One would have expected at least an attempt to answer some of the questions raised in our previous report. But it seems that these organisations -- IMANA, LaunchGood, Saiyed Foundation and so forth -- have decided to go ostrich. Instead, we observe some half-baked efforts at random updates on their ‘charities’.
Instead of giving any clarification and coming clean on the amount of money collected and its utilisation, following reactions were noted after the expose:
2. IMANA came up with a long list of ‘charities’ it had done with absolutely no details
3. IMANA President, after having made millions of dollars disappear, went to update his knowledge on Islamophobia
4. Saiyed Foundation thanked Ahmedabad Airport authorities for a consignment it claimed via Mumbai Port!
5. Saiyed Foundation and others locked their profiles on various social media platforms.
The plan seems to be that if they ignore the report and questions raised and instead resort to deflection, it will fade away from people’s mind and they would continue to do as they want. They probably have been advised so by their brethren, who have been exposed earlier.
It is therefore important that the report and questions raised in it remain in public consciousness till a satisfactory answer is not achieved. While virtually no help was received from India, given their linkages with terror groups and radical Islamists, it would be a very happy outcome if the money collected in the name of India was spent anywhere for social good.
Other alternatives are much worse. IMANA’s thread led us to LaunchGood, which led us to several such scams being run in the name of Covid in India. We found that several of these scammers have made it an industry, which is being run with impunity from the first world, despite having open associations with convicted war criminals, identified global terrorists and Pak establishment. An entire ecosystem of charity-fund collection has been created for terror financing and promoting radical ideologies – both as tools of state policy.
This second part of Covid Aid Scam 2021 deals with a similar ‘charity’ – which perhaps has even worse track record than IMANA.
Scam Alert: These organisations have been collecting funds from all over the world in the name of helping India during the Covid crisis. The only country they have not attempted to collect funds from is China! (‘All-weather friends understand each other well’.)
When we had started looking into IMANA’s activities, the single major point of interest was how an organisation with absolutely no presence on the ground and without the help of local partners in India was planning to extend help during the crisis.
Once we came across IMANA’s cover-up, it guided us to similar organisations – ‘international’ NGOs collecting funds for India but have no base in India. One of their most favoured platforms was LaunchGood. It led us to not one but scores of similar scams being carried out simultaneously.
It was revealed how the same set of people and organisations have created a well-oiled industry to exploit every crisis for fund collection.
It is important to note that these are not ‘Muslim organisations’ they claim to be – rather they are fraud organisations who exploit the Muslim community in particular, and the larger global population in general. Apart from the major natural calamities, most of their campaigns for fund collection revolve around Zakat donations (Islamic religious donations).
This fund is, however, utilised by an unholy nexus of terror groups – Pak army establishment – and a set of families who have been running these organisations for generations. The same set of people keep circulating from one organisation to another. Feeding on the donation of common people, including large section of Muslim population, these families enjoy lavish lifestyle in the developed world – the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. These organisations exemplify a unique combination of feudalism and nepotism – all in the name of charity!
One such group detailed in this part is – Muslim Aid.
Chapter 1: Deaths of Intellectuals and Birth of a Charity
Bangladesh’s 1971 War of Liberation is also a story of one of the largest genocides perpetrated on a civilian population. This genocide was also notorious for a particular cruelty that Pakistan Army and its collaborators inflicted on their own population – that is eliminating the entire intellectual leadership of soon-to-be Bangladesh.
Also known as the killings of Bangalee intellectuals of 1971, the Pakistan Army and their local collaborators, most notably extreme right wing Islamist militia group Al-Badr, engaged in the systematic execution of pro-liberation Bangalee intellectuals, which was declared a war crime.
As Philip Hensher (February 19, 2013) wrote in “The war Bangladesh can never forget” for The Independent, as the war neared its end, a final effort was made to kill as many intellectuals as possible, to eliminate the future leaders of the new nation of Bangladesh.
As per Banglapedia, over 1000 of Bangladesh’s intellectuals, including professors, journalists, doctors, artistes, engineers and writers, were killed. Many of them were abducted from their homes in Dhaka by the Al-Badr militia and the Pakistan Army. They were taken blindfolded to torture cells in Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Rajarbagh and other locations in different parts of the city. Later, they were executed en-masse, most notably at Rayerbazar and Mirpur.
Subsequently, a special court in Dhaka in 2013 sentenced the former leaders of the ‘Al-Badr killing squad’ to death in absentia for this war crime – Ashrafuz Zaman Khan (US) and Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin (UK).
Fast Forward to UK: One of the war criminals, having links with Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in Pakistan and Bangladesh, escapes to London and joins a charity organisation – Muslim Aid. He becomes the chairman of Muslim Aid and remains trustee/Board Member in various fronts of Muslim Aid, His name is Mueen-Uddin Chowdhury, former Al Badr leader.
Over the years, Muslim Aid has expanded its branches in several countries such as the USA, Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bosnia and Sweden. However, not all were oblivious to their past and Muslim Aid has been banned in Bangladesh and Israel for its terror links, whereas Spain accused Muslim Aid for funding Mujahideen fighters in Bosnia.
It is therefore no surprise that Muslim Aid was also one of the ‘charities’ that were collecting funds in the name Covid-19 crisis in India. The fund was being collected through not one but at least three of its fronts – Muslim Aid (UK), Muslim Aid Australia and Muslim Aid USA.
Name: Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin
Born: November 27, 1948
Education: Masters in Bengali Language, Dhaka University
Profession: Journalist & Head of Al-Badr
Notoriety: Killed 18 Bangalee intellectuals during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. Led Islamic riots in the UK against Salman Rushdie's book in 1989.
Organisations: Muslim Aid (Chairman and Board member), Islamic Forum of Europe (Europe wing of Jamaat-e-Islami), Founder, Muslim Council of Britain (influenced by Islamic Forum of Europe), Islamic Foundation- Director (1995-2005) and Leader of Islamic Chhatra Sangha (Jamaat-e-Islami).