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Documentary Examines How Qatar Charity Funds European Islamic Centers

March 16th, 2021 12:25

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.

Read the rest here.

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.