“The Jamaatud Dawa (JD) is ignoring a government ban on militants and continuing to collect donations for jihad. The federal government recently banned three organisations for violating the prohibition to collect money for jihad. But the JD, which was put on a watch list, continues its fund collection.” This from Gulf News in Dubai.
Why would they do that? From whom do they expect to raise funds? Doesn’t the vast majority of UAE citizens reject the principles of radical Islam?
“In Lahore, the JD has several camps in Chauburji, Samanabad, Allama Iqbal Town, Shadman and Baghbanpura. Ramadan is a good time for jihadi groups and seminaries to get donations as a large number of Muslims pay their Zakat (annual charity) and Fitrana (poor dues related to the Eid feast). Many jihadi leaders have visited Lahore this month to boost donation campaigns.
“The chief of the now banned Tehrik-e-Khuddamul Islam, Maulana Masood Azhar, Jamiatul Furqan chief Mau-lana Abdullah Shah Mazhar, Al Rasheed Trust’s Qari Mansoor, too, have visited mosques, seminaries and industrial areas to collect funds, but the JD seems to be the only group to have set up camps.
“The camps sell JD publications, posters, stickers and other material. ‘Help the Mujahideen with your money. They are defending your ideological and national frontiers with their blood,’ says one poster.”