The Muslim Brotherhood in the Netherlands, Part Three

This is the third article in a series on the Muslim Brotherhood in the Netherlands. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this post from Carel Brendel’s website:

Organization of European Muslim Brothers mentions FEMYSO as its own institution in 2020 document

by Carel Brendel
November 26, 2020

At the beginning of this year, a report (pdf) was posted on the Facebook page of the Council of European Muslims (CEM) — since last year, the new name of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) — giving an overview of the most important institutions of the European Muslim Brothers. The Arabic-language report on the origin, history, and aims of the organization is dated January 31 2020. It mentions, among others, the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO), where Green-Left Parliamentary candidate Kauthar Bouchallikht functioned as vice-chairperson until December 1, as one of the FIOE/CEM institutions.

On April 14 2020 I copied the report on the following link. On 17 April, I posted a “Twitterwire” on the Facebook report, which confirmed earlier conclusions by investigators regarding the Muslim Brothers. At the end of April 2020, the info-document disappeared from the Facebook page of the Council of European Muslims.

Researchers and intelligence services, including the AIVD, consider the FIOE (now CEM) as the umbrella organization of the Muslim Brothers in Europe (Muslim Brotherhood). Institutions created by the FIOE/CEM are:

  • European Institute for Human Sciences, established in 1990, theological education, with branches in France, Germany and Great Britain.
  • FEMYSO, established in 1996.
  • European Council for Fatwa and Research, established in 1997, a council of clergy, for a long time under leadership of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the MB. Most members come from the MB circles, as well as in recent years, clergy from Milli Görus and the Turkish government organ Diyanet.
  • Europe Trust, established in 1997, the real estate branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • The European Forum of Muslim Women, established in 2006, which like FEMYSO has good access to European institutions, but they do not advertise their connections with FIOE/CEM.
  • The European Assembly of Muslim Imams and Spiritual Guides, established in 2012. In 2019 this institution was revived under the name European Council of Imams.

In April, I based my tweets on Google Translate. Due to the questions surrounding the candidacy of Green-Left Kauthar Bouchalliikht, I asked a (certified) translator of Arabic to look over the text again. He confirmed that the CEM considers itself as a continuation of the FIOE. According to him, my list of institutions created by FIOE is correct.

Below is the translation into English of the relevant paragraphs.

[Note: The two paragraphs below are from Brendel’s article in English and have not been translated by Fousesquawk.]

After appreciated efforts of coordination and communication for five years, the “Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe” (with this name at the time) was established, as it was officially registered in November 1989, and with the establishment the features of the idea of gradual settlement (inburgering, red) started to become clear to the leaders of Islamic action, whether at the central level or in European countries. And with it emerged the challenge of the European identity of Muslims in Europe. After the establishment, these leaderships were actively seeking to formulate the directions, policies and goals from which to serve their vision of European Islam and direct various efforts and energies to consolidate this idea and spread it among Muslims in Europe in general and among those working in Islamic institutions and to define it at all levels.

The idea of specialization emerged as a working tool and a necessary and effective approach to achieving the goal of settlement, so the contribution and initiative was to establish a group of specialized institutions, the most important of which are: the European Institute for Human Sciences (1990), then the Federation of European Institutes for Islamic and Human Sciences (2007), and the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (1996) The European Council for Fatwa and Research (1997), Europe Trust (1997), the European Forum Of Muslim Women (2006), the European Assembly of Muslim Imams and Spiritual Guides (2008), which in 2019 became the European Council of Imams…”

According to the Arabic translator I engaged, the meaning did not go well after that, but it finished the list of institutions with the European Center for Research and Leadership Qualification (established in 2012), a lesser-known established institution in Switzerland.

Below follows the Arabic text. [Omitted]