Boycott Watch
August 7, 2006
Caribou Coffee's Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi - A Terrorists Profile and US businesses links exposed.
Summary: Islamic Cleric has connections to Caribou Coffee, Hamas, and the First Islamic bank of Bahrain, which is now known as Arcapita - Boycott Watch spells out the connection and terrorist links.
    When Boycott Watch reported the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain's purchase of Caribou Coffee in May of 2000, we reported that Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, who has admitted links to terrorist groups, was the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain's key person in the deal to purchase Caribou Coffee from its founders, and was listed in the original press release on the banks' website, and we reported how his name was subsequently removed from the website announcement by the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain after Boycott Watch published our initial report ( ) showing the direct links of Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to terrorist groups.

   Boycott Watch believed then, and we still believe now, that Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi's name was removed for public relations reasons. Caribou wanted to downplay any connection to terrorist supporters and groups by its parent company during a time when terrorism was viewed as Israel's problem only. Since that time, the US has endured the attacks on September 11th, 2001 and the world has unfortunately not seen the end of Islamist terrorism. The civilized world is now in a global war against terrorism of which Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is a player.

   After his name was removed from the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain website, Boycott Watch was told by Caribou officials that Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was "just a consultant" who put the deal together, which contradicted what was originally posted on the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain's website. Boycott Watch believes what was originally published on the banks website, which stated that Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was the principal of the deal, i.e. partner, thus he not only made money on the original deal, but continues to profit from Caribou Coffee sales.

   A simple Google search of Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi reveals his hate messages:

   In his own words, Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi supports:
  • The killing of homosexuals to keep society pure
  • The killing of apostates - those who have rejected Islam
  • The killing of all Israelis - including civilians
  • The mutilation of women's genitals
   On July 7, 2004, The British Broadcasting Company (BBC)'s "BBC TWO's Newsnight" reported this: "Controvesial cleric Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, in an exclusive interview for Newsnight (BBC TWO, Wednesday 7 July at 10.30pm), claims that Islam justifies suicide bombings."

   "Speaking in an interview on whether the Koran justified suicide bombings conducted just weeks prior to his arrival in Britain Al-Qaradawi tells Newsnight: "Israeli women are not like women in our society because Israeli women are militarized."

   "Secondly I consider this type of martyrdom operation as an indication of the justice of Allah Almighty. Allah is just - through his infinite wisdom he has given the weak what the strong do not possess and that is the ability to turn their bodies into bombs like the Palestinians do." (See: BBC)

   The occurrence of the BBC interview of Dr. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi may not be a coincidence. Arcapita's website,, lists offices in Bahrain, Atlanta, and, guess where…..yes, London. Is this a coincidence? Not really. The BBC also reported "Al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood organization (a.k.a Hamas which went on to form Al-Quada by many accounts) arrived in London on Monday the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) said. He is due to attend a series of events during his week-long visit." These events could very well be business meetings with the First Islamic Bank of Bahrain and its officials in London since they have an office in that city.

   Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, states: "Qaradawi is controversial: among Muslims he is widely considered a moderate conservative, while many Western critics regard him as dangerously radical or as a supporter of violence."

   Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi is clearly not a 'moderate conservative', and those who use that term to describe Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi are clearly trying to cover up this Islamic cleric and his terrorist ties, despite his own words. In fact, calling Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi a 'moderate conservative' casts a shadow on all Muslims termed a 'moderate conservative' because Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi clearly espouses hate and supports suicide bombings, which is hardly a 'moderate conservative' position. Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi is a self-described terrorist and terror leader.

   More Cover-up: The First Islam Bank of Bahrain changed its name to Arcapita, most likely to hide its Islamic ties. For those who will say it is not a religious company, the Atlanta Journal Constitution documented the name change in an article that showed Islamic Shari'ah law is the central core theme of the company. The name change was clearly designed to hide the Islamic nature of the bank. Although no pork products are in any Caribou Coffee stores, the Islamic Shari'ah law observance, which among other things discriminates against women, is not mentioned whatsoever on their website,, which is therefore hiding the Shari'ah law observance.

   With Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawis self-declared support for suicide bombers exposed, and knowing he garners profit from Caribou Coffee, it is not a stretch to conclude that profits from Caribou Coffee are most likely used to support terrorism an especially suicide bombings of innocent civilians, which Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawis promotes in his own words. The sudden removal of his name can not be linked to selling of shares, as no such announcement has ever been made; rather his ownership level appears to be masked.

   Some of the most well-known companies currently owned by Arcapita are include Caribou Coffee, Church's Fried Chicken, Elysain (Chicago high rise), Leohmann's stores, TLC health Care, UBS Financial, and WorkingRx. A list of companies owned by Arcapita is available at:
Other Boycott Watch articles on this topic:
Recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article about Caribou Coffee mentioning Boycott Watch:

Boycott Watch’s May 2000 article that first reported the terrorist ties of Caribou Coffee to the First Islamic bank of Bahrain, now known as Arcapita.

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