Amazon was condemned last night for supporting a hardline Islamic charity whose founder supports female genital mutilation.
The Times revealed yesterday that the internet giant had agreed to fund the Muslim Research and Development Foundation (MRDF). Counterextremism experts say it is Britain's leading Salafist organisation. Haitham al-Haddad, its founder, approves of FGM, child marriage and stoning to death for adultery.
Amazon's decision to include MRDF in its Amazon Smile programme was criticised yesterday by Forward, a charity that campaigns against FGM and child marriage and seeks "to safeguard the rights of African women and girls".
In an MRDF video published in 2010, Mr Haddad said it was the "consensus of all the scholars" that female circumcision was "better for the husband" and "a virtue or honour for women".