Farid Foundation

Farid Foundation


* Assets: $1,455,327 (2017) [Tariq and Asma Farid Foundation]
* Grants Received: $16,640 (2017) [Tariq and Asma Farid Foundation]
* Grants Awarded: $343,705 (2017) [Tariq and Asma Farid Foundation]
* Assets: $1,504,694 (2017) [Kamran and Kara Farid Foundation]
* Grants Received: $552,394 (2017) [Kamran and Kara Farid Foundation]
* Grants Awarded: $90,253 (2017) [Kamran and Kara Farid Foundation]

The Farid Foundation (FF) was established in 2005 by Tariq and Kamran Farid, brothers who also co-founded Edible Arrangements, a U.S.-based franchise corporation that specializes in the sale of fresh-fruit arrangements and gourmet chocolate-dipped fruit. In 2009, funds from Edible Arrangements and a subsidiary LLC provided 84% of FF’s revenue. Over the years, FF has made numerous grants to both Muslim and non-Muslim entities. Among its more noteworthy grantees are the following:

Islamic Relief USA: According to its own tax records, FF in 2009 awarded a $20,000 grant – about 5% of its total disbursements that year – to Islamic Relief USA, which administers the majority of its grants through its London parent charity, Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW). IRW is a founding member of the Union of Good, an umbrella of Hamas-funding charities. The Union of Good has been designated by federal U.S. authorities as a terrorist entity, and is headed by Yusuf al Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, which in June 2014 banned IRW from operating in the West Bank due to its terrorist ties, states: “The IRW’s activities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip are carried out by social welfare organizations controlled and staffed by Hamas operatives. The intensive activities of these associations are designed to further Hamas’s ideology among the Palestinian population.”

* Zaytuna College: This California-based institution was the first four-year, accredited Islamic college established in the United States. It was co-founded by three Islamists with long histories of anti-Americanism: Hatem Bazian, Zaid Shakir, and Hamza Yusuf.

* Masjid Al-Islam: This New Haven, Connecticut mosque was founded by the aforementioned Zaid Shakir.

* Muslim Coalition of Connecticut (MCC): Using “ education and outreach” to “promote an accurate portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the mass media, popular culture and local community,” this organization has a working relationship with the Connecticut Council of the Muslim Students Association. MCC’s president, Aida Mansoor, has taught numerous diversity-training seminars that emphasize Islam’s benevolence. An admirer of Barack Obama, Mansoor said in 2009: “For a long time, Muslims have been the bad guys in this country. There is so much hate and misunderstanding, and he [Obama] might be able to help the world overcome some of it.”

* United For Change (UFC): Aiming “to create awareness of the broadest and most consuming topics within the Muslim community,” this oranization was co-founded by Zaid Shakir and Tariq Subhani, former communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations of South Florida. Among the members of UFC’s speakers’ bureau are Siraj Wahhaj and Mohamed Magid — former and current presidents, respectively, of the the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Islamic Society of North America.

* ICNA Relief USA: This project of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Islamic Circle of North America conducts a variety of activities such as disaster relief, refugee services, medical clinics, and family services. Some of its endeavors, though, are more politically charged. For instance, its “Muslim Community Know Your Rights” program is designed to provide direct assistance as well as “immigration guidance and referrals” to Muslim Americans “impacted by post-9/11 detention and backlash.” The organization also works with the media and elected officials to advocate for pro-Muslim policy changes.

* United Muslim Masjid (UMM): In 2007 this Philadelphia-based mosque hosted a conference call from Jamil al-Amin (the former Sixties radical H. Rap Brown), who is now serving a life sentence for the murder of a police officer. UMM was founded and built by Kenny Gamble, a onetime Nation of Islam member who currently sits on the governing body of the Muslim Alliance of North America. Gamble is affiliated with the National Ummah Movement, which was started by Jamil al-Amin and aims to create sovereign Islamic enclaves ruled by Shariah Law] within major U.S. cities.

* Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN): This Chicago-based community organization seeks to: (a) promote legislation that would automatically expunge all juvenile arrest records of convicts after they turn 18 (if they can avoid legal trouble for 6 months); (b) limit the use of school disciplinary measures like suspensions, expulsions, and student arrests, on grounds that they are applied disproportionately against nonwhite minority students; and (c) promote increased funding for youth employment programs that would purportedly help “decrease the cycle of violence and poverty” in minority communities.

To view a comprehensive list of Farid Foundation grantees, click here.

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