Friday, April 08, 2005

US Muslim Council Formed to Protect Charities

Responding to the shutdown and restrictions on the Islamic charities and non-profit groups in the United States, US Muslims announced the formation of the National Council of American Muslims Non-Profits in an effort to develop a comprehensive oversight mechanism ensuring transparency and protection for the Muslim institutions in the country. Since the 9-11 attacks, the United States has been putting pressures on Muslim countries to clamp down on Islamic charities under the pretext that they were channeling funds to terrorists and extremists, a charge vehemently dismissed by many charities. The charities have complained that restrictions were affecting their work to reach out to the Muslim poor and needy. In August, 2003, thousands of Palestinian orphans and destitute families took to the streets of Palestinian cities to protest freezing the bank accounts of 18 charities suspected of having links with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.


At April 10, 2005 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do they need all those charities for? Not the deal out money after the tsunami anyway. I think one could close down any charity of Muslim-origin that did not send money to the tsunami victims, simply because that should be proof enough that those organisations are no real charities.


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