Monday, October 30, 2006

American Muslims hold back on giving to charities for fear of being linked to terrorism

Zakat, or charity, is a part of the Muslim faith. The month of Ramadan is a time of giving for Muslims. However, stories of significantly lowered contributions to American Muslim charities are becoming more common. There is fear that sending money to a Muslim charity will spark an unwanted investigation for a link to terrorism.

Many people are admitting they don't want to be asked over the phone to give money because they worry the government is eavesdropping. Fear for potential raids onto their properties, into their homes, and investigations of their lives are keeping donations at bay.

"The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Treasury Department has shuttered five major Muslim charities in the United States since 2001, seizing millions of dollars in assets, yet not a single officer or organization has been convicted of anything connected to terrorism. " (New York Times)

You have to think about the fact that many Muslims came the United States looking for freedom from government intelligence forces, and having the same worries over here only intensifies their fear more. According to The New York Times, the offices of Life for Relief and Development were raided in September on the basis of a sealed affidavit. The government has said that the raid was not terrorism-related, although agents of the Joint Terrorism Task Force were along on the raid. The hanging questions put a damper on fund-raising. How is there freedom of religion when Muslims are afraid to contribute to charities only because they are Muslim?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't wait until a Democrat is elected President again then maybe you neoliberals on the internet will finally shut the fuck up. I'm willing to live with the consequences.

Deej said...

Yeah and then you "neoconservatives" can stop playing follow the leader like blind ass sheep

Anonymous said...

First I think it is very mature how both of you have swear to get your point across. NOT!
As far as the NY Times goes.. who can beleive a word they say? It would be nice if you posted findings of your own on your website instead of getting your information from other news sources which time and time again show they can't be trusted with the truth anymore.