The Council of European Muslims (CEM), the umbrella body for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, has announced a new series of virtual training events about the theological and social aspects of introducing Islam scheduled for March 2021 and held by four European Muslim Brotherhood leaders. According to the CEM Facebook post:
February 26, 2021 The Council of Muslims of Europe announces the first formative session of introducing Islam in three languages. The course aims to form ideas and skills to introduce the true image and excellence of the Islamic religion, in light of increasing distortion campaigns and escalating racism against Muslims in Europe. We join the course with professors with long knowledge and experience in this field.
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[Translated from Arabic using Google.]
The events, which will be accessible via Zoom for a fee of 20 euros each and held in the Arabic language with live translations to English, German, and Russian, are set to feature the following lecturers:
- Jasser Auda, a leading member of several important organizations in the European Muslim Brotherhood, including the European Council for Fatwa and Research and the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
- Ahmed Al-Khalifa, former Secretary-General of the Islamische Gemeinschaft in Deutschland (now named Deutsche Muslimische Gemeinschaft), representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany.
- Abdallah Benmansour, former President of CEM’s predecessor Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe and one of the founders of its French member Union of Islamic Organisations in France, now named Musulmans de France (MF).
- Ahmed Jaballah, a senior leader in the French and the Global Muslim Brotherhood and a former MF President and Dean of the Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines, a French educational facility co-founded by CEM’s and MF’s predecessors.
The CEM claims to be an independent umbrella organization representing the interests of Muslims in Europe but, in reality, is an umbrella group comprising the Global Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, a transnational Islamist influence network covered by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR). The CEM has strong ties to Hamas and Hamas fund-raising organizations, and in the past, some of its member organizations have shown evidence of links with Al-Qaida. The FIOE has also spawned numerous other organizations, including the ECFR and the Forum of Muslim Youth and Student Organizations.
Previous GIOR reporting about the CEM has included:
- An October 2020 report that a group of prominent Swedish academics had published an open letter criticizing public funding for Swedish CEM member Studieförbund Ibn Rushd.
- An October 2020 report that CEM had issued a statement criticizing French President Macron for a speech on combating Islamist separatism.
- An October 2020 report that a CEM affiliate was part of a group of 17 European civil society organizations calling on EU member states to adopt political action in order to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Muslim communities.
- An October 2020 report that CEM participated in a high-level virtual conference by many CEM members and other Global Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
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