This year, America's hearts and prayers have been focused on Texas, Florida and now Puerto Rico, all of which have been battered by hurricanes, suffering much damage and loss of life. Different groups have offered their services in the relief effort. Two of them, ICNA Relief and the Islamic Center of Boca Raton, have a disturbing history rooted in terrorism and bigotry. It is this history that has cast doubt upon the groups' recent 'charitable' actions. Indeed, it is their ulterior motive to establish legitimacy to deflect from their radical ties and Islamist ambitions.
ICNA Relief is a function of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), the American affiliate of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), South Asia's largest Islamist group. Jamaat's militant wing, Hizbul Mujahideen, owned the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden was living and eventually killed in. ICNA, itself, has used the internet to promote terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaeda and the Taliban.