Kuwaiti media has reported that in December 2020, the Muslim Brotherhood held an online conference titled “The Muslim Brotherhood: Facts and Basics” which was aired on the pro-Brotherhood TV channel Al-Watan. According to a Mugtama article:
On Wednesday, the Muslim Brotherhood launched a virtual international conference, to clarify facts about its ideology, with the participation of about 40 of the group’s symbolic and political and religious figures from different parts of the world. The international conference, which will end tomorrow, Thursday, came under the title “The Muslim Brotherhood: Facts and Principles,” and was broadcast by the “Watan” satellite channel, which speaks for the group, and broadcasts from outside Egypt.
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- Abd al-Khaliq al-Sharif, member of the General Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood
- Ismail Ali, member of the General Shura Council of the Muslim Brotherhood
- Kamal Al-Khatib, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel
- Ali Sadr al-Din al-Bayanouni, former general observer of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria
- Mohieddin Ghazi, Secretary of the Muslim Brotherhood in India
- Azzam al-Ayoubi, Secretary-General of the Muslim Brotherhood in Lebanon
- Yassin Aktay, deputy chairman of Turkey’s ruling AK party
Also appearing on the list of conference speakers is Moustafa Shahin, identified by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) as a Professor of Economics at Oakland Community College and the Economics department at Baker College in Michigan. Shahin gave a conference speech titled “The Brotherhood’s Role in Confronting Crises and Disasters”. Investigative research by the GIOR suggests Shahin has both ideological and organizational ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and his presence at the conference indicates a level of seniority within the Brotherhood. Shahin’s Facebook profile illustrates his ideological affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood: as he has shared statements by Brotherhood leaders and his Facebook Likes include the pages of many individuals associated with the Brotherhood or radical Islam, including:
- Egyptian Islamist leader Hazem Salah Abu Ismail
- Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Gamal Heshmat
- Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Ashraf Abel Ghaffar
- Egyptian Islamist cleric Fadel Soliman
- Mauritanian Islamist cleric Mohamed El Hassan Ould Dedew
In addition, a Moustafa Shahin is listed in Michigan state records as having registered the Southfield Muslim Community Center (SMCC) in 2015 at the same address where he registered his Economic Consulting company. According to its archived website, the SMCC, in turn, was a rebranding of the Islamic American University (IAU), a non-accredited private Islamic university established by the Muslim American Society (MAS) in the 1990s. Between 1999–2003, the IAU was headed by Muslim Brotherhood figurer Salah Soltan, a Professor at IAU and a member of its board of directors. Soltan is a notorious anti-Semite who in 2015 was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court over his role In the Egyptian MB. In 2017, it was reported that he was serving a five-year sentence in a maximum-security prison after his death sentence was overturned by an appellate court. The IAU board of trustees was headed by two senior Muslim Brotherhood figures, with Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Youssef Qaradawi serving as chairman and US Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi as vice-chairman. An online directory currently lists Moustafa Shahin as an economics professor at IAU.
The Muslim American Society (MAS) was identified in a report authored by the GIOR editor as a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood and closely tied to the Egyptian organization. According to an investigation by the Chicago Tribune, the MAS chose to conceal their Brotherhood affiliation, especially fearing that the US would crackdown on Hamas members. A meeting agenda of the Brotherhood Palestine Committee on July 30, 1994, called on the MAS to “educate the brothers in all work centers, mosques, and organizations on the necessity of stopping any contacts with Zionist organizations and the rejection of any future contacts.”