Extremism & Terror

Helping Hand Charity Promotes Hardline Cleric

13892154_10153643730307257_551476245491877885_nFrom August 19-21, the Islamic cleric Sulaiman Hani is speaking at four events throughout New England organized by Helping Hand, a prominent Islamic charity.

Hani is a hardline cleric, who writes that “‘Freedom of speech’ is a facade of a tool that is used inconsistently by those in power.” It is used, he claims, to stifle “objective discussion” of the “Holocaust and Jews”. Those who question the Holocaust, he claims, are “labeled as Anti-Semites, or ‘inciters of hate speech.'”

Hani also promotes 9/11 conspiracy theories – he notes “the very strange collapse of building 7” and “the arguments about the actual perpetrators of 9/11 (and the plethora of evidence on both sides of the debate).” He concludes that “this smokescreen of a ‘war on terror’ has continuously been exposed as a war on Islam multiple times.”

He warns Muslims against even looking at women, claiming that “lowering your gaze” will provide “insight” – the “opposite of that is the blindness which Allaah attributed to the homosexuals.”

Hani frequently presents shows on Huda TV, an Islamic television station that hosts prominent extremist clerics. Huda TV’s website hosts articles claiming there is a “huge conspiracy” against Muslims organised by the Jews and Christians, who are the “enemies of Islam.”

Huda TV describe two prominent Islamic preachers, Abdullah Hakim Quick and Abu Usamah at-Thahibi, as its “stars”. Quick calls upon God to “clean and purify Al-Aqsa from the filth of the Yahood [Jews]” and claims that “AIDS is caused by the filthy practices of homosexuals.” Thahabi, according to a report published by the Centre for Social Cohesion, “advocates holy war in an Islamic state; preaches hatred against non-Muslims; that apostasy and homosexuality are punishable by death; and that women are inferior to men.”

As for Hani, he uses his program on Huda TV to claim that the “kuffar” [non-Muslims] and “disbelievers” will suffer the “abode of hellfire. … This is what they gathered from their evil.” He states that “the disbelievers, these are the evil people. … they will be beaten and hammered and turned to dust and then returned back. They will be given a bed of fire, full of darkness.” Those who commit adultery, Hani continues, will be “put in a pit of fire.”

It is perhaps not particularly surprising that Helping Hand would promote someone like Suleiman Hani. In May 2016, Helping Hand organized an event with Hussain Kamani, a cleric who tells Muslims to “not resemble the Jews”; advises parents to “beat” their children “if they do not [pray]”; and advocates the use of female sex slaves.

In 2013, counter-terrorism analysts noted that Helping Hands was financially linked to “the Al-Khidmat Foundation, a Pakistani charity which gave a 6 million rupee check to Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in 2006.”

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