Thursday, 6 December 2012
World Bank Spends Your Money to Support Sharia

From Creeping Sharia via Money Jihad (h/t: Maggie's Farm):

The World Bank has agreed to collaborate with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) “in the development of Islamic Finance,” according to the Arab News.

The Jeddah-based IDB, which Shariah Finance Watch describes as “the financial jihad wing of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (the world’s foremost Islamic imperialist organization),” has a disturbing history and role in international finance that you can read about here.

From the Arab News last month:

World Bank and IDB sign Islamic finance deal

The World Bank and Islamic Development Bank have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set out a framework for collaboration between the two parties and lend support to global, regional and country efforts in the development of Islamic Finance.

World Bank Managing Director Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin and Islamic Development Bank Group President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali signed the memorandum on behalf of their institutions with the common objectives of fostering, encouraging, and studying the expansion of Islamic finance globally.

The MoU adopts the following principles:

  • Knowledge sharing to identify and disseminate sound practices in the Islamic financial services industry.
  • Cross fertilization of ideas that would foster the development of Islamic finance that is critical for growth, efficiency and financial inclusion.
  • Encourage research and promote awareness of appropriate risk management framework for Islamic financial institutions in particular and the Islamic finance industry in general; and
  • Capacity building in the Islamic financial services industry with a view to fostering financial stability and promoting increased access to Islamic financial services in markets around the world.

World Bank Managing Director Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin stressed the importance of the memorandum for increased capacity-building and knowledge-sharing between the two organizations.

“The MoU signed today between the IDB and WB will help us deepen our understanding of Islamic finance and build capacities to develop institutions and instruments to support sustainable inclusive growth and help societies to achieve their development goals with emphasis on poverty alleviation and shared prosperity,” he said.

“The signing of MoU between the World Bank and IDB aims to forge a strategic partnership between our two institutions in the area of Islamic finance to support inclusive growth, including greater access to finance for the poor, and financial stability in our mutual member countries,” said IDB President Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali.

Money Jihad continues:

The World Bank previously dallied with at least one sukuk (Islamic bonds) issuance in 2009, and declared Islamic finance to be a “priority area” last year.  The World Bank also co-hosts an annual conference with AAOIFI, a Bahrain-based standards setting board for sharia finance that is chaired by the notorious sharia law advocate, Taqi Usmani.

The World Bank is funded by member country contributions from taxpayers like you, and international investors and institutions that buy their bonds.

More here, Tax-funded World Bank Pushes Sharia Finance.

Posted on 12/06/2012 6:10 AM by Rebecca Bynum
6 Dec 2012
Christina McIntosh

 If you know anyone at all who works in the 'money' area (whether they be a public service employee in, for example, the Tax Office, or a humble bank teller or suburban accountant or a journalist for a paper like the 'Financial Review', or whether they be right at the top, a stockbroker or a CEO) it would be worth your while to give them a copy of Canon Dr Patrick Sookhdeo's excellent booklet, 'Understanding Shari'a Finance: the Muslim Challenge to Western Economics'.  It may keep them from being suckered as they are increasingly exposed to Muslim da'wa in the shape of the promotion of 'sharia finance'.

Likewise: every Treasurer and Shadow Treasurer or Finance Minister within the governments of our various countries, should be sent the same book, so that it is on their desk, ready to be consulted as required.

It is not intimidatingly long, and it is easy to read; it might even be comprehensible for busy executives and politicians.

And appendix 5, 'shari'a', pulls no punches.  Islam is all of a piece; 'shari'a finance', deceptively presented as a branch of 'ethical investment', is anything but, as Sookhdeo explains in a section which with dry understatement is entitled 'Five main areas in which shari'a is incompatible with human rights'.

It may be time, and past time, for informed Islamosavvy customers to be pressuring banks and building societies within the Western world - and beyond it - to refrain from dabbling in shari'a finance in any way, shape or form; and if they are already ensnared, to extricate themselves or risk losing their non-Muslim customers to those institutions that are not thus ensnared.

It would be good to start compiling a list of such financial institutions - are there some?  - that are NOT yet involved with 'shari'a finance', so that the Islamosavvy know where to invest their savings, super, etc; and to communicate with such, most emphatically, and encourage them to remain shari'a-free and shari'a- NON-compliant.

If one has a piggery or a winery or a brewery, one should certainly steer clear of any bank that has gotten into 'shari'a finance'; for shari'a regards a business based on pork or alcohol as immoral and illegal.

Further: things have reached such a pass that it may be necessary for NON-shari'a-compliant financial institutions (a bank, a cooperative, a building society) to be created from scratch.  Question: are there Israeli Jewish banks and building societies (or the equivalent) that are shari'a-free, and would offer a refuge for those who wish to invest their money out of reach of Shari'a Creep?

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