FIOE celebrates the New Hijri Year in a gathering of dignitaries in Brussels

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) held a celebratory function in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, the end of the Hajj season, and the advent of the New Hijri Year.

The function, held on 12 November 2012, was attended by a number of ambassadors, consuls, and representatives of Islamic and European diplomatic missions in Brussels, officials from European institutions, members of Parliament, representatives of official and religious bodies, civil society organisations, and public figures, including Muslim leaders in Belgium.

The Head of the Public Relations and Citizenship Department in the Federation, and Member of Parliament, Abdirizak Waberi, welcomed those present, emphasising the Federation’s interest in continuing constructive communication with official and religious bodies, as well as civil society organisations, for the good of European societies, and to strengthen mutual understanding.

The President of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, Chakib Benmakhlouf, gave a speech on this occasion, in which he pointed to the noble values inherent in the Hajj season, Eid, and the New Hijri Year. The President of the Federation also tackled a number of issues preoccupying Muslims and European societies in general.

A number of speeches were also made at the event by the participants, along with varied programmes, and an abstract art exhibition.

FIOE congratulates Muslims on the new Hijri year 1434

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe 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 (1434H).

The past Hijri year (1433H) 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.

No doubt that the beginning of the new Hijri year is an important event for Muslims of Europe and their institutions.

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, 15 November 2012 (1 Muharram 1434H)

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE condemns the Israeli aggression on Gaza

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) expresses its severe condemnation of the brutal aggression launched by the Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday evening, 14th November, which claimed dozens of martyrs and wounded within a few minutes, including a number of children.

The Federation also expresses its grave concern for Palestinian civilians, in light of Israeli threats to continue the bombardment and widen the aggression, particularly since this dangerous development of spilling the blood of Palestinians calls to mind the destructive Israeli aggression on Gaza nearly four years ago, which cannot be allowed to resume or its atrocities repeated. This aggression also comes to emphasise the inherent danger of the extremist tendencies of the Israeli government, which threatens to wage wars, spill blood, and ignite a blaze in the region. This compels the international community to adopt a firm position, before it is too late.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) calls on the European Union, European governments, and all concerned authorities around the world to urgently adopt a tough position that deters the Israeli leadership and army from persisting in this aggression, and causing further wars to flare up.

Brussels, 15 November 2012

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe