Can you guess what's wrong with America's largest Muslim charity?
Most Muslims don't support terrorism. Most Muslims don't support terrorism. Most Muslims don't support terrorism.
We get that drilled into us, over and over, with feel-good articles about Islam from the liberal media, and yesterday in the Washington Post was no exception. The Post wrote a glowing press release/article about the good works of America's largest Muslim charity, Islamic Relief USA.
Founded in 1993, Islamic Relief is the largest Muslim charity in America, with about $100 million a year in donations.
They were Muslim, and they had come from all over the country to the traditionally red state of North Carolina. Plodding in their blue disaster-relief vests through neighborhoods devastated by floods, tornadoes and fires, they frequently encounter people who are “pretty surprised to see Muslims,” said Hani Hamwi, 29, the charity’s disaster response team manager.
On Sunday, the group sorted cans of food, clothes and other donated supplies and scrubbed the school’s wrestling room so that it could be converted into a day-care center for babies and toddlers.
So far this year, the charity has responded to eight disasters, including tornadoes in Oklahoma, wildfires in Washington state, floods in Louisiana and Texas, and water contamination in Flint, Mich. Often, they are dispatched to rural parts of the country, where Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric has received enthusiastic support.
Trump = bad; Muslims = unappreciated do-gooders.
There is only one problem with this narrative: Islamic Relief USA has numerous links to radical Islamic terrorist groups around the world.
Islamic Relief Worldwide [IRW] is the poster-child of an exemplary Islamic charity. Headquartered in the UK, and given tens of millions of dollars by Western governments, the United Nations and the European Union, IRW consists of a "family of fifteen aid agencies" which "aim to alleviate the suffering of the world's poorest people." New information, however, indicates that IRW – which counts Islamic Relief UK and Islamic Relief USA as its most important branches – is an extremist organization with a pro-terror agenda. IRW has worked with a significant number of organizations linked to terrorism.
In 2004, 2007 and 2009, IRW accounts revealed donations of tens of thousands of pounds from the Charitable Society for Social Welfare [CSSW], a charity founded by Al Qaeda terroristand "Bin Laden loyalist" Abdul Majeed Al-Zindani. In 1998, the Al Qaeda terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki, eventually killed by a U.S. drone strike, served as vice-president of CSSW's San Diego branch.
During a terrorism trial in 2004 in the U.S., Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Brian Murphytestified that CSSW was a "front organization to funnel money to terrorists."
In 1999, Human Concern International, a charity that Osama bin Laden told an Egyptian interviewer in 1995 was funding an al-Qaeda charitable front called Blessed Relief, gave IRW a $50,000 donation. IRW continues to refer to Human Concern as a partner. In 2008, Human Concern granted IRW a further £25,000.
Further, in 2008, IRW's accounts revealed a donation of £13,437 from the Yemeni Al-Eslah organization – a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood whose leaders include Sheikh al-Zindani, whom the US Government has designated a "Global Terrorist."
There's a lot more. You can read it here.
The most elementary web search would have uncovered Islamic Relief USA's links to terrorism. The WaPo, on its own "jihad" to make Islamic Relief look sympathetic, either didn't want to know or more likely didn't care.
American Muslims says they are unfairly portrayed as sympathetic to radical Islam.
American Muslims are sometimes viewed this way because they rarely speak out against radical Islam. Furthermore, they have a history of not cooperating with the authorities, such as their failure to report the San Bernardino shooters to the police. The neighbors of the terrorist shooters knew what was going on but did not call the authorities.
And now we find out that the largest Muslim charity in America has links to terrorist groups.
It legitimately raises the question of how far and how wide radical Islam's appeal to American Muslims goes.
But instead of doing investigative reporting to answer this question, the Washington Post prefers to peddle pro-Islamist propaganda.
Ed Straker is the senior writer at NewsMachete.com.