Amazon facilitated contributions to charities flagged as having links to Islamic extremism, The Times first reported.
The donations were made through Amazon Smile, Amazon’s charity programme which lets online shoppers donate a small percentage of their purchase’s value to charity.
Among Amazon’s listed charities were two backed by Haitham al-Haddad, an Islamic scholar described as a “hardcore Islamist” by thinktank Quilliam and identified by the UK government as an Islamist speaker.
Amazon said in a statement that it relies on the UK’s charity regulator to determine which organisations are eligible to participate in Amazon Smile.
Amazon facilitated donations to UK charities with links to Islamic extremism through its service Amazon Smile, The Times reports.
The Amazon Smile scheme donates 0.5% of a shopper’s Amazon purchases to their chosen charity. Amazon donates the money, and the programme launched in the UK in November last year.
At least two of the charities listed by Amazon as eligible for donations were backed by Haitham al-Haddad, a controversial imam who has been classed as an Islamist preacher by the UK government. The charities are the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF), and Helping Households Under Great Stress (HHUGS).
Al-Haddad is an Islamic scholar who advocates hardline orthodox beliefs, such as homosexuality being a sin, that men should not be questioned for beating their wives, and that the punishment for adultery should be stoning. He has said that he is against ISIS and other extremist groups.
While al-Haddad is now the former chairman of the MRDF, chief executive of counter-extremism think-tank Quilliam Haras Rafiq told Business Insider that he is still the spiritual head of the organisation. He described al-Haddad as a “hardcore Islamist.”
The UK government’s counter-extremism commissioner Sara Khan told The Times, “Haitham al-Haddad’s views are misogynistic, racist and homophobic. They promote a supremacist ‘us versus them’ world view that …read more
Source:: Business Insider