Consider the accusations before giving to this group
Americans who unselfishly opened their wallets to aid victims of the recent California wildfires may unwittingly have contributed to an alleged far darker cause, in my opinion.
Islamic Relief USA is the North American branch of Islamic Relief Worldwide, a nonprofit organization based in the United Kingdom.
Some of IRW’s offices have been accused of having funding ties to IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, an alleged Hamas front organization based in Turkey, and donations to Islamic Relief’s USA office are routed through Turkey, according to the Washington-based nonprofit organization Clarion Project.
Islamic Relief Worldwide was founded by Dr. Hany El Banna, who in an interview claimed to be an ardent admirer of Muslim Brotherhood leader and radical Sayyid Qutb, whose teachings are said to have inspired Osama bin Laden.
Essam El Haddad, a former assistant to former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, co-founded Islamic Relief Worldwide. He is currently confined to Al-Aqrab prison for his reported role in an attempted coup d’etat.
In 2015, the Egyptian government warned on its official website that Muslim Brotherhood operatives inside the U.S. were posing as civil rights and social service officials.
Some of IRW’s leaders appear in a list of alleged Muslim Brotherhood operatives published in an Egyptian newspaper in 2013, and translated on the Clarion Project’s website. Among them are:
• Ahmad Esmat El Bendary, former chairman and CEO of Islamic Relief USA (1993-2006) and past president of the Muslim American Society, which was identified as an “overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States,” by federal prosecutors in a 2007 court filing (U.S. vs. Sabri Benkahla);
• Dr. Mohamed Amr Attawia, former vice president of the Muslim American Society and current board member of Islamic Relief USA who was allegedly listed in a 1992 phone directory as director of New England’s Muslim Brotherhood; and
• Khalid Lamada, current chairman of Islamic Relief USA who formerly served as a co-chairman of the national convention of the Islamic Circle of North America, which has also been accused of having ties to terrorism, though ICNA rejects them.
Edward C. Davenport, Drum Point