Turkish media is reporting that the Danish branch of a Turkish government foundation and a Danish organization with Islamist ties are denouncing a Danish law limiting the ability of mosques to receive foreign financial support. According to the Hürriyet report:
March 13, 2021 The Danish Muslim Union and the Danish Diyanet Foundation reacted to a law limiting mosques operating in the country from receiving economic support from abroad. Speaking to a reporter from run Anadolu Agency, Danish Islamic Society (DIT) President Mustafa İncikli said that the law limiting mosques from receiving economic support from abroad upset them and put all mosques under suspicion. İncikli stated that legal action must be taken against mosques that receive financial support from abroad and harm Denmark’s democratic values, but there is no such mosque in Denmark, and they do not accept such accusations. […]
The Danish Diyanet Foundation also reacted to the law. In its statement, it emphasized that almost all of the over 100 laws enacted in Denmark in the last five years regarding minorities and immigrants are restrictions. The statement also said that it is alarming that a completely marginalizing and prohibitive mentality prevails in the policies regarding immigrants and foreigners: “The list of banned religious officials, the list of banned donors, the burqa/veil ban, the obligation to shake hands for citizenship, the ghetto law, and the laws and draft laws like those demanding to ban the Danish Diyanet Foundation’s activities are clear proof that a prohibitionist understanding is on the rise in Denmark.”
[Translated by Google Translate with edits]
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The Dansk Tyrkisk Islamisk Stiftelse (Danish Turkish Islamic Foundation or Danish Diyanet Foundation) is the Danish branch of the Diyanet, the Turkish state institution responsible for managing religious affairs. The Foundation employs the imams sent to Turkish mosques in Denmark and administers the mosques along with the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen, much the same as DITIB, Diyanet’s French and German organization.
According to the article, İncikli also spoke on behalf of the Dansk Muslimsk Union (Danish Muslim Union), which calls itself a national union of Muslim organizations and associations. Between its Facebook page and website, it includes several organizations with Islamist connections:
- Dansk Islamisk Råd (Danish Islamic Council), a co-founder of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (now the Council of European Muslims)
- Det Islamiske Trossamfund (The Islamic Faith Society) which has historical connections to the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
- Dansk Islamisk Trossfamfund (The Danish Islamic Faith Society) cooperates with the Turkish Islamist Millî Görüş movement in international projects such as pilgrimages. The DIT’s registered address is almost identical to that of the DMU, and President İncikli has also previously spoken on behalf of both organizations.
Previous GIOR reporting on Turkish influence in western Europe has included:
- In December 2020, we reported on cooperation between DITIB and Millî Görüş in France.
- In November 2020, we reported on Turkish-German organizations protesting a Turkish official’s requests for DITIB to supply candidates to teach Turkish in mosques.