Ramadan Charity: Funding Atrocities

Enza Ferreri is an Italian-born, London-based Philosophy graduate, author and journalist. She has been a London correspondent for several Italian magazines and newspapers, including Panorama, L’Espresso, and La Repubblica. She is on the Executive Council of the UK’s party Liberty GB. She blogs at www.enzaferreri.blogspot.co.uk.


4770-90988336.400w.tnIt’s Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, and many advertising boards on the streets of London — or, more appropriately, Londonistan, as it befits a city with such a large, influential and radical Muslim population — invite Mohammedans to pay their zakat (Muslim obligatory charity).

Zakat donations in the UK have greatly increased in the last few years, and Ramadan is traditionally a time when zakat giving grows.

The posters portray cute kids and people in distress, reminding Muslims of their duty to help them.

How nice. Are these truthful reflections of the philanthropic nature of the “religion of peace”?

Let’s see. The problems with zakat are essentially two:

The first is that Islamic charity should benefit only other Muslims. Not exactly a generous spirit embracing all humanity.

The Quran teaches:

Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. (48.29)

This is after all consistent with the rest of Islamic teaching, which cautions Muslims against befriending infidels:

Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah. (Quran, 3.28)

Islamic law forbids zakat from being used to help non-Muslims.

WikiIslam reiterates:

There is scholarly consensus (ijma`) that zakat cannot be given to non-Muslims, as mentioned by Ibn al-Mundhir, Kasani, Ibn Qudama, Buhuti, and others.

Muwaffaq Ibn Qudama, a great Hanbali Imam, says in his Mughni:

‘We do not know of any difference of opinion among the people of knowledge (ahl al-`ilm) that zakat on wealth cannot be given to a kafir’ Ibn al-Mundhir said, ‘There is consensus of all those whose positions we know from the people of knowledge that a non-Muslim (dhimmi) cannot be given any zakat.’

Christian refugee victims of the flood that devastated Pakistan in 2010 know this part of Islamic doctrine all too well. They were denied aid largely donated by the post-Christian West — which didn’t seem to care very much about this politically correct form of discrimination — unless they converted to Islam.

“The tireless work of Caritas continues in all directions, in every diocese and without discrimination on the recipients,” said Bishop Max John Rodrigues of Hyderabad. “In the diocese, we help everyone. Many religious and Catholic volunteers are working in the area. I see a lot of solidarity: Muslims, Christians, and Hindus are united in suffering.

As far as the aid brought by Islamic charity groups, they defend themselves by saying that according to their doctrine, the money from the zakhat (Islamic alms) should go only to Muslims,” he added. [Emphasis added.]

Similarly, the prohibition also explains why the contribution from Muslim countries to the Haiti 2010 earthquake relief effort — since Haiti has almost no Muslims — was puny, and the aid from one of the US’s largest Islamic charities, LIFE for Relief and Development, was used just to build mosques in the Caribbean country.

And that’s not all. Non-Muslims can in some cases be allowed to receive charity donations, but only to attract them to Islam:

Alms are only for the poor and the needy, and the officials (appointed) over them, and those whose hearts are made to incline (to truth) and the (ransoming of) captives and those in debts and in the way of Allah and the wayfarer; an ordinance from Allah; and Allah is knowing, Wise. (Quran, 9.60) [Emphasis added]

Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid says:

It is permissible to give regular charity – not obligatory charity (i.e., zakaah) to poor kaafirs, and to exhange gifts and with them and treat them well to soften their hearts towards Islam. [Emphasis added]

This is a candid peace appeared in the United Arab Emirates’s The National, for example:

One hundred new converts to Islam will each receive an equal share of Dh1 million donated by the Zakat Fund. Zakat, the third pillar of Islam, is a mandatory tax for every Muslim who is financially able to contribute. It is calculated at 2.5 per cent of financial assets, but has different rates for a variety of other sources of wealth, such as livestock and minerals.

New converts are one of eight broad categories defined as deserving recipients of zakat in Islam.

The second problem with zakat is even more serious. It’s not enough that Muslim charity does not do any good to the rest of the human species; it’s also meant to do it harm.

Of the eight broad categories of recipients of zakat referred to in the above quotation, one merits our close attention.

The Quran’s verse 9.60 quoted before lists as recipients those “in the way of Allah.” And this is what it means:

Zakat can be given in the path of Allah. By this is meant to finance a Jihad effort in the path of Allah, not for Jihad for other reasons. The fighter (mujahid) will be given as salary what will be enough for him. If he needs to buy arms or some other supplies related to the war effort, Zakat money should be used provided the effort is to raise the banner of Islam.

The classic manual of Islamic law Reliance of the Traveller couldn’t be clearer:

THE EIGHT CATEGORIES OF RECIPIENTS

h8.7 It is obligatory to distribute one’s zakat among eight categories of recipients (O: meaning that zakat goes to none besides them), one-eighth of the zakat to each category…

THOSE FIGHTING FOR ALLAH

h8.17 The seventh category is those fighting for Allah, meaning people engaged in Islamic military operations for whom no salary has been allotted in the army roster (O: but who are volunteers for jihad without remuneration). They are given enough to suffice them for the operation, even if affluent; of weapons, mounts, clothing, and expenses (O: for the duration of the journey, round trip, and the time they spend there, even if prolonged. Though nothing has been mentioned here of the expense involved in supporting such people’s families during this period, it seems clear that they should also be given it).

One of the most prominent Islamic scholars, Shaykh Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, currently listed as 31st among the world’s most influential Muslim figures according to The Muslim 500 (an annual publication compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan in cooperation with Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University) was quoted in an article entitled “Spending Zakah Money on Jihad” as saying:

If war is waged anywhere to achieve this goal, namely to free the occupied lands of the laws and the tyranny of disbelievers, it is undoubtedly a case of Jihad for the sake of Allah. It thus needs to be financed from the money of Zakah…

During a BBC Panorama program of a few years ago — whose interesting title “Faith, hate and charity” left no doubt concerning what faith we were talking about — Qaradawi was described as “a favourite of the [then] London Mayor” Ken Livingstone, who truly welcomed this supporter of jihad to London, “a city of all faiths” (and no hope).

Qaradawi’s followers in London, the BBC reporter John Ware explained, included the fugitive Hamas commander Mohammed Sawalha (no doubt a title of honor), and his following in the Middle East was so big that the good doctor had his own talk show on Al Jazeera. “He makes no bones about the relationship between charity and politics,” Ware added.

During the documentary Qaradawi volunteered:

I don’t like this word “donations.” I like to call it jihad with money. Because God has ordered us to fight enemies with our lives and our money.

This is the theory. The practice is even more explicit.

Earlier this month it emerged from India’s Intelligence Bureau that the Islamic charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa has been diverting for terror activities the funds it raises and has used charity money to fund the Mumbai 26/11 attacks of 2008, in which over 160 people died. This dossier is even more significant in the light of the recent ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawa imposed by the United States.

Among the recipients of “jihad charity” is also ISIS.

Recently, British-based charity Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) has been banned from operating in Israel as suspected of funnelling cash to Hamas. According to Israeli officials, IRW activities in the Palestinian territories are run by Hamas operatives.

IRW receives money from institutional donors, government funding, individual zakat donations and affiliates around the world, including Islamic Relief USA (IR-USA), praised by Obama.

It’s not the first time that IR-USA, the largest US Muslim charity and sponsored by major American corporations like Microsoft and General Electric, has been accused of funding Hamas.

In America, the majority of the charities that have been investigated for financing terrorism were found guilty. According to Shariah Finance Watch,

The largest Islamic charities in the US were shut down and prosecuted for funding terrorism.

The fact is, Islamic charities fund Jihad through the system of zakat simply because Shariah–Islamic Law–says they must.

It is not unlikely that we’ve just brushed the surface on this activity in the West.

Only recently, for instance, has the British Charity Commission begun to earnestly scrutinize Islamic charities for material support of terrorism.

How widespread might the problem be?

How indeed?

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  • Mark

    there’s a Fine line between a terrorist ( one who uses systematic violence to generate fear) and a jihadist (one who “struggles” for freedom from oppression be it taking up alms to defend homeland and faith). Again it’s a fine line that is completely indistinguishable from the point of view of the western would. Poor people in Gaza are suffering a collective punishment – root cause is illegal Israeli occupation, so the question is are the palastinans terrorists or freedom fighters? Or both, either way innocent lives are paying the price.

    • leftist Royalty aka Douchebags

      The root cause is what happens when one group murders their way to power – hamass. hamass psychopaths are deadly as long as their victims act sheepishly however when the gloves come off … the psychopaths decry ‘foul’ if their intended victims fight back and inflict injuries

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

      You’re waisting your time here. We know about Islam. We know who the enemy is.

    • Habbgun

      Like they say one man’s mouthpiece is another man’s collaborator Have fun justifying Jihad. It won’t last forever..

    • wileyvet

      You think so do you. You evidently know nothing about Islam. Read the Hamas Charter or Covenant and see what these people think. It is grounded in Islam. Islam makes it clear that anyone opposing it, and thus Allah’s grand design, are enemies including women and children. What we call terrorist acts are in fact legitimate jihads against unbelievers in the spread of Islam. Muslim hatred for Jews dates back to Muhammad himself and the Koran is replete with derisive and derogatory verses against them. Arabia was ethnically cleansed of Jews by A.D. 638 by the Caliph Umar. The history of Islamic imperialism in Palestine and continuous persecution there dates from A.D. 634 up to the end of The Ottoman Empire. Almost 1300 years of relentless discrimination, humiliation, oppression and extortion and slaughter wrought by every Muslim Caliphate. From the Umaayads, Abbasids, Mamalukes, Turcoman, to Ottoman. The Arab world is Arab because of unbridled Jihad against indigenous people, stretching from Iberia and Morocco in the west to Syria and Iraq in the East. As far as Muslims go they also extended to Persia, Afghanistan, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, not to mention into Europe, such as Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Georgia among others. This is about Islam, and the supremacist nature of it to rule the entire world. Israel was once part of that by conquest, and therefore is eternally part of the greater Muslim world, and by extension belongs to the Ummah ( community of Muslims ) and must be retaken. Muslims are affronted by the loss of Spain as well. Would you suggest that the Spanish people are illegally occupying their country? The history of Islam, its founding and its beliefs are something the world does not want to accept, so they make the Muslims the victims, ignore their past and continuing depredations in the name of Islam, and thus are able to distill this conflict down to a localised one, with Israel as the antagonist and aggressor against a helpless people. Never mind that there were riots and massacres of Jews antedating the creation of Israel and the 3 wars against her starting in 1948 were Arab wars of extermination. Rather this is a continuation of 1400 years of Islamic aggression, aimed at non-believers, those that reject Islam, in its never ending Jihad to bring the world to Islam. Hundreds of millions of innocent people have died through the centuries due to Islamic Jihad precisely because of what Muslims believe and what Islam instructs them to do. The Arabs have done a good job in the PR department to deflect their own past and the true nature of Islam, which the world evidently cannot come to grips with.

  • leftist Royalty aka Douchebags

    Why are hamass members building villas with water treatment plants for themselves ? Why is the ‘leader’ of hamass a billionaire ? Where did t billions of aid money go hamass ?

    • iluvisrael

      for the same reason that arafat, whose aids ridden carcas is rotting in heIl, stole millions that was supposed to go to improving the lives of his beloved palis – these beasts don’t give a rat’s behind about their fellow moslems. They prove it again and again.

  • Martin Cottingham

    Islamic Relief Worldwide is a purely humanitarian organisation. It categorically denies any links with Hamas, and has rigorous checks to ensure no such links occur.

    Islamic Relief Worldwide is one of the world’s most respected relief and development organisations. It receives support from various UN agencies including UNICEF, WFP, FAO, UNDP and UNHCR and other institutional donors such as the European Commission Humanitarian Office and numerous government aid donors.

    Islamic Relief Worldwide’s aid programme in the Palestinian territories is one of the biggest apart from those of UN agencies. This ban, if confirmed, will have a significant impact on the life and well-being of those most in need not only in the West Bank but also in Gaza. We intend to do everything we can through all legal means available to carry on serving our 535,000 beneficiaries in both Palestinian territories – 80,000 in the West Bank and 455,000 in Gaza.

    Islamic Relief Worldwide is regulated in the UK by the Charity Commission and has rigorous internal control and compliance systems in place to ensure we uphold our humanitarian principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. This includes using one of the most robust and sophisticated screening software solutions available to screen every employee, contractor, supplier, local partner organisation and recipient of funds against over 540 national and international ‘watch lists’ of proscribed entities and individuals, including four Israeli lists. Our investment in this system reflects the seriousness of our commitment to fulfilling all our obligations under international regulations and standards, including our determination to ensure donations entrusted to us come from legitimate sources, and are spent only on those who require humanitarian assistance.

    See our full statement here: http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/news/statement-by-islamic-relief-on-operations-in-the-palestinian-territories/

    • Drakken

      Islamic relief is a Islamic jihadist front and if you support or defend this jihadist front, your an enemy just like the rest of you effing savages. I can see your a dumbazz convert and the day is coming where brain dead morons like you will rue the day you turned on your own people.

    • NATE

      There is nothing “Humanitarian” about Islam! It’s a “Cult” not a religion, It breeds hate, intolerance and world domination of Islam. Your a fool if you think otherwise! If i had my way, I’d load them all on a slow and leaky boat out of Sydney Harbor. There is no place for Islam in Western Culture, they DO NOT assimilate into our communities. Frankly, I’m sick of putting up with their crap. They want to believe in crap from the middle ages, Then I say ok, and bring back the guillotine!

  • liz

    Right. Just like the taxpayer money Obama is funneling to the Palestinians for “humanitarian aid”. It will be spent on more rockets to fire at Israel.
    If the Palestinians really cared about the plight of their own people they’d stop using them as human shields. And they wouldn’t need any shields, human or otherwise, if they’d stop firing the rockets.

  • roccolore

    Ramadan is the month when Muslims are at their deadliest.