It is usually a mistake to write about something you know nothing about.

This is advice that Janet Bodnar of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance should follow.

In a new column, she decided to praise the Amana group of mutual funds for adhering to Islamic law.

We assume that Ms. Bodnar knows nothing about “Islamic law,” properly known as “Shariah.” Or maybe she does. If so, that raises some troubling questions.

Does Ms. Bodnar know that Amana funds looks to Sheikh Yusuf al-Qardawi for guidance?

http://www.amanafunds.com/retail/zakah/zakah3.shtml

http://www.amanafunds.com/pdf/zakah.pdf

Qaradawi is a monstrous Shariah scholar who has publicly endorsed wifebeating. We have written about him recently here.

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/2010/10/04/qatar-islamic-bank-wins-bank-of-the-year-award-at-the-arabian-business-awards/

We wonder if Ms. Bodnar shares the adoration for Qaradawi that the Amana funds obviously has…

http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/editor/archives/what-ails-the-economy.html

 

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