Dubai Islamic Bank plans to expand its operations into Indonesia, Kenya and other African countries.

The expansion into Indonesia is not particularly noteworthy, since Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation. But the plans for Kenya are a different issue entirely. Kenya has a relatively small Muslim population (about 15% at last count) but has been targeted by many Shariah-compliant financial institutions. There is a reason for this. It’s called “dawa,” sometimes spelled “da’wah.”

Da’wah essentially means Islamic missionary operations and the Shariah finance industry has repeatedly acknowledged that one of its primary purposes is in fact da’wah.

Kenya has been targeted for Islamization. One is left to wonder why this phenomenon has coincided with Kenya being targeted by violent jihadists, such as the horrific attack on a Nairobi shopping mall last year.

This has also happened in Nigeria. At the same time that Boko Haram was slaughtering Christians in churches across Nigeria, the head of the Nigerian central bank was promoting Shariah finance.

While there is no clear evidence of coordination, the coincidence of the two activities–financial da’wah and violent jihad–is hard to miss…



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