What about all the “innocent Muslims” who do not engage in terrorist activities?
That depends on your definition of terrorist activities.
Would you consider supporting terrorist activities a crime? If so, then almost all Muslims are guilty of terrorism.
“Zakat” – “that which purifies” is a form of obligatory, compulsory, alms-giving and religious tax in Islam.
As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, Zakat is a religious obligation for all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth. It is not a charitable contribution, and is considered to be a tax. The payment and disputes on Zakat have played a major role in the history of Islam.
Zakat is based on income and the value of all of one’s possessions. It is customarily 2.5% of a Muslim’s total savings and wealth above a minimum amount known as nisab.
Mosques usually are the agency that collect and distribute Zakat payments. Hence why Imams are the ones getting caught out by Western security people for supporting terrorist organizations. Some payments uncovered being made to terrorist organization like HAMAS, in Canada for example, were reaching into the millions.
A true believer is also a person that supports the cause of Islam with their finances and their lives. (Chapter 8 Koran).
Zakat in effect must fund what we class as terrorism, but is defined as jihad in the Koran.
In Islam a Muslim’s duty is to protect the “Ummah”—the nation of Islam, and to further the cause of Islam—to either participate or fund “jihad”.
Part of the money goes to fighters in Allah’s cause aka Mudihideen, aka terrorists – people engaged in Islamic military operations for whom no salary has been allotted in the army roster, but who are volunteers for jihad without remuneration. They are given enough to suffice them for the operation, even if affluent; of weapons, mounts, clothing, and expenses for the duration of the journey, round trip, and the time they spend there, even if prolonged.
The World Trade Center bombing was financed through money coming from the Alkifah Refugee Center in Brooklyn. And the system of funneling money through charities has improved greatly since then.
Bin Laden did not fund al Qaeda through a personal fortune and a network of businesses in Sudan. Instead, al Qaeda relied primarily on a fund-raising network developed over time. The CIA now estimates that it cost al Qaeda about $30 million per year to sustain its activities before 9/11 and that this money was raised almost entirely through donations.
And now you know a little more about how the system works.

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