Allegations that mosques now are raising funds for Hezbollah come from Sam Bazzi, director of the Islamic Counterterrorism Institute and others.

He reports he’s been in mosques and has seen how the fundraising works.

“They are contributing to Hezbollah indirectly because every Shi’a Muslim has to pay a 20 percent yearly tax on their savings. This goes basically to the clerics as a donation,” he said.

“They (the clerics) send the money to Lebanon to their bank accounts and when they go to Lebanon in the summer on vacation, they take that money and give it to Hezbollah,” he said. “That’s customary; they all do it. In fact they do more than that. The clerics also give donations that are not mandatory in the religious law.”

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