FIOE mourns the prominent thinker, Roger Garaudy

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) received with great sorrow, the news of the death of the French thinker, Roger Garaudy, known to the world as a distinguished philosopher with a life of diverse contributions and interactions across the world.

The late Roger Garaudy rose to prominence in the field of thought and philosophy, and for his opinions and stances, won many friends and opponents, from different schools of thought, in the distinct phases of his life. In addition, his embracing of the Islamic religion was a crowning moment in a journey distinguished by ideological diversity, which embodied a special place for him among the Muslims, who saw in him an example of the confluence of civilisations and cultures.

Whether people agree or disagree with pioneering thinkers, they cannot in any way ignore the vibrant ideological and human life of a thinker, who spent close to a whole century of our lifetime, with a keen concern for achieving understanding between nations, and interaction between civilisations.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe extends its condolences to the family of the great thinker, Roger Garaudy, his admirers, and the Muslim public in France, on the death of this man who left this world, yet lives on through his works, philosophical legacy, and humane example; we ask Allah, the Almighty, to receive him with His Bountiful Mercy, and to accept him among the righteous.

Brussels, 15 June 2012

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE Calls for employing Euro 2012 championship to address racism

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe called for employing the Euro 2012 championship, organized in Ukraine and Poland, to promote mutual understanding and solidarity among European Societies and address racism and stereotypes.

On this important sporting occasion, FIOE issued a statement in which it urged all parties in the fields of sport, education, religion, culture, media, politics, and the economy, to reinforce ways of communication, understanding, mutual respect, and solidarity between the constituents of European societies.

On this occasion, FIOE saw that it is worthwhile for everyone to grasp the opportunity of this grand sporting occasion to address expressions of racism, prejudice, and stereotypes, in favour of the spirit of openness, mutual exchange, and friendship that is embodied by sport.

The Federation praised the sporting spirit, which unites humans from diverse cultural, religious, and social backgrounds, encourages Europe’s Muslims to develop their constructive cooperation with partners in citizenship, to embody these noble human dimensions in the various spheres of life, and make this sporting event a positive milestone on this path.

FIOE congratulated Ukraine and Poland-governments, peoples, and institutions, for organising the Euro 2012 championship, which will be a valuable opportunity to deepen knowledge of two European countries distinguished by their cultural richness, progress, and prosperity, and to contribute to the promotion of understanding and mutual respect among the constituents of the European peoples.

It stressed that Euro 2012, starting on Friday, 8 June, is a significant sporting event, drawing spectators from across Europe and the world, who will follow it in stadiums, or through the media. Indeed, this is a reminder that all people are brothers and sisters in the common human family, sharing the same concerns, and that diversity, which is a feature of human societies, must be considered a gain that necessitates achieving mutual knowledge and understanding between the constituents of the rich human reality.

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FIOE: The Euro 2012 championship is an occasion to promote understanding and address racism

 The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe congratulates Ukraine and Poland-governments, peoples, and institutions, for organising the Euro 2012 championship, which will be a valuable opportunity to deepen knowledge of two European countries distinguished by their cultural richness, progress, and prosperity, and to contribute to the promotion of understanding and mutual respect among the constituents of the European peoples.

Euro 2012, starting on Friday, 8 June, is a significant sporting event, drawing spectators from across Europe and the world, who will follow it in stadiums, or through the media. Indeed, this is a reminder that all people are brothers and sisters in the common human family, sharing the same concerns, and that diversity, which is a feature of human societies, must be considered a gain that necessitates achieving mutual knowledge and understanding between the constituents of the rich human reality.

On this important sporting occasion, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe urges all parties in the fields of sport, education, religion, culture, media, politics, and the economy, to reinforce ways of communication, understanding, mutual respect, and solidarity between the constituents of European societies. It is worthwhile for everyone to grasp the opportunity of this grand sporting occasion to address expressions of racism, prejudice, and stereotypes, in favour of the spirit of openness, mutual exchange, and friendship that is embodied by sport.

The Federation, as it praises the sporting spirit, which unites humans from diverse cultural, religious, and social backgrounds, encourages Europe’s Muslims to develop their constructive cooperation with partners in citizenship, to embody these noble human dimensions in the various spheres of life, and make this sporting event a positive milestone on this path.

Brussels, 7 June 2012

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE condemns the massacre at Houla, and the continued terrorising of the Syrian people

In a statement issued on Monday, May 28th the federation of Islamic organizations in Europe (FIOE) indicated that it received shocking reports of a horrific massacre committed in the Syrian town of Houla, to which more than one hundred civilians fell victim, among them dozens of women and children. Reports told that the most violent means of killing and destruction were used by the Syrian regime’s forces to commit this massacre, including shelling by tanks; on the other hand, reports continue to be received regarding massacres being perpetrated in other areas.

The Federation condemned in the strongest terms these renewed atrocities, which represent a new episode in the serialisation of mass killing by the Syrian regime, its armed forces, and gangs of security thugs. The regime has continued to terrorise the Syrian people for around fifteen months, with thousands of innocent victims.

The statement added that this serious development exposes how the crimes against the Syrian people have intensified in full sight and hearing of the world. Indeed FIOE is surprised that this massacre, and other incidents of mass killing are perpetrated daily against civilians, even though the international monitoring mission continues its work in Syria.

The Federation expressed its condolences to the families of the victims and injured.  It renewed its fraternal solidarity with the Syrian people, facing a series of massacres and atrocities perpetrated by the ruling regime, and its repressive machine, merely for demanding freedom, democratic change, and an end to dictatorship.

The Federation called for redoubled efforts in solidarity with the Syrian people, and in relief campaigns for those affected by destruction and displacement. It also called upon international bodies, European states, and civil society organisations to fulfil their obligations towards the Syrian people and their just cause; the world cannot ignore all these massacres and atrocities, or stand by with hands tied.