As part of a 14–15 May 2022 conference in Sarajevo, leading European scholars of the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) have launched a new theological council named European Council for the Holy Quran (ECHQ). According to a Facebook post by German GMB leader Khaled Hanafy:
The city of Sarajevo in the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina witnessed the launch of the European Council of the Holy Qur’an project on 14/15 May 2022. 29 institutions and Quranic bodies from 15 countries in Europe participated in the founding conference. […] The council aims to coordinate efforts between Quranic institutions and societies in the European arena. [Translated from Arabic original using Google.]
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According to Hanafy, the new body aims to reconnect „new generations of European Muslims“ with the Book of Allah, helping them recite, memorize, interpret, contemplate, and “live” it.
The meeting, held at the invitation of the Da’wah Department of the European GMB umbrella Council of European Muslims, took place at the Faculty of Islamic Studies at the University of Sarajevo. According to Hanafy, Italian national Ahmed Al-Sunami was elected President of the new body. A post on the website of the Almujahirin Mosque in the western German city of Bonn states the mosque is one of the ECHQ founding members. According to a 2019 article in German media, the mosque is under surveillance by the German domestic intelligence agency and serves as a regular meeting place for adherents to the GMB school of thought.
The ECHQ founding conference featured several European GMB leaders and numerous other individuals closely tied to GMB organizations in Europe, including:
- Samir Falah, Chairman of Council of European Muslims (CEM) and former head of the main German GMB organization Deutsche Muslimische Gemeinschaft (DMG).
- Taha Soliman Amer served as a leader of several German GMB organizations, including the German offshoot of the Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines (IESH) and the German branch of the European Council for Fatwa and Research.
- Kamel Amara, President of the European Council of Imams and a member of the CEM.
- Ahmad Al-Kahlifa, imam at the Islamisches Zentrum München, one of the early centers of the GMB in Europe and affiliated with the DMG. Al-Khalifa has also served as DMG Cultural Officer.
- Said Bouhdifi, Director of the IESH Quran institute.
According to a Tweet by the CEM, as part of the conference, Falah and Amara also held a joint meeting with Husain Kavazovic, the current Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Council of European Muslims, previously known as The Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, is an umbrella group that comprises the GMB in Europe. The CEM has also spawned numerous other organizations, including the European Council for Fatwa and Research and the Forum of Muslim Youth and Student Organizations.
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