably Wednesdays), leaving a total of five new posts per week rather than six—for the next several months at least.

Blogging and tweeting will carry on as normal on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Thanks to readers, subscribers, and Twitter followers for bearing with this adjustment!

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Christmas break for Money Jihad

December 22, 2013

No new posts this week due to Christmas.  Warmest wishes to all our readers!

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Note to readers

September 21, 2013

WordPress, which hosts this blog, appears to have begun running small adds at the bottom of our posts.  Money Jihad does not know who these advertisers are, does not necessarily endorse their products or services, and receives zero share of advertising profits.

This blog has always existed without advertisements, sponsors, or donations; it is a labor of love.  Thanks to hundreds of thousands of readers, 300 subscribers, and 3,500 Twitter followers for joining in the fight to expose terrorist financing.

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Money Jihad on summer break

July 19, 2013

This blog will be on hiatus for a couple weeks.  Thanks to readers and subscribers for your patience!

Fresh tweets at @MoneyJihad should continue as usual.

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130 requests for zakat, and counting

November 20, 2012

Money Jihad has just added a new page to the website cataloging about 45 previously unpublished requests we’ve received from Muslims around the world asking us to give them money through zakat donations.

Some of the requests claim to be for personal reasons—such as helping somebody with their education or helping them get out of debt—but some have a broader Islamic agenda such as “helping us to raise Muslim power” or “making Islam gain ground.”  Most of the messages don’t request a specific amount.  The smallest amount sought is $200; the largest request hints at $1 million.

Take a look!  Some of them, like one requesting help with “skull fees,” are unintentionally humorous.

There are about 85 separate requests on this old post, too, including a comment that “-Jihad -zakaat, I hope it will go a long way in achieving all predetermined goals.”

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RadicalIslam.org interviews Money Jihad

November 12, 2012

Ryan Mauro recently conducted an interview with Money Jihad which was published yesterday at RadicalIslam.org—a leading news site about the treat posed by Islamic fundamentalism.  We covered a wide range of topics including what laws on terrorist financing are being insufficiently enforced, what countries are funding terrorism, and problems with hawala.

The full Q&A is available here.  Here’s just a taste of our exchange:

Ryan Mauro: What methods are the Islamists using today to raise money, besides soliciting wealthy donors?

Money Jihad: Well, it’s not just about zakat from wealthy donors.  Folks like Amina Farah Ali in Minnesota, Shabaaz Hussain in London, and Irfan Naseer in Birmingham have fundraised for relatively small donations from individual Muslims to support jihad overseas.  A few thousand dollars from the West goes a long way to fund a holy warrior on the ground in Somalia.

But apart from zakat donations, there are a whole host of other Islamic taxes that receive less attention but are huge revenue stream for jihad.  Western reporters call it extortion, but the mujahideen don’t look at it that way.

Take for example two terrorist organizations with a ground game:  Al-Shabaab and the Taliban.  They have fighters on the ground and control definite territory.  Organizations like that rely to a great extent on levying Islamic taxes on the people under their jurisdiction.  The Taliban still gets money from ushr, the Islamic tax on harvests, which includes poppy yields.  Al Shabaab imposes harbor taxes, checkpoint taxes (a practice from the early days of Islam up through Ottoman times), and a zakat on the lucrative Somali charcoal trade.

Ransoms, which are also permitted against infidels by the Koran, are a major revenue source for organizations like AQIM and Abu Sayyaf.  For Hezbollah, the West focuses on their drug money, but they get a lot of money from khums, the Shia Muslim tax on individual profit.

Counterfeiting, Sharia finance, street crimes, welfare fraud — those are all being used as well in different parts of the world to fund terrorism, individual Islamists or both…

Ryan Mauro asked some other great questions during the interview, such as:  “Do you believe that the Muslim Brotherhood network in the U.S. has stopped financing Hamas since the shutting down of the Holy Land Foundation, deciding to solely focus on political influence instead?”

In addition to serving as the national security analyst for RadicalIslam.org, Mr. Mauro is also a Clarion Fund fellow, the founder of WorldThreats.com, and often appears on the Fox News Channel.  It was a pleasure to be interviewed by him.

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Gone fishing

August 21, 2012

Time for a break!  Back in a week or two.

In the meantime, new links and tweets will still be sent out on Twitter at @MoneyJihad.

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2011 in review

January 5, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 44,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Money Jihad’s two year anniversary

October 12, 2011

Woo-hoo!  Having completed Money Jihad‘s second year on the web, we’ve made it well past the “experimental” stage.  It’s hard to believe we started out two years ago (with my first, but not last, rant against Treasury dufus David S. Cohen).  Thank you, dear readers, for visiting and sticking with this blog.  Special thanks to the indispensable Shariah Finance Watch and to Puneet for their support.  The top-shelf Religion of Peace, Het Vrije Volk, and Creeping Sharia have sent us lots of readers as well–it has been greatly appreciated.

Money Jihad has also finally taken a flying leap—into social networking—by launching its own Twitter feed (@MoneyJihad).  I tried to keep it a little hush-hush at first, but Creeping Sharia crept onto our feed, and was kind enough to tweet their whopping 12,000 followers about our existence.  Anyway, that got us going with a few dozen followers off the bat, but the more the merrier!  I’m blasting out links to informative, disturbing, and amusing articles that we don’t have the time or space to examine fully here on the main blog.  Come join the fun!

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