Islamic Relief Continues to Promote Hate Preachers
British charity Islamic Relief Worldwide has, for many years, provided grants to organisations which promote extremism. In 2010, for example, IRW gave tens of thousands of pounds to groups such as the Muslim Welfare House, whose founder Kamal Helbawy is an outspoken supporter of Bin Laden. Further, IRW has funded institutions such as the London Muslim Centre and the Islamic Forum of Europe, both of which regularly provide a platform for pro-jihadi speakers.
In 2002, an Islamic Relief magazine boasted of the charity’s meeting with Abdul Razak Al-Hashimi, of the Organization of Friendship, Peace, and Solidarity. Al-Hashimi was previously Saddam Hussein’s spokesman during the first Gulf War. Up until the 2003 invasion, he was a leading Ba’athist official. Iraq under the Ba’ath was a key state supporter of terror.
Al-Hashimi and his Organization of Friendship, Peace and Solidarity organised and executed a plan to bring hundreds of Western ‘human rights activists’ to act as human shields at key Iraqi infrastructure (but not at hospitals, schools or other civilian institutions) before the 2003 invasion by coalition troops.
These extremist connections are not just, however, examples of guilt by association; IRW itself regularly provides a platform for hate preachers.
Qadhi and Haddad
In 2010, an Islamic Relief fundraising event included Yasir Qadhi and Haitham Al-Haddad.
Haddad describes Jews as “pigs and apes”:
“We must reflect on the reality of the conflict between us and the Jews, the enemies of God, and the descendants of apes and pigs. O brothers! The conflict between us and the Jews is religious, historic, civilizational, and infinitely complex; it is not bounded by time or place, and it has more than one dimension. Yes, o brothers, this is the nature of the conflict … They are one of the armies of the devil … Indeed, the devils of mankind are perfectly represented by these Jews.”
Haddad on domestic violence:
“A man should not be questioned why he hit his wife because this is something between them. Leave them alone. They can sort out their matters among themselves. Even the father of the daughter who is married to the man, he should not ask his daughter why you have been beaten or hit by your husband”
Yasir Qadhi is another hate preacher. In 2001, Qadhi gave a lecture in which he said:
“All of these Polish Jews which Hitler was supposedly trying to exterminate, that’s another point, by the way, Hitler never intended to mass-destroy the Jews. There are a number of books out on this written by Christians, you should read them. The Hoax of the Holocaust, I advise you to read this book and write this down, the Hoax of the Holocaust, a very good book. All of this is false propaganda and I know it sounds so far-fetched, but read it. The evidences [sic] are very strong. And they’re talking about newspaper articles, clippings, everything and look up yourself what Hitler really wanted to do. We’re not defending Hitler, by the way, but the Jews, the way that they portray him, also is not correct.”
On 12 September 2009, Islamic Relief held a fundraising event with Yusuf Estes.
In an article on his website Estes writes: “Scholars of Islam have already made it clear what the position is on those who engage in homosexual activities.”
He then links to a fatwa ruling, which proclaims:
“In order to maintain the purity of the Muslim society, most Muslim scholars have ruled that the punishment for this act should be the same as for zina (i.e. one hundred whiplashes for the man who has never married, and death by stoning for the married man). Some have even ruled that it should be death for both partners, because the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said: ‘Kill the doer and the one to whom it was done.’”
Estes further reprints and endorses an email on his website referring to gay people as “deviants” and “devils”.
When giving a talk about homosexuality and Islam, Estes stated that homosexuality is “known to be from the Devil”.
In 2012, Islamic Relief held an event with Abdur-Raheem Green, an extremist preacher from the IERA. Green does not attempt to hide his hatred of Jews. In one video, Green has said, “Why don’t you take the Yahudi [Jew] over there, far away, so his stench doesn’t disturb us, okay?”
Green also claims that Turkish leader Ataturk was “an extremely, thoroughly unpleasant, nasty kafir. He was a Jew, he was a Jew. And not only was he a Jew, he belonged to a sect of the Jews that even the Jews think are far astray.”
He recommends death to be a “suitable” punishment for adultery and homosexuality:
“Such crimes thus need suitable and effective punishments that act as a sever warning to others. A public crime deserves a public punishment. Adultery is punishable by death, and a slow and painful death by stoning. All of this also goes some way to help understand way acts of homosexuality are similarly treated so harshly.”
According to Green, beating women, in order to “bring them to goodness”, is permissible:
“The husband is allowed, to prevent her from evil, to apply some type of physical force. This is a type of very light beating. In fact, as some scholars mentioned it is to hit with the miswack, but what we know from the prophet is this type of beating is not allowed to leave any type of mark. It is not allowed to break the skin, does not allow to break a bone or even leave a mark on the skin. A beating that is that severe is forbidden and this is a type of assault, and is haram, and a crime in Islam to treat your wife like that. But a type of physical reprimand in order to bring her to goodness is allowed.”
Green has declared that conflict between Islam and the West is “ordered in the Koran”, and “dying while fighting jihad is one of the surest ways to paradise and Allah’s good pleasure”.
He condemns criticism of the Taliban:
“Supporting the disbelievers against the Muslims is in fact kufr, it is disbelief. This is something that has been clearly stated by Allah (SWT) in the Quran, that to aid the unbelievers against the believers is an act of kufr, of disbelief. Brothers and sisters you can support the kuffar against the Muslims even by a word…For example, slandering and attacking the Muslims unjustly, such as you find many Muslims have done this about the Taliban. Slandering them and attacking them and reviling them based upon news that has come from the disbelieving media, helping the kuffar against the Muslims.”
In 2005, Green gave a speech at UCL, uncovered by the Daily Telegraph, in which he stated that a “permanent state of war exists between the people of Islam and the people who opposed Islam”.
Referring to Bin Laden, he added, “His rational [sic] is … we are going to keep on killing your women and children until you stop killing our women and children. How do you argue with that?”
Citing the IRA, he added: “The other thing is that it seems that terrorism works. We certainly have precedent.” Green initially objected to the Telegraph’s report, but later withdrew his complaint.
Abdullah Hakim Quick
In 2009, Islamic Relief ran an event with Abdullah Hakim Quick, an extremist preacher who has claimed that AIDS is caused by the “filthy practices” of homosexuals and that the Islamic position on homosexuality is “death”. Quick has spoken of the “filth of the Yahood [Jews]”
Al Maghrib Institute
Islamic Relief has run events with the Al Maghrib Institute on a number of occasions. The Al Maghrib Institute is based in Texas but has a branches in Canada and the UK. In 2008, the ‘underwear’ bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attended seminars run in both London and Houston by Al Maghrib.
In June 2013, Islamic Relief, working with Al Maghrib, hosted the anti-homosexual preacher Omar Suleiman. The US branch of Islamic Relief frequently runs events with Al Maghrib officials, including Hakim Quick and Yasir Qadhi, who express hatred towards Jews and homosexuals (as detailed above).
Islamic Relief has hosted joint fundraisers with Al Maghrib, and IRW chairman Hani El-Banna has run joint events with Al Maghrib hate preacher Yasir Qadhi and Al Maghrib founder Muhammad Alshareef.
Both Qadhi and Alshareef have published CDs of their work. The author Adrian Morgan has noted:
These CDs can be found on the web at a site called Ilmquest. Until they were removed, the Ilmquest also sold Audio CDs of notorious Yemen-based Islamist Anwar al-Awlaki [the late Al Qaeda terrorist]. In 2007, the site’s home page featured 14 “hot specials.” Five of these were CD collections by Awlaki.