Posts Tagged ‘Abu Sayyaf’


Philippine jihad relies on Saudi zakat

April 18, 2014

The terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf Group relies mostly on kidnapping for ransom for its revenues. ASG also collects money from extortion and from the collection of zakat according to a March 2014 report from Thomson Reuters. The key point of origin of the zakat for the jihadist group is Saudi Arabia. An excerpt from the report follows:

…The ASG has also maintained the collection of Zakat, one of its traditional sources of funding, though not as profitable as its criminal activities. Zakat, which prescribes Muslims to donate 2.5% of their net revenue to charity, is legitimate under Shariah law. The ASG which claims to struggle for the establishment of an independent Islamic state in Mindanao, benefits from Zakat collected locally and abroad. Locals and those abroad who believe that militant groups are in pursuit of jihad donate substantially to support their operations and upkeep. Some donors however, are not aware that their donations end up in the treasury of militant groups.

Crucial to the collection of Zakat in the Middle East are a small number of sympathetic Filipino workers who help source donors and channel funds to the militant groups through the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) remittance system. The Philippines is one of the major exporters of labor to Saudi Arabia with more than a million Filipino workers in that country. Annual remittances amounting to more than a billion pesos have literally kept the Philippine economy afloat. Lack of regulations or monitoring of these remittances allows the flow of funds from supporters abroad to militant groups like the ASG. The ASG has not established a stable support group in any other country except for Saudi Arabia. They depend only on a few core supporters, mostly relatives and friends, both locally and abroad. In the past they collected donations during Friday congregational prayers and used the proceeds for the procurement of ammunition, medicines, and military supplies. It is estimated that from 1992 to 2007, the ASG collected almost ₱20 million from Zakat.

Propaganda is critical for the continuity of Zakat. There is no recent evidence that the ASG is publicly engaged in propaganda which suggests less reliance in Zakat. Previously, the ASG organized lectures and seminars to encourage people to take part in jihad by sharing their wealth through Zakat. The ASG is also known to compile video footages of militant training and actual combat operations. In October 2007, the ASG had appealed for funds and recruits on You Tube by featuring a video of two slain ASG leaders…


Ransomed by Abu Sayyaf: a heartbreaking plea

January 15, 2012

On Jan. 1, Muslim kidnappers demanded a ransom payment, which is permitted by the Koran, for an “infidel” Australian they captured in December.  A statement by Warren Rodwell, a man whose love for travel deposited him into the clutches of jihadist kidnappers, has since been released to the media.

Take a listen to this two-minute clip from reporter Samantha Donovan on Rodwell’s devastating plea to his family and the Philippine and Australian governments to do whatever they can do pay the $2 million ransom demanded by his captors from the Islamic terrorist organization Abu Sayyaf.  From the ABC radio program “AM” on Jan. 5:

The Islamic system which allows abduction for ransom presents civilized governments with a reprehensible choice between funding the enemies and captors of their citizens by paying the ransoms, intervening militarily in a special operation, or leaving families to fend for themselves.


Valiant teenager escapes Abu Sayyaf

December 19, 2011

I love this story!  I also love the fact that his escape prevented even more ransom money from filling the purses of this Philippine Al Qaeda off-shoot:



Link teases

June 9, 2011

• Welcome to America. Yes of course you can continue funding the Iraq insurgency from your new home in Bowling Green… more>>

• Having worked in Muslim Bengal under the British raj, Dr. Mookerjee knew what the future held for India’s Hindus: conversions, jizya, or death… more>>

• Brother Galloway, so good of you to come to Beirut to meet with us! Your check can be made out to Palestinian Islamic Jihadmore>>

• The pusher is dead. The addict is in withdrawals. The end of bin Laden could force Abu Sayyaf into rehab… more>>

• With enough “ransom, tribute, or baksheesh,” jihadi piracy could create a maritime calamity. Think USS Cole meets Exxon Valdez… more>>


Fida’ strikes again and again and again

July 20, 2010

Ah, listen to the honeyed words of the Holy Qur’an, Sura 47, Verse 4 (here in English with a little Arabic intro for flavor).*

Just another quaint verse of yesteryear?  No, this verse is still being used by jihadists to justify abductions and fida’ around the world as shown by news items over the last couple days alone:

  • Muslim pirates in East Africa net $80 million in ransoms annually
  • A Chinese man held for 10 million peso ransom by Abu Sayyaf has been released after a firefight
  • A Filipino Christian who is the son of a government official is being held for ransom
  • Nigeria is experiencing a “ransom epidemic.”  (Warning: this article is intentionally cryptic about who is responsible, giving vague attributions to “militant gangs”)
  • Yemeni kidnappings of European tourists are ongoing
  • A Japanese man has been abducted by Abu Sayyaf

Ransomings are a twofer for them—satisfying the dictates of the Koran and filling the coffers of the terrorists.  (See also related posts here, here, here and here.)

* English recitation by Aslam Azhar of the Pickthall Koran.


For freedom, Filipino pays ransom

December 29, 2009

Brave Abu Sayyaf rebels wear ammo belts (and ski masks)

Again, Islam and the Koran permit imposing ransoms for jihad.  Thankfully, this Filipino educator escaped a jihadist organization with his life.  But not all of Abu Sayyaf’s victims have been so fortunate this month.  This story arrived from the Philippine Inquirer on Christmas Day:

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines–It is a happy Christmas for the family of a kidnapped Basilan university official after all.

After spending 14 days in the hands of his captors, Dr. Orlando Fajardo was finally freed, rejoining his family a few hours before Christmas.

Basilan Vice Governor Al Rasheed Sakalahul said Fajardo, vice president of Basilan State College, was set free between Tipo-tipo and Tuburan towns around 9:30 p.m. Christmas eve Thursday.

Sakalahul admitted that the Fajardo family shelled out P100,000 to the kidnappers but refused to call it ransom. He said it was “board and lodging fee.”

The kidnappers initially demanded P20 million in ransom but lowered it to P3.5 million.

“No ransom was paid except for the P100,000, which was given by installment,” Sakalahul said.

Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits snatched Fajardo inside his canteen, which is just across the university compound in Isabela City.

Meanwhile, the fate of Chinese nationals Oscar Lu Tan and Michael Tan, who were kidnapped in November, remained uncertain.

Certainly the euphemism for ransom used here, “board and lodging fee,” will catch on with Western media.  And they can call the jizya an “exemption fee.”  (That is, exemption from death.)