Australian Islamic “Charity” Investigated For Islamic State Links

You may know some Muslims and they may be very nice people but you won’t know Islam unless you study its primary sources, history and doctrine.

I don’t claim to be an expert on Islam but I do claim to be both an expert in biblical, Christian theology and someone who has been studying Islam for the best part of a decade. The implication is that I am well equipped to see the striking differences between the claims of Christianity and Islam, as well as the disturbing contradictions between the competing sources of Islam; the Qur’an, the Hadith (the traditions of Mohammed) and his biography, the Sira. Simply, primary sources, history, and doctrine carry more weight with me than the sentiment of knowing “really kind Muslim friends.”

History tells us that Muslims across 14 centuries are responsible for an estimated 270,000,000 death toll by jihad – hardly the fruit of a peaceful cultural, political, and religious system.

More and more of that bad fruit is starting to show in Australia, where Muslims comprise a very small minority at about 2% of our 24,000,000 population.

Here is the latest disturbing but unsurprising case:

Members of an Australian charity are under investigation for alleged links to Islamic State (IS).

The charity, Dar al Quran wa Sunnah, was set up to help Syrian orphans, but it has come under scrutiny from Lebanese authorities after the arrest of one of its members, Ibrahim Barakat, in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on May 2.

Barakat appeared before a military court in Lebanon on Friday. He faces charges of fundraising for jihadists, recruiting for IS and fighting against the Lebanese army.

The ABC understands two other dual Australian-Lebanese members of the Sydney-based charity are under investigation in relation to the fundraising charges.

Susan Pascoe, the commissioner for Australia’s charity watchdog Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), said the allegations against Barakat of fundraising for jihadists and recruiting for IS would “absolutely” trigger an investigation.

“That would be a very serious matter and, I might add, that would be a matter not only of interest to the ACNC, but the intelligence and security agencies,” she said.

For large-scale investigations, ACNC cooperates closely with financial intelligence agency the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), as well as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

The AFP declined to confirm or deny whether Dar al Quran wa Sunnah was under investigation.

Lebanese national arrested allegedly heading to Turkey

Barakat, a Lebanese national, was arrested when he allegedly attempted to leave Tripoli for Turkey with $US7,100, using a false name.

Turkey is a common entry point to areas controlled by IS in Syria.

Security sources have alleged Barakat is the religious leader for IS in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli and accused him of recruiting for the group.

He also featured in a video thanking Australians for their donations towards Ramadan food packs distributed in northern Lebanon last year.

The charity is registered with the ACNC and continues to fundraise in Australia for its operations in Tripoli, Turkey and Bangladesh.

Adnan Baradaaji, a dual Australian-Lebanese citizen, is listed on the ACNC website as the charity’s president and lives in Sydney.

Lebanese security sources said he was also known as Adnan Baradei and was under investigation.

Ahmad Taleb, the lawyer representing Barakat, said Mr Baradaaji was frequently mentioned in Barakat’s file.

Mr Taleb told the ABC that Mr Baradaaji had sent money to Barakat for a long time, but it was unknown whether that money was legitimately used for the purposes of aid, or if any of the money was used to fund jihadist activities.

Mr Baradaaji declined repeated requests by the ABC for an interview but said Barakat was innocent, and maintained his charity did not support terrorism.

The charity has no known office in Australia but operates one branch in the poor Lebanese neighbourhood of Quibbi in Tripoli.

Facebook page provides insight into charity

The English Facebook page of the charity regularly posts images of the group handing out aid in Tripoli, Lebanon, but its Arabic Facebook page makes regular references to martyrs who have died fighting in Syria.

One post, uploaded in 2013, features Osama bin Laden with the caption “of the faithful men”.

A post from the Arabic Facebook page of Dar al Quran wa Sunnah, showing Osama bin Laden.

The group was seen in June raising funds from a shopping centre in the south-western Sydney suburb of Bankstown, asking interested individuals to give their bank details for regular direct debits.

It is not known how much money the charity has raised in Australia, with the majority of their fundraising thought to happen online.

The charity has been operating since December 2012 and is due to submit its first financial statement with ACNC in January next year.

Ten Australian charities have had their charity status revoked as a result of an investigation in the past two years.

AUSTRAC said charities with off-shore connections are at risk of being misused by criminals.

Second dual citizen arrested

Security sources in Lebanon said one other member of the charity, a Sydney-based, dual Australian-Lebanese citizen, was arrested around the same time as Barakat.

He appeared before a military court and was charged with “funding jihadist groups”.

The dual-national was then moved to Lebanon’s central prison Roumiyeh with other jihadists.

About one month after his arrest, the man was released and it is understood he made his way directly to Australia and is thought to be living in Sydney.

Financing terrorism has been included in the Government’s proposed laws, which would see dual nationals stripped of their Australian citizenship if they engage in financing terrorist activities inside or outside Australia.

Barakat will appear again before the military court on November 11.

If convicted, the charges against Barakat carry a prison term of seven to 10 years.

It’s common for Muslims to say one thing to Westerners but something very different to their Middle Eastern audiences and this supposed “charity” represents just another case where this two-faced façade has been exposed:

The English Facebook page of the charity regularly posts images of the group handing out aid in Tripoli, Lebanon, but its Arabic Facebook page makes regular references to martyrs who have died fighting in Syria.

This may be surprising to some but it must not be any longer. It is necessary for the West to understand that Islam permits Muslims to lie to non-Muslims:

Muslims are allowed to lie to unbelievers in order to defeat them. The two forms are:

Taqiyya – Saying something that isn’t true.

Kitman – Lying by omission. An example would be when Muslim apologists quote only a fragment of verse 5:32 (that if anyone kills “it shall be as if he had killed all mankind”) while neglecting to mention that the rest of the verse (and the next) mandate murder in undefined cases of “corruption” and “mischief.”

Now, since it usually needs to be restated in the face of aggressive ad hominem, I am in no way saying that all Muslims are like this. Some are indeed very nice folk. But the Muslim don’t maketh the Islam; Islam maketh the Muslim.

So what I am saying is that if a Muslim practises Islam closely, as opposed to merely culturally identifying with Islam, then they are far more likely to practise Taqiyya, Kitman, and a whole host of dangerous and malicious behaviours that Islam, as practised by Mohammed himself, permits.

And here is one more disturbing but central tenant of Islam for consideration:

The third principle is duality, and is unique to Islam. As an example, here is a verse from the Koran:

109:2 I do not worship what you worship, and you do not worship what I worship. I will never worship what you worship, and you will never worship what I worship. You to your religion, me to my religion.

This sounds very tolerant, but this verse was written later:

9:5 When the sacred months are passed, kill the kafirs wherever you find them. Take them as captives, besiege them, and lie in wait for them with every kind of ambush. If they submit to Islam, observe prayer, and pay the poor tax, then let them go their way. Allah is gracious and merciful.

Now we have absolute intolerance. This contradiction is normal for the Koran and is even addressed in the Koran. The solution to contradiction is called abrogation where the later verse is better than the earlier verse.

The logic here is very important. Since Allah is perfect and the Koran is the exact words of Allah, then both contradictory verses are true, but the later verse is better or stronger. This leads to dualistic logic where two contradictory facts can both be true.

Even as a small minority here in Australia, we must know and understand that Islam is a force for Western destruction and we can all expect many more examples like this news article in the coming days.

Like all humanity, Muslims can repent and find salvation, healing and restoration in Jesus Christ. His love for them is far greater than well-meaning but ignorant Westerners.

Even today, many Muslims trapped in dangerous locations are being set free in Christ and dreams and visions of Jesus appearing to them are becoming commonplace. Praise the Lord!

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (‭John‬ ‭8‬:‭31-32‬ ESV)


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