German broadcaster DW has published a documentary detailing how the Qatar Charity (QC) provided large sums to numerous European Islamic centers tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood, According to a promotional article for the documentary:
Is Qatar trying to gain influence in Europe by funding a charity NGO? A whistleblower has provided two French journalists with thousands of secret documents that belong to the “Qatar Charity.” (…) The documents revealed details of a missionary- and funding program aimed at strengthening political Islam throughout Europe. This program includes the financing of 140 mosques, cultural centers, and schools — all of which are associated with the radical Islamic Muslim Brotherhood organization. But Qatari authorities deny that the NGO is carrying out missionary activity in the West.
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A Spanish-language version of the documentary is available here.
Although QC is ostensibly an independent charity, the book authored by the French journalists refers to QC as the “religious soft power of Doha.” In 2015, Qatari media reported that the charity had launched an initiative to “serve Islamic projects worldwide” and that the project operated in more than 50 countries with the founding of Islamic centers in countries such as France, Germany, Australia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Albania, and Italy. In 2016, the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch reported that QC was a major funder of the Ligue des Musulmans de Belgique, the main Muslim Brotherhood national group in Belgium. Other GIOR reporting about QC has also included:
- An October 2020 report about an inquiry by the Dutch Parliament into foreign influence over the country’s Muslims highlighting QC funding of Dutch mosques amounting to millions of euros.
- A November 2020 report on the first official visit of British Ambassador Jonathan Wilks to QC and analyzing QC’s activities in the UK.