Islamic Charity

Hugo Jenks, Islam Spokesman

The following contains correspondence with the Charity Commission regarding concerns, as widely documented, with Islamic charities and the Commissions approach to them.

SCRIPTURAL INSTRUCTIONS

There are numerous verses in the Koran that instruct Muslims to give to charity.  It is a key pillar of Islam.  The uses to which this charity is put are defined in Koran 9:60:

The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and those who collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free the captives and the debtors, and for the cause of Allah, and (for) the wayfarer; a duty imposed by Allah.  Allah is Knower, Wise.

The problematic phrase is “for the cause of Allah”.  This phrase is used frequently in the Koran to command Jihad:

Koran 61:11 Ye should believe in Allah and His messenger, and should strive for the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives.  That is better for you, if ye did but know.

Koran 49:15 The (true) believers are those only who believe in Allah and His messenger and afterward doubt not, but strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah.  Such are the sincere.

Koran 22:58 Those who fled their homes for the cause of Allah and then were slain or died, Allah verily will provide for them a good provision.  Lo! Allah, He verily is Best of all who make provision.

Also see Koran 47:31, 4:75-76, 4:100, 3:168, 8:74 etc.

The zakat charity donations that Muslims are obliged to pay, 1/8th is for Jihad.  The UAE has found 15 ‘charities’ in the UK, Europe and the USA as allegedly terror supporting:

Detail here

Islamic charity cannot be given to non-believers: see Koran 28:86 “…never be a helper to the disbelievers.”

Occasionally a small amount may be given to non-Muslims, but only for PR purposes – to confuse donors and the charity authorities.  Muslims are permitted to deceive, look up: “taqiyya”, “kitman”, “tawriya”, and “muruna”.

MY LETTER TO THE CHARITY COMMISSION

I wrote to the Charity Commission, enclosing a copy of my book “Hellish 2050”.  (The printed copy can be ordered from the website http://www.hellish2050.com/  – the eBook can be downloaded at no cost.)  The letter and book were sent on the 2nd March 2020.

Dear Chief Executive,

On the subject of Islamic charities: are you aware that according to Sharia, 1/8th of Islamic charitable donations are allocated to “the cause of Allah”?  As described in numerous verses in the Koran “the cause of Allah” does include violent Jihad.  The United Arab Emirates has identified 15 charities operating in the UK, Europe and the USA which, they  warn, may be supporting Islamic terrorism.   These including:

  • Islamic Relief UK (the British affiliate of IRW)
  • Muslim Association of Britain (part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood)
  • Cordoba Foundation in Britain (described by David Cameron as a Muslim Brotherhood front group)

Reference: “World’s biggest Islamic charity branded as terrorist group by 2nd Middle East country”

https://moneyjihad.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/worlds-biggest-islamic-charity-branded-as-terrorist-group-by-2nd-middle-east-country/

Do you agree with the assessment made by the UAE? I would suggest all Islamic charities should be examined carefully.

The Charity Commission Statement of Strategic Intent includes these words: “Our purpose is to ensure charity can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society.” It appears that you are not applying this principle to some Islamic charities – for instance, those associated with Halal certification.  The RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association are opposed to the avoidably cruel religious non-stun slaughter of farm animals.  Non-stun and inadequate “stun to stun” methods of slaughter are mandated for compliance with Halal certification.  Can you please withdraw the charitable status of any organisation associated with Halal slaughter, as incompatible with the above Statement?

I have read the Charity Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 section “Protecting charities against terrorist abuse”. Although individual cases such as those identified must be dealt with, there seems to be a general lack of understanding regarding the fact that 1/8th of Islamic charitable donations, according to Sharia, must go to “the cause of Allah”. Additionally these charities are, according to the Koran, obliged to be discriminatory against non-Muslims:              see Koran 28:86 “…never be a helper to the disbelievers.”

The problematic phrase is “for the cause of Allah”. This phrase is used frequently in the Koran to command Jihad:

Koran 61:11 Ye should believe in Allah and His messenger, and should strive for the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That is better for you, if ye did but know.

Koran 49:15 The (true) believers are those only who believe in Allah and His messenger and afterward doubt not, but strive with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah. Such are the sincere.

Also see Koran 22:58, 47:31, 4:75-76, 4:100, 3:168, 8:74 etc.

Yours sincerely,

Hugo Jenks

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CHARITY COMMISSION RESPONSE

They responded on the 29th June 2020:

Dear Mr Jenks,

Islamic charities

Thank you for your letter of 2 March 2020 addressed to the Chief Executive Officer of the Charity Commission (‘the Commission’). Given that the concerns set out in your letter fall within my team’s remit, she has asked me to respond.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in providing a response to your letter. As explained by my colleague on 23 June 2020, the Commission did not receive your letter until 26 May 2020 as it was sent to our old address in London. In addition, during this time period all of our offices have been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales. We work in line with a clear, published regulatory and risk framework in accordance with our statutory duties and functions.

Your letter highlights that in 2014 the United Arab Emirates identified 15 charities (some of which operate in the UK) which it considered may be supporting terrorism. I can confirm the Commission is aware of this information. However, it is not for the Commission to make a determination and/or express a view on any such decisions by another government. The organisations identified in your letter are not listed as proscribed terrorist organisations in the UK (or EU), nor are they subject to financial sanctions. Further information regarding this can be located online in the following guidance:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/568822/Chapter1_Module10.pdf . If you have concerns regarding the proscriptions and sanctions regimes in the UK, you should contact the Home Office and HM Treasury respectively.

Your letter requests that the charitable status of any organisation associated with Halal certification should be withdrawn, as you consider this is incompatible with the Commission’s purposes. Charitable status is not a license or granted by the Commission but is a legal status based on legislation – to be a charity an organisation must be established for a charitable purpose and operate for the public benefit. Whether an organisation supports Halal certification or not does not affect this legal test. Further information regarding chartable status is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-makes-a-charity-cc4/what-makes-a-charity-cc4#part-3-about-the-descriptions-of-purposes .

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Roake

Head of Compliance Visits and Inspections

Charity Commission CVI@charitycommission.gov.uk

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FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE

I did write back, and they replied, however there was no further progress.

As an aside, the Black Lives Matter organisation had by then become prominent, and I asked whether it was to be investigated.  One of the main fundraisers in the USA is a convicted terrorist.  In the UK the BLM organisation has an outward appearance of a charity, (taking donations, and claiming to do good works) although it is not a registered charity.  I asked about this, however the response by the Charity Commission was disappointing and unhelpful: “Regarding the Black Lives Matter movement; this organisation is not a registered charity. Charities cannot be established for political purposes, and it is clear that Black Lives Matter is such a political organisation. ”

SUBSEQUENT PROBLEMS

Note that in my initial letter to the Charity Commission I had listed several Islamic charities operating in the UK that had been identified as potentially problematic by the United Arab Emirates.  Including Islamic Relief UK (the British affiliate of IRW).   My initial letter was sent on the 2nd March 2020, and the Charity Commission replied on the 29th June 2020.  Subsequently events have shown that my concerns were fully justified.  Newspaper reports on the  22nd August 2020 described the prominent members of this charity holding blatantly anti-Jewish views, which had been publicly visible via social media.  The entire board of directors of the charity has resigned, and been replaced.  Why such views should come as any surprise to anyone is baffling:  Islamic scripture is itself blatantly anti-Jewish.  Indeed it is anti-anyone who is not a practising Muslim.

An article in the mainstream media described the problem:  Entire leadership of Britain’s biggest Muslim charity QUITS  in antisemitism row after it replaced disgraced trustee with director who branded terrorists ‘heroes’ and shared posts glorifying attacks on ‘Zionist enemy’ Israel

It should be noted that Islam is inherently anti-Jewish.  The root of the problem seems to be that Mohammed tried to persuade the Jewish tribes of Medina that he was a genuine prophet, but they refused to acknowledge him.  His anger resulted in the massacre of the Jewish tribes, hundreds of Jewish prisoners being slaughtered by Mohammed himself.  Furthermore, the Islamic end-times prophecy states that Jews will be slaughtered by Muslims, assisted by talking trees and rocks.  It does sound absurd, but this is really believed, and the Hadith describing it is incorporated into the Hamas Charter.

The Charity Commission is clearly operating out of its depth.  It fails to respond in a meaningful way to my request that they investigate all Islamic charities.  The evidence of their failure is that the revelations of the Islamic Relief Worldwide directors came via an independent investigator, not via the functioning of the Charity Commission.

Furthermore, it is well known that 1/8th of Islamic charitable donations are used “for the cause of Allah”.  As described in numerous verses in the Koran, this phrase is associated with violent Jihad.  I have pointed this out to the Charity Commission – their response indicates that they do not take this problem at all seriously.

Can you help?  If anyone would like to contact the Charity Commission to express your concerns, here is their email address:

Compliance Visits and Inspections  CVI@charitycommission.gov.uk

The more of us that write, the better.  They can easily ignore one person, they surely cannot ignore hundreds or even thousands writing.  It is best to write using your own words though!  Additionally, if anyone would help to investigate Islamic charities, then please do so.

We must believe that we will succeed in the end.  Truthfulness and decency are on our side.  Islam permits deceit and it is simply not compatible with modern decent values.

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