Salafism merges with the Muslim Brotherhood in Gothenburg mosque
The latest revelation about the radical orientation of the Gothenburg mosque sheds new light on the environments in which the Salafist environment, which allows violence and jihad as methods, merges together with the Muslim Brotherhood in Sweden.
Last Friday, TV4 News revealed that the Gothenburg mosque website had a link, “About Islam”, which was aimed at new Muslims. This link takes visitors to a well-designed website written in Swedish with the name “New Muslim Guide”, which is a shortened version of the book, “The New Muslim Guide”, written by Fahd Salem Bahammam and published in 26 different languages. According to the website, “New Muslim Guide”, it was developed through the consensus of many Muslim scholars.
Under “Men’s rights in marriage”, it states that a Muslim woman must be responsive to her husband’s sexual needs, and it is recommended that she do well for him. If she refuses his legitimate sexual advances, she commits a sin when there is no valid reason, such as being on her period or sick. In another passage, it states that:
“One of the genuine rights of a man is that she cannot leave the home without his permission, whether it be for personal or public matters.”
The FHS (Swedish Defense University) terror researcher Associate Professor Magnus Ranstorp is crystal clear in his criticism of the mosque in a debate article in GP:
“We can never move a millimeter on our basic values on equality, women’s rights and our work against honor repression and other attempts to restrict democratic as well as individual freedoms and rights. That has to be clear. The Gothenburg mosque should also recognize this.”
The Gothenburg mosque is one example among many where the Salafist, violence-affirming environment merges with the Muslim Brotherhood’s covert violence-advocating environment.
There are several personal connections that link the Gothenburg mosque with the Muslim Brotherhood. Partly through membership in the United Islamic Associations in Sweden, FIFS, led by Mohammad Temsamani at the Ibn Rushd Study Association. Temsamani was involved in Muhammed Morsi’s presidential campaign in the 2011 Egyptian presidential election, in which Morsi was the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate. Mohammad Temsamani, in addition to being chairman of FIFS, is responsible for religious questions at the Ibn Rushd Study Association, which has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism, anti-Western sentiments, and the building of a separate Muslim society in Sweden.
According to a study commissioned by State Aid for Religious Communities in 2014, several of the central actors in the Gothenburg Mosque Owner’s Foundation were also active in the Islamic Information Association (IIF) and the Römosse School. The former member of Parliament Abderizak Waberi (M) was headmaster of the school and became chairman of the FIOE, Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, after his term in the Parliament. FIOE is, according to the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leaders, the Brotherhood’s European umbrella organization.
Gothenburg’s Young Muslims (GUM) was registered in 2017 at the same address, and is a local chapter of Sweden’s Young Muslims, and works together with Ibn Rushd Study Association. Sweden’s Young Muslims (SUM) is part of the FIOE youth organization, FEMSYO. In an appellate ruling in Stockholm, SUM lost the right to public grants when they didn’t live up to the Authority for Youth and Civil Society democracy criteria.
Other operations which can be connected directly to the mosque are the Islamic Information Association and the former newspaper Salaam — Islamic Journal, where the former chairwoman, Helena Benaouda (Hummasten), was active as a writer for the study association. The journal is focused on young female converts to Islam. According to Swedish Wikipedia, Hummasten has often been accused of being an extremist, which she denies. She is linked to a convicted terrorist, Munir Awad, via her daughter, Safia Benaouda, who was Awad’s fiancée at the time of his arrest.
The entire operation built up around the Gothenburg mosque is fully aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood’s establishment strategy in the West. Operations at the Gothenburg mosque completely follow the establishment instructions developed since the 1950s in Munich by the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Yusuf al Qaradawi, and the later North American model for establishment in the West.
The Gothenburg mosque, although from the beginning financed with Saudi funds, is one of many examples of the way Salafist environments coincide with the Muslim Brotherhood. There they meet. Another example is the mosque in Landskrona, where Salafist preachers can work side by side in organizations that are dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood in Sweden. On the national level, these movements come together in SUDC, the Swedish United Dawa Center, where representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood cooperate with pure Salafists, which is recounted in the book Islamism in Sweden.
All of the operations built up around the Gothenburg mosque lie completely in line with the Muslim Brotherhood’s establishment strategy which is described for input in the book Islamism in Sweden. It is there that unpublished original documents give full insight into how the Brotherhood establishes itself in the West.
— Johan Westerholm