Amazon has enabled customers to donate to a hard-line Islamist charity whose founder supports child marriage, mutilation and believes men should be allowed to hit their wives, an investigation by The Times of London has found.
According to the newspaper, the company agreed to host the Muslim Research and Development Fund (MRDF) as part of its charitable scheme Amazon Smile, which launched in the U.K. last November.
The program allows Amazon customers to donate 0.5 percent of the money they have spent on a product using the online store to a charity of their choice. MRDF is one of 6,000 charities to have joined the Amazon Smile program despite its founder Haitham al-Haddad’s extremist views which include describing Christians and Jews the “enemies of Allah.”
Haddad, originally from Saudi Arabia, has also been described as the “one of the most dangerous men in Britain” by the head of the Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremism think tank. Sara Khan, who leads the U.K.-based Commission for Countering Terrorism, described MRDF as “the main Salafist organization in the UK.”
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