Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has published its annual “constitutional protection” report for Hesse, a federal state, in which it provides information on the dangers to a free democratic order and detailing the German and international networks of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). According to the report:
In Germany, the DMG, formerly the Islamic Community in Germany e. V. (IGD), with its headquarters in Berlin, is the organization of MB supporters with the largest number of members in Germany. The DMG represents the Egyptian branch of the MB and has been a member of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), now the Council of European Muslims (CEM), since its foundation as IGD. [Translated with Google Translate]
Read the full report here.
The report notes that while the MB does not appear under its own name, there is a widely developed network of the MB in Germany and Europe and lists the most important institutions tied to the Brotherhood as follows: [Translated with Google Translate]
Council of European Muslims (CEM) | In Europe, the MB, which is strictly hierarchically organized, is represented by the CEM, a European umbrella association of MB-related organizations based in Brussels (Belgium). Until January 2020, the association was called the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE, Federation of Islamic Organizations). According to its own information, the CEM brings together organizations from 28 countries, including many national umbrella organizations.
European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) | The ECFR, based in Dublin (Ireland), belongs to the European network of MB and regularly issues legal opinions for Muslims living in Europe. The main task of the ECFR is to establish itself as a religious authority in Europe. To this end, the ECFR published the “Euro Fatwa” app in 2019, with which users have been able to call up the ECFR fatwas and decisions by topic in Arabic, English, and Spanish.
European Council of Imams | In November 2019, the European Imams Council met for the first time in Paris, France. According to its own statement, the committee has some 50 members from 20 European countries. This also includes people from Hessen with a connection to the MB / DMG network. The aim of the organization is, among other things, to coordinate the activities of various Islamic organizations, to act as a representation of interests, to promote the Islamic presence in the political and social sphere, and to consolidate the Islamic identity.=
Fatwa-Ausschuss in Deutschland (Fatwa Committee in Germany) | The majority of the members of the Fatwa Committee in Germany, which was founded in 2016, are members of the ECFR. The fatwa committee adopts the fatwas of the ECFR, translates them into German, and publishes them on its own website and on social media. The fatwas are partly based on Islamic law and Islamic ritual requirements of the Sharia, which are not compatible with the free democratic basic order.
Rat der Imame und Gelehrten in Deutschland (Council of Imams and Scholars in Germany| Similar to the ECFR at the European level, which was chaired by MB ideologist Yusuf al-Qaradawi until October 2018, the RIGD claims for Germany to act as a scientific authority on questions of the interpretation of the Koran for Muslims living here. The RIGD, which has been based in Frankfurt am Main since 2004, is both organizationally and ideologically close to DMG.
Europäisches Institut für Humanwissenschaften (EIHW) (European Institute for Human Sciences) | In 2012, the EIHW, based in Frankfurt am Main, was founded as an association based on the model of the European Institute of Human Sciences in Great Britain (European Institute of Human Sciences, EIHS) and in France (Institut Européen des Sciences Humaines, IESH). In 2013 the EIHW started its teaching program. As a training center, the EIHW serves to spread the MB ideology and acts as a training facility for MB and DMG officials.
Finally, the report concludes that “there is an increased risk of the spread of the MB ideology,” highlighting the high number of followers MB organizations have on social media. The report also notes that MB supporters and organizations close to MB “endeavored to make their ideology socially acceptable and to gain broad acceptance.”
Islamists, notably the Global Muslim Brotherhood, are organized in extensive transnational networks that attempt to gain legitimacy as the sole voice of Muslim communities in their respective countries. They also attempt to exert control and influence over their respective Muslim populations in service of an Islamist agenda. The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) has extensively covered the activities of the Global Muslim Brotherhood, and many of its front organizations can be found in the GIOR Wiki. Past GIOR reporting on Muslim Brotherhood networks in Europa has included:
- In July, we reported that a European Muslim Brotherhood-tied youth group issued a statement calling for a revision of a judgment by the European Court of Justice that allowed employers to ban religious symbols in the workplace.
- In March, we reported that a virtual conference brought together Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders to “revive” the International Islamic Federation of Student Organizations (IIFSO), essentially the international youth/student organization of the GMB.
- In February, we reported that a coalition of 36 NGOs, many with Muslim Brotherhood ties, was taking action against France at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) over its alleged systemic discrimination of Muslims.
- Last October, we reported that the Council of European Muslims issued a statement criticizing French President Macron for a speech on combating Islamist separatism.