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Posted: 2/10/2005 1:17:00 PM

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Olajuwon terror scandal
Mosque donated to charities fronting for terror groups
Posted: Wednesday February 9, 2005 2:24PM; Updated: Wednesday February 9, 2005 2:39PM

WASHINGTON plane -- A mosque established and funded by basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon gave more than $80,000 to charities the government later determined to be fronts for the terror groups al-Qaida and Hamas, according to financial records obtained by The Associated Press.

Olajuwon told the AP he had not known of any links to terrorism when the donations were made, prior to the government's crackdown on the groups, and would not have given the money if he had known.

"There is no way you can go back in time," Olajuwon said in a telephone interview from Jordan, where he is studying Arabic. "After the fact, now they have the list of organizations that are banned by the government."

A Treasury Department spokeswoman, Molly Millerwise, declined to discuss Olajuwon's contributions but said, "In many cases donors are being unwittingly misled by the charities."

Federal law enforcement officials said they were not investigating Olajuwon, a 7-foot center born in Nigeria who played 17 seasons for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association before retiring in 2002.

Olajuwon, who became a U.S. citizen in 1993, was known as "The Dream" and won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award in 1994, when he led the Rockets to the first of back-to-back championships.

The Olajuwon-founded Islamic Da'Wah Center gave more than $60,000 in 2000 and $20,000 in 2002 to the Islamic African Relief Agency, the center's tax records show.

The government shut down the relief agency in October, saying it gave money and other support to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida.

But the agency and its possible ties to terrorism had been in news stories years earlier, before Olajuwon's contributions:

--The U.S. Agency for International Development cut off two government grants to the Islamic African Relief Agency in 1999, saying funding the group "would not be in the national interest of the United States."

--A former fund-raiser for the relief agency, Ziyad Khaleel, was named in a federal trial in 2001 as the man who bought a satellite telephone that bin Laden used to plan the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

--Numerous news organizations reported shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks that the relief agency was among more than two dozen Islamic charities under scrutiny for possible terrorist ties.

Olajuwon also participated in a 1999 celebrity bowling tournament for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which the U.S. government shut down in 2001, accusing it of sending money to Hamas. The Islamic Da'Wah Center gave more than $2,000 to the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation in 2000, according to its tax returns.

At the time, Olajuwon was vice president of the mosque -- which was named after him -- and provided more than three-quarters of its money. Olajuwon heads the separate foundation that now controls the Islamic Da'Wah Center.

All the donations came before the government designated the Holy Land Foundation and the Islamic African Relief Agency as terrorist fronts. Vipul Worah, an accountant for Olajuwon's charities, said U.S. authorities have never asked about the contributions.

Olajuwon, who is married with four daughters, became a Muslim during his professional career and was known for playing in key games while observing dawn-to-dusk fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Tax returns for Olajuwon's Islamic Da'Wah Center show it gave the Islamic African Relief Agency $61,250 in 2000 and $20,000 in 2002.

Those donations accounted for 2.2 percent of the $2.8 million the Islamic African Relief Agency received during 2000 and 1.4 percent of the $1.4 million it raised in 2002, records show.

Olajuwon said the donations came after fund-raisers from the Islamic African Relief Agency visited Houston. He said the group told him donations would help the needy in Africa.

"They came and approached us and everything was legitimate. I had no knowledge of their activity," Olajuwon said.

The Treasury Department alleged in October that several top officials of the group's branches overseas are al-Qaida members or associates and the group gave bin Laden hundreds of thousands of dollars in 1999.

The federal government says the Sudan-based Islamic African Relief Agency's U.S. branch is IARA-USA, based in Columbia, Mo. That group has challenged the terrorist designation in court, saying it is separate from the Sudanese group.

Shereef Akeel, a lawyer for IARA-USA, acknowledged the U.S. group and the Sudanese group "may be in a partnership together" and some people with links to IARA-USA have terrorist associations.

"Just because someone traveled in the same circles, just because one employee was at the same conference as someone who supported terrorism, doesn't mean the organization sponsors or condones acts of terrorism," Akeel said.

The Holy Land Foundation was shut down in December 2001. Federal authorities say it was the main U.S. fund-raiser for Hamas and sent $12.4 million to the Palestinian terrorist group from 1995 to 2001. Hamas has claimed responsibility for dozens of suicide bombings in Israel that have killed scores of people, including Americans.

The Holy Land Foundation and several leaders are awaiting trial on criminal charges of supporting terrorism -- charges they deny. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler rejected the group's 2002 lawsuit challenging its terrorist designation, ruling federal officials had "ample evidence" of financial support for Hamas.

Attorney General John Ashcroft said in July that an indictment against several officers was "neither a reflection on the well-meaning people who may have donated funds to the foundation, nor is it a reflection on the Muslim faith and its adherents."

In 2000, the year after Olajuwon participated in the Dallas bowling tournament for the Holy Land Foundation, the Islamic Da'Wah Center gave the group $2,430, tax records show. That money was a tiny fraction of the $13 million the foundation raised that year.

Olajuwon said the bowling tournament was one of many charitable events he has attended.

"I get all sorts of requests from charitable organizations," Olajuwon said. "It was a bunch of kids and I gave them autographs."

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

ciroagobe
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Posted: 2/11/2005 2:41:00 AM

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Dam^ men, they've made their way to fvck this dude's life up. Sad I am pretty sure that he is inocent and if not may jehova punish his black azz. dont tell ciro

nasty
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Posted: 2/11/2005 10:30:00 AM

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Hakeem olajuwon, has got a good heart.You have to know where your donations are going and to what kind of people.I think he should try and donete that kind of funds in his mother land NAIJA.Good luck to him.

ciroagobe
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Posted: 2/11/2005 1:52:00 PM

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His Black AL-Quaida azz will will never let him remember to donate sh!t for his homeland.....am not as rich as that 7ft dongoyaro but i still think taller than him to donate money and stuffs to my family members and friends even if not the whole naija at least my money is still going into the Nigerian public one way or another. thumbs up ciro

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Posted: 2/11/2005 3:54:00 PM

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Ciro,I fill you... thumbs up

afolabialbert
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Posted: 2/12/2005 3:50:00 AM

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I have watched so many trends here for a while from behind the scene and i think i hv got something to say to Hakeem (i.e if he is reading asorock.com or got friends/family members who do). I will not fall among the group of ppl that will remind Hakeem to donate to homeland,Hakeem benefitted from homeland b4 journey to the states, he was trained and discover at the popular Roll Park in Yaba, but up till date Hakeem has not deem it fit to give even a B/ball to Roll Park or even a B/ball court as the case might be,i could remember last two year when the Nigeria Basketball Association was holding a fund raising ceremony to refurbish their B/ball courts in naija,they extended an invitation to Hakeem but guy declined it,infact he rejected the invitation,my friend who was the secretary of Nigeria Basketball Association then even confirmed to me that when they called the guy he told them on the phone that he is too busy to come to naija ok agreed that he was too busy then,can he be too busy to have forwarded a check or send money throu bank transfer to naija NBA? I think Hakeem needs to emulate ppl like Kanu Nwankwo( who has treated over 200 children in naija of different heart related disease that each treatment abroad cost over 4 million naira) i think Hakeem should also emulate ppl like Jay Jay,Samson Siasia,Obafemi Martins,Julius Agbahowa,Mary Onyali and the whole lots of other sport ppl who are naijas but trading abroad, these people have donated in one way or the other to homeland either to sport or charity organizations & to my brodas/sistas on da rock i think some of us here too who are fortunate in one way or the other to give out to the less priviledged ones inour society should pls try and do so,alot of people are hungry in our society,homeless 7 abandoned children roaming da streets of naija needs our hand we need to remember them in our prayers too if we can give them financial help and i also using this opportunity to invite ya all to donate ur time and whatever u hv got ALL SAINTS MOTHERLESS BABIES HOME at Ikorodu road,lagos in naija thou hv been full part of it all along since 1998 but this is an invitation to ya all,we might need ur money but maybe if u spend some quality times with some these kids 7 if u wish to donate money am sure for those in naija can come around and for those abroad it will be advised that when u come around u do same urself,come down to the place and spend some of ur quality time withthe kids they will appreciate it, we are the next generation so let us turn naija around our society can only become good & better when we learn to love,appreciate ,share and respect one anoda,it's not all about money or asking u to donate money atleast i don't fall into the category of rich but the little we give can go a long way to heal a heart,most of us sleep in big beds,own luxury cars and big apartments but hv we wonder for once about the homeless or have we asked ourselves how those who can't afford a square meal or even afford to transport themselves from one point to anoda survives? a word is enuff for the wise, i feel u Ciro let Jehovah fire him if he knows somethin about these
da sailor has spoken

nasty
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Posted: 2/12/2005 8:48:00 AM

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Afolabialbert, I agree with you....Charity begin at home.

sussy4u
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Posted: 2/15/2005 4:18:00 AM

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Trust and Obey moon

pipiro
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Posted: 2/17/2005 6:35:00 AM

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yea i agree with the BABA agba u are d*mn too right, charity begins at home

salihu
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Posted: 2/17/2005 8:57:00 AM

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You guys shud think that he's not donating money for terrorism. He did that in good faith. Beside you shud know he did that for religious reasons. Ciro, do you know his family members? do u know their condition?. who shud donate to mother land only to be mismanaged/embezzled/stolen at the end of the day and go scot free.

kaybam20
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Posted: 2/17/2005 3:58:00 PM

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so many of you are really getting it wrong.i do not think Hakeem Olajuwon owes nigeria or nigerians anything.talking about charity beginning at home,how do you expect olajuwon to call nigeria home?A home that that never encouraged or supported him during his most trying period of his life while still a child,a home that could not pay his school fees,a home that could be described as hostile.No body in his or her right senses will call a place that has the aforementioned characteristics a home.
America welcomed Hakeem olajuwon like so many of us,pay our school fees, restored our pride and dignity and all other things a home should give its inhabitant.That is where u call a home.
Again Olajuwon is not the kind of person thatgives one million but spends 3 million into publicising it.He is a muslim and a muslim does not go on radio and T.v just because he wants to give charity to his fellow individual.
To those criticizing akeem pls ask ur self how much u've given out as charity in the past one month?Charity indeed begins at home and Befor u criticize akeem look inward,since BLESSED IS HE WHO DO NOT SEE THE FAULT OF OTHERS BECAUSE HE IS BUSY WITH HIS OWN OWN FAULT.

kaybam20
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Posted: 2/17/2005 4:02:00 PM

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@ CHINEDU. U ARE PASTING AND COPYING A COPYRIGHT PUBLICATION WITHOUT AN EXPRESS PERMISSION.JUST BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT U COPY AND PASTE COS U DID NOT COPY AND PASTE NEWS ABOUT ALL YA IGBO BROTHERS WEY DEM CATCH FOR FRAUD FOR YANKEE.

ciroagobe
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Posted: 2/18/2005 1:33:00 AM

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Kam, you dey crazy? Mad You this racist mother...you know what, whats your address? I feel like coming over there to slap the sh!t out of you for mentioning igbo man. Anofia Baring Teeth ciro

sussy4u
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Posted: 2/18/2005 10:16:00 AM

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kaybam or what do u call urself, i hv often believe this site is not for ppl like u,u are a tribalistic and it's obvious run in ur blood,anyway as for what us aid about hakeem not donating to homeland u are dead wrong my broda,hakeem beneffited from ROLL PARK ,he was trained and sicovered from ROLL PARK,so wasn't that a benefit from homeland?my broda u miss the point totally and with ppl like u naija cannot be a better place so am sorry to inform u that we don't need ur type here ,u don't portrate naija,are u telling me that Kanu Nwankwo who has treated over 100 heart patients in naija benefitted from more than hakeem?it is not what u get from homeland than matters but what uc an give to homeland @ciro i feel u

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Posted: 2/18/2005 12:34:00 PM

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