Before the Jihad comes the Charity Jihad. Bombs and bullets don’t buy themselves.
Boko Haram, which has killed over a thousand people and dedicated itself to the destruction of Christianity in Nigeria, was getting money from an Islamic charity operating in a Christian country. Muslims still complain about the shutdown of the Holy Land Foundation and other terrorist charities but there’s a reason that those charities get shut down. It’s because they participate in the murder of people.
In Cairo, Obama promised the Muslim Brotherhood that he would relax scrutiny of terror charities.
Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together. We must always examine the ways in which we protect it. For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.
But this is what comes of relaxing scrutiny on the Zakat Jihad.
Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group in Nigeria with close links to al-Qaida, has targeted churches and Christians as it seeks to spread terror across the country.
The Nigerian media has reported that the country’s state security service, working with local and international agencies, believes money raised by the Al Muntada Trust found its way to Boko Haram.
A charity of that name, which has its headquarters in London, raises money for disaster projects in Africa. It has attracted controversy in the past for giving a platform to radical clerics.
Lord Alton of Liverpool told parliament in July there was evidence Boko Haram carried out 600 murders this year and called for it to be proscribed in the UK as a terror group. Its rise has alarmed Africa experts and prompted concerns of “blowback” for the UK as its supporters return from Nigeria.
Here’s some more information on the Al-Muntada Trust in the UK and its radical activities.