Taxpayer-funded Muath Trust hosts hate preacher in aid of terror-linked charity
On 13 June, the Muath Trust is hosting extremist preacher Yasir Qadhi, at a fundraising event in support of Human Appeal International, a British charity accused of links to the terror group, Hamas.
The Muath Trust is a Yemeni charity based in Birmingham, which is associated with the Muslim Association of Britain (a key component of Britain’s Muslim Brotherhood network) and other Hamas organisations. The Trust is run by Adnan Saif, an outspoken supporter of the late Sheikh Abdullah al-Ahmar, who was leader of the Yemeni Al-Eslah organisation, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Ahmar was a vocal supporter of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah and praised its acts of terror against Israel. Adnan Saif claims that Abdullah al-Ahmar was to Yemen what, “Ghandi and Mandela were to their respective countries.”
Abdullah al-Ahmar’s confidante and fellow Al-Eslah leader was Abd al-Majid al-Zindani, the Bin Laden loyalist who, in 2004, was deemed a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States Government. Saif was previously the head teacher of the Scientific Institute in Birmingham, which, according to Yemeni writer Nu’man Abd al-Wahid, was one of a large number of Yemeni institutions designed to instill Islamist values. Al-Wahid notes that Al Zindani was the first “guardian” of the global network of these Scientific Institute schools.
The Muath Trust often provides a venue for meetings of RESPECT, the Socialist-Islamist political party established by George Galloway.
The Muath Trust previously enjoyed “support” from Connexions, a taxpayer-funded Government advice agency for young people. The Trust also previously received public monies from the Learning and Skills Council, a non-departmental public body.
Muath Trust Director Adnan Saif is also a trustee of Islamic Relief Worldwide, one of the largest Islamic charities in Britain, which Stand for Peace has previously revealed to have financial links with groups connected 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 the aforementioned Al Qaeda terrorist and “Bin Laden loyalist” Abdul Majeed Al-Zindani.
Yasir Qadhi, the speaker at the Muath Trust’s upcoming event, is a graduate of the University of Medina. Qadhi has been widely condemned for his hateful views on Jews. 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.”
Qadhi further claimed that:
“You go to America, you find that 95% of the Islamic Studies professors are Jews, you know that? 95% of Islamic Studies are Jews. And 0% of Judaic Studies are Muslims. I am not advising any Muslim to waste his time studying Judaism but I’m saying, why are Jews studying Islam? There is a reason, not that they want to help us, they want to destroy us … they want to bring about doubts, look at the doubts that exist, look at the divisions, the discord, look at the disunity, look at all these ideologies that are being spread. Know that the Yahood [Jews] and the Kuffar [Infidels] like this type of thing.”
In 2008, Qadhi claimed to have recanted his extremist views. Around the same time, however, Qadhi expressed support for the Holocaust denier David Irving.
These days, Qadhi is the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al Maghrib Institute, where his colleagues include notorious hate preachers such as Said Rageah, a Canadian Islamist preacher who has preached that God should “destroy” the enemies of Islam and that the Christians and Jews are “damned”; Abdullah Hakim Quick, a preacher who has called upon God to “clean and purify Al-Aqsa from the ﬁlth of the Yahood [Jews]”; and the explicitly anti-gay preacher Omar Suleiman.
The Al Maghrib Institute is based in Texas but has branches in the UK. In 2008, the ‘underwear’ bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attended seminars run in both London and Houston by Al Maghrib. Muhammad Al Shareef, the founder of the Al Maghrib Institute, has written a paper – entitled, ‘Why the Jews Were Cursed’ – in which he claims that Jews control the media and murder prophets. He goes on to advise that Muslims should not “take Jews as our close allies.” Shareef also calls on Christians to “join the [Muslim] ranks and start to stand up and speak against things like this [homosexuality]…praise to God that you are homophobic.”
Human Appeal International, the charity for which the event is fundraising, is accused of being a member of the Union of Good, a coalition of charities established to manage the financial support required by Hamas for its social and terrorist activities.
A leaked 1996 CIA report claimed Human Appeal International’s branches were among a number of Islamic charities used as conduits for funds to terrorist organizations. The FBI, in 2003, claimed there was a “close relationship between Human Appeal International and Hamas”. In August 2002, an Islamic youth group featured an advertisement for a Hamas fundraising scheme, called the “101 Days Campaign”. The youth group claimed profits from the sale of intifada videotapes would go to the campaign through Human Appeal International. In 2005, a website belonging to the Palestinian terror group Hamas reported that funds were transferred from Human Appeal’s affiliated organization in the UAE to IQRA and Rifdah, two Hamas front organizations based in the West Bank.
In 2004, documents obtained from the Internal Revenue Service by Senator Charles Grassley revealed that the IRS considered Human Appeal to be one of a number of charities “which finance terrorism and perpetuate violence.” Further, leaked State Department cables also reveal that staff from the Human Appeal UAE branch were funding terror groups, and that, “In 2003, there were indications that HAI was sending financial support to organizations associated with Hamas and that members of its field offices in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya had connections to al-Qaeda associates.”
In 2008, the Israeli Government proscribed a number of Human Appeal’s affiliated international branches as “bodies that are active abroad and which are responsible for raising very large sums for Hamas activities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.”