FIOE: The new Hijri year is a good opportunity to review performance and develop efforts

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe extended its heartfelt felicitations to Muslims in all parts of the European Continent, and throughout the Muslim Ummah, on the advent of the new Hijri year (1433H).

In its statement on this occasion, the FIOE said: ” This is an auspicious occasion intimately linked to the journey of migration “the Hijra” undertaken by the noble Messenger, Muhammad, peace be upon him, from Makkah in search of freedom of creed, and to elevate the word of truth far away from repression, promulgate the message of mercy to all creation, and establish society on the foundations of belief and security, human values and distinguished moral principles, while rejecting oppression and authoritarianism, reinforcing the ties of mutual compassion and brotherhood, and respecting religious and cultural diversity, and pluralism between the various constituents of society in Madinah.”

The FIOE added: ” No doubt that the beginning of the new Hijri year is an important event for Muslims of Europe and their institutions, and provides an opportunity to review performance, develop efforts, and achieve greater advances in the reality of the Muslim presence in these European countries and societies. Moreover, it is a further opportunity to reinforce efforts of communication, accord, and cooperation with partners in society and citizenship in Europe.”

The statement also mentioned that: “The past Hijri year (1432H) witnessed many developments in Europe and the world, and it is worthwhile to profit from the gains, study the difficulties, deal with the challenges, derive the lessons from these experiences and strive for a better future in diverse fields, while supporting opportunities for the success of future generations.”

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe expressed its hope that Allah, Most Supreme, All Capable, will make this new Hijri year full of prosperity and security, mutual understanding and solidarity, for our European societies, the Muslim Ummah, and all humanity.

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FIOE congratulates Muslims on the new Hijri year

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe extends its heartfelt felicitations to Muslims in all parts of the European Continent, and throughout the Muslim Ummah, on the advent of the new Hijri year (1433H).

This is an auspicious occasion intimately linked to the journey of migrationùthe Hijraùundertaken by the noble Messenger, Muhammad, peace be upon him, from Makkah in search of freedom of creed, and to elevate the word of truth far away from repression, promulgate the message of mercy to all creation, and establish society on the foundations of belief and security, human values and distinguished moral principles, while rejecting oppression and authoritarianism, reinforcing the ties of mutual compassion and brotherhood, and respecting religious and cultural diversity, and pluralism between the various constituents of society in Madinah.

No doubt that the beginning of the new Hijri year is an important event for Muslims of Europe and their institutions, and provides an opportunity to review performance, develop efforts, and achieve greater advances in the reality of the Muslim presence in these European countries and societies. Moreover, it is a further opportunity to reinforce efforts of communication, accord, and cooperation with partners in society and citizenship in Europe.

The past Hijri year (1432H) witnessed many developments in Europe and the world, and it is worthwhile to profit from the gains, study the difficulties, deal with the challenges, derive the lessons from these experiences and strive for a better future in diverse fields, while supporting opportunities for the success of future generations.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe asks Allah, Most Supreme, All Capable, to make this new Hijri year full of prosperity and security, mutual understanding and solidarity, for our European societies, the Muslim Ummah, and all humanity.

Brussels, 26 November 2011 (1 Muharram 1433H)

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE held celebration in Brussels on the occasion of Hajj and blessed Eid-ul-Adha

The Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe held a celebration in Brussels on the occasion of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha. The celebration held on Monday evening (21st) was attended by a group of public figures. This high level celebration was also attended by more than one hundred European diplomats, parliament members, officials, religious leaders and representatives of the civil society and cultural life.

In His welcome speech, the FIOE president Chakib Ben Makhlouf said: “With the word of peace, with which Islam directs us; with this marvellous word, I am pleased to welcome you most graciously, and thank you from deep in my heart, for accepting our invitation to this celebration, occasioned by Eid-ul-Adha, in this wonderful city of Brussels, capital of European unity.” “Indeed, Muslims have celebrated Eid in Europe, and some have been able to observe the fifth pillar of Islam, by performing the Hajj or pilgrimage, obligatory once in a lifetime for Muslims, men and women, if they are able” he added.

The FIOE president said: “A few days ago, I returned from the Hajj, where I witnessed tens of thousands of Europe’s Muslims embark on this journey of faith—the journey of a lifetime, where they contributed to the composition of a wonderful portrait of peace and human harmony among diverse colours, cultures, and languages.”

Mr Makhlouf confirmed that there are many noble meanings attached to the Hajj, and also Eid-ul-Adha, which Muslims would be wise to express in their social surroundings, in the form of virtuous values, and positive guidance inspired by this season of every year, embodying the message of Islam that seeks good for people—all people; a message of mercy to all creation.

In his speech on this occasion, His Excellency Arif Havas Oegroseno the ambassador of Indonesia, called for developing mutual understanding. He shed light on the experience of his country with Muslim majority in achieving a positive state of religious variety and cohabitation among different cultural sectors.

His Excellency Jonathan Brenton, the Ambassador of United Kingdom stated in his speech that it was the first time for him to participate in celebratory occasion of Muslim Eid and he intends to participate whenever it is possible. Mr Brenton indicated that thousands of British Muslims performed pilgrimage this year and actually this represents a great opportunity of communication with the Islamic world.

The celebration witnessed some guest’s speeches including the speech by Father Joe Vella Gauci, the manager of COMECE where he confirmed the importance of promoting inter-faith dialogue. There was also Mrs. Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic of CEC-KEK (Church and Society Commission) who stressed the necessity of developing collaboration in the field of civil society and human rights. Similarly Mr. Semsettin Ugurlu the President of the Exécutif des Musulmans de Belgique and Mr. Franck-Amine Hensch the President of the Ligue des Musulmans de Belgique stressed on the importance of those values.

Moreover, Mr Abdirizak Waberi, FIOE’s vice president and head of citizenship and PR Department, reviewed the efforts of the federation in building bridges of mutual understanding in Europe and among different cultures. He added that: “If there are some problems and issues, then we should be a part of the solution.”

The program of this celebratory event included some artistic performances and short film produced by the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe about Muslim childhood in the continent on the occasion of universal Children’s Day.

Muslims in France Mourning 4 Girl Students killed in Horrific Accident

Muslims in France were shocked for the killing of four Muslim girl students of Islamic legal sciences in a horrific accident shortly prior to Eid.

A horrific traffic accident on Thursday afternoon, 3rd of November, killed four girls who were students in IESH of Chateau Chinon, France. This accident took place when the four girls, Samira, Khadija, Sueda, and Safa, left together their residency in IESH to visit their families and spend the Eid vacation with them. Then this horrific accident took place and left them all dead.

The FIOE sent its deepest condolences on the death of those girls to their families, the administration of IESH and all students of the institute. The FIOE asks Allah to shower His mercy on those girls, grant them the highest level of Paradise, and give her family patience in this difficult time.

The road to Mecca .. The journey of life in a world season

The journey of pilgrimage in the Muslim conscience around the world has become an important and important site, as the experience with which the personality of the Muslim takes place, becomes more disciplined by Islam and more sensitive to the responsibility placed on himself and those he cares for, and towards society, nation and humanity.

Hajj remains the most important and supreme journey in the life of a Muslim. It represents a great rite of the rites of Islam, one of the pillars of this true religion. Millions of pilgrims who flock every year to the holy sites, in days of information, have come to obey the order, to respond to the appeal, and to seek reward and repent from it, blessed and exalted.

 

Pilgrimage

What the pilgrims are looking forward to is the acceptance of God Almighty, and that their pilgrimage is justified by verifying the perfection of it, in anticipation of the reward and the reward mentioned by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in saying: Narrated by al-Bukhaari.

And justified pilgrimage, is the one that fulfilled its provisions, and signed a site to the request of the taxpayer to the fullest. And the intention is the premise in that, it is necessary to invoke in the Hajj devotion to God Almighty, “but the acts of intentions, but each person what he intended” (Narrated by the two), and follow that the pilgrimage to the legitimate face and the approval of the Prophet peace be upon him.

The pilgrim must prepare in advance for his journey, by preparing for it as he deserves it, renewing his repentant repentance, and spending only halal, and improving the choice of companionship of Hajj, from the people of good and knowledge and to disintegrate from the rights of others.

The justified Hajj is manifested in the creation of the pilgrim and his behavior in word and deed, as achieved by the multiplicity of acts of worship and avoid sin and prevent him from suspicions. It is helpful to this; invoking the pilgrim to the greatness of this ritual and its virtues, sensing its significance and lessons at each of its stations. It is a good pilgrimage to Hajj. In al-Hajj, al-Hasan al-Basri said: “Pilgrimage must be repeated in this world, willing in the Hereafter.”

 

The Sacred House and Makkah are infested with hearts

Muslims, wherever they are, to the Holy House, Mecca and the holy places, in the pilgrimage season, while millions of them travel from the earth to this spot with their bodies. They say, “Let men come to you in every pilgrimage, Al – Hajj.

The Muslim still lives in the hope of seeing the old house, the view of the eye, this house, which God honored, which gathered holiness and majesty, and remained a habitat for the unites and a destination for the worshipers and the two.

The Sacred House remains in the consciousness of the Muslims as proof of the unity of the Ummah, that is, it transcends the limits of the symbolic role to the embodiment of that unity by the Muslims of the world around it in security and tranquility. It is the unity that Allah says in it. ) Al-Baqarah 143, and he also said (and this is your nation, and I am your Lord, and you see).

 

Journey of Hajj and its impact on Muslims

The journey of pilgrimage has affected innumerable people, both in the old and the modern. In the last century, we found, for example, how this journey had established a new consciousness among a Muslim who came from the American Holy Land, Haj Malik Shabaz, who was by Malcolm X. The African-American Muslim lived on his pilgrimage; the highest sense of equality among men of all colors. He returned as an ambassador to the value of equality in his society, which seemed to be divided into two whites, one for whites and one for black people.

The pilgrimage was a journey to Islam. For Muhammad Asad, who was born to a Jewish family named Leopold Weiss, he wrote his famous book, “The Way to Mecca,” in order to explain his journey with the true Islam and his world.

Not far from it; we find many of our contemporaries, who set up the journey of pilgrimage as a profound experience of worship, spiritual, values ​​and humanity, who chose to place it in books and books or to narrate it in anecdotes and narratives, perhaps the most recent contribution of Professor Munir Shafiq. Among them was a Japanese Muslim who, in the late 1990s, chose to portray the pilgrimage with his lens rather than his pen, realizing the effect of the scene on his readers. His work had an impact on several non-Muslims, after being published in prestigious international journals.

If this is a special matter, the general Muslims express their close emotional attachment to the no-man’s country, each according to its environment, culture and traditions. We saw the houses as they read scenes of the Kaaba and the Prophet’s Mosque, as witnessed by the pilgrims.

What deeply affected us, the Muslims of the European continent, was the intimate connection that brought the Muslims behind the former Iron Curtain, in the Holy Land, which was magnified by God. In those communist countries, which confiscated religious rights and deprived Muslims of freedom to perform the Hajj ritual, and narrowed the ports without them; we found them imagine the land is derived from ancestral stories inherited, for example they deliberately to portray Mecca in the drawings traded or attached, come scenes covered with green herbs On the mountains of Mecca closer to the European nature than to the characteristics of Hijaz, which reveals to us about the forced deprivation that was practiced against Muslims there, on the visit of their sanctities and the performance of the duty, which is one of the pillars of their religion.

 

Hajj .. A practical embodiment of the integration of the Islamic message

If the message of Islam is characterized by inclusiveness, integration and balance, the Hajj ritual represents a realistic embodiment of this general characteristic.

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OSCE: more engagement needed to confront anti-Muslim rhetoric

OSCE participating States’ governments and other key actors must challenge intolerant public discourse against Muslims, while preserving freedom of expression, concluded participants at an OSCE high-level meeting held in Vienna on 28 October, 2011.

The conference organized by Lithuania’s 2011 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) gathered some 150 participants, including media professionals, civil society representatives and political representatives from across the OSCE area.

“It is possible to overcome intolerance and discrimination only when all key actors engage and pool their efforts,” said Evaldas Ignatavičius, Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister in his opening address to the conference participants. “Unfortunately, we have seen too little leadership from the political sphere and from the media when Muslims were subject to assaults,” he added. Ignatavičius stressed the need to create a continuing process of open reflection, enact necessary laws, develop sustainable educational programmes and build public awareness to eradicate “this heinous form of human rights violation”.

“The promotion of hatred, hostility and bigotry against certain groups based on their ethnic, national, religious or other characteristics runs counter to the core values of the OSCE community,” said the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, adding that this transnational phenomenon requires collective and co-operative international and regional responses.

Janez Lenarčič, the Director of ODIHR, said: “The OSCE participating States have reaffirmed the commitment to protect and to promote freedom of expression and the right to equality, by stressing the positive role the media and political representatives can play in combating stereotypes.”

Lenarčič underlined the importance of focusing on education to “create a climate where diversity is not only tolerated but also valued”. He encouraged participants to make use of the Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims: Addressing Islamophobia through Education co-published by ODIHR, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. “The first of its kind, this document addresses the specific characteristics of intolerance against Muslims and provides practical guidance to educators on how to address this issue in the classroom,” Lenarčič said.

The event is the third and final in a series of high level meetings co-organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Lithuanian OSCE Chairmanship. A conference in Prague held in March was devoted to anti-Semitism in public discourse, while the Rome Conference in September 2011 addressed hate crimes against Christians.

FIOE President: Hajj and Eid season reinforces a lot of good meanings

Mr Chakib Ben Makhlouf the president of FIOE congratulated the European Muslims and Muslims all over the world on the occasion of hajj and Eid.

He said: “We congratulate all Muslims on the occasion of hajj and Eid; we celebrate this happy occasion and contemplate over the various noble meanings of this occasion.”

“We celebrate the occasion of Eid in Europe and follow the news of the thousands of European Muslims who went to Mecca for pilgrimage. We ask Allah to accept their worship and accept the worship of the circumambulators, those standing on Arafat Mountain, the consecrators, and the ones often bowing down and prostrating themselves in prayer. We ask Allah to accept their hajj, forgive their sins and make them return their homes safely as ambassadors of mercy,” he added.

The FIOE president mentioned that “With the approach of Eid and its glorious meanings that foster collaboration and helping one another to benignancy and piety, those meanings of Eid call those working for Islam in Europe to unify their ranks, adhere firmly to the Covenant of Allah, altogether, and to focus on critical issues and the public interest of all European communities.”

Mr Chakib Ben Makhlouf added: “All Muslims should clearly reflect their noble values and positive guidance inspired by this holy Eid in their societies in a way that represents the Islamic message that seeks after the happiness and mercy for all humanity.”

FIOE strongly condemns the Israeli provocations in Jerusalem (Alquds)

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe condemns in the strongest terms the closure of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli occupation authorities, stopping Islamic religious worship in a place sacred to Muslims worldwide, in a dangerous precedent that cannot be ignored.

The Federation deplores these recent Israeli acts and measures directed against the Al-Aqsa Mosque, including the provocative entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, as well as enabling extremist Israeli groups to break into the mosque on a recurrent basis.

The Federation notes with great concern the continuing escalation by the Israeli authorities against the city of Jerusalem (Alquds), and the increasingly serious violations perpetrated against the Palestinian inhabitants. It is quite clear that the Israeli government is systematically applying an extremist policy aimed at establishing a de facto reality of occupation on Jerusalem, falsifying its historical identity, and entrenching the favoured status of Israeli settlers while repressing and discriminating against the Palestinians.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe draws attention to the dangerous consequences of these grave Israeli violations of Jerusalem (Alquds), which include threatening religious sites and intimidating worshippers, falsifying the holy city’s identity, and changing its features. The Federation emphasises that the Israeli occupation authorities must assure religious freedom in Jerusalem (Alquds), uphold respect for the sanctity of holy places and religious features, halt the restrictions on access to these sites, and cease intimidating those wishing to worship through restrictions and physical violence.

The Federation of Islamic organisations in Europe calls on the European Union, the Council of Europe, the European states and the parties of the international community, to take serious steps to discourage this dangerous escalation by the Israeli government, its authorities, and extremist groups connected to them.

Brussels, 31 October 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe