As I wrote here, if he really didn’t mean for it to fall into terrorist hands, it’s even worse: it shows that moderate Muslims have a hard time keeping from supporting terror even when they want to.
From the Herald Sun, with thanks to Susan:
Yusuf Islam, the British singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, has accepted that some of his charitable donations may have fallen into terrorist hands.
The singer was recently refused entry to the US on security grounds and amid claims he helped finance terrorism.
Yesterday he said he would never knowingly support terrorism, but admitted donated money could unwittingly go to terror groups.
“What happens sometimes (is that) even the Red Cross, UNICEF, the World Bank, must have been party to something illicit, but never knew about it,” he said. “It’s impossible for certain things, I suppose, not to happen, but . . . when you’re in the business of giving charity you can’t let that be a hindrance to making sure . . . that the people who do need it get it.”
Yusuf was barred from entering the US last month, after his flight from London to Washington was diverted to Maine. He was questioned by FBI officers and held overnight before being deported.