Posts Tagged ‘Muslim Hands’

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Olympic athlete cuts ties with 2 shady groups

June 2, 2014

Somali-British long distance runner and two-time Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah is said to have severed relations with two Islamic groups which are headed by extremists.

Farah established the Mo Farah Foundation in 2011. The Foundation subsequently formed relationships with Muslim Hands and the Tauheedul Relief Trust. Muslim Hands is a member of the Union of Good network of charities that supports Hamas, and Tauheedul Relief Trust runs an extremist school.

Farah himself has previously defended Dahabshiil—a Somali wire transfer service with a checkered history of compliance shortcomings in its anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing programs—and criticized the British bank Barclays for attempting to cease business ties with Dahabshiil. Somali gossip online has suggested, but cannot be independently verified by Money Jihad, that Farah’s support for Dahabshiil may have to do with tribal and family connections. The latest accusations of ties between the Mo Farah Foundation and Islamist groups cast further doubt on the motives behind Farah’s criticism of Barclays.

The revelations about the Mo Farah Foundation, Muslim Hands, and Tauheedul Relief Trust come from the Daily Star on May 4 (hat tip to Shariah Finance Watch):

Say It Ain’t So, Mo – Olympic legend’s foundation is linked to charity run by jihad cleric

OLYMPIC hero Mo Farah’s charity has been linked to a controversial Islamic cleric who has urged British ­Muslims to wage holy war.

The double gold medallist set up the Mo Farah Foundation with his wife Tania in 2011 to help people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa.

So far the charity – which is backed by Bono, Sir Bob Geldof, Richard Curtis and Paula Radcliffe – has raised more than £900,000 for poor ­communities in Somalia.

But the body originally charged with delivering Mo’s mission on the ground in the country is headed by Dr Musharaf Hussain, an Islamic scholar with anti-West views.

“The Koran says get out and go whether you are lightly armed or heavily armed, whether you have all the means or not, you must take part in this jihad”

The Nottingham cleric features in a number of videos on YouTube ­including one in which he uses the offensive ­Arabic term “kuffar” to describe non- Muslims.

He goes on to justify the use of jihad by Muslims against non-believers.

In a 2010 sermon, he said it was a “wise cause” to fight non-believers “because they are tyrants”.

He added: “This is why the Koran says get out and go whether you are lightly armed or heavily armed, whether you have all the means or not, you must take part in this jihad.”

The cleric, awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to community relations, then ranted about Britain and ­America’s involvement in conflicts in Muslim lands.

He is the head of Muslim Hands, a charity that raised an income of more than £13million last year alone.

In accounts posted on the Charity Commission website for the financial year ending March 31, 2013, trustees of the Mo Farah Foundation boasted of their close relationship with Muslim Hands.

They said they helped feed 20,000 people, sunk 50 wells, restored three canals and set up a clinic with Dr Hussain’s help.

Mo’s charity also lists controversial Islamic organisation Tauheedul Relief Trust as a ­ partner on its website. In February the Trust donated £20,000 to the Mo Farah Foundation.

But it later emerged that a school run by the Blackburn-based group forced pupils to wear a hijab in and out of class.

Rules at Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School also require its 800 pupils to “not bring stationery to school that contains un-Islamic images”. In 2011 Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, a Saudi cleric alleged to have referred to Jews as “pigs” and “scum”, visited the school.

Last night Diana Nell – Mo Farah’s sister-in-law, inset, and spokeswoman for the Mo Farah Foundation – claimed the partnership with Muslim Hands was now defunct.

She initially denied any link, saying: “I can categorically tell you we are not partnered with Muslim Hands.”…

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Muslim NGOs demand “unrestricted” Gaza access

December 2, 2012

Members of terror funding network among those seeking waiver from charitable restrictions

A coalition of Islamic charities in Great Britain is insisting on unfettered access to distribute “humanitarian aid” to Gaza, which is code for the freedom to work with any entity in Gaza, even if it includes Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, PFLP; any other terrorist organization or their affiliated foundations, schools, orphanages, and hospitals; or for that matter, armories, safehouses, munitions depots; or whatever other group or facility these “charities” decide to work with.

The “restrictions,” which are pretty mild and reasonable, on transferring cash to Gaza (or to any overseas location for that matter) are in place for a reason.   Now is not the time for unmonitored, undisclosed, un-taxed financial transactions to Gaza under the guise of “humanitarian aid.”

The Nov. 19 letter from Muslim Charities Forum to foreign minister William Hague is signed by 17 Islamic charities.  Of these, at least three—Human Appeal International, Muslim Hands, and Muslim Aid—have been previously implicated for membership in Yusuf Qaradawi’s Union of Good—a network of charities known to fund Hamas (a charge which Muslim Aid denies).  Other signatories include the Muslim Charities Forum, which is itself an umbrella organization that unites several pro-Hamas charities in Britain; Islamic Relief, whose bank account with UBS was recently closed due to terror finance concerns; and the Ummah Welfare Trust, whose bank account with Barclay’s was closed in 2009 for the same reason.  Quite the group…

The Rt. Hon. William Hague MP
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London, SW1A 2AA

Monday 19 November 2012

Statement of concern regarding escalating conflict in Gaza

Dear Foreign Secretary,

We are writing to you regarding the recent upsurge in violence and military activity in Gaza.

As Muslim-led humanitarian agencies, we are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of the people of Gaza following the renewed intensification of conflict and violence within the region. Gaza is still in the process of reconstruction following the previous war that ended in January 2009, where 1,400 people were killed, 5,000 injured and 40,000 forced out of their homes. Based upon our experience of supporting those affected by conflict and disasters, we fear that the recent escalation in military action threatens to cause further untold damage and human suffering to the civilian population of Gaza.

Our paramount concern is to ensure that the people affected by this conflict are protected from direct and indirect consequences of the violence, and that those in need have unimpeded access to humanitarian aid and medical services. We therefore urge the British Government to emphasise to all parties involved in the conflict that they comply with their obligations under International Humanitarian Law with respect to safeguarding the lives and dignity of the civilian population. In addition, we stress the need for affected civilian populations in Gaza to have unrestricted access to humanitarian aid as necessary, and to ensure that all humanitarian workers, medical staff and hospitals are protected.

Humanitarian agencies are committed to providing aid and relief to the most vulnerable communities regardless of the operating conditions, striving to prevent and alleviate human suffering and ensure that basic needs are met. The British Government also has a duty to ensure that those affected by conflict are not directly targeted by parties involved and are protected from the impact of fighting.

We hope the British Government can assist humanitarian organisations in providing relief to the civilian population in Gaza caught in the conflict.

Yours faithfully,

The Undersigned

Dr. Hany El-Banna OBE, Chairman, Muslim Charities Forum
Abdul Ahad Miah, UK Country Director, Al-Imdaad Foundation UK
Imam Qasim Ahmed, Chairman, Al Khair Foundation
Khalid Al-Fawaz, Chairman, Al Muntada Al Islami
Abdul Razzaq Sajid, Chairman, Al Mustafa Welfare Trust
Anjum Layla Tahirkheli, CEO, Basic Human Rights
Othman Moqbel, Chief Executive, Human Appeal International
Masood Alam Khan, Chairman, Islamic Help
Jehangir Malik OBE, Director, Islamic Relief UK
Saif Ahmad, CEO, MADE in Europe
Syed Sharfuddin, CEO, Muslim Aid
Sabooh Uddin, CEO, Muslim Charity
Syed Lakthe Hassanain, Chairman, Muslim Hands
Tufail Hussain, CEO, Orphans in Need
Tahir Begg, Chairman, Read Foundation UK
Zahid Parvez, President, UK Islamic Mission
Mohammed Athar, Secretary of Trustees, Ummah Welfare Trust

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Muslim Charities Forum bridges gap among Hamas donors

January 27, 2011
Founder of Muslim Charities Forum and Islamic Relief

Dr. Hany El Banna, Islamic Relief President

GEO Television reported on Jan. 22 that Muslim Charities Forum representatives from the U.K. visited Islamabad to be thanked by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani for their contributions to Pakistan.

A line toward the end of GEO’s article reads “The forum coordinates and bridges the gap between charitable organizations like Islamic Relief, Human Appeal, Muslim Hands and Human Relief,” according to Dr. Hany El Banna.  MCF’s website confirms that.  Some forum!  Human Appeal International, Muslim Hands, and Humanitarian Relief Foundation are all recognized by Israel as members of the notorious Hamas-financing Union of Good network of “charities.”  If El Banna wants to throw his lot in with them, then his own Islamic Relief organization might as well be listed as a Union of Good charity too.

I didn’t realize there was a “gap” among the charities that are already members of the same Hamas network.  Thank goodness that Hany El Banna is there to fill it.

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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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Beaucoup zakat for Pakistan

August 23, 2010

One gets the impression looking at this chart from a presentation entitled “Islamic Radicalization in Europe” by Dr. Mia Bloom University of Georgia that France is at the forefront of the Islamization of the West.

Demographics of Islam across Atlantic

France home to biggest Muslim population in West

France has more Muslims than Lebanon or Kuwait.

Where there are Muslims, there is also zakat.

Many French Muslims give at their mosques.  But for those who give to charities, the largest include: 

The website “Respaix Conscience Musulmane” recently urged readers to contribute to Pakistani flood relief by making a donation to any one of those three charities.

The inclusion CBSP in fundraising appeals for Pakistan is especially infuriating.  France is notorious for its refusal to designate CBSP as a terrorist organization, while Israel, the U.S., the Netherlands, and Germany have all recognized CBSP’s perfidy.  Any Frenchman who gives his money to CBSP might as well give his money directly to the Pakistani Taliban.