Press statement on Quebec City mosque terrorist attack – Canada:

FIOE: We Strongly Condemn the Terrorist Attack on Quebec City Mosque. Targeting Peaceful Sanctuary-Goers is a Violation of All Human Values

It is with deep sadness and sorrow that the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE), heard of the terror attack perpetrated on Monday (30 January 2017), against the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre, in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood, Canada, where 6 innocent persons were killed, around 10 injured, and other peaceful mosque-goers were intimidated.

FIOE denounces this terrorist attack in the strongest terms possible, and condemns its base motives that violate the human lives, and attempt to spread hatred by desecrating the houses of worship, which would leave a significant range of citizens emotionally agitated.  In the same context, FIOE calls upon all components of the Canadian society to stand united against discrimination of any kind as to race or religionin a country, which is well-known of its public culture of tolerance. Additionally, FIOE stresses the importance of defending social stability, cohesion, and protecting fundamental human values in order to face such growing despicable attacks against the entire society.

We, as FIOE, value the balanced and responsible approach of the Canadian government on such heinous assault and its repercussions. Certainly, FIOE affirms its solidarity with the Canadian people, especially with the Muslims of Quebec City and other areas, in this time of sorrow, conveys deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the innocent victims, shares thoughts with them in their devastating loss, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

Brussels, January 30, 2017

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE: we strongly comdemn the terrorist attack on coptic cathedral in Cairo

Press statement:

FIOE: WE STRONGLY CONDEMN THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON COPTIC CATHEDRAL IN CAIRO.

TARGETING SANCTUARIES IS A VIOLATION OF ALL RELIGIOUS AND HUMAN VALUES

 

We, as the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE), were deeply saddened to hear of the terror attack perpetrated on Sunday (11 December 2016), against the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, where 23 were killed, around 50 injured, and mostly women and children among the churchgoers were intimidated. Confirming its principled position that terrorism has no religion, FIOE denounces this horrendous attack in the strongest terms possible. Indeed, suchatrocities which violate the human lives, attempt to undermine security and terrorize communities, must be condemns.

In the same context, FIOE calls upon all components of the Egyptian society to stand united against any ventures seeking to divide them and spread communal hatred among fellow citizens, in a society that never allowed sectarianism or any kind of discrimination throughout its prolonged history. FIOE also stresses the importance of concertedsincere efforts seeking social stability and cohesion to face suchdespicable attacks against the entire society.

FIOE reaffirms solidarity with the Egyptian people, and especially with the Coptic Church, in this time of sorrow, conveys deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the innocent victims, sharesthoughts with them in their devastating loss, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

Brussels, December 12, 2016

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

“FIOE” denounces the heinous terror attacks in Istanbul

Press Statement:

“FIOE” DENOUNCES THE HEINOUS TERROR ATTACKS IN ISTANBUL

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) denounces the heinous terrorist attacks, witnessed by the Istanbul city centre on Saturday evening (10, December 2016), and resulting in dozens of victims from police officers and civilians alike.

FIOE expresses solidarity with the Turkish people in such calamity, and reaffirms its confidence in Turkey’s ability to overcome such desperate attempts to affect its security and stability, and that it will continue the progress towards prosperity, defending 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 brutal attack, and prays for the injured to get a speedy recovery.

Brussels, December 11, 2016

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

Final Statement of the 7th Shura Council, in the 10th Term (FIOE)

In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Beneficent

Final Statement of the 7thShura Council, in the 10th Term of

the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)

Sarajevo, 29-31 October, 2016CE / 26-29 Muharram, 1438AH

With the grace of Allah, the Almighty, the Shura Council in its 10th term of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) held its 7thassembly on 29th – 31st October, 2016 CE 26th – 29th Muharram, 1438 AH, in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the participation of the FIOE leadership as well as representatives of the European member organisations.

The Shura Council was briefed on the operation of the Executive Office, in accordance with the adopted general plan for the 10th term (2014 – 2018), and acknowledged their report. In the same context, the Council discussed different approaches and tools for supporting institutional development, in order to advance the momentum of FIOE as well as member organisations, and elevate their important roles in serving their respective societies.

In addition, the Council met with the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mashyakha), and a number of civil society organisations. The Council’s members praised the vital role played by the (Mashyakha) as a religious authority, and valued the distinct experience of co-existence, in the light of religious and ethnic pluralism within Bosnian society. Moreover, the two parties exchanged views on possible ways of coordination and promoting collaboration on issues of common interest at the European level.

During its assembly, the Council studied the prospects of managerial reform, in addition to the options for development of the organisational structure on FIOE central level as well as the member organisations. It also considered the ways of furthering the efficiency, and the means of promoting multiple responsibilities within FIOE work areas, with due effective strategies on the local, regional and continental levels in Europe. In this regard, the Council further stressed the importance of the presence of women in leadership boards and councils of Islamic institutions, coupled with generating opportunities to empower youth, and encourage their positive participation, to achieve the desired success both professionally and socially.

The attendance discussed the current status and recent developments in Europe, and their impact on Muslims. Such issues include the dangers of heightened racial hatred, and attacks against mosques, Islamic centres and other facilities. In the same context, the Council reviewed some surveys and relevant research before concluding a number of important decisions and recommendations, which are mainly centred on the optimal mechanisms to interact with such challenges. The Council gave emphasis to unconditionally renouncing racism and stressed the importance of collaboration against the increasing ban and exclusion culture, by promoting shared human values, defending religious freedom, equality and equal opportunities.

The Council commended the efforts of Islamic foundations in promoting religious awareness among Muslims, in an attempt to protect them from the dangers of extremism and fanaticism that tear the fabric of society; and in turn threaten its security and social stability. Likewise, the Council called upon Muslims of Europe to advance their social constructive participation, strengthen effective communication with all genuine parties, and enhance cooperation and coordination with civil society organisations in various fields. This trend is in pursuance of FIOE’s established mission, i.e. “promoting Islam, supporting Muslims of Europe, helping them to practice religious duties, and actively participate in various aspects of life, within a centric framework of understanding together with a reform-renewal approach”, in addition to the consequent strategic goals indicated in the newly developed vision.

On another note, the Council reviewed a number of external issues and assessed their expected impact in the European context. The delegates expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in a number of Arab and Muslim countries, the spread of unrest, and widening conflict that fuels hatred and extremism, warning of the danger of these developments on the security of peoples, the coexistence of communities and their aspirations in freedom and prosperity. The Council calls for the respect of human rights, work to achieve stability, and strive to develop cooperation in the framework of human values and commonalities.

The Shura Council expresses solidarity with the people of Italy and their government in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit central and southern Italy causing massive damage and exodus from the affected areas. FIOE calls upon all member organisations, civil society and humanitarian institutions in Europe to provide all assistance possible to those affected by the disaster.

Finally, the Council thanked the participating parties in Bosnia, especially the host organisation, for all the arrangements and for providing all the services that facilitated the Council’s meeting.

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

Shura Council

FIOE: We stand united with St-Etienne-du-Rouvray church, as attacking sanctuaries is a violation of all religious and human values

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe: We stand united with St-Etienne-du-Rouvray church, as attacking sanctuaries is a violation of all religious and human values

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) denounces, in the strongest terms possible, the terror attack perpetrated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016, against the church of Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray, in a suburb of Rouen in northern France, where a priest has been killed, others injured, and churchgoers intimidated. FIOE stands united with the Catholic Church in this time of sorrow, confirming its principled position that violence and terrorism have no religion, and facing such despicable threats requires concerted efforts of the entire society. Therefore, all components and living forces of the society are summoned to stand united against the attempts to spread division and communal hatred.
In the same context, FIOE expresses its deep concern at the recent violent developments in Germany and France, besides the political and media discourse, which disregards the fact that Muslims are also victims of these attacks. This insensitive approach in handling the situation does not serve, by any means, the coherence of our European societies in facing terror threats and criminal attacks that target all of us without distinction. FIOE reaffirms solidarity with the people of France in this painful situation, conveys deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
Brussels, July 26, 2016
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

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 congratulates the Muslims on the advent of Ramadan

The “Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe” congratulates Muslims on the European continent and worldwide on the arrival of the blessed month of Ramadan. The Federation urges Muslims to grasp the opportunity presented by the month of Ramadan in acts of obedience and good deeds, and to express in society the values of faith, mutual compassion, and noble disposition, which are abundant in this blessed season.

FIOE welcomes the winning of the Nobel Peace Prize by Malala and Satyarthi

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe welcomes the winning of the Nobel Peace Prize by Malala and Satyarthi

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe welcomes the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to the child, Malala Yousafzai, and the Indian pro-children‘s rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi.

As the Federation applauds the choices for this year’s prize, which focuses light on the rights of children and girls to education and protection, it emphasises that governments and societies are invited to exert greater effort to reinforce children’s rights, and protect them from exploitation and abuse regardless of type or source.

Despite the fact that the world’s future hinges on access to fair and motivating opportunities for rising generations, hundreds of millions of children are still exposed to the evils of poverty, ignorance, and disease, while some suffer many forms of exploitation and abuse.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe congratulates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on winning this prize, representing recognition of all those defenders of children’s rights everywhere.

Brussels, 11 October 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE President: Message on the blessed occasion of Eid-ul-Adha

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-Adha

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 advent of Eid-ul-Adha, which is concurrent with the season of Hajj, and I ask Allah, the Almighty, to accept from all of us, our good deeds.

Pilgrims from all European countries have headed out to perform the rites of Hajj, in a grand season in which are manifested the meanings of true faith, humility in the audience of the Creator, and equality between all humans. We ask Allah, the Almighty, to accept from them a Hajj that is pure, striving that is rewarded, and sins that are forgiven, and grant them safe return to their European homelands.

Eid arrives, and it is a season of happiness, family bonding, and bridging the gap between generations, as well as nurturing mutual compassion, solidarity, and support for the poor; values of which we, our European societies, and wider humanity are in great need. Eid is also an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity; especially since this year’s Eid-ul-Adha comes as the Muslim Ummah suffers difficult times; with many crises and open wounds, which makes us share with those affected their pain.

On this occasion, I greet Muslims across Europe, and their local communities, and 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 each year pass where we are in the most favourable of conditions.

Brussels, 4 October 2014 (10 Dhul Hijjah 1435H)

Abdullah Benmansour

President, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE President: Message on the blessed occasion of Eid-ul-Adha

FIOE President: Message on the blessed occasion of Eid-ul-Adha

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-Adha

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 advent of Eid-ul-Adha, which is concurrent with the season of Hajj, and I ask Allah, the Almighty, to accept from all of us, our good deeds.

Pilgrims from all European countries have headed out to perform the rites of Hajj, in a grand season in which are manifested the meanings of true faith, humility in the audience of the Creator, and equality between all humans. We ask Allah, the Almighty, to accept from them a Hajj that is pure, striving that is rewarded, and sins that are forgiven, and grant them safe return to their European homelands.

Eid arrives, and it is a season of happiness, family bonding, and bridging the gap between generations, as well as nurturing mutual compassion, solidarity, and support for the poor; values of which we, our European societies, and wider humanity are in great need. Eid is also an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity; especially since this year’s Eid-ul-Adha comes as the Muslim Ummah suffers difficult times; with many crises and open wounds, which makes us share with those affected their pain.

On this occasion, I greet Muslims across Europe, and their local communities, and 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 each year pass where we are in the most favourable of conditions.

Brussels, 4 October 2014 (10 Dhul Hijjah 1435H)

Abdullah Benmansour

President, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe