Posts Tagged ‘waqf’

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Bulgarian police raid waqf (endowment) office & seize financial records

October 14, 2010

Population by Religion in Bulgaria

Bulgaria, where Muslims represent 12 percent of the population, has surpassed that magic threshold of 10 percent at which point Muslim lawlessness, uprisings, and threats become the norm.  They must be feeling confident.  But the Bulgarian police may be less infected by political correctness than Western Europe and North America, if this Oct. 6 story via Jihad Watch is any indication:

Bulgarian police come down with Islamophobia, raid offices of Islamic foundation

They found “a large number of propaganda papers with radical content preaching religious hatred.” What? In an Islamic foundation? There must be some mistake! “Bulgarian police raid offices of Islamic foundation,” from AFP (no online link), October 6 (thanks to David):

Oct. 06 (AFP) — Bulgarian prosecutors and police on Wednesday raided the offices of an Islamic organisation with alleged links to Al-Qaeda, the interior ministry said.

Officers raided the offices of the Al Waqf-Al Islami foundation in the southern towns of Blagoevgrad, Pazardzhik and Smolyan, finding “a large number of propaganda papers with radical content preaching religious hatred,” the ministry said in a statement.

They also confiscated a number of financial documents, it said.

The ministry did not say whether any arrests were made, but the homes of Muslim religious leaders in the three regions were also raided, sparking protests by local Muslim communities.

What a surprise! Oddly enough, they don’t seem ever to have protested the “large number of propaganda papers with radical content preaching religious hatred.” Well, we’re all busy!

Gates of Vienna has more here.

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Two more pro-terror charities

April 16, 2010

The U.S. Treasury Department has designated the leaders of two trusts (or waqf endowments, perhaps?) in Pakistan for financially supporting Al Qaeda and the Taliban.  From Agence France Presse on Apr. 15:

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury said Thursday it had imposed sanctions on two “high-profile” Pakistani trust fund chiefs allegedly linked to terrorism.

They were identified as Mohammed Mazhar, director of Al-Akhtar Trust, and Mufti Abdul Rahim, leader of Al-Rashid Trust, both Pakistani charities whose assets under US jurisdiction were frozen, the Treasury said in a statement.

Americans have also been prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them.

Mazhar was accused of supporting the Al-Qaeda terror network and the Taliban militant group while Rahim was charged with funding the Taliban.

“Today’s designation of these two high-profile financiers of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who are also leaders of Al-Akhtar Trust and Al-Rashid Trust, further exposes those organizations’ continuing support for terrorism under the guise of charitable activity,” said Treasury under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Stuart Levey.

Mr. Levey, I know what you mean when you refer to the groups’ “continuing support for terrorism in the guise of charitable activity.”  I’ve used language like that myself.  But in the minds of Mr. Mazhar and Mr. Rahim, there is no guise.  Jihad is a perfectly legitimate purpose of zakat money in their eyes.  It’s all written out for them in their Koran and Hadith, which is also available for analysts at Treasury to read if they’re willing to confront the true motives of our jihadist foes.

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If Dar al-Hijrah mosque funds terrorists, who funds Dar al-Hijrah?

February 17, 2010

Frank Gaffney made quite a splash with his recent article about a fundraiser being held at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, on behalf of terrorist Sabri Benkhala.  Not just because it’s a fundraiser for the legal expenses of a terrorist, but because this is the same mosque where some of the 9/11 hijackers worshipped and where Anwar al-Awlaki, the imam who OK’d the Ft. Hood shooting, preached.

Gaffney did a great job explaining everything about the fundraiser and the mosque’s terrifying history, so check out his article.

By way of adding to the background he provided, I wanted to research just how Dar al-Hijra was built in the first place.  The results are utterly unsurprising.  The Sperry Files documents who owns the mosque:

Fairfax County, Virginia, property records reveal Muslim activist Jamalal-Barzinji authorized the development of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque, where some of the 9/11 hijackers received aid and comfort. The U.S. government has accused Barzinji of being “closely associated” with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Records also show the Saudi-affiliated North American Islamic Trust holds the deed to the Wahhabi mosque (emphasis mine). Barzinji is listed as a NAIT trustee on the document.

Part of a Saudi waqf outlay, no doubt.  Naturally, the mosque is also funded by local zakat (see the numerous solicitations on their website here).

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Saudis whip up waqf whirlwind

January 19, 2010

The Saudi-based International Islamic Relief Organization, which has been linked to terrorism, is poised to launch six major waqf (Islamic endowment) projects to propagate Islam worldwide. Beneficiaries will include 370 mosques, 30 madrassas, and 720 imams.  From the Khaleej Times on Jan. 16:

JEDDAH — The International Islamic Relief Organisation-Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) is to launch six endowment (waqf) projects in Makkah at a cost of over SR470 million, with annual returns of about SR45 million that will be used to finance the organisation’s relief and development projects.

Adnan Khalil Basha, IIROSA secretary general, told a Press conference on Sunday that the organisation has already, through the help of a number of philanthropists, purchased the lands on which the endowments will be constructed.

He said the projects were approved by IIROSA’s general assembly during its fourth meeting early last year.

The projects are:

  1. Bayat Allah Waqf, which is an 11-storey housing and commercial building in Al Khalediyah district costing SR160 million. The proceeds of this project will be used to build 370 mosques in 18 different countries.
  2. The Orphans Waqf in Ajyad, which is a 30-storey hotel costing SR80 million. Its proceeds will be used to sponsor 265,000 orphans in 28 countries.
  3. The Educational Care Waqf in Al Misfalah, which will be a 22-storey tower costing SR60 million. Revenue from this endowment will be used to finance the activities of 30 educational institutions around the world.
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