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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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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Terror Groups Hijack Charity Cash The EU Terrorism report for 2010 says: “Illegal sources for the financing of terrorism cover a wide range of criminal activities including fraud, counterfeit products, drug smuggling, kidnapping, human trafficking and extortion... Alongside criminal activities, funds can also be derived from legitimate sources. Charitable organisations continue to be misused by individuals who misappropriate voluntary contributions destined for genuine purposes to fund terrorist activities.”


Daily Express
September 5, 2010

Europol, an arm of the European Union that gathers information from national police forces, says “substantial” amounts of money innocently donated to apparently good causes is ending up in the pockets of terrorists.

Even raffles are being used to con people, Europol believes.

It is also highlighting an increasing trend by terrorists to use women. A spokesman for Europol told the Sunday Express: “Women are involved in propaganda, support and financial activities. Men are more likely to be involved in actually perpetrating violence.

“Women are also used as cash couriers and they sometimes smuggle documents and take care of administrative matters.”

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Former Director of Missouri-Based Charity Pleads Guilty: Charity Was Part of Network Funneling Money to Jihadists Mubarak Hamed, the former director of the Islamic American Relief Agency-USA, pleaded guilty to sending more than $1 million to Iraq in violation of U.S. Sanctions, conspiracy, a tax violation for misusing the charity's tax exempt status, and lying to the Internal Revenue Service. He admitted after 9+ years of denial that the charity was part of an international organization headquartered in Khartoum, Sudan, that had frequent contact with the “worst players in international terrorism.” In addition, U.S. congressman Mark Deli Siljande is accused of taking $75,000 from IARA to help the charity have its name removed from a U.S. Senate Finance Committee list of organizations that allegedly supported terrorism.

Jihad Watch
June 25, 2010
Kansas City, MO

The former director of a Missouri Islamic charity admitted in federal court Friday that he sent more than $1 million to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions.

Mubarak Hamed, 53, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy and a tax violation for misusing the charity's tax exempt status and lying to the Internal Revenue Service.

Hamed served as executive director of the now-defunct Islamic American Relief Agency-USA from 1991 until October 2004, when federal agents raided the charity's Columbia, Mo., offices and carted off truckloads of documents and computers.

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Punjab Govt. Funds Terror-Linked Charity The government of Pakistan's Punjab province has given more than $1 million to institutions run by Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD), the charity wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Among many other terror attacks, LeT was behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed. JuD was put on the U.N. terrorism blacklist in December 2008 and is considered a front for LeT.

The Washington Times
June 23, 2010
Lahore, Pakistan

The government of Pakistan's Punjab province has given more than $1 million to institutions run by an Islamic charity that is on a U.N. terrorism blacklist and affiliated with a group the U.S. considers a foreign terrorist organization.

Budget documents presented in the Punjab assembly last week revealed this financial assistance to a mosque, a hospital and schools (known as madrassas) operated by Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD), the charity wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The U.S. and India say LeT was behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed, and the State Department has designated LeT a foreign terrorist group.

Pakistani officials deny any money has been given to JuD.

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Hezbollah’s “Martyrs Foundation” The Martyrs Foundation is yet another terror organization funding groups like Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad through charity. The U.S. Treasury designated a Dearborn, Michigan charity known as the “Goodwill Charitable Organization” as the U.S. financial branch office of the Martyrs Foundation.

Money Jihad
June 3, 2010

Hezbollah is funded in large part by the Shia khums tax. Iranian imams shakedown their parishioners for khums and transfer it to Hezbollah to pay shahids to kill Jews.

Hezbollah is also funded by affiliates around the world such as the Martyrs Foundation. Matthew Levitt of the The Washington Institute for Near East Policy told Congress in 2007:

The “Martyr’s Organization” (Martyr Foundation, Bonyad-e Shahid), headed by Mohammad Hasan Rahimiyan, admittedly supplies charitable funds for the family of suicide bombers. ]]> (Jessica Peterson) Shariah Charities & Zakat Thu, 03 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000
Kosovo: Police Arrest Five Radical Islamists Five Wahabbists in Kosovo were arrested for “criminal activities.” They were all involved with an Islamic charity called “Iskrenost,” or “Sincerity.” Upon their arrest, police confiscated many weapons, including automatic rifles, pistols, ammunition, and uniforms. “Wahabi ideology preaches religious intolerance towards other religious groups, including moderate Muslims.” Since the Bosnian war, Shariah-driven groups have received a great deal of funding through zakat (or charity) by posing as humanitarian organizations.

May 22, 2010
Pristina, Kosovo

Kosovo police have arrested five members of the fundamentalist Wahabi Islamic movement who are suspected of "criminal activities, "police spokesman Hazir Berisa said on Saturday. He did not specify if those arrested were suspected of recruiting terrorists or plotting attacks.

Berisa said the five suspects were associated with a humanitarian organisation called Iskrenost (Sincerity).

The arrests took place late on Friday in the southwest city of Prizren in an operation in which 120 police officers were deployed. Berisa said police confiscated a large quantity of weapons during the operation, including automatic rifles, pistols, ammunition and uniforms.

The Wahabi movement originated in Saudi Arabia in the 17th century. Wahabi ideology preaches a 'pure' form of Islam. It was brought to the Balkans by Arab 'mujahadeen' fighters who fought on the side of local Muslims during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.

Many former 'mujahadeen' remained in the region after the war indoctrinating local youths and even operating terrorist training camps, according to foreign intelligence sources.

Tensions between Wahabis and mainstream Muslims have been simmering in the Balkans for some years as the Wahabi ideology preaches religious intolerance towards other religious groups, including moderate Muslims.

Wahabis have sought to gain influence in Bosnia-Heregovina and also in Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Since the Bosnian war, radical Islamists have often operated under the guise of humanitarian organisations from Islamic countries and several such charities have been banned in Bosnia.

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