Intensive Training Programs for New Muslims

 Intensive Training Programs for New Muslims

The European Research & Leadership Development Center (ERLDC) has coordinated and organized a training program for new Muslims, in cooperation with the FIOE department of New Muslims. The program gathered 24 participants from EU member states, and took place over the last weekend (20-21 February 2016) in Milan, Italy.
According to Mr. Tahar Guilai, ERLCD director, the program included training sessions, counselling, tailor-made workshops and courses, specifically based on the needs of the target group, wherein many hot items were addressed. Among other successful outcomes, the program concluded with a sample project proposal on “planning social integration packages for new Muslims”, and the best way to team-up with Islamic centers in this regard.
Guilai added, the first collaboration experience has shown a dire need for assisting the new Muslims in a professional way with sensitivity and care. Such help can be provided through mentoring, coaching and special effective training, which we look forward to continue working on with the New Muslims department.

FIOE denounces the Ankara Terror Attack

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) denounces the Ankara terror attack, witnessed by the Turkish capital on Wednesday night (17 February), resulting in tens of casualties, and expresses solidarity with the Turkish people in such calamity.

“FIOE” is confident in Turkey’s ability to overcome such attempts to affect its security and stability, and to continue the progress towards prosperity, democracy and the rule of law, despite all the risks and challenges.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe expresses its deep condolences to the Turkish people, government, as well as to the families of the innocent victims of such horrendous attack, and prays for the injured to get a speedy recovery.

Brussels, 18 February 2016

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

Final Statement of the 3rd General Assembly Meeting in the 10th Executive Term of FIOE

The 2nd General Assembly Meeting in the 10th Executive Term of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe was convened, with the blessing of Allah—the Almighty, on 21-24 January 2016 (10-13 Rabi‘ al-Thani 1437H) in Tunis, with the participation of the Federation leadership, and representatives of member organisations in the European states. Tunis was chosen for the General Assembly meeting in a fraternal message from Europe, and valuing the Tunisian people’s experiment in freedom and democracy over the past five years.

The General Assembly was briefed on the work of the Executive Office and Shura Council reports, as framed by the Federation General Plan for the 10th Term (2014 to 2018. The Assembly evaluated performance, and deliberated over the means of developing the trajectory of the Federation and members, in enhancing their roles of serving societies.

Moreover, the Assembly discussed the ways by which to project the updated Federation vision, “European Muslims”, and realise work based on the mission of “promulgating Islam, encouraging and supporting Europe’s Muslims in performing religious practice, and contributing effectively to the different aspects of life, within a framework of moderate understanding, and an innovating reformist approach”, and the strategic objectives derived from the Federation’s new vision.

The Assembly urged the scale-up of efforts of collaboration and coordination with European civil society in diverse spheres, while strengthening effective communication and constructive partnership with the constituents of European societies. Moreover, developing Muslims’ participation in public life, and in addressing the shared challenges faced by societies.

The Assembly deliberated over the situation of refugees in Europe and the response of civil society, including Islamic and social organisations, and the responsibilities related to assistance, welfare, integration, and awareness of the new environment, its systems and cultures. The Assembly called for adherence to the standards of human rights and respect for human dignity in the policies and measures applied in dealing with the refugees. The Assembly praised the response of civil society across Europe regarding the wave of refugees, including the campaigns launched by charitable and social organisations, religious bodies, Islamic organisations and centres, mosques and churches. The Assembly invited Islamic organisations in Europe to pay greater attention to the areas of social work, and to formulate effective strategies in this regard at the local, regional, and Continent level.

The Assembly deplored the rising wave of terrorist attacks worldwide and the events in France particularly, which threaten the security of societies, and aim to spread a culture of fear and hostility. The Assembly condemned the abuse by terrorist groups of Islamic sanctities by introducing these in their propaganda of killing and aggression, as well as misappropriating Islamic slogans and as such, misleading the public.

The Assembly in the proceedings held a specialist workshop on the subject of “religious discourse in confronting extremism”. Participants included scholars and thinkers, who explored this vital topic, concluding with a set of recommendations. The Assembly emphasised the importance of reinforcing moderate religious understanding and awareness among Muslims, and protecting against extremism and extremist thought, which spread division within the one society, and threaten its security and stability.

The Assembly deliberated on the means to support the values of human rights, equality, combating racism, hatred, and Islamophobia, while reinforcing shared values, and the principles of mutual respect and social peace.

The Assembly condemned the attacks by the occupation authorities and settler gangs in Palestine, their continued violations in Jerusalem, and the provocations by occupation troops in the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque. The Assembly noted with alarm the deterioration in conditions in a number of Arab, Islamic, and African states, and the spread of unrest, military oppression, and widening sectarian conflict, extremism, and hatred. The Assembly warned of the danger inherent within these developments on the security of peoples, and coexistence of societies, in their aspirations for freedom, democracy, and prosperity. The Assembly pointed out especially to the peril of the continuing tragedy in Syria, and those victims, wounded and refugees left in its wake. The Assembly expresses its solidarity with the Syrian people and all other peoples suffering in their continuing ordeal.

The Assembly called for greater effort in developing the presence of women and youth in the leadership bodies and councils of Islamic organisations in Europe, and to encourage them to raise their participation in all positive spheres.

The General Assembly, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe