X

Iranian-linked Organization Leaves German State-recognized Shura Council

January 30th, 2022 12:58

Ger­man Islamist media is report­ing that a mosque orga­ni­za­tion linked to the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment left a Shu­ra coun­cil that has an agree­ment with the Ger­man gov­ern­ment. Accord­ing to the IslamiQ report:

Jan­u­ary 4, 2022: The Islam­ic Cen­ter Ham­burg has left the board of SCHU­RA-Ham­burg. In Novem­ber, the Shu­ra Coun­cil was restruc­tured. Instead of three co-chair­men, there is now only one, the new chair­man Fatih Yıldız told dpa. The restruc­tur­ing, he said, was pri­mar­i­ly done to make the board more capa­ble of act­ing and more diverse. The eval­u­a­tion of the state treaty had played a sec­ondary role. Inte­ri­or Sen­a­tor Andy Grote expressed his delight at the depar­ture of the Islam­ic Cen­ter Ham­burg (IZH) from the Shu­ra Coun­cil. “We have always said quite clear­ly: here we are deal­ing with extrem­ists,” the SPD politi­cian told the Ger­man Press Agency. “That’s why we were not sad now when we learned that the Islam­ic Cen­ter has left the Shu­ra Council.“The IZH, which runs the Blue Mosque on the Alster, is seen by the State Office for the Pro­tec­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion as an out­post of the Iran­ian mul­lah regime in Europe and has been under sur­veil­lance for decades. Until now, it pro­vid­ed one of three co-chair­men of the Shu­ra. The CDU, AfD and FDP have there­fore long been call­ing for the state treaty with the Coun­cil of Islam­ic Com­mu­ni­ties (Shu­ra) to at least be put on hold. [Trans­lat­ed by DeepL with edits]

Read the rest here.

Hamburg’s Shu­ra Coun­cil is one of the city’s part­ners and grants priv­i­leges such as pro­vid­ing Islam­ic reli­gious instruction.