Suckers for Sharia Finance

This pig will never fly, no matter how much lipstick they put on it:

Sharia-compliant banking products a ‘huge flop’ in Britain

Junaid Bhatti, part of the team that set up Islamic Bank of Britain, the first Sharia-compliant bank approved by the Financial Services Authority, says that the sector has been a big disappointment.

As we now approach the sixth anniversary of IBB’s launch, I’m sad to finally have to admit that Islamic finance in the UK has been a huge flop,” he said. “IBB may still be limping on as probably the last bastion of the cause, but it’s difficult to imagine it holding out for much longer.”    The Wall Street Journal has the story>>>

Sharia finance and Australia

Australian Assistant Treasurer Senator Nick Sherry

Australian official promises “steps to ensure Islamic finance is enabled”

by Bill Muehlenberg/Quadrant Online

June 10, 2010

All over the Western world governments are bending over backwards to accommodate sharia finance. This is an interest-free (?) banking and finance system which Muslims want to have run in Western nations as a parallel economic stream.

The UK leads the world in this, but Australia and other nations are seeking to get their share of the action. Consider a speech made by Australian Assistant Treasurer Senator Nick Sherry on April 27 in Doha, Qatar. He told his Muslim audience how keen Australia is to embrace sharia finance.

Let me quote a portion of Sherry’s speech:

On 15 January this year, the Government released the final report of this process, known as the Australia as a Financial Centre (or the Johnson Report). The report concluded that Australia has arguably the most efficient and competitive financial sector in the Asia-Pacific region, but there are further opportunities to expand our exports and imports of financial services.

And it made a range of important recommendations, including specific steps to ensure Islamic finance is enabled in Australia. And that’s exactly what I now want to address. The competitiveness of Australia’s financial services sector offers great opportunities for Islamic banks and financial institutions to do business in our country, or to export their products to Asia from a strong, stable and extremely well regulated regional base.

It, of course, also presents opportunities for Australian-based banks and financial institutions to develop Islamic or Shariah-compliant finance products for domestic and international markets. Australia is well aware of the potential for Islamic finance in developing our nation as a financial services centre. The Financial Centre Report I just mentioned includes two specific recommendations on Islamic finance.

First, the Report recommends the removal of regulatory barriers to the development of Islamic finance products in Australia. Secondly, the Report calls for an inquiry by the Board of Taxation into whether Australian tax law needs to be amended to ensure that Islamic financial products have parity of treatment with conventional products.

It is with great pleasure I can confirm today here in Qatar that as the first major instalment in the Government’s response to this landmark Report, I have directed the Board of Taxation to undertake a comprehensive review of Australia’s tax laws to ensure that, wherever possible, they do not inhibit the expansion of Islamic finance, banking and insurance products.

Australia’s decision means we will be among the first OECD countries to conduct this kind of system-wide review and it will mean we are among the very first to get all the tax settings right. I know the United Kingdom has acted on a few discrete areas, but the review I am announcing is thoroughly comprehensive.

Islamic finance is a rapidly growing part of the global financial system and Australia is in an excellent position to capitalise on that growth, but we have to ensure our tax system doesn’t unnecessarily prevent that from happening. Today’s announcement is major step in ensuring that we get the settings right.”

Unenlightened Rubbish from Rushdi Siddiqui, Gulf News:

Enlightened Islamic bankers and scholars have been commenting for nearly a generation on the need to delink from the interest based economies and its reference rates. (Siddiqui tries to sell IF  as a replacement ideology …../ed)

Australia like other Western nations wants to gain financially from such moves, but it seems unaware that it is in fact cutting its own throat. Sharia-compliant finance is simply part of the wider move to set up sharia law in the West, which in turn is part of the larger goal of global Islamic domination.

Indeed, the push for sharia finance is a fairly recent development of the Islamic community, primarily promoted by radical Islamists. As former Muslim Patrick Sookhdeo says in his important book, Understanding Sharia Finance (Isaac Publishing, 2008), it was a militant Pakistani Islamist who initiated this drive.

Says Sookhdeo, “The concept of an Islamic economy was integrated into the discourse of the Islamist struggle to weaken the West in preparation for the ultimate phase of establishing Muslim political hegemony in the world.”

A separate Islamic economic system in Western nations is part of the push for a separate political and legal system. Committed Muslims see sharia law as the only true law, and consider Western, non-Islamic laws to be heretical. Thus the push for separate spheres of Islamic sovereignty.

Of course no nation can survive long with a two-tiered legal system, financial system, and so on. If immigrants seeking to come to Australia refuse to integrate into the Australian way of life, including its economic and financial system, then social cohesion is doomed from the start.

Indeed, many Muslims coming to the West have made it clear that they do not intend to integrate with the host nation, but to set up separate Islamic enclaves within it. And as the number of Muslims increase, the final goal of the complete Islamisation of society can take place.

As Sookhdeo notes, “Islamic economics became an efficient weapon in the hands of Islamists planning for Islam’s domination of the world-system in all fields: political, military, economic and cultural. For them, the establishment of a worldwide universal Islamic state under sharia is God’s command to Muslims of all generations and the real aim of jihad.”

Speaking of jihad, another major concern is how Islamic banking and finance are a major means of funding international Islamic terrorism. Islamists seek to redistribute wealth in sharia finance based on the zakat, the obligatory donation all Muslims are supposed to pay.

This 2.5 per cent tax is in effect a type of income tax, and according to traditional Islamic teaching, the zakat is to be used in the funding of jihad. Says Sookhdeo, “According to Qur’an and sunna, God commands Muslims to devote their wealth and their lives to jihad.”

He continues, sharia finance “is part of a wider agenda of jihad, in accordance with the vision of Islamist ideologists of the overthrow of non-Islamic systems and the establishment of a pan-Islamic Caliphate that will rule the earth.” And he offers this sober warning:
Western governments and institutions now gladly cashing in on the Islamic market are falling into the same trap into which Western governments fell when they supported Islamist radicals in fighting the Soviet Union. They are supporting the rise of a powerful system they cannot control and that might turn against them.
Indeed, in the very same way Western governments last century were happy to prop up Communist dictatorships which were dedicated to overthrowing the West. Lenin once quipped that “the Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them”.

That is happening again today. A new enemy of the free West has arisen, and foolish, naive and short-sighted Western leaders are more than happy to aid and abet the Islamists as they seek the ultimate overthrow of all non-Islamic nations.

Write to  Senator Nick Sherry and tell him what you think:

Assistant Treasurer

Party: Australian Labor Party

Parliament Contact:
Phone: (02) 6277 7360
Fax: (02) 6273 4125
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Related links:

U.S. Marine fires back over Shariah loans:

A U.S. Marine who served in Iraq is suing the federalgovernment for distributing billions of dollars in taxpayerfunds to the Shariah-supporting American International Group. (Must read. Good luck to him!) WND

Islamic finance seeks young scholars to lead growth

With Islamic finance a US$1 trillion (S$1.41 trillion) industry globally and expected by ratings agency Moody’s to reach US$5 trillion in time, students of sharia have more opportunities than before to take their skills beyond the mosque doors and into the boardroom.

Islamic Mortgages and Why They’re Not Just for Muslims

UAE set to issue Sharia deposit certificates

Is the United States flat-out broke?

On 27 May, 2010 the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Nick Sherry, delivered a disturbing speech on the implementation of Islamic Finance in Australia. It was given at the launch of a Malaysian law firm’s propaganda statement on the sector and should be of concern to every Australian. Most sadly it is now apparent that the Australian Government is not only wilfully blind to the dangers of Islamic Finance but are actively encouraging Shariah law in Australia.

Below is the relevant extract from the speech (the full speech is on his website):

Unfortunately, since the Government’s announcements of our work in this area, and the publication of my Middle East speeches on my Parliamentary website, I have been confronted with a number of emails and letters from unhappy, and I must say misinformed, members of our community putting forward negative views about Islamic finance. These have been small in number but they have come in and they are of concern.

Senator Sherry, it is yourself who is misinformed. You are listening solely to those who stand to profit from Islamic Finance and have chosen to ignore objective arguments and facts. As an elected member of Parliament it is your job to listen to Australian citizens not the commercial interests of foreign banks and law firms.

Shariah Financing-Wall Street-selling our souls for $$$

Perhaps you would like me to be more ‘positive’ about terrorist funding and the imposition of Shariah law in Australia? We are only small in number now because this is a new and technical field, a point your Islamist mates take advantage of.

So what is your concern? That people have a different view to the Islamists? That your little pet project may not be as good for the country as you would like us to think it is?

Some of the issues of concern include open claims that Islamic finance is used to spread terrorism, that it is a vehicle to promote the world domination of Islam over other faiths, or that it is designed to replace conventional financing.


So we have a challenge in front of us – and that is to continue the community dialogue, to increase awareness of the truth and to highlight the facts.

As your Islamist mates would say “let the taqiyya begin!” Remember Senator Sherry, dialogue is a two way street, are you prepared to listen to us, to become aware of the truth and the facts, none of which have been proven wrong yet.

In April I politely wrote to you (and I am certain you read it and that I am one of the ‘unhappy’) asking for “30 minutes of your time to confidentially discuss these issues. This 30 minutes may go a long way to settling the fears of many thousands of Australians.” You did not respond despite this being clearly in the spirit of courteous and open dialogue. You are not interested in dialogue, you are interested in bulldozing this through without consultation, democratic processes and an unbiased risk assessment.

I was particularly pleased to read that your comprehensive and balanced booklet dismantles such arguments one by one.

Senator Sherry, please google the word “taqiyya”. Please also understand that this law firm has a vested commercial interest in the sector. It is extremely amateur of you to base your opinions on the views of those with such interests.

I think that the view that Islamic finance is “terrorism finance” is particularly egregious.

Terrorist funding through Islamic Finance has been proven in the United States. Please educate yourself on this and the dealings particularly of a Mr. al Qaradawi.

Of course not all profits from Islamic finance go to terrorist funding but it happens. If 1% goes to terrorists then that’s enough to be ‘unhappy’ in my view. Why are you ignoring the fact that terrorism does get funded by Islamic Finance? I urge you to review the website  Shariah Finance Watch.  This is an extremely credible and reliable U.S. based source for analysing Islamic Finance terror funding.

Please read it all; from the excellent  Australian Islamist Monitor

More banking-savvy clerics needed: Maybank Islamic

“Nobody understands it” – Failure to understand system’s dynamics an inherent risk that needs to be addressed… Gulfnews

Islamic finance ‘in double digit growth’ – BBC News

Don’t hold your breath. Before you know it its in free-fall….

US asks Paraguay to extradite suspected Hizballah money man, formerly of Brooklyn and New Jersey

One wonders what he was up to when he lived in Brooklyn and New Jersey. “US asks Paraguay to extradite suspected Hezbollah financier,” from AFP, June 16 (thanks toFausta, who notes that Hamdan used to live in Brooklyn and New Jersey:  Jihad Watch

Deutsche Bank Jumps on the Financial Jihad Bandwagon with Online Zakat Settlement

Shariah mandates that Muslims donate zakat to charities and it also mandates that a portion of those zakat donations go to Jihad.  Sharia Finance Watch

3 thoughts on “Suckers for Sharia Finance”

  1. Shariah-Compliant Finance specialist joins White House as Fellow
    by shariahfinancewatch on June 23rd, 2010

    The White House has announced the appointment of 13 men and women to serve as White House Fellows. Atop the list in the release issued by the White House is an attorney named Samar Ali.

    Ms. Ali specializes in advising clients on “Shariah-compliant” transactions and was a founding member of the first U.S. delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum.

    Long-time SFW readers may recall that it was at the World Islamic Economic Forum where key leaders declared Shariah Finance to be “dawa” (missionary) activity to promote Islam and Shariah.

    Here is White House Fellow Samar Ali’s full biography:

    Samar Ali, Waverly, TN. Samar Ali is an Associate with the firm Hogan Lovells US LLP. She is responsible for counseling clients on mergers & acquisitions, cross-border transactions, Shari’a compliant transactions, project finance, and international business matters. During her time with Hogan Lovells, she has been a founding member of the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. Prior to that, she clerked for The Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for The Honorable Edwin Cameron, now of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, where she also worked extensively on editing his book Witness to AIDS. While in Nashville, Samar led the YMCA Israeli-Palestinian Modern Voices for Progress Program, and is currently the transatlantic liaison for the development of the Palestine Diabetes Institute. She is a founding member of the first U.S. Delegation to the World Islamic Economic Forum, and has served as an Advisory Board Member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. She is also a three-time Southeastern Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Champion. Samar received a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and a B.S. in Political Science with Honors from Vanderbilt, where she served as the first Arab-Muslim student body president.

    Hat tip to Phil.

  2. Sheikh Yer mami,
    Your crusade against Islam for reasons best known to you ( pecuniary returns ? ) knew no bounds.Finance and banking is finance and banking.
    If you are stretching your wild imagination to ‘domination of the world”
    it is your own business,But aggressively asking others to share your parochial jaundiced anti Islam stands is something else.Do not force others to share your baseless wild fantasies.You have been seeing too many movies?

    Eastern orthodox church forbids interests lending, yet you a Qibti is against that stand by your actions against Islamic Banking.Secular banking will not and cannot offer alternatives to those who wants choices.Eastern Orthodox christains, Muslims and others prefer interest free and ethical banking and it is gross injustice if they are deprived of that alternative.Australia, a model democratic country should offer that choice.

  3. Australia does not have to offer any choices to muslims..Its ” Fit in or..f…off.” Noone needs any persuading to be against islam. There is nothing positive about it..ugly, selfish, lazy overweight men , ugly dreary demanding women and dumb and getting dumber kids..

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