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Muslim charities in UK say banks blocking donations

(Reuters / Chris Helgren)

(Reuters / Chris Helgren)

Islamic charities lose millions as ‘risk-averse’ banks block donations – think tank

Millions of pounds worth of donations to British charities have been blocked or returned by global banks, amid terror financing concerns. Humanitarian operations in Syria, Iraq and Gaza are in jeopardy as a result, a think tank warns.

In recent months, a slew of international banks including HSBC, UBS and NatWest have frozen accounts held by UK-registered charities and global NGOs that deliver aid to crisis-ridden conflict zones.

International development think tank, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), warns banks’ “overly risk-averse action” towards charitable organizations and NGOs in Britain is a direct result of UK counter-terror legislation.

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  • 786
    Don’t be tiresome. If you have Google you can do five minutes of looking to discover that the percentage of “Muslim” charities which have helped fund extremists is exceedingly small.

  • 786
    I can’t tell whether this is a parody of lunatic views or a serious lunatic’s rant.
    Either way it succeeds in being both insane and ignorant.

  • 786
    Salaams to all, and Jazakallah khair for this!

  • Blocking peoples’ sadaqah?
    I do NOT want to be in their shoes come the Last Day!

  • JD

    Below casket of Army Spc. Azhar Ali is carried by the Color Guard Ali, 27, a Pakistani-American was killed Wednesday, March 2,
    in Baghdad when an explosive detonated near his vehicle.

    Saluting Muslim American Patriots

    The so-called “Islamic extremism” spreading across the Middle East has given new life to American patriotism. A YouGov poll
    from 2013 shows that 44 percent of American citizens question the
    loyalty that Muslims have to the U.S. The poll showed that older
    Americans and those who vote Republican are more likely to view Muslims
    as “less patriotic” than other religious groups.

    Despite the
    prevailing stereotypes of Muslim Americans, Islam has contributed a
    great deal to the U.S. In fact, Muslims have played an integral part in
    defending the homeland and fighting for the American government’s
    geopolitical interests. The history of Muslim Americans serving in the
    U.S. military challenges the widespread skepticism that Americans have
    for those who follow Islam. Muslims are asked by Prophet Muhammad to
    “love your country as [patriotism] is part of Islam.” The Qur’an (4:60)
    calls on Muslims to be obedient to their governments: “O you who
    believe, obey God and the Prophet and obey those in authority from among
    you.” As I discuss in this piece, Muslims have heeded the Prophet’s
    call for allegiance and shown love for America.

    Muslims served in
    the U.S. military under the command of General George Washington, who
    was Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American War
    for Independence. Rosters of soldiers serving in Washington’s Army lists
    names like Bampett Muhammad, who fought for the Virginia Line between
    the years 1775 and 1783. Another one of Washington’s soldiers, Yusuf Ben
    Ali, was a North African Arab who worked as an aide to General Thomas
    Sumter of South Carolina. Peter Buckminster, who fought in Boston, is
    perhaps Washington’s most distinguished Muslim American soldier.
    Buckminster fired the gun that killed British Major General John
    Pitcairn at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Years after this famous battle,
    Peter changed his last name to “Salaam,” the Arabic word meaning
    “peace.” Peter Salaam later reenlisted in the Continental Army to serve
    in the Battle of Saratoga and the Battle of Stony Point. If Washington
    had a problem with Muslims serving in his Army, he would not have
    allowed Muhammad, Ali and Salaam to represent and serve non-Muslim
    Americans. By giving these Muslims the honor of serving America,
    Washington made it clear that a person did not have to be of a certain
    religion or have a particular ethnic background to be an American

    According to Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, an independent
    scholar, Muslims played historic roles during the Civil War, a turning
    point in American history. Muhammad’s research
    “lays to rest the false notion that Muslims made no contributions to
    our nation’s development.” Nicholas Said, a Muslim American soldier born
    in Africa, served in the Union Army and became a political and civic
    activist after the Civil War. Rasheeda notes that Said “had an intellect
    so profound that an 1867 Nation article described him as worthy of at
    least the position of vice president of the United States.” A Muslim
    American soldier like Said was following the Qur’an, which calls on
    Muslims to defend their communities and respect the law. If he were
    alive today, Said would challenge those critics who see Islam and
    American values as incompatible.

    As they had done during the
    Civil War, Muslim Americans fought and died in World War II and Vietnam.
    Over 15,000 Arab Americans, some of whom were Muslim, fought for the
    U.S. in North Africa, Europe and Asia during the second World War.
    Historian Edward E. Curtis states that at least twelve Muslim Americans
    sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. Curtis adds that these
    Muslim soldiers “held military grades from private first class to
    sergeant.” These facts highlight that Muslims have been involved in the
    preeminent patriotic struggles of America in the 18th, 19th, and 20th

    The number of enlisted Muslim Americans in the U.S.
    military has increased substantially since these previous wars.
    According to Department of Defense figures,
    more than 3,500 Muslims fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of the
    highest ranked members of the U.S. military have commented that Muslims
    are a vital component of the American armed forces because of their
    linguistic skills and cultural understanding of Muslims living around
    the world.

    In 2009, I visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay
    respect to Muslim American soldiers who died in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    One of the tombstones I stood over was that of Captain Humayun Saqib
    Muazzam Khan, a Muslim American of Pakistani descent. Near the grave of
    Captain Khan is the tombstone of Ayman Abdelrahman Taha, a Muslim
    American soldier of Arab background. Both soldiers were given the Purple
    Heart, a prestigious military decoration awarded by the President of
    the U.S. to soldiers who have been wounded in battle. The Muslim
    Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder
    that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend
    beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

    It should not be
    forgotten that Muslim soldiers have given their lives to protect
    America. If more people knew about the history of Muslims who have
    served in the U.S. military, perhaps non-Muslim Americans would have
    more respect and appreciation for Islam and their fellow Muslim
    citizens. Non-Muslims in the U.S. who continue to spread Islamophobia
    are dishonoring soldiers who have fought and died for their country.
    Nothing could be more unpatriotic than that.

    The time is ripe to
    educate people on the patriotism of Muslim Americans. Let us hope that
    America moves beyond the question of whether a Muslim can be a loyal
    citizen. The facts speak for themselves. Muslims have been — and
    continue to be — true American patriots.

  • downwithpants

    Evil people using organizations that are trying to promote goodness in the world is not a new, muslim exclusive tactic. The wolf in sheep’s clothing has been going on for centuries.

  • downwithpants

    CSIS and CSEC watching me now…

  • Yausari

    Yeah, you wish. As if they can’t conduct an investigation on that matter. But no, it’s easier to assume all Muslims are bad by default, huh? Like I haven’t heard of that one before;

    I mean seriously, do you hear yourself? It’s like this;
    Context: “Someone could start a fire if they throw a lit cigarette on the carpet.”
    You: “OMG the building is burning!”
    Great reading comprehension btw.

  • JD

    Nothing new


    Bank clients of Middle Eastern descent want answers on closed accounts

    A Florida attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations
    has asked the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to
    look into the closures and determine whether race is playing factor in
    the decisions. A Justice Department spokeswoman said the issue was a
    matter for banking regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. . .

    Frustrated by the responses from regulators, the Michigan
    chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is contemplating a
    lawsuit against banks, said Executive Director


    MN, 2/27/14) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on
    American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a Minneapolis
    Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) Director’s charge on behalf of Muslim
    clients whose accounts were closed by TCF Bank without explanation.
    The closing of bank accounts belonging to Minnesota Muslims of
    Somali, Middle Eastern and South Asian origin have been reported to
    CAIR-MN in the past few months

  • JS

    Careful now, you don’t want Geller and her cronies catching onto our plans

  • downwithpants

    Like how much money do terrorists need right? They get so much money, weapons and munitions from foreign governments already….

  • downwithpants

    I only support “the foundation” ……wink wink to my Arabic speaking friends

  • Heinz Catsup


  • mindy1

    Kind of sad :((( why can’t they just investigate, and lift the suspension if it is a legit charity?

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