American Muslim Cleric Releases Video: 44 Ways of Supporting Jihad

Our Jihadist enemies sometimes can be very upfront about their intentions and methods. This is true in the financial arena, just as it is true in violent jihad. We have seen this pointed out twice in recent blog posts on Shariah Finance Watch (SFW).
On May 7th, SFW pointed out that Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi had confirmed that charitable payments known as zakat payments (sometimes spelled zakah) were indeed meant to support violent jihad. That story is here.
On April 12th, SFW posted a very similar report from another prominent Saudi scholar. That story can be found here.
Now we have another confirmation of zakat payments for jihad from Anwar Al-Awlaki himself. Al-Awlaki is an American Muslim cleric born in New Mexico who fled to Yemen in the wake of 9/11 after it was discovered that he was an al Qaeda operative. Since then, he has been tied to the Jihadi who killed two U.S. Army soldiers outside a Little Rock, Arkansas recruiting office last summer, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan (the Fort Hood shooter) and the Nigerian underwear bomber, who attempted to detonate a bomb in an airliner in the skies over Detroit on Christmas Day.
Al-Awlaki has released a video called “The 44 Ways of Supporting Jihad.”
Ways 3 through 9 deal specifically with financial jihad and zakat and is important to Americans because many front groups that collect charitable donations for terrorist organizations still exist here in America. One of the more famous charitable institutions operating in America was the Holy Land Foundation (HLF). On November 24, 2008, after seven days of deliberation and six weeks of testimony, a jury convicted HLF and five of its leaders on charges of providing material support to Hamas.
We are posting the 44 ways in case the video is taken down:
1. Having the Right Intention
2. Praying to Allah to award you with martyrdom
3. Jihad with your wealth
4. Fundraising for the mujahideen
5. Financing a Mujahid
6. Taking care of the family of Mujahid
7. Sponsoring the family of a shaheed
8. Sponsoring the familiies of the prisoner of war
9. Paying your zakah to the mujahideen
10. Contributing to the medical needs of the mujahideen
11. Providing Moral suppport and encouragement for the mujahideen
12. Defending the mujahideen and standing up for them
13. Fighting the lies of the Western Media
14. Exposing the hypocrites
15. Encouraging others to fight Jihad
16. Protecting the mujahideen and preserving their secrets
17. Praying for the mujahideen
18. Following the news of Jihad and spreading it
19. Spreading the writings of the mujahideen and their scholars
20. The issuance of fatwas supporting the mujahideen
21. Providing the scholars and Imams with information and news about the mujahideen
22. Physical fitness
23. Arms training
24. First aid training
25. Learning the fiqh of Jihad
26. Protecting the mujahideen and supporting them
27. Developing the Aqeedah of Walaa’ and Baraa’
28. Fulfilling our responsibilities towards the Muslim POW
29. WWW Jihad
30. Raising our children on the love of Jihad and the Mujahideen
31. Avoiding the life of luxury
32. Learning skills that would benefit the mujahideen
33. Joining groups that work for Jihad
34. Spiritual preparation
35. Guiding others to the scholars of truth
36. Preparing for Hijrah
27. Giving naseehah to the mujahideen
38. Studying the hadiths of fitan
39. Exposing Pharoah and his magicians
40. Nasheeds
41. Boycotting the economy of the enemy
42. Learning Arabic
43. Translating Jihad literature into other language
44. Teaching others about the characteristics of al-Ta’ifah al-Mansoorah
Here is the video:
You may, of course draw your own conclusions, but it is clear that zakat, or charitable payments, can be used, and are being used, to fund terrorist activities throughout the world. Contributing Editor Christopher Holton is a Vice President with the Center for Security Policy. He can be reached at He is also the editor of the website Shariah Finance Watch.

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