On May 6th, the Islamic charity Helping Hand is hosting an event in Marlborough, Massachusetts, fundraising for “children with disabilities.” Once again, however, a virtuous cause is sullied by the choice of speakers.
The preacher headlining the event is Mufti Hussain Kamani of the Qalam Institute. Kamani has called upon God to “reward the martyrs of Palestine.” And in a pamphlet titled, ‘The Prophetic Code,’ published by the Qalam Institute, Kamani cites Quranic verse and commentary, in which he tells Muslims: “do not resemble the Jews.” Parents are also advised to “beat” their children “if they do not [pray].”
In a talk titled ‘Sex, Masturbation and Islam,’ Kamani explains that a Muslim man must only fulfil his sexual desires “with his spouse…[or] with a female slave that belongs to him.”
Those who commit adultery or have sex outside of marriage, Kamani also states, must be “stoned to death.”
During another talk on ‘Rights Of A Wife In Islam,’ Kamani explains “how to deal with the women folk” and how Muslim husbands can “train their wives.” Beating women, Kamani advises, should only be a “last measure.”
One of the other speakers, Dr. Farhan Abdul Azeez, is also of concern. Azeez has published Facebook posts in support of Babar Ahmad, a Taliban fundraiser who ran a website advocating for jihad against the “infidels” and listing detailed instructions on sending funds to named Taliban officials in Pakistan. The U.S. government also claimed that Ahmad was linked to a Chechen terror leader “who participated in, among other things, the planning of the Moscow theater attack in October 2002,” in which 120 civilians were killed.
Azeez has also disseminated sermons warning of the violent, fiery consequences of committing adultery; and opinion pieces that condemn the “hypocrisy of the West” for “ignoring the context” of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Helping Hand may not itself be all that innocent. In 2013, counter-terrorism analysts noted that the charity 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.”