Posts Tagged ‘Haiti’

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Yunus swoops down on Haiti

October 29, 2012

Multi-millionaire Muslim banker Muhammad Yunus is pledging to load Haiti with hundreds of thousands of dollars in new debt to finance a new “plantation” and some chicken farms.  This individual, who once won a Nobel prize, has come under increased scrutiny in recent years for his suspicious business and philanthropic activities:

  • Yunus was the subject of an investigation by the government of Norway in 2010 for misappropriating Norwegian donations made to his bank.  (The Times, Dec. 3, 2010)
  • Yunus was released on bail over slander charges from officials in Bangladesh, who have also investigated Yunus for tax evasion.  (Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Jan. 18, 2011)
  • “A separate review of [Yunus’s Grameen Bank] has been underway since May this year.” (Business Recorder, Aug. 3, 2012)
  • “Bangladesh’s cabinet Thursday ordered a new probe into Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.”  (Business Recorder, Aug. 3, 2012)

But the Associated Press doesn’t mention any of the recent controversies surrounding Yunus, and presents his promised loan as a groundbreaking effort to create jobs and reduce poverty in the hard-hit Caribbean nation.  The AP doesn’t include a single negative, critical, or alternate point-of-view, source, or quotation in its “news” article, which reads more like a Yunus/Grameen press release than an act of journalism:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Nobel peace laureate Mohammad Yunus announced Saturday that his pro-business development group is financing several endeavors through a mix of loans and equity.

The projects that incorporate Yunus’ development philosophy of “social business” include two poultry farms, a bakery and a plantation of jatropha plants that can be used for biodiesel, offering an alternative energy source while creating jobs for 200 farmers.

The amount invested in each will range from $80,000 to $500,000, and feature loans with interest rates ranging from 6-10 percent.

Such “social businesses” must each have a social mission like a non-governmental organization, but also generate revenues to cover costs like a profit-making business.

Yunus, an international development expert, made the announcement on the first of a three-day trip to Haiti that includes field visits and a conference examining ways to use his development philosophy to ease poverty in Haiti.

It was the second time Yunus had come to Haiti since visiting a year ago to introduce his “social business” philosophy to the impoverished Caribbean nation…

Prior Money Jihad coverage on Islamic activity in Haiti has revealed that Muslim Hands, a British Islamic charity that belongs to the Hamas-funding Union of Good network, has worked there with the Zakat Foundation, an Illinois-based charity.  The Global Muslim Brotherhood Report has also reported on Islamic Relief USA, a Muslim Brotherhood-linked charity, for its aid distribution in Haiti.

Why is the island so appealing to Muslim investors or NGOs when there is almost zero indigenous Islamic population in Haiti?  Because Muslim groups see failed states as a perfect breeding ground for their purposes.  Think of Sudan, Afghanistan, and Somalia.  Once Islamist elements realize that a central government is weak, that poverty and social chaos are on the rise, they swoop in to fill the void, and transform society into something far bleaker than what preceded it.

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Saddam’s favorite Muslim-American charity will “improve,” not just repair, Haiti mosques

October 13, 2010

Shariah Finance Watch posted an eye-catching story about LIFE for Relief and Development’s effort to expand mosques in Haiti.  LIFE may be the second largest Islamic charity in America after Islamic Relief USA.  Here’s an excerpt from SFW on Oct. 4:

Haiti has almost no Muslims. Even Islamic sources, which are notorious for wildly overestimating Muslim population levels, put the figure at 3,000 Muslims in the Caribbean nation out of nearly 9.9 million people. Reports indicate that as much as $3 million will be used to “renovate” 5 mosques.

You can rest assured that “renovate” in this case does not mean fix the roof, replace the broken windows and slap a coat of paint on the walls. Renovate almost always means enlarge and it was just this type of activity that some observers warned about when Islamic charities began to move in to Haiti following the disastrous earthquake. Islamic charities have historically used such disasters to conduct missionary work and the long-term mess in Haiti seems ripe for Saudi Wahhabi money…and everything that accompanies that money…

LIFE for Relief and Development’s past is not comforting at all.

The organization was founded in 1992 to send relief to Iraq, which was then under international sanctions for its illegal invasion of Kuwait and support for terrorism, among other things…

SFW also provided a link to the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s reporting on LIFE which explains that former LIFE employee Muthanna Al-Hanooti conspired with the Iraqi Intelligence Service under Saddam Hussein, that LIFE’s Baghdad office was raided by Coalition forces in 2004 for suspicious activities, and that Iraqi-Americans say that LIFE is “well-known as a Saddam supporter.”

Additional coverage on the effort by questionable Muslim charities to deepen the Islamization of Haiti in the wake of its earthquake is available here, here, and here.

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Zakat Foundation & Muslim Hands unite

August 27, 2010

The Zakat Foundation touts itself as a transparent, four-star Islamic charity about whom Charity Navigator stated, “The Zakat Foundation has demonstrated exceptional financial health, outperforming most of its peers in its efforts to manage and grow its finances in the most fiscally responsible way possible.”  The Chicago Tribune recommended it as an organization that readers could make donations to for Haiti earthquake relief in January.  And Hillary Clinton’s State Department bragged about the Zakat Foundation’s efforts in its servile America.gov coverage of Muslim American charity in Haiti.

It’s the kind of organization that you would donate zakat to this Ramadan.  An organization that would never sully itself by consorting with nefarious pro-Hamas charities of Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s Union of Good charity network, right?

Wrong.

In a Zakat Foundation video from January, the foundation’s national director, Khalil Demir, is seen in the Dominican Republic consulting with Muslim Hands official Abdul Latif about how to get aid to Muslim Haitian earthquake victims.  Muslim Hands is a member of the Union of Good meaning they fund Hamas.  Notice the Muslim Hands t-shirt:

Khalil Demir and Abdul Latif

Zakat Foundation's Khalil Demir (left) with Muslim Hands official (right)

 A separate YouTube video confirms the identity of the Muslim Hands official as Abdul Latif (wearing the same t-shirt): Read the rest of this entry ?

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Islamic charity to Haiti helps…mosques

February 19, 2010

Zakat is paid by Muslims for Muslims.  Sahih Bukhari says that sadaqa or zakat is “to be taken from the rich amongst them and given to the poor amongst them” (5.59.634).  Non-Muslims are ineligible to receive the zakat.

The only possible exception is that zakat may be used to attract new converts to Islam, or “those whose hearts are to be won over” to Islam (Koran 9:60).

The prohibition is why relief from Muslim nations to Haiti has been meager compared to European, North American, and Japanese donations.

A news release from the U.S. State Department bears that out.  Mosques and Islamic charities are giving money to Haiti, but it is going to Haiti’s Muslim leadership, mostly in Cap-Haitien (the where the largest Haitian Muslim population is located) for distribution at mosques.  Here’s an excerpt from the State Department piece:

Abu Bakr Xavier, founder of the Haitian American Islamic Community Inc., met Imam Haneef on his recent relief trip to Haiti and is trying to send supplies to Cap-Haitien and to the rest of the country. On temporary leave from his job to help with Haitian humanitarian relief, the Muslim American of Haitian descent said a lack of centralized government is felt everywhere.

“If Port-au-Prince is in shambles, areas like those around Cap-Haitien take a back seat in terms of attention and services,” Xavier told America.gov after returning from a five-day relief tour of Haiti.

Xavier said supplies and doctors from Cap-Haitien have traveled to Port-au-Prince while many Haitians have fled north from the city, returning to their areas of origin. The lack of medical supplies and doctors, coupled with the sudden influx of people, is placing stress on smaller cities like Cap-Haitien. 

After flying to Cap-Haitien and visiting Bilal Mosque, Xavier traveled to Port-au-Prince with his medical supplies — bandages, antiseptics, gloves and surgical masks — to deliver them to local aid group A.I.M.E.R. Haiti for distribution.

Mosques in Haiti are also playing a vital role in distributing humanitarian relief. Locals are flocking to Muslim houses of worship for food and medical aid supplied by organizations like Islamic Relief USA.

Read the whole article here.  I’m sure the recipients appreciate the aid.  That’s what the imams are counting on.  But is the zakat to Haiti like ordinary secular disaster relief?  No, in this instance, it’s for Muslims and for those whose hearts may be won to Islam.