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Terrorism and Charity

May 2, 2010

When you contribute to a charity, do you know where your money is going?

I try to which is why I would never donate to International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy-Canada (IRFAN/Canada-Canada).  Their designation as an official charity has been revoked by Revenue Canada which means that they cannot issue charitable donation receipts.  Why?  Bad bookkeeping is the immediate reason for their change in status but there are serious allegations that IRFAN is a fundraising front for Hamas (via Blazing Cat Fur and Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report).

Does any of this matter in Saskatoon?  Well, the Saskatoon Muslim Foundation links to IRFAN as an option for making charitable donations to help earthquake survivors in Haiti.  Do you think the money donated actually makes it to Haiti?

At least one of the other charities that the SMF links to also has a questionable history.  According to History Commons, Human Concern International employed Ahmed Said Khadr who funneled money to terrorists via HCI.

These connections worry me.

I’m not being facetious when I ask this next question.  It’s a serious question.  Are there national and international Muslim organizations with no ties to any terrorist or extremist organizations?  I know that the answer depends on your definition of terrorist organization.  No ties to Hamas?  No ties to the Muslim Brotherhood?  No ties to al Qaeda?

Here’s another example:

Scaramouche had a post this week mentioning a speaker at a Canadian Islamic Congress Fundraiser in Toronto.  The name sounded familiar:  Shaikh Dr. Abdullah Idris Ali.

He spoke twice in Saskatoon — in August at an Islamic Society of North America housing seminar and in September for a fundraiser for the Muslim school.

Who paid for this man to visit Saskatoon from Toronto?  What did he have to say?  I’m quite curious.

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