What do Caribou Coffee, Church’s Chicken, J. Jill, and PODS Moving and Storage have in common?
They are all owned by Muslim Brotherhood-linked Arcapita Bank (formerly known as First Islamic Investment Bank).
Unlike most banks, Arcapita boasts a “spiritual advisor”–none other than Hamas-linked terrorist Youssef al-Qaradawi. Qaradawi, you’ll remember, is the current spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. He was exiled from Egypt under Mubarak, but now he’s b-a-a-ack, thanks to U.S. support of the “Arab Spring”.
Sheik Youssef al-Qaradawi
This is the same Qaradawi who has defended Hitler, pushed for Islamic countries to acquire nuclear weapons for use in jihad, and confirmed that chopping off hands for stealing–as taught by Muhammad (Qur’an 5.38)–can be re-introduced into the “new” Egypt at a later date, as Egyptians learn to submit to orthodox shari’a.
Arcapita, presumably short for “Arab Capital”, buys and sells businesses at a profit. The current list of their holdings is available in their 2011 annual statement (pages 12-13). (If there’s no “exit date” listed, they still own that company.)
Arcapita is based in Bahrain, but it’s U.S. HQ is in Atlanta. First Islamic Investment Bank changed its name to Arcapita in 2005, after the Qaradawi connection went public. They had tried “Crescent Capital” for their American branch, but apparently decided the Islamic link was still too obvious with that moniker. Muslims know that Islam is not selling well in the West; they are careful to conceal Islamic ties with name-changes so consumers cannot connect the dots to brand names or distinguish between products that fund terrorism and those that do not.
Arcapita’s spiritual advisor serves on the bank’s “Shari’ah Supervisory Board” (see p. 113) to ensure that all financial transactions are shari’a-compliant, or SCF. What does SCF include? That varies somewhat depending on which Islamic legal school one is consulting, but always bans anything involving “gambling, alcohol, pornography, dealing in pork products, or interest payments.”
Although Qaradawi no longer serves on that board–he resigned shortly after his involvement with Arcapita went public–it is clear that the firm’s allegiance to Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood remains the same. One of the board’s four members, Muhammad Usmani, is involved with both the Islamic Society of North America see p.62)
and the Islamic Circle of North America (see p. 40), both MB front groups. In 2010, Dow Jones dropped Usmani as an Islamic Index advisor when it discovered his terrorist connections.
Three of the four members belong to the Islamic Fiqh Academy, also MB. When it comes to Islam, connections to terrorist networks are never far away.
The Shari’a Board ensures Arcapita’s compliance with Islamic law. Shari’a is the total package–state, religion, finance, dress code, and social mores all rolled into one. As a former Muslim Brotherhood leader put it, “Islam is . . . a practical way of life for all mankind”, “divinely-ordained” that provides a “total view of the universe” (Sayyid Qutb, Milestones Loca 1028, 640, 1145, 1174, 1135, 270).
That “way of life” dominates all Muslim business dealings and may explain why Obama’s aides often meet with lobbyists–many of them Muslim–at Caribou across from the White House. Meeting off-site ensures that the FBI and Secret Service are not privy to these trysts and MB visitors won’t be recorded on the official White House log books. If you can support a jihadi business at the same time, why not?
How do Arcapita and the Muslim Brotherhood fund terrorism? Through voluntary as well as obligatory financial donations to terrorist causes and networks. One of the five mandatory pillars of Islam (six if you count jihad) is zakat, loosely translated as alms given to help poor Muslims or to advance the cause of Islam. The Qur’an specifies that every Muslim–except those who are infirm or indigent (Qur’an 48.17, 9.91-93)–has an obligation to participate in jihad, and they can do this in one of several different ways: as a shahid (human bomb), by devoting themselves to religious studies and convincing others to become “martyrs” (Qur’an 9.122), or by supporting mass murder via material and financial donations (Qur’an 8.74, 4.85). Take a wild guess as to which option is most popular with living Muslims.
Since zakat is obligatory anyway, why not make that your official jihad contribution? The positive reinforcement side of paying zakat promises Muslims a home in Paradise (Qur’an 27.3), while neglecting to pay it reserves a place in hell just for you (Qur’an 63.9-11).
The amount of zakat varies by country–anywhere from 2.5-20% of all taxable assets. The method of collecting zakat also differs. Some Islamic countries levy zakat as a tax; in others, its collection and distribution may be regulated by the state but the amount given is determined by the donor. In non-Islamic countries, zakat is often donated to a Muslim “charity” of choice or collected by the local mosque for redistribution.
Businesses in Islamic countries are expected to meet this religious requirement by providing major financial support for various charities. And how does Arcapita fulfill its obligation? By “Setting aside a percentage of net income each year [zakat], the Bank seeks out projects with a particular focus on education, healthcare and social welfare . . . the Bank is committed to an active program of social investment . . . The Bank also contributes to a range of educational programs and academic research around the world.”
Well, that certainly sounds impressive–who wouldn’t support education, healthcare, and social welfare? Who would suspect that such laudable goals would be linked to jihad? Anyone who has a nodding acquaintance with taqiyya and the Qur’an.
The rules of zakat stipulate that it be given only to Muslims (Reliance of the Traveller h8.24). Charity to kuffar would be tantamount to aiding and abetting the enemy. Consequently, the benefactors of Arcapita’s donations are Muslim organizations in Bahrain, Muslim students intent on spreading Islam in the West, and endowments for Muslim professors and shari’a finance research at Harvard, Columbia, and Duke universities. That’s the Muslim Brotherhood way of saying that Arcapita indoctrinates kuffar in Islam on some of our most liberal and prestigious campuses.
There’s a bit of silver lining to this story. Arcapita filed for bankruptcy in March. In October, a judge approved a bankruptcy loan, but Church’s Chicken, J. Jill, and the rest may not be Islamic much longer.
It would be nice to think that increasing public awareness and boycott of jihad finance is the root cause of the bankruptcy. In reality, it’s difficult for those outside Arcapita’s inner circle to determine why the bank is failing. One thing we do know: the strictures of SCF pose problems for would-be investors in the best of times, especially kuffar businessmen. Because SCF does not permit charging interest on loans made to Muslims, yields for the average investor may be abnormally low. It also means Arcapita may not have ready access to some assets. The logistics of shari’a compliance may scare off Western investors, not to mention the general global recession. Whatever the reason, we can count this as an early Christmas gift for those of us who shudder when U.S. dollars are converted into the murder of our countrymen.
Like most Islamic organizations, Arcapita is savvy enough to re-define its jihad donations as “social causes”–a phrase worshipped by the liberal West. The bank prides itself in ” . . . a sense of social responsibility in all of its business. This approach represents the basic requirements of Islamic principles . . .”
Well, not really, but that’s taqiyya at work.
“Social”–the magic “s” word–is imbued with the power to whitewash even the most diabolical schemes. The entire Western Hemisphere trumpets “social justice” without ever really defining it. Everyone from the Vatican to the UN to the Muslim Brotherhood brandishes the phrase with impunity. No one dares question truth or motive once “social justice” is invoked. Strange alliances are cropping up under the social banner, when in reality it’s merely a means to each group’s ultimate goal of world domination. Thanks to the historically unprecedented success of Western socialist propaganda, even the simplest financial transactions of buying or selling a product are now replete with “social” significance.
In the world of global finance, it may become increasingly difficult not to participate in jihad and other satanic causes. The complex network of international investment groups and subsidiaries facilitates in obscuring parent companies and their true goals. The new Shariah Finance Watch website, created just a year ago, continues to illuminate these nefarious connections, but it’s a web of endless mutations.
Today, every monetary decision comes preloaded with ideological baggage in today’s world. From a biblical perspective, this is part and parcel of the end times. The book of Revelation associates the mark of the beast with the ability to buy or sell in the last days of earth’s history (Rev 13.16-17). This same passage, contrary to the Democrat mantra, makes it clear that “the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves” may all be branded as supporters of the beast. It’s not just the fictional “one percenters”. No one is exempt from spiritual judgment; no one is immune to the influence of the beast–except for those who “keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus,” (Rev 12.17)–and we do so by His grace (Eph 2.8).
We would do well to consider the causes our money supports. When you buy that fried chicken or receive the next J. Jill catalogue at your home, remember to what activities your purchases may be contributing. The end of the world–and the ultimate triumph of God’s Kingdom–will be brought about through global finance, geopolitical machinations, and natural disasters. Although we cannot control the spiritual forces that wreak this havoc (Eph 6.12), we can decide now not to participate in evil causes. We can discipline ourselves to forego our favorites–and perhaps use some of those funds to support the Gospel instead.
Article by guest author,
Tea Party Activist