On 18 September 2021, the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) welcomed a delegation from the newly established Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to their headquarters in the Qatari capital Doha. According to an IUMS Facebook post:
The delegation of the emirate expresses the thanks of Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund and the new government to the Union for its keenness, support, […] and efforts to serve #Afghanistan in order to achieve the interests and aspirations of #Afghan people, and in order to serve the security and stability #Afghanistan. [Translated from Arabic original using Yandex.]
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Top IUMS leaders attended the meeting, including IUMS President Ahmed Al-Raissouni, IUMS Secretary-General Ali Al-Qaradaghi, and Mohamed Al-Yafei, Director of the IUMS Qatar branch. The Taliban delegation consisted of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai, accompanied by Taliban Political Bureau member Mawlawi Mutai ul Haq and Taliban spokesmen Suhail Shaheen and Mohammad Naeem.
According to another Arabic-language Facebook post, during the assembly, IUMS Secretary-General Al-Qaradaghi expressed his happiness with the successes of the Taliban, which he described as the successes of all Muslims. He also said the IUMS could help the Taliban to organize economic matters and policies. IUMS President Al-Raissouni proposed holding joint seminars and conferences on educational, political, and economic issues for each to benefit from the experiences of the other. Taliban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Stanikzai, who helped establish and from 2015 until 2020 led the Taliban’s political office in Doha, asked IUMS scholars to help build and preserve the Afghan state through advice and guidance.
Founded in 2004, the IUMS is an international body of Muslim theologians whose leadership is closely tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) and, until recently, was led by GMB spiritual guide Youssef Qaradawi. Several prominent European Muslim faith leaders tied to the GMB were IUMS members and/or have served as IUMS Trustees, including former Oxford University Islamic Studies professor Tariq Ramadan and Ahmed Jaballah, a senior leader in the French and Global Muslim Brotherhood.
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