Donations from British public funding Islamist extremism, govt report finds
Published time: 13 Jul, 2017 14:41
Islamic extremists are receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds a year from UK-based individuals, some of whom are donating unwittingly, a government report has revealed.
UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the most common source of support for Islamist extremist organizations is from small, anonymous public donations. The support has helped to fund preachers with deeply conservative views of Islam who operate in Islamic institutions in the UK.
“In some cases, these organizations receive hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. This is the main source of their income,” she said.
Rudd added that some donors may not know or support the organizations’ full agenda. Some groups are posing as charities to solicit donations from unwitting British Muslims who give because of the emphasis their faith puts on charity, she says.
“Some Islamic organizations of extremist concern portray themselves as charities to increase their credibility and to take advantage of Islam’s emphasis on charity.