Belgian media is reporting that the country’s State Security has investigated a mosque connected to the Millî Görüş movement and headed by the chairman of Belgium’s official Muslim body. The report says that in the State Security memo, the Millî Görüş movement is labeled as extremist: According to the DeMorgen report:
October 5, 2021: In early September, State Security delivered a memo on the Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Heusden-Zolder. The memo states that the mosque is known for “affiliation with Milli Görüs” and considers the Turkish thrust to be “extremist.” Milli Görüs, freely translated as “National Vision,” has some currents but is generally very conservative, for example, regarding homosexuality or mixed marriages. The organization is particularly large in Germany, where intelligence agencies also consider them extremist. Last year, an Islamic school in Genk was denied recognition because it was too close to Milli Görüs. The mosque in Heusden-Zolder has been recognized for more than ten years and employs three imams, who are paid by the Ministry of Justice thanks to the recognition. One of these three imams, according to State Security, is one of the main preachers of the Belgian Islamic Federation (BIF), the representation of Milli Görüs in our country. A youth organization that meets in the mosque would also spread Milli Görüs’ ideas in this way. The mosque in Heusden-Zolder is part of the BIF. The chairman of the mosque committee, Mehmet Üstün, is a member of the local BIF branch, but also the current chairman of the Muslim Executive[…] [Translated by DeepL with edits]
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The Muslim Executive of Belgium is the official Muslim interlocutor of the Belgian federal government. An earlier article says that the Muslim Executive has acted suspiciously of late such as holding board meetings where many members say they were not invited and conducting a number of suspicious financial transactions.
Millî Görüş is a Turkish religious and political movement founded by Necmettin Erbakan, Erdoğan’s political mentor, which has called for an end to the secular regime in Turkey. The GIOR has reported about the German government’s assertion that Turkish President Erdoğan’s AKP party has intensified its relations with Millî Görüş in Germany.