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by Rick Heizman, February 9, 2019

The small size country that has the highest per capita income in the world, as a result of
having the world's third-largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves, Qatar wields
disproportionate influence in the world and not necessarily good influence.

Qatar is the home of the state owned Al Jazeera Media Network, one of the worlds largest
media groups. Qatar has also become one of the largest terror-financiers and a patron of
radical Islam and militant jihadists. Now the oil-rich nation has started playing another card in
turning Jamaat e Islami Bangladesh (JIB) and the Myanmar-based Arakan Rohingya
Salvation Army (ARSA) into deadly threats to regional as well as global security.

Qatar, bordered by Saudi Arabia and the

Persian Gulf, has been accused of allowing
terror financiers to operate within its borders.
The country has been called “the Club Med for
Terrorists” by Ron Prosor, an Israeli diplomat
and “most two-faced nation in the world,
backing the U.S.-led coalition against the
militants of the Islamic State while providing a
permissive environment”, in the words of one
top American official, “for terrorist financiers to
operate with impunity”. Accusations come from
a wide variety of sources including intelligence
reports, government officials, and journalists. At
the official level, the Qatari government has been accused of supporting and financing
Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas, Jamaat-e-Islami, among many more
such organizations. Today, the family of Osama bin Laden live in Qatar. The ‘Bin Laden Villa’
in Doha houses most of the women and children of the deceased al-Qaeda founder.

Qatar is one of two countries in the world that subscribes to the Wahhabi sect within Islam.

(Wahhabism is an Islamic doctrine and religious movement founded by Muhammad ibn Abd
al-Wahhab. It is described as ultraconservative, austere, fundamentalist, extremely intolerant,
or puritanical.)

As part of its ambition of emerging as the leader of the Muslim world, Qatar has started
providing millions of dollars to militancy outfits such as Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army
(ARSA) as well as Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh. Such huge funding is being generated
from state-controlled charities, such as Qatar Charity and Sheikh Eid al-Thani Charitable
Association, also known as the Eid Charity. It should be mentioned here, both Qatar Charity
and the Eid Charity are very active across Asia, Africa and Europe.

Jamaat-e-Islami is an Islamic political organisation and social conservative movement
founded in 1941 in British India by the Islamic theologian and socio-political philosopher,
Abul Ala Maududi. Although Maududi believed Muslims effectively formed a separate nation
from the Hindus of India, he initially opposed the partition of India to create a ‘Muslim state'
circumscribed to Muslim-majority regions, agitating instead for an ‘Islamic state’ covering
the whole of India—this despite the fact Muslims made up only about 15% of India's

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) is seen as the front for the South Asian (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri
Lanka, the Maldives, Rakhine State of Myanmar) Islamist movement.

Al Jazeera and Jamaat-e-Islami

Laila Al-Arian, daughter of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) board member Sami Al-Arian, is an
influential producer at the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera news network. She shows special
enthusiasm particularly in helping Jamaat-e-Islami in establishing “Allah’s rule” in
Bangladesh and neighboring Rakhine State, Myanmar, as well as the rest of South Asia.

Jamaat-e-Islami in Qatar

In July 2017, Bangladeshi intelligence services and the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence
Unit (BFIU) investigated 17 national and international NGOs on suspicion of financing
terrorism. The NGOs include the Bangladesh Krishi Kalyan Samity, Muslim Aid Bangladesh,
Rabeta Al-Alam al-Islami, Qatar Charitable Society, Islamic Relief Agency, Al-Furkan
Foundation, Kuwait Joint Relief Committee, International Islamic Relief Organization (IRO),
Hayatul Ighachha, Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, Tawhidi Noor, and Al-Muntada al-
Islami. According to the BFIU 2014 annual report, there were 619 such suspicious
transactions in Bangladesh, up from 420 a year before, and 175 in 2011-2012.

Qatar financing Jamaat-e-Islami and ARSA

Being known as a terror-patron nation, Qatar has

recently started funding Jamaat-e-Islami as well
as Myanmar-based Arakan Rohingya Salvation
Army (ARSA). This relationship between the
Islamist groups and Qatar pose grave threats to
regional and global security.

by Rick Heizman, Feb 9, 2019

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