The US has offered a $10 million reward for the capture of Pakistani Jihadist Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. Saeed is associated with the terrorist group Lashkar e Taiba, the organization that carried out the horrific Mumbai terrorist attacks in India back in 2008.
Long-time readers may recall that donations to Islamic charities in Pakistan in the wake of the 2005 earthquake ended up going to Lashkar e Taiba through its affiliated charity, Jamaat-ul-Dawa. Saeed is officially the head of Jamaat-ul-Dawa and not Lashkar e Taiba because, as a result of US pressure years ago, Lashkar e Taiba was officially outlawed in Pakistan. But Jamaat-ul-Dawa is the terrorist organization’s funding and political arm, so Pakistan’s failure to outlaw Jamaat-ul-Dawa is seen in intelligence circles as a shell game played by the con men who run Pakistan.
The fact that the US has offered a reward for the head of an Islamic charity should give everyone pause in view of the fact that Shariah-compliant businesses must donate zakat to Islamic charities and no fewer than 80 Islamic charities have been implicated in funding Jihadist terrorism.
It would be an even more useful step in the right direction if the US would offer a reward for Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi. After all, Qaradawi is the head of the Union of Good, an umbrella group of 53 charities operated out of Saudi Arabia that has been named a terrorist entity by the US Treasury Department.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has a reasonably good backgrounder on Saeed:
The excellent Money Jihad blog has a good post on the subject as well: