- The Washington Times - Monday, May 9, 2016

London’s iconic buses are now part of an ad campaign that requires printing “Subhan’Allah,” or “Glory to Allah,” on the vehicles’ sides.

Hundreds of double-decker buses in Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester, London, and Manchester will have the temporary makeover due to the nonprofit organization Islamic Relief.

“There is a lot of negativity around Muslims at the moment involving things such as counterterrorism issues. We want to change for the better the perception of Islam. The bus campaign is about breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions,” Imran Madden, director of Islamic Relief’s U.K. Branch, said Sunday, Breitbart London reported.

News of the campaign, which will also raise Ramadan aid to Syria, comes in conjunction with the election of London’s first Muslim mayor. Sadiq Khan of Britain’s opposition Labor Party was sworn Saturday after his victory over Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith.

Islamic Relief called the timing of the two events a “nice irony,” the website reported.

Critics of the organization worry donations will be funneled to terrorist groups and sympathizers around the globe. Islamic Relief Worldwide was banned in Israel and United Arab Emirates in 2014 for alleged links to Hamas and al Qaeda.

The charity “provides support and assistance to Hamas’s infrastructure,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs concluded in 2006. “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 Obama administration recently awarded a $270,00 grant to IRW via the Department of Health and Human Services, the Washington Free Beacon reported April 20.

IRW has consistently denied having ties to terrorism.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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