Turkish media is reporting on the opening of an Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş mosque in Japan, attended by Turkish government officials. According to the TRTHaber report:
November 20th, 2022: The Tsushima Complex, built by the Islamic Community Milli Gorus in Japan, was put into service today. The opening ceremony was attended by Turkish Ambassador to Tokyo Korkut Güngen, Nagoya Consul General Umut Lütfi Öztürk, Tsushima Mayor Hibi Kazaaki, Fatsa Mayor İbrahim Etem Kibar and many NGOs and press representatives. IGMG Chairman Kemal Ergün made a statement regarding the opening of the complex built in the city of Tsushima in the Nagoya region, which is the third largest metropolitan area of Japan.Wishing that the complex will bring blessings to this region, Ergün said, “I would like to express my gratitude to each of my brothers and sisters who provided support with their donations.” said. [Translated by Google with edits]
According to a Turkish-Dutch media report, EMUG, the European Association for Building and Maintaining Mosques, also contributed to building the mosque with the support of regional Pakistani and Turkish Muslims. German intelligence has identified the Cologne-based association EMUG (Europäische Moscheebau- und Unterstützungsgemeinschaft e. V.) as connected to Millî Görüş. EMUG is responsible for the administration and construction of hundreds of mosques in Germany and Europe. German Muslim Brotherhood leader Ibrahim El-Zayat is the executive director of the EMUG. El-Zayat’s wife is the sister of Mehmet Sabri Erbakan, a former leader of Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş (IGMG) and nephew of Necmettin Erbakan.
The Turkish-Dutch article also reported that the Tsushima mosque is named after the Hagia Sophia (Turkish: Ayasofya) mosque in Istanbul, saying that the new mosque received its construction permit on the same day that the original Hagia Sophia was opened as a mosque. The Hagia Sophia mosque was originally a Byzantine church that was converted to a mosque following the Ottoman Empire’s conquest of Constantinople in 1453, but Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s secular government converted it into a museum in 1934. President Erdoğan ordered it re-converted to a mosque in 2020, saying that Sultan Mehmet II, the Ottoman conqueror of Istanbul, wanted it to be a mosque and that Turkey could leave behind “the curse of Allah, profits, and angels” that Mehmet said would be visited on anyone who converted it away from being a mosque.
Millî Görüş is a Turkish political movement whose aim is to transform Turkey into an Islamic state. The movement was founded in 1969 by former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who, until his death, headed the Islamist Felicity Party in Turkey. The ideology and political agenda of Millî Görüş has called for an end to the secular regime in Turkey through education and preaching. In Germany, Millî Görüş operates as the Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş (IGMG), which oversees the work of Millî Görüş chapters in at least 12 European countries and states that it has over 127,000 members worldwide. Der Spiegel reported that between 2004–2009, IGMG officers funneled at least €9.5 million to the Felicity Party.