US media is reporting that Amazon has allowed its UK users to donate money to an extremist group founded and let by individuals close to the UK Muslim Brotherhood. According to a Fox News report:
October 9, 2018 Amazon has allowed its U.K. users to donate money to a group whose key figure has espoused hardline Islamist beliefs described as “misogynistic, racist and homophobic” and called for a global Islamic caliphate, the Times of London reported Monday.
The Muslim Research and Development Fund (MRDF) is one of several groups that have received donations through Amazon Smile, which launched in the U.K. last year. Under the program, shoppers can select an organization which will receive 0.5 percent of the purchase price of Amazon products.
Haitham al-Haddad, the MRDF’s founder and former chairman, has been called “one of the most dangerous men in Britain” by the counter-extremist Quilliam Foundation due to his adherence to the Salafi movement within Sunni Islam. Terror groups such as Al Qaeda have embraced Salafism’s tenants of jihad across the world.
Amazon has allowed its U.K. users to donate money to the Muslim Research and Development Fund, a group whose key figure has espoused beliefs described as “misogynistic, racist and homophobic,” according to a report. According to the Times, while Haddad has criticized terrorist attacks against “innocent civilians,” he also has stated that Muslims ultimately will conquer “the enemies of Islam” and establish a regime that will deploy the death penalty for adultery and refusing to follow the Muslim faith.
“I have received so many requests from western women who committed adultery,” the Times quoted Haddad as saying in 2012. “They were begging me to help them to find a way to a Muslim country to be stoned to death.” Spokesmen for Haddad previously have said that his statements were taken out of context.
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In 2015, the GMBDW reported that Jamil Rashid, a director of the Muslim Research and Development Foundation, was also a leader of YouElect, one of two UK organizations ostensibly organized to foster British Muslims involvement and voting in elections. That post also identified Ismail Patel as the director of YouElect. Mr Patel is the head of the UK-based Friends of Al-Aqsa, described in an Israeli intelligence report as a pro-Hamas British organization based in Leicester which advocates Israel’s elimination.
Also in 2015, we reported that Haitham Haddad had joined with two UK Muslim Brotherhood leaders and a leader of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain as signatories to a statement “in respect to the ongoing demonisation of Muslims in Britain. Other GMBDW reporting has noted that Haddad has been a featured speaker for the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), an umbrella grouping of most major university Islamic societies in the U.K. A 2008 report by the Center for Social Cohesion outlined the ties of FOSIS to the Muslim Brotherhood.