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ISNA and Islamic Finance in America

July 19, 2011

What does it take to bring 7 million American Muslims Islamic finance?

An interesting question posed in a recent report on Islamic Finance training right here in America.  The first thing one would need to do is actually find 7 million American Muslims.  Based on Pew Research, there are estimated to be between two and three million Muslims in the United States.  The 7 million number is a fuzzy math constructed by CAIR. 

…the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) joined with two other organizations in an Islamic finance training program that featured an inaugural address by a former Pakistani Islamic judge who has called for “aggressive military jihad” to establish global Islamic supremacy.

It has been established that ISNA is tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, so it is no surprise to hear that they are tied to a radical Islamist like Muhammad Taqi Usmani.  I am sure that ISNA will spin the importance of the “training” versus their association with someone who fervently believes that Muslims should wage war on unbelievers.  It appears that ISNA did not learn their first lesson.  In 2008, ISNA was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial. 

Now, ISNA is engaged in another financing scheme.  Is there any chance this one will go any better?

…the AIF [American Islamic Finance – ed.] Project seeks to promote standards-based Islamic finance among Muslim communities in North America.

A key tenet of Islamic Finance is the zakat, alms or charity.  What’s wrong with that?  Among the eight accepted receivers of zakat include “those fighting for a religious cause.”  Who, in the eyes of Islamists (especially the Muslim Brotherhood) fights for the cause of Allah?  Jihadists do. 

So, Islamic Finance in the United States really means another way to skim money for Islamist jihadi actions in the U.S. or around the world.

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