Shariah Charities & Zakat

Egypt Convicts 5 Muslim Brotherhood Members

Jerusalem Post
January 8, 2011
Cairo, Egypt

Five senior members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood have been convicted of money laundering and raising funds abroad, Egypt's official news agency said Saturday.

MENA reported that the Supreme State Criminal Security Court on Saturday sentenced the sole defendant in custody, Osama Suleiman, to three years in jail. The four other defendants — one of them a Saudi national — were tried in absentia. They received jail terms of five-to-eight years.


Kenyan Herder Killed by Al-Shabaab

60-year-old Mohamed Muhumed, a Kenyan herder, was shot in the head several times before his camels were stolen. He had refused to part with five camels as part of his yearly zakat payment. He had become destitute because his home in the Northeastern province of Kenya was undergoing severe drought. When he refused to pay zakat with his one remaining asset to Al- Shabaab, a known terror organization, he was brutally assassinated. Banks, our government and mainstream media would have us believe that zakat is merely “alms for the poor.” Should Muhumed not have been a recipient of this “holy charity”?

Daily Nation (Kenya)
January 7, 2011
Hamey Village, Somalia

A Kenyan herder was on Friday killed in Somalia by members of the Islamist group Al-Shabaab for refusing to part with his five camels as payment for a yearly tax.

The 60-year-old man, identified as Mr Mohamed Muhumed, was among thousands of Kenyans who fled Hamey Village in Damajaley location after a ravaging drought in North Eastern Province.

He is reported to have been shot on the head several times before his entire stock of camels was confiscated.

Muslims are expected to pay zakat, a form of alm, willingly in the first month of the Islamic calendar (Muharaam). The payment can be in the form of animals or money. But in the case of Mr Muhumed there was use of force.


Groups Slam US Move to Link OFW Remittances to Abu Sayyaf

Philippine Daily Inquirer
November 17, 2010
Manila, Philippines

The US State Department has tagged "remittances from overseas Filipino workers," or OFWs, as a possible external funding source of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), along with Middle East-based extremist groups, in addition to the ASG's kidnap-for-ransom and extortion activities in Mindanao.

In its Country Reports on Terrorism, which it updated on August 5, the state department, however, did not provide other details on its disclosure.

But it noted that in October 2007, the ASG, also known as "al Harakat al Islamiya," had "appealed for funds and recruits on You Tube by featuring a video of the (late ASG leaders Abdurajak and Khadaffy Janjalani) before they were killed" in 1998 and 2006, respectively.

In its October 29 report, the state department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs said the welfare of some four to five million OFWs has been considered "a pillar of Philippine foreign policy."

Asked for comment, the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based OFW group Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) dismissed the August 5 report as "unfounded," "irresponsible" and "unfair."


Trial Exposes Charity Abuse

“Prosecutors presented evidence showing that despite a façade of charity and moderation, al Haramain was surreptitiously funneling money out of the country and possibly into the hands of Chechen mujahideen, all under the guise of humanitarian efforts.”

The Investigative Project on Terrorism
September 8, 2010
Eugene, OR

The fate of an Oregon man whose Islamic charity is accused of financing Chechen terrorists is about to be in the hands of a federal jury.

In the five years since its indictment on allegations that the al Haramain Islamic Foundation (AHF) had funneled money to Chechen rebels, Pete Seda's now-defunct organization has wrangled with government attorneys over allegations that the government conducted unlawful surveillance, seized assets without a warrant, and overstepped its authority under the Patriot Act in seeking foreign bank records. And while at its core, this is a criminal tax case against Pirouz Sedaghaty, aka Pete Seda, the outcome has broader implications for the continuing efforts to counter-terrorist financing.

But in many ways, Seda's prosecution followed a familiar script. Prosecutors presented evidence showing that despite a façade of charity and moderation, al Haramain was surreptitiously funneling money out of the country and possibly into the hands of Chechen mujahideen, all under the guise of humanitarian efforts.

Seda was charged with conspiring to move $150,000 out of the United States without declaring it, as required by federal law, and with filing false tax returns to hide the fact that the money ever existed. As numerous law enforcement officials told the jury, the path that the money took from Europe to the United States and then to the Middle East was not just suspicious, but indicative of illicit financial activity.


Muslim Brotherhood's Family Ties to Mercy-USA

Mercy-USA is one of the biggest Islamic charities in the U.S. Iman Elkadi is its chairperson. Her late husband was a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and her charity was implicated in the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings.

Money Jihad
September 16, 2010
Tampa, FL

Ahmed Elkadi was the head of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood from 1984 to 1994.

As a young man, Ahmed Elkadi (also spelled Al-Qadi), studied medicine in Austria. In 1963, Ahmad married a woman named Iman in Cairo. The Chicago Tribune reported that, “Iman Elkadi’s father, Mahmoud Abu Saud, was particularly involved in the Brotherhood’s beginnings in Egypt and remains well-known in the Arab world. An accomplished economist, he is widely regarded as a pioneer in Islamic banking, which requires that interest not be charged for loans.” Ahmed’s own father was also involved in the Brotherhood.


After their marriage, the Elkadis moved to the U.S. where “He was instrumental in helping the fledgling Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada in the 1960s. He was a founding member of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMA) in 1967, which later became IMANA. He was its president from 1974-1975.”

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