Message from the President of FIOE on the blessed occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

Message from the President of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe on the blessed occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

All gratitude is to Allah, Lord of all creation, and peace and blessings on the noble Prophet, his family and Companions.

I offer my cordial felicitations to Muslims in Europe and worldwide on the arrival of Eid-ul-Fitr, following the completion of the blessed month of Ramadan – the month of fasting, worship, good deeds, and perfected sincere action; I ask Allah, the Almighty, to accept from all of us, our fasting and good deeds.

Eid arrives, and it is a season of happiness, family bonding, and bridging the gap between generations; it is the event that crowns Ramadan, which represents a profound school for building faith and piety, and nurturing mutual compassion, solidarity, and support for the less fortunate; values of which we, our European societies, and wider humanity are in great need of.

Eid is also an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity. This year’s Eid comes at a moment when the Muslim Ummah is suffering difficult times; with many crises and open wounds. Indeed,  Eid arrives as we witness a hideous military onslaught upon the Palestinian people, with Gaza bombarded round the clock with tonnes of explosive ordnance, and the number of those killed approaches a thousand, and massive numbers of injured. In this Eid, we renew our solidarity with the Palestinian people at this precarious moment, and reiterate our support for their legitimate rights.

I also take this opportunity to salute the intense efforts of Imams, and mosque and Islamic centre administrations across Europe as they worked to revive the rituals throughout the month of Ramadan, and serve their local communities. On this occasion, we urge Islamic and social organisations to continue improving their work, and to shoulder the responsibility towards Muslims and society in the best possible way.

May Allah accept from all of us our good deeds, and may each year pass where we are in the most favourable of conditions.

 

Brussels, 28 July 2014

 

Abdullah Benmansour

President, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE condemns the violations against Christians and Islamic monuments in North Iraq

Successive reports continue to speak of the grave violations perpetrated against Christian denominations, and historical Islamic monuments in North Iraq.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe condemns in the strongest terms the pressures put on Christian denominations in Mosul and North Iraq, with forced expulsion from their homes and homeland, and considers this an attempt to terrorise society, and tear apart the historically established social fabric of this land of ancient civilisations.

The Federation vigorously denounces the unjust discriminatory practices against Christians and others, which are a slander against Islam, and violate its noble teachings, and declares its solidarity with all those harmed by the policy of expulsion and other grave violations. The Federation follows with increasing alarm the serial and systematic destruction of Islamic religious and historical monuments in Mosul and North Iraq, and considers this a dangerous development that cannot pass without action.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe demands an immediate halt to these measures and practices, security for all inhabitants and religious groupings, a return of those expelled to their areas to live peacefully without being targeted, discriminated against, or restricted in their freedom of worship, while assuring immunity for Islamic religious and historical monuments in their diversity from destruction or vandalism.

Brussels, 28 July 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE condemns the continuing Israeli atrocities in Gaza, and calls for deterrent sanctions

The Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people enters its fourth week with more atrocities, mass killings, and wide-scale destruction in the Gaza Strip, alongside extrajudicial killings and increasing violations against Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The world has witnessed, over the course of three full weeks, an ugly war on residential neighbourhoods, and refugee camps overcrowded with children, women, and the elderly, resulting in the death of over 1000 Palestinians, and injury of thousands more. Horrific and hair raising scenes have continued to play out, and complete families exterminated every day, hospitals overwhelmed by the dead and injured, while blood and remains lie scattered on the roads without any chance of safe havens for the civilian population.

What is occurring in the Gaza Strip is one of the crimes of this century, of mass killing, widespread destruction, a suffocating blockade, terrorising the civilian population, and cutting of the basic means of life.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, as it renews its vigorous condemnation of this naked aggression on the Palestinian people, and deplores those positions aligned with the Israeli aggression and horrific war crimes, demands the imposition of immediate and deterring sanctions on the Israeli occupation, and a halt to all weapons shipments to it, withdrawal of investment, and ending of all favourable military, commercial, and contractual arrangements. It is necessary that all efforts come together to bring an immediate end to this aggression, and to lift the blockade of Gaza without restriction or condition, empowering the Palestinian people to live a life of dignity, and freely communicate with the world, as well as making accountable all those implicated in the Israeli war crimes according to international legal regimes.

European states are called upon to observe their commitments in the area of human rights and global peace, and side with oppressed peoples. No doubt that what is occurring today in terms of the aggression on Gaza is a real test of these commitments that cannot be shrugged off. Decision-makers are called upon to listen to the will of their people, who demonstrate in their hundreds of thousands against this aggression that should not be allowed in today’s world.

The Federation of Islamic organisations in Europe as it expresses its solidarity with the Palestinian people in these difficult circumstances, salutes the masses of people who demonstrate every day around Europe and worldwide against this hideous aggression against the Palestinian people. No doubt that the continuing peaceful demonstrations represent a clear expression of the position of the European peoples, and proof of human conscience that cannot disregard the grave violation of human values, moral principles, and international conventions, or turn a blind eye to the war crimes currently being committed in plain sight in Gaza.

Brussels, 28 July 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

Message from the President of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe on the blessed occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

All gratitude is to Allah, Lord of all creation, and peace and blessings on the noble Prophet, his family and Companions.

I offer my cordial felicitations to Muslims in Europe and worldwide on the arrival of Eid-ul-Fitr, following the completion of the blessed month of Ramadan – the month of fasting, worship, good deeds, and perfected sincere action; I ask Allah, the Almighty, to accept from all of us, our fasting and good deeds.

Eid arrives, and it is a season of happiness, family bonding, and bridging the gap between generations; it is the event that crowns Ramadan, which represents a profound school for building faith and piety, and nurturing mutual compassion, solidarity, and support for the less fortunate; values of which we, our European societies, and wider humanity are in great need of.

Eid is also an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity. This year’s Eid comes at a moment when the Muslim Ummah is suffering difficult times; with many crises and open wounds. Indeed,  Eid arrives as we witness a hideous military onslaught upon the Palestinian people, with Gaza bombarded round the clock with tonnes of explosive ordnance, and the number of those killed approaches a thousand, and massive numbers of injured. In this Eid, we renew our solidarity with the Palestinian people at this precarious moment, and reiterate our support for their legitimate rights.

I also take this opportunity to salute the intense efforts of Imams, and mosque and Islamic centre administrations across Europe as they worked to revive the rituals throughout the month of Ramadan, and serve their local communities. On this occasion, we urge Islamic and social organisations to continue improving their work, and to shoulder the responsibility towards Muslims and society in the best possible way.

May Allah accept from all of us our good deeds, and may each year pass where we are in the most favourable of conditions.

Brussels, 28 July 2014

Abdullah Benmansour

President, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE condemns the Israeli attack on the Palestinian people, and demands an immediate cessation

On Monday night, 7 July, the occupation government decided to launch a new aggression on the Gaza Strip, threatening to bombard cities and residential neighbourhoods, as well as destroy civilian infrastructure, terrorising close to two million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the majority children and women; indeed, it immediately began to execute this.

Days after the horrific crime in Jerusalem against the Palestinian youth, Mohammed Abu Khudair, who was burnt to death at the hands of an extremist Israeli gang, the acts of killing, repression, and violations directed against Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem by the occupation’s forces and gangs of extremist settlers under their protection have escalated.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe condemns in the strongest terms the latest aggression by the Israeli occupation government and military forces on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and the escalation in acts of killing, repression, and violation perpetrated in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The Federation warns of the disastrous consequences of any military attack on the Gaza Strip, which has been subject to a suffocating blockade, and lacks shelter from bombardment, with no food or medical reserves, while its inhabitants face crippling shortages of fuel and electricity.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe expresses its solidarity with the Palestinian people suffering occupation, aggression, repression, and policies of apartheid. The Federation emphasises the necessity to support just Palestinian demands in regaining inalienable rights, and achieving liberty and independence.

The Federation emphasises that the moral responsibility imposed on the European Union and its bodies, governments, parliaments, and official institutions, as well as civil society organisations in Europe and abroad, requires clear condemnation of this Israeli military attack, and leveraging influence to halt and deter it, including the need to suspend all special concessions, favourable treatment, and cooperative agreements enjoyed by the Israeli occupation, while imposing serious punitive measures. Such actions are aligned to the principles of justice, rights, and supporting the freedom of peoples.

Brussels, 8 July 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe