Tucked away in President Obama's historic speech in
"Rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That's why I'm committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat," said Obama, referring to the Muslim obligation to be charitable.
Ever since the
"It's created a tremendous climate of fear," she Kay Guinane, who is leading an effort on the issue for OMB Watch. "Donors are afraid they may be prosecuted for giving to an organization now that may be declared a supporter of terrorism two years from now."
American Muslims complain legitimate philanthropy has been hampered because the rules are ill-defined.
"The perception that giving to charities is financing terrorism has to be debunked," said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. "It hurts
[Excerpt of Daily News article by Michael Saul]