Posts Tagged ‘Al Jihad bi-al-Mal’

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Seven ways to stop funding terror

September 5, 2012

Money Jihad has previously proposed methods to limit zakat and hawala—two major mechanisms for funding terror.  Here’s a more comprehensive set of our recommendations that would reduce terrorist financing overall:

  1. Drill, baby, drill.  The U.S. should expand offshore oil drilling, open federal lands for drilling, ease its permitting process for new refineries, encourage hydraulic fracturing methods that tap previously inaccessible energy sources underground, and approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  Increasing domestic U.S. and Western Hemisphere energy production will reduce reliance on Persian Gulf oil supplies and thereby minimize the profits reaped by hostile, foreign regimes that sponsor terror.
  2. Eliminate foreign aid to Pakistan.  Pakistan uses its ISI spy service to fund the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.  Continuing to waste money on Pakistan is not only wasteful when we can least afford it, but it is suicidal.
  3. Study the true enemy and threat.  Among the most important concepts for the Western public to understand are:

    If we fail to acknowledge Islam as the animating force behind terror finance, we’ll get confused and aim at the wrong targets.  For example, we’ve spent billions of dollars complying with extensive bureaucratic requirements such as currency reports that have yielded minimal results.

  4. Launch a new offensive against Muslim American charities and entities that fund terrorism.  Pick a few of the highest profile ones and make an example of them by prosecuting their leaders and dressing them in orange jumpsuits.  Prosecute Islamic Relief USA under the laws against providing material support for terrorism.  Prosecute the Council on American-Islamic Relations under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.  Strip the halal food certifier IFANCA and the mosque deed financier North American Islamic Trust of their tax-exempt status. Read the rest of this entry ?
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Zawahiri emphasizes Bin Laden’s money jihad

June 18, 2012

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of Al Qaeda, has released a video playing up the “generous” side of Osama bin Laden.  Zawahiri claims that Bin Laden “spent all his money for jihad.”

Zawahiri uses this Bin Laden fairy tale in order to convince Islamist businessmen to ante up the same way Osama supposedly did.  What’s really happening is that Zawahiri is running into the same cash flow problems as his predecessor.

When he first took command of Al Qaeda, Zawahiri didn’t say much about money.  Now it’s one of his favorite themes.  Accumulating money is one of Zawahiri’s most important means of staying relevant.  In his last few messages, Zawahiri has encouraged Muslims to give their money to support the jihadists involved with Islamist uprisings of the Arab Spring.

In this latest message, Zawahiri claims that Bin Laden used his personal wealth to fund the 9/11 terror attacks—a claim discredited by the 9/11 Commission which found that Al Qaeda was funded “almost entirely” by zakat and sadaqa (donations beyond the 2½ zakat rate).  From the 9/11 Commission Report:

Bin Ladin did not fund al Qaeda through a personal fortune and a network of businesses in Sudan.  Instead, al Qaeda relied primarily on a fund-raising network developed over time.  The CIA now estimates that it cost al Qaeda about $30 million per year to sustain its activities before 9/11 and that this money was raised almost entirely through donations.

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Audio: Jihad is the most profitable trade

May 13, 2012

A sermon delivered at Preston Mosque in suburban Melbourne, Australia, during Friday prayers on Apr. 27 instructed worshippers that waging jihad with your life and wealth is the most profitable form of trade.  Take a listen to this one-minute introduction given by “Brother Baha”—presumably the Preston Masjid’s executive committee member Baha Yehia:

The sermon was originally written in Arabic by Sheikh Mohamad Abou Eid, the mosque’s imam, and Brother Baha presented an English translation to the congregation.

The central message was that you should “sell” or give your life and wealth fighting for Islam, and your payment in return from Allah is paradise.  This “trade with Allah” is the best trade—-better than selling vegetables or other mundane commodities—and it is the type of trade that will spare you from hellfire.

The sermon (of which 10 minutes of audio is available here) included the story of a boy in the early days of Islam who supposedly shot three arrows at opposing “Roman” forces before himself being “martyred.”  Brother Baha told his listeners that both the boy and his mother (who applauded her son’s martyrdom) had both engaged in the best kind of trade with Allah.

The sermon represents mainstream thought and tradition in Islamic law which offers great rewards for jihadists and those who fund them, such as Koran 8:60 and 9:41.

Preston Masjid is an important mosque led for 30 years by Sheik Fehmi Naji El-Imam, the current “Mufti of Australia.”  The Preston Muslim community was also responsible for getting the Darebin council to hire a Muslim missionary with taxpayer dollars.

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AQIM urges Algerians to wage money jihad

January 31, 2012

In the jihadists’ latest salvo in the Arab Spring, al-Andalus Media, the public relations wing of Al Qaeda in North Africa (AQIM), has released a video message by Sheikh Abu Abdul Ilah Ahmed urging Algerians to rise up, fund, and fight against their government.

Unlike its Arab Spring neighbors, the Algerian government has managed to stave off the pressure to surrender to the Islamists.  AQIM hopes to reverse the government’s fortunes, and the Jan. 12 al-Andalus message called forgiving aid until we are ruled by the Sharia” in Algeria.

The video was geared to appeal to fervent, young Muslim men of Algeria, saying “O’ lions of the capital, Blida, Chlef, Médéa, Boumerdès, and Bouïra, this is your day go out to give support to your religion.”

The AQIM message reminded its audience of Koran 9:41, a favorite verse cited by jihadists when soliciting funds, which reads, “Go forth, light-armed and heavy-armed, and strive with your wealth and your lives in the way of Allah!”

The video shows once again how inseparable Islamic law is from contemporary terrorist financing.

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10 biggest terror finance stories of 2011

January 12, 2012

Here’s the recap of the 10 most significant terrorist financial news stories of 2011.  Several of the developments were good, most were bad, but all are instructive:

10.  Al-Shabaab uses a time honored system of taxation based in Islamic law to launch itself into the world’s top tier of terrorist organizations.

9.  Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a drone attack, but his dying message of “dispossessing the disbelievers” of their wealth lives on through repeated acts of welfare fraud, debt defaulting, and outright theft by Muslims living in the West.

8.  North Dakota’s oil boom illustrates that the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere can turn the balance of energy production out of the Middle East and back to the Americas, decrease our reliance on sharia oil, and eventually bankrupt the exporters of Wahhabism.

7.  Ayman al-Zawahiri calls for al jihad bi-al-mal (the money jihad) to support the Arab Spring, and initiates charitable front work by Al Qaeda in Somalia to implement the dying wish of Osama bin Laden.

6.  The Obama administration leads the West on a dangerous course to bankroll the Islamists of the Arab Spring.  Whether it was Pres. Obama’s insistence on a massive G8 stimulus package for the Islamic world or Hillary Clinton’s halal food distribution to French-armed, Al Qaeda infiltrated Libyan rebels, 2011 is one for the record books in terms of funding the very same menacing global force that we’ve been fighting since 9/11.

5.  Taliban enriched by ransoms, subcontracting errors, and reintegration policy.  Despite claims that a “weakened” Taliban has “lost its swagger,” it has been resurrected with a windfall ransom payment of $15 to $20 million by France.  Meanwhile, misappropriation and waste of U.S. reconstruction money and foreign aid has ended up put the Taliban on the payroll. Read the rest of this entry ?

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2011: al-Awlaki’s message of theft lives on

January 2, 2012

Continuing our look back at the major terror finance stories of 2011, one cannot ignore the impact made by the late Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

In the January 2011 edition of Inspire magazine, al-Awlaki declared that Muslims living in the Dar al-Harb should poach, steal, and embezzle just as if they were living off the land by hunting and gathering wood—an activity permitted under Hanafi rulings.  That behavior is even more blessed if it is done with the intent to fund jihad.

A year earlier, Awlaki released tips on financing terror among his 44 ways of supporting jihad.

These messages made their way around the world in Internet forums, newspapers, and through personal emails from Awlaki to jihadists seeking his guidance.

Awlaki was killed in a Sept. 30 bombing, but his message of the money jihad lives on and grows through those who took his message to heart.  Each week we seem to be greeted with the latest news of welfare fraud or tax cheating by a Muslim living in the U.K., Canada, or the U.S.  In India, counterfeiting by radical Muslims against the “infidel” “Hindu” currency has hit record highs.  Al-Awlaki would approve.

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The global influence of al-Awlaki’s money jihad

October 4, 2011

Before he died, Anwar al-Awlaki influenced the 9/11 hijackers and the Ft. Hood jihadist to perpetrate their attacks on America.  Al-Awlaki had maintained or gained sway throughout the Arab world from his hideout in Yemen and his English-language jihadist magazine, Inspire.

In addition to his traditional jihadist message, al-Awlaki, like Osama bin Laden before him, had specifically been a key proponent of the jihad bi-al-mal, the money jihad, against the West.  He encouraged theft, trickery, and whatever means are necessary for Muslims in the West to financially sap their hosts and fund the mujahideen in the process.

His message reached as far as Africa.  Documentary evidence from the U.N. monitoring group on Somalia and Eritrea’s July report showed that al-Awlaki’s list of 44 ways to support jihad, seven of which involve direct financial support to jihad, had made its way into Al-Misbah, the newspaper of the Muslim Youth Centre, an al-Shabaab jihadist affiliate in Kenya.  Al-Awlaki’s way #6—giving money to jihadists’ families—is re-printed in one of Al-Misbah’s editions here:

Kenya newsletter highlights al-Awlaki's money jihad

The newsletter reminds readers of the Islamic text stating “Whoever does not fight, sponsor a fighter, or take care of the family of a fighter, will be afflicted with a disaster before he dies.”