A Union of Good website has announced that the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) of Kuwait has launched a new website. According to the announcement:
The chairman of The International Islamic Charitable Organization(IICO)of Kuwait, Dr. Abdullah Al-Matouq has inaugurated the launching of the new electronic gate, in a step reflecting the IICO keenness to keep up with the development of the information technology systems, and with the aim of enhancing the noble and humanitarian role it plays worldwide. The launching ceremony was attended by The General Director of IICO, Dr.Sulaiman Shamsueddine , Director Deputy Eyad Al-Sharekh, and the computer department team, under the supervision of the information technology consultant,Dr.Othman Yousef Al-Hajji. Dr. Al-Matouq said that this electronic website will be an “ important media window” for IICO and its charitable projects in 136 countries worldwide , through audiovisual techniques , noting that this new website will be updated to complement the various programs and future systems of IICO, as well as to follow up the donors projects, and update orphans database and other issues. Dr. Al-Matouq added that the new website will always provide updated information to the donors and the interested foreign committees seeking support, starting from their registration date to be accredited by IICO, noting that all related information will be entered and processed in the website system, including all certificates and supporting documents to save time and efforts for all concerned parties. He explained that once any foreign charity or committee is approved illegible by IICO , then this committee may directly proceed to enter all required data about its projects that need support, noting that this method will facilitate reviewing and studying these projects by concerned committees of IICO and take prompt decisions. “
As noted in a previous post, the IICO celebrated it 25th anniversary in May of 2010.
The IICO lists branches in the Middle East, Africa, Russia, and Central Asia and as late as 2008, the U.S. IICO branch was listed at the same address in Herndon, Virginia as the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. An earlier post reported that the directors and advisors of IIIT attended a general Assembly meeting of the IICO.
The IICO’s Palestine Charity Committee sends its funds through “zakat committees” in the Palestinian territories, many of which are linked to Hamas. The Swiss office of the Islamic “charity” Human Appeal is also registered at the same address in Geneva as the IICO. Human Appeal has also been linked to Hamas funding and is one of the members, along with the IICO, of the Union of Good. The Union of Good is a worldwide coalition of charities headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi which has been designated as a terrorist entity by the U.S. and Israel in connection with its funding of Hamas. Three individuals affiliated with the Swiss IICO branch were also associated with the now defunct Al Taqwa Bank, founded and operated by Muslim Brotherhood leaders Youssef Nada and Ali Ghaleb Himmat.
IICO Deputy Chairman Abdullah Omar Nasseef has held many important positions in Saudi Arabia including serving as Vice-President of the Kingdom’s Shura Council, President of King Abdul Aziz University, and most importantly as Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) from 1983-1993. Dr. Naseef is also the President of the Muslim World Congress and the Secretary-General of the International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief (IICDR) which includes a large number of affiliated organizations, many of which are associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas fundraising, or support for Al Qaeda.