AMSTERDAM “” The Dutch government faces questions on why it did not act earlier against a Muslim charity which has been accused of supporting terrorism.
On Wednesday, US and Saudi Arabian officials announced a joint crackdown on Muslim charities they accuse of aiding Islamic terrorists.
One of the groups singled out, al-Haramain, is active in the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. The US media has reported that al-Haramain is suspected of supporting terrorism, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
Perhaps it is because religion and politics are entwined in jihad ideology.
Al-Haramain shares a postal address in Amsterdam with the El Tawheed mosque.
The mosque has been at the centre of a controversy for some time and Shershaby has been accused of preaching hate against the west and claiming non-Muslims will burn in hell.
There was a media storm in April this year when it was reported the mosque was selling books advocating female circumcision and husbands beating their wives.
Mosque board member Farid Zaari has confirmed a member of the El Tawheed board is also a spokesperson for the charity al-Haramain. The building of the mosque was partly funded by a loan from the charity.