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Bill Shorten has inherited the Shariah-compliant finance portfolio in our new Labor Government. Is he prepared to listen and educate himself on its dangers? In particular, is he aware of Islamic finance's leading role in financing terror?

No doubt Nick Sherry handed Bill his research into Islamic finance, that taqiyya-rich old chestnut"Demystifying Islamic Finance". This is a marketing publication from a Malaysian law firm specialising in Islamic finance and who wants business in Australia. The relevant "terror financing" section (which is an adequate summary of the usual lies) is addressed as follows:

The Shariah considers illegal use of violence - especially against innocent victims - as a heinous crime, and hence categorically condemns terrorism. This means that, as a matter of principal, an Islamic financial institution is strictly prohibited by the Shariah from knowingly assisting, what more actively participating, in terror related activities.

So what is “illegal”, “innocent”, "terror" and "terrorists" in Shariah law? As lawyers and Muslims, you know it's all in the definitions, isn't it?

And terrorism is not categorically condemned in the Shariah, for example Mohammed said "I have been made victorious through terror" Bukhari 4.52:220. Moreover, Quran 8:12 “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" is only one example of the many terror promoting verses in the Quran.

"Knowingly assisting" or "actively participating" in terror are well chosen words indeed. As I will explain below, a direct link is usually severed by giving money to Islamic charities who then facilitate the dirty work.

Even the sacred obligation of Zakat (alms) has been alleged as funneled towards terrorist organisations. It is safe to say that so far, notwithstanding all the conspiracy theories and long winded connections raised to link Islamic finance with terrorism, there is hardly evidence sufficiently produced to justify such allegations.

A lie, as we will show below. And as one of the eight categories of zakat is "fighting in the way of Allah", I'd say that "allegation" came direct from Mohammed himself.

Various lawsuits and sanctions have been initiated against some financial institutions and key Islamic finance figures for alleged involvement with terror activities, but most have been struck out. These include, amongst others and most notably, suits filed in the US against Sheikh Salleh Kamel of Dallah Al-Baraka and Prince Muhammad bin Faisal Al-Saud of Dar al-Maal al-Islami, both of whom are considered pioneers and thought leaders of modern Islamic finance.

Bringing a case and having international co-operation or jurisdiction to make it successful (or the will of U.S. Administration to permit or fight a case against Saudis) is one thing, irrefutable evidence of terror financing being presented by reliable authorities, settlements reached and banks being shut down and assets confiscated is another. The latter has happened on many occasions. Nor does being a pioneer and thought leader in Islamic finance make you a peaceful person, the AAOIFI board is full of terror promoters, and I suggest it only confirms the opposite.

Irrational phobia against Islam in general and Islamic finance in particular continues long after 9/11

The Islamophobia card..., where would any good (and desperate) Islamist be without it. That irrational fear of Islamic violence, hatred, destruction and intolerance that we never hear about but imagine in our heads.

The reality is, Islamic financial institutions just like any other financial institutions in any jurisdiction are subject to strict laws and regulations, including anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering laws.

Anti-terror laws in Australia are inadequate to combat the filtered, sophisticated and complex regime of Islamic finance terror funding. Geoff Dickson in his article "Sharia Finance Update No. 2" of 2 December 2009 describes the legal position adopted by the Government. This approach, focusing on defining crimes and prescribing audits, is not enough. Pro-active analysis and monitoring of Islamic finance institutions and their unique operations must be undertaken. Furthermore, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Guidelines (Australia is a member of FATF) states in relation to terror financing and money laundering that members and financial institutions should be "recognising the existence of the risk(s), undertaking of assessment of the risk(s) and developing strategies to manage and mitigate the identified risk(s)...Countries will need to identify the main vulnerabilities and address them accordingly". [10]

The problem is that laws and guidelines combating "terror financing" focus on financial institutions servicing terrorists, not the institution being the terror funder. And while KYC requirements and the monitoring of customers accounts is important, strict and usually observed, the main issue is the channeling of bank donations to seemingly benevolent charities who then churn and launder them and ultimately give the money to terrorists. Here's a tip Bill: that's a "main vulnerability".

Also, whilst there is a laundering of money to hide the true source of terror funding, anti-money laundering laws are generally unhelpful for combating Islamic bank terror financing. Expert on terror funding, Jean-Charles Brisand states:

"Indeed targeting money laundering turned to be ineffective, as the practice refers to the cleaning of illegal gains from drug trafficking and other criminal activities. In contrast, the funding of terrorism involves using legitimate income to finance illegal activity, the reverse process..." [2]

Terrorism and violence - branded upon whatever political, religious or communal cause or agenda - at the end of the day still inflict harm and well being against the life and well being of innocent victims; Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Islamic finance has nothing to do with terrorism financing. It is a genuine legitimate business that has been regulated and supervised in many jurisdictions, simply as a business that offers Shariah compliant financial products as an alternative to existing financial products.

We know it inflicts harm on all, that’s why we fight against it. And let's not pretend either that Islam is one of many terror issues we face, it is THE one and the words "terror" and "Islam" are now synonymous.

Islamic finance has everything to do with terrorism financing, it is the key driver. Loretta Napoleoni states:

"Islamic banks, not charities, are the life-line of Wahhabi insurgency, they are the feeder of Islamist armed groups", without them "terror-donations" could not reach the end users scattered around the world." [12]

Also, perhaps ZICO, being the clever lawyers they are, could have expanded on the regulation and supervision regimes in places like Saudi, Sudan, Pakistan, UAE and Iran?

The statements made in Demystifying Islamic Finance, the Labor Government's stated position, are nothing but lies, half-truths and deception.

Islamic charities

It works as follows: Shariah-compliant banks (or Shariah units in Western banks) employ "Shariah scholars" to control the "Shariah compliance" of Islamic financial products. Shariah-compliance demands that the banks consistently and generously provide money to "Islamic charities" through various means including zakat payments and the "cleansing" of non-Shariah compliant earnings. The Shariah scholars (many of whom are terror-supporting jihadists) determine which Islamic charities receive this money.

It is also important to understand “zakat” in Islam and the role of charities that receive it. Whilst some charity or zakat money is designated in the traditional sense (though strictly for Muslims only), a specific category of zakat is for funding violent jihad. Another three of the eight approved classes of zakat can be interpreted to mean funding or assisting jihad.

Some information on Islamic charities:

  • 27 Islamic charities have been designated as terror sponsors by the US Treasury Department and are either indicted or designated by the Treasury under Executive Act 13224. The Holy Land Foundation court case in the U.S. attests to the rampant use of Islamic charities to support terror. These terror charities include; "The International Islamic Relief Organization", "KindHearts", "Islamic African Relief Agency", "The Saudi Red Crescent", "Care International, Inc.' and "The Global Relief Foundation".
  • The U.S. Treasury Department designated the Saudi-based Union of Good as having ties to terror. The Union of Good is an umbrella group of 53 Islamic charities.
  •  "Terrorism, charities and diasporas” states: "Al Qaeda has infiltrated one-fifth of all Islamic charities – which, even if we limit ourselves to the jurisdictions of England and Wales and the Netherlands, would amount to some 2,000 charities [based on] … the rough estimate that there are of the order of 10,000 Islamic charities in these two jurisdictions”. [4]

Brisard describes a commonly used “charity” role as follows:

Zakat donations (Individuals, companies, banks)

Bank transfers

Charities and relief organizations

Local charity & relief offices

Hawala transfers (an alternative paperless remittance system operated among money brokers)

Terrorist organization

Local fraudulent schemes & criminal activities

Hawala transfers are "money transfer without money movement" and have been described as "a solution for placement of dirty cash". [8] Gil Feiler notes that:

"Terror financiers have mastered the art of layering hawala transfers between various legitimate front companies by using hawala brokers in several countries and distributing the transfers over irregular timeframes." [8]

And as for finding out who the "Islamic charities" are that Islamic finance participants donate to, well that's usually a guarded secret. Don't you worry about that, our Shariah board in its infinite wisdom takes care of it.

Islamic finance funding terrorists

Do we have actual proof though that Islamic banks have funded terror supporting Islamic charities?

It is difficult to track and prove, and of course every length will be taken to hide it from, and confuse, authorities. Feiler states:

Given the strong networks that have been built between Islamic financing institutions and conventional businesses, it becomes easy for terrorist financiers to undertake money laundering. After September 11th, investigators uncovered only individual parts of the Islamic financing system. When this hunt against terror financiers intensified, the Islamic financing system was versatile enough to obscure their activities." [8]

Anyway, below is a non-exhaustive list of financial institutions that have been exposed as terror financiers or facilitators:

Al-Taqwa Bank and Akida Bank (formerly Akida Islamic Bank International Limited): a Swiss banking network (registered in the Bahamas) shut down for channeling tens of millions of dollars to Hamas, al-Qaeda, the PLO, Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA), the Taliban, Egyptian Gama’a al Islamiya and the Tunisian An-Nahdaand. Both these banks used charities in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. as their means of supporting terrorist groups. Al-Taqwa Bank has also been a key money launderer for al-Qaeda and was described by the Italian anti-terrorist agency, DIGOS, as “the most important financial structure of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic terrorist organisations”. [11] In particular, through its funding of the Qatar Charitable Society (QCS), it funded al-Qaeda’s 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as al-Qaeda operations in Chechnya.

Yusuf al Qaradawi, a "pioneer and thought leader of modern Islamic finance", is banned from the U.S. for his ties to Al Taqwa.

Al-Rajhi Bank: one of the leading banks in Saudi Arabia with a massive retail presence and international subsidiaries. The bank was used by al-Qaeda to transfer funds directly to the perpetrators of the 9/11, Bali and Madrid attacks. In addition, it has extensive connections with, and moves money for, key Islamic charities which support al-Qaeda and its satellites globally, such as SAAR Foundation Network, the Muslim World League, the International Islamic Relief Organisation and the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation.

National Commercial Bank (now Al Ahli Bank) (NCB): an official Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) audit of NCB revealed that for over ten years, the bank’s zakat committee had transferred over $74 million to Islamic charities, who then channeled the money to al-Qaeda. In their defence, NCB refer to a SAMA letter floating around the internet which disputes the audit ever taking place, however, even assuming this letter is actually from SAMA, it is not proof of anything as:

a) the letter states:

"You have asked us whether we are aware of any audit or examination of NCB in the general time frame of 1998 or later which examined alleged involvement in financing terrorist activities; or whether any adverse regulatory action was taken against NCB in the same general time frame because of alleged involvement in financing terrorist activities. SAMA is unaware of any such audit or examination, and has not required any such audit or examination, and has taken no such adverse regulatory action."

The audit was in connection with funding Islamic charities, that then funded terrorist activities.

b) Khalid bin Mahfouz, NCB's Chairman, was one of the wealthiest people in the Arab world, a multi-billionaire. It is highly plausible that the "Deputy Governor for Technical Affairs" who appears to have signed the letter was rewarded handsomely for it. Furthermore, bin Mahfouz was famous as a libel tourist and legal jihadist, spending millions to sue and silence those who exposed him and even spent US$20 million to buy Irish passports. He had money to burn and used it and, frankly, no authority in Saudi is above being bought off.

Bin Mahfouz was also a controlling shareholder in Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). Whilst BCCI was not strictly an Islamic bank, it was possibly the most notorious and active terror funding bank so far discovered. Bin Mahfouz settled a criminal action for US$225 million in relation to his involvement with BCCI when a 1992 U.S. Senate report on BCCI's affairs exposed its true purpose, to fund terror. This report also detailed the role NCB played in hiding assets and in the cover-up and obstruction of the Senate investigation. It exposed NCB as a financial arm for al-Qaeda and a financial conduit for their operations.

Al-Barakaat Bank, Dubai: founded by a Somali financier and close friend of Osama bin Laden, Ahmed Nur Jimale. Former US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill stated that the bank, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies “are the money movers, the quartermasters of terror … [and] are the principal source of funding, intelligence and money transfers for bin Laden”. [11] Its operations were shut down and its assets frozen by executive order of the U.S. President on November 7, 2001. Although no criminal case was brought against Al-Barakaat, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control maintains that it had accumulated sufficient evidence.

Shamal Islamic Bank (SIB): a Sudanese bank, SIB provided funding for terrorist operations, as confessed by several al-Qaeda members in 2001 during the U.S. African Embassy bombing trial. It did this through the zakat system, direct donations and by knowingly providing means to raise or transfer funds. The bank itself controlled many of the zakat funds' beneficiaries that were providing financial and logistical support to al-Qaeda.

Faisal Islamic Bank and Tadamon Islamic Bank: besides Shamil Islamic Bank, bin Laden used Faisal Islamic Bank and the Tadamon Islamic Bank (the second largest banking institution in Saudi Arabia) to channel terror funds. Tadamon's shareholders include Islamic Investment Company of the Gulf (Bahrain) (whose holding company is Dar Al Mal Al Islami) and several Gulf Islamic banks such as the Bahrain Islamic Bank, Kuwait Finance House, Dubai Islamic Bank and the National Company for Development and Trade of Khartoum (NCDTK). NCDTK is managed by local Muslim Brotherhood members and their party, the Sudanese National Islamic Front.

 Islamic Development Bank (IDB): has channeled UN funds to Hamas, as documented by bank records discovered in the West Bank and Gaza and from its donations to Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). According to a 1991 U.S. Library of Congress report on Sudan, the IDB also supported Faisal Islamic Bank.

IDB also controls the Al-Quds Fund and the Al-Aqsa Fund, which provide assistance to widows and families of Palestinian ‘martyrs’, amongst other financing of the jihad against Israel. In 2001 alone, the IDB transferred $538 million raised publicly in the Gulf.

Dallah-Al-Baraka Group: its subsidiary, Al Baraka Bank, provided bin Laden with financial infrastructure in Sudan and has also provided financial support and assistance to Hamas. The Russian Security Service has recorded Al Baraka Bank funneling zakat to personal foreign accounts of al-Qaeda field commanders. Additionaly, the Bosnian Intelligence Agency recorded that Al Baraka Bank helped transfer funds for bin Laden operations.

Dar-Al-Maal Al Islami (DMI): run by Prince Muhammad Al Faisal Al Saud and is central to the financing structure of Saudi's Wahhabist Islamist movement. DMI was involved in al-Qaeda financing through several subsidiaries, the Islamic Investment Company of the Gulf, Faisal Islamic Bank, Tadamon Islamic Bank and Shamal Islamic Bank. Unfortunately (5 days before Obama first visited Saudi), a proposed Supreme Court civil case by 9/11 relatives against Al Saud was deemed "unwarranted" by U.S. Solicitor General, Elena Kagan. She claimed the U.S. could not exercise personal jurisdiction over the Saudi princes. The case was "struck out" on sovereign immunity grounds.

 Al Aqsa Islamic Bank (AAIB): set up by Jordan Islamic Bank and Dallah-al-Baraka Group, AAIB was described as the “financial branch of Hamas” by American authorities. At the beginning of 2001, several anti-terrorist authorities from Israel visited Citibank’s headquarters in New York—al Asqa’s partner in the United States—to warn its directors of the nature of the bank’s activities.

Bait u Mal al Islami (BMI): based in New Jersey, BMI's founder Soliman Biheiri was called by U.S. federal prosecutors, the “US banker for the Muslim Brotherhood.” [16] In testimony before a U.S. Senate committee, former White House counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke said that BMI’s financial services were little more than a cover “to conceal terrorist support” and that its investor list “read like a who’s who of designated terrorists and Islamic extremists”. [15] BMI has funneled money to terrorist groups such as Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and Maktab ul Khedamat and worked closely with the Bank Al-Taqwa/Akida Bank network. They also had ties with other well-known terror sponsors including the Hamas top leader, Mousa Abu Marzouk (even after he was declared an internationally designated terrorist by the U.S. Government in 1995).

Dubai Islamic Bank: a defendant in a Philadelphia law suit where it is accused of funding terror networks including al-Qaeda. In 1999, the US State Department identified Dubai Islamic Bank as an institution moving al-Qaeda funds.

What about Western banks operating an Islamic window?

In "pure" Islamic banks, key decision makers (besides the Shariah advisers) are usually also sympathetic to the jihadist cause, and thus there may be additional risk being natural Islamist institutions. However, even Western banks with an Islamic finance unit must donate extensively to Islamic charities, the choosing of which is at their Shariah board's discretion.

All banks are about one thing, money, and we have seen recently Barclays, ABN Amro, Credit Suisse and Lloyds being fined massively for evading sanctions and masking the origin of payments from places like Iran and Sudan. [3] If there's a dollar to be made out there, don't expect your life or future to be a consideration for Western banks. They wont think twice about Islamic charity donations to secure or comply with a deal, curry favour and make money.

To be clear, I'm not afraid to point out that Western banks can't be trusted either and many terror funders and facilitators have been conventional banks. Deutche, Citi and HSBC, to name a few, have already been exposed as hiring terror-supporting Sharia advisers like Usmani and Qaradawi and have been happy to let Islamists take control of their Islamic financing arms. I have discussed [here] how Western banks conduct no due diligence on the Shariah advisers they appoint and couldn't care less about their backgrounds until it becomes a PR issue.

As the very foundations, structures and contracts that form Islamic financing facilitate and demand provisioning of funds for Islamic charities, no bank (Western or Islamic) should be allowed to provide Sharia-compliant banking. At least that leaves a Western bank functioning in the conventional world, with less exposure to, and risk of, terror funding.

Australian context

Whilst I expect all Australian banks to eventually participate in Islamic finance, currently NAB and Westpac have been the most active, with ANZ also expressing interest. I recently wrote to NAB and Westpac requesting information on their approach to the issues raised in this article.

In my correspondence to Westpac I also included the following questions:

1. "The following statement is on Westpac's website:
We believe in respecting basic human rights in everything we do, and are therefore committed to and support:

• The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
• The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
• The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
• The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child "

This statement and paying money to Islamic charities contradict. Please advise which activity will be abandoned?

2. "The following statement is also on Westpac's website:
We believe we have a responsibility to support the democratic process and make sure governments are well informed of our activities. We are therefore committed to ensuring that any political donations we make are:
• Solely for the purpose of supporting the democratic process
• Lawful and properly recorded in our accounts
• Adequately disclosed in accordance with relevant electoral laws
• Not made where there can be any misrepresentation of their purpose.

As you would be well aware by now, Islam is not so much a religion but a political ideology whose objective is to overthrow democracy and impose Sharia law. Therefore, on the basis that Westpac must provide payments to Islamic charities and organisations by operating an Islamic Finance unit, will Westpac be informing the government of all donations it makes, will the first bullet point be removed from Westpac's website and will bullet points 2 through to 4 be strictly and properly complied with?"

Westpac did not respond.

I did receive a response from NAB saying they have not appointed a Shariah Board and have no involvement with funding Islamic charities. Good to hear, however Islamic finance is yet to be properly enabled in Australia (it should be though by late next year).

Even if NAB (or any bank) have not appointed their own Shariah Board, there may be greater risk because they could be outsourcing terror-funding. By this I mean that banks can use Shariah advisory consultants for a particular transaction or product (it may be a cheaper option than having your own board initially) and expect a number of "Sharia advisers for hire" from UAE and Malaysia to come on the scene. Additionally, banks will often participate in Islamic financings as part of a syndicate which includes an Islamic bank. The Islamic bank will be the "Investment Agent" and its Shariah Board will provide the fatwa (only 1 needed for the syndicate) and all other Shariah related services, including picking the Islamic charities. When marketing Islamic deals in secondary syndication, "who gave the fatwa" on Sharia compliance can also be important, and so even if an Australian bank has a Shariah Board but not a "respected and leading adviser" then it may wish to utilise one on a deal by deal basis.

The Australian bank may therefore have no idea where their Islamic charity donations are going (or that they're even giving them). And even if they do enquire, the complex laundering of donations makes it difficult to keep track of end beneficiaries. I doubt Australian banks could be trusted or are even knowledgeable enough to enquire and check the "Islamic charity" trails that they would be involved (directly or indirectly) with. They need to understand that Shariah advisers are unlikely to disclose everything and/or the charities have a talent for appearing clean anyway.

I urge every concerned citizen then to write to their bank, advise them of the risks.

And the Board of Taxation, who are taking submissions on their discussion paper for the tax treatment of Islamic finance, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . They are relevant, no tax parity treatment please unless participants take absolute measures to prevent terror funding. Submissions close 17 December 2010.

And write to Bill Shorten at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If we can't stop Islamic finance then demand of them:

  1. ASIO screening and monitoring of Shariah advisers.
  2. Full disclosure of Islamic charities and their beneficiaries by Islamic finance participants.
  3. Full transparency of all charity payments to the end beneficiary.
  4. That all charities must be Australian based and inclusive of all of the community (notwithstanding zakat rules).
  5. Practical and sector specific changes to anti-terror laws.

Why are they ignoring the risks?

There is no mistake, the risk of terror financing, even indirectly, from Islamic finance participants is real and needs to be addressed by the Australian Government. The fact that the issues (and FATF Guidelines and obligations under the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism) are being completely ignored though, and no analysis of the threat has been made, is outrageous.

The likely position is that the Government knows the dangers and are deliberately ignoring them to avoid offending Islamic sensitivities, votes and wallets, the sector will create jobs (so they claim but this questionable) and Australia needs the petrodollar capital. Yes, we keep hearing we need those petrodollars, end of story. In particular, our infrastructure needs are far greater than the current pool of capital available and as yet we have not seen the utilisation of Super funds or local bond markets develop as hoped. They're getting that money and it's much easier to call us racist, misinformed and paranoid instead.

However, this means the Government is prepared to sacrifice our sovereignty and put us in the hands of terrorists to get this funding. Add to that an ever increasing population and you have the vicious cycle of more petrodollars because we need more infrastructure because we have more people (particularly Muslims and thus we get more terrorists) and thus we need more petrodollars. What a future.

As a final note, be aware that any Australian who utilises an Islamic financial product (from an Islamic or Western bank) is funding terror, it's that simple. Senator Sherry's childish and ignorant insults to the contrary will haunt him for the rest of his life, as will the blood on his hands. Mr. Shorten, are you prepared for the same shame?


1. "Targeting Terrorist Financing – international cooperation and new regimes" Acharya and Arabinda, 2009
2. "TERRORISM FINANCING Roots and trends of Saudi terrorism financing" Jean-Charles Brisard, JCB Consulting 2002
3. "Barclays altered books to hide payments from Iran, Sudan, Cuba, Myanmar" The Australian, 17 August, 2010
4. “Terrorism, charities and diasporas” Biersteker & Eckert (eds) 2008
5. “Almost All Intifada Funds by Arab Donors Has Arrived” Arab News, 26 August 2001
6. "The United States and Italy Designate Twenty-Five New Financiers of Terror” U.S. Treasury Department, 29 August, 2002
7. "Alms for Jihad, Charity and Terrorism in the Islamic World" J. Millard Burr and Robert O. Collins
8. "The Globalization of Terror Funding" Gil Feiler, September 2007
9. "The new dimension of international terrorists" Stefan M. Aubrey
10. Financial Action Task Force "Guidance on the Risk-Based Approach to Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing" June 2007, pg 2
11. "Funding Evil – How terrorism is financed – and how to stop it" Rachael Ehrenfeld, 2005.
12. "Sleeping with the enemy" Loretta Napoleoni
[Author Note: whilst Loretta Napoleoni has established a reputation for investigating terror financing, she supports Islamic finance on the grounds ihat it is based on "Sharia principles")
13. The Investigative Project on Terrorism
14. Demystifying Islamic Finance: Correcting Misconceptions, Advancing Value Propositions", Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (ZICO), 2010
16. "Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad" Matthew Levitt, Dennis Ross, 2007

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History - Imperialism

Decisive Victory for the West

At this time of year, it is timely to remember one of the greatest victories of the west against the Islamic world. On the 7th October in 1571, Don Juan and the Holy League, led by Admiral Doria, defeated the larger Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Lepanto, saving Europe from the Turks and militant Islam. The Holy League was a coalition of different armies - of the Republic of Venice, the Papacy (under Pope Pius V), Spain (including Naples, Sicily and Sardinia), the Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Savoy, the Knights Hospitaller and some others.

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Muslim Jerusalem

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History - Stolen Heritage

Jerusalem - Coat of ArmsWhy do Muslims insist that Jerusalem is their Holy City?
When Mohamed and his faithful followers moved from Mecca to Medina, they found themselves among three Jewish tribes/clans (BANU-L-NADIR, BANU KAINUKA and BANU KURAIZA)  which settled there some time after their expulsion from their homeland and also living there were  two Arab, pagan tribes.

Mohammed, who at this stage needed more followers, decided to win those tribes over and convert them to his newly invented religion.

Islam was yet not as fully developed as we know it today, and Mohammed was still having his sessions with Allah (the Medina period revelations).

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Killing of Banu Quraiza

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History - Imperialism

Did Prophet Muhammad order Killing Surrendered Jews of Banu Quraiza and Khaybar?  A historical Analysis

In the post 9/11 era of this modern-world, Islamists around the globe are busy with ‘damage control utopia’ in order to correct the image of religion Islam. We all know that the nucleus of Islam are: Quran, Hadiths (Sunnah) supported by Islamic histories and biographies recorded by various famous Islamic scholars and historians.

What Mecca?

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History - Early History

A great tragedy of the Islamic control of our universities and political correctness plus the fear of extreme violence if anyone dares question the roots and claims of Islam is ...that nobody dares question the roots and claims of Islam!!!  I want to stimulate interest and offer this summary of information on Mecca from (LINK) which discusses some problems with Muslim claims in a comparison of evidence supporting Islam/Christianity. 

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Yahweh or Hubal

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FlagThere is a very strongly entrenched view among majority of Westerners today that the three main monotheistic religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam share one common God and therefore despite the obvious differences, the core foundation of these three religions is the same. 

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