Specialised Qualification Graduation Ceremony

Specialised qualification is one of the most important institutions of FIOE that sponsors the youth and provides them with intensive courses over three years in various Sciences. The graduation ceremony of the seventh group of young men and women represent around 22 European countries.

FIOE Delegation to New Zealand

 

 



A delegation of European Muslims has travelled, March the 19th to New
Zealand on following a Friday’s deadly mosque attack in Christchurch.

The delegation included the President of federation of Islamic organisations
in Europe Samir Falah and Two members of his administration.

In their trip to New Zealand, the delegation conveyed the condolences over
the attack and expressed their solidarity with New Zealand in the face of these
“heinous” terror attacks and attended the funeral of the terrorist
mass shootings victims at Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

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Response to Telegraph’s attack on Muslim Scout groups

Following the Telegraph’s poor article on 21st January 2019 titled, “Second Scout volunteer suspended and more groups referred to police amid extremism concerns,” the Muslim Association of Britain wishes to affirm that it is first and foremost a British organisation and does not have any administrative, organisational or financial connection with any other, be it the Muslim Brotherhood or any other. Such claims are absurd and will be legally contested. The government review of 2015, which was entirely rejected by MAB, was a flawed, misinformed and skewed report which contained many falsehoods. It is notable that the Review report and the manner it was conducted was summarily criticised by the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs in 2016.

The Henry Jackson Society, upon whom the Telegraph relies primarily on and quotes, is a discredited organisation which was expelled from parliament for failure to disclose elementary information and was accused of lack of transparency. Its links, funding channels, and highly questionable links to the Far-Right and extremist and racist parties throughout Europe and North America, render it at best, unreliable to the extreme. MAB on the other hand has never been accused of committing any violation of the law, nor any crime, ever.

Scouting is a worldwide, values-based, educational movement training young people in responsible citizenship – values that are shared with the Muslim community and valued in MAB. It has long held an important position in British history, and we are proud to support the Scouting movement. As such, the 304th Birmingham Scout Group which has been running successfully for the past 13 years, is not managed by MAB, but rather sponsored by it, and MAB does not control the appointment process of its leaders. MAB has an excellent relationship with The Scouts Association and continues to encourage its youth members to join the Scouts movement. Safeguarding children and young people remains our uppermost priority, and any worries will always be investigated immediately and thoroughly.

The comments of the Home Secretary, who in the past has ignored reports of grievous Islamophobic incidents and chosen to dismiss the concerns of sizeable Muslim groups, have no basis whatsoever. Instead, Sajid Javid has continuously sought to attack the credibility of Muslim groups.

Criticism of failed counter-extremism policies that unfairly target religious and ethnic minorities is not an endorsement of extremism. MAB is opposed to extremism in any form, and we believe we play a vital role in the community in providing safe spaces to understand religion in a balanced way and counter extremist narratives.

We have advised the government on a number of issues regarding the Muslim community, and we will continue to do so. We invite Javid to work with us for a greater, more just Britain, instead of his efforts to malign the good work grassroots organisations do, and continue problematic policies that have substantial detrimental impact on British Muslim communities and wider society.

The Muslim Association of Britain is incredibly proud of the work it does in its service to the community, and will continue these endeavours. Throughout the month of February, we welcome the ‘Believe and Do Good’ campaign held jointly with FOSIS (Federation of Student Islamic Societies), where Muslim youth groups across the country will be participating in a competition of compassion in feeding the homeless, cleaning streets, donating blood and other acts of service. A testimony to the amazing work carried out by MAB youth in Birmingham was tweeted by Sparkbrook Police.  This is the true representation of British Muslims, not the fear-mongering perpetuated by articles like the aforementioned.

Muslim Association of Britain
8th February 2019

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.

Memorandum from the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) regarding the escalating hate, and attacks on Muslims and mosques

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe warns of the escalating wave of attacks on Muslims, mosques, and Islamic centres in European countries, which has reaching quite unprecedented levels.

From the second half of 2014, the Federation has observed a sharp rise in the incidents of physical and verbal abuse against Muslims in several European countries. It was also significant that some of these attacks and abuse have specifically targeted Muslim women and girls in public roads, parks and spaces, as well as public transport. In addition, the number of attacks and vandalism against mosques and Islamic centres have risen significantly; indeed, some incendiary attacks have almost led to certain disaster as they have occurred during times of congregation prayers. Moreover, it is suspected that some crimes of murder, or attempted murder, have taken place on the backdrop of hate against Muslims.

A cause for greater concern, is that such attacks have risen to new highs, since the beginnings of 2015, to include more mosques, Islamic centres, and property belonging to Muslims in several European countries. The acts of arson, destruction of property, defamatory drawings and threatening slogans painted on facades, racist writings hostile to Islam and Muslims, as well as abusing the Islamic religion and sanctities in diverse ways, including throwing the heads of slaughtered pigs into prayer areas.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, as it strongly condemns these attacks, acts of intimidation, incitement, and abuse, calls for robust action to confront this fever of hate and assault targeting Muslims and places of worship; these represent quite grave violations that cannot be ignored, or justified. These serious and heinous acts seek to intimidate, spread hostility, and undermine the values of society, as well as debasing the dignity of those targeted, provoking them in their beliefs, and restricting them in their daily lives.

The Federation of Islamic organisations in Europe also warns of the growing racist calls against Muslims, in the public sphere, and on social networks, taking the form of inciting and provocative slogans against partners in society and citizenship. The Federation notes how these calls and provocations have then manifested in multiple forms of hostile and discriminatory acts against Muslims, and their religious, cultural, and social infrastructure. These calls, embraced by various parties, groups, and movements, have then evolved into new trends of defamation that are contrary to common values, fundamental rights and liberties, and constitutional principles, and aim to isolate Muslims from their European societies, repress their interaction in public life, and indeed seeks to reshape societies, where citizens are not all equal, nor are the opportunities available to all of them, and where the constituents are not in cohesion in dealing with shared challenges.

The Federation reminds authorities of their responsibility to protect Muslim citizens, mosques, and Islamic centres from assault in any form, and that it is the duty of law enforcement agencies to pursue the perpetrators within the criminal justice system. The Federation also calls attention to the responsibility of governments, political parties, civil society, religious leaders, and the media, in confronting this fever of hate, and incitement that threaten social cohesion.

The Federation draws attention to the need for commentators, and the media, to be responsible and sensitive in addressing the different security developments. It is quite concerning, that some published covers, reports, media coverage, commentaries, and cartoons, give the impression that Muslims or their religion are responsible for terrorist attacks or crimes. This implicitly indicates a generalisation of suspicion, or even a hidden call to incitement.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe applauds the self-restraint displayed by local Muslim communities and organisations, and the care taken in not allowing the opportunity for these attempts to defame and provoke to be successful. The Federation urges the proper recording of these attacks, and reporting to the relevant authorities, rights organisations, and the media, as well as developing the efforts in dealing with these challenges through the instruments of raising awareness, engagement and civil society.

The Federation also values the responses of some governments, and the solidarity expressed by officials, citizens, and religious and societal institutions in some countries and cities, with those mosques and Islamic centres targeted in these attacks. The Federation urges the further development of these positions, because social cohesion and unity is the best response to those inciting hatred, and are hostile to shared values. This wave of attacks, inflammatory calls, and acts of defamation are a threat to society as a whole, and not just the Muslims, and hence must be renounced, while warning of these converting into the status quo, where they become normal practice.

Brussels, 26 February 2015

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)

FIOE applauds the Berlin demonstration against extremism and racism

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe welcomes the principled positions expressed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government, as well as prominent religious and political leaders in the Federal Republic of Germany, in reinforcing social cohesion, rejecting extremism, and confronting racism that is hostile to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The demonstration witnessed in Berlin on Tuesday night, sent a clear message from the constituents of German society of the necessity to strengthen unity and cohesion in the face of diverse forms of extremism and hate, regardless of source.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe urges European societies with their diverse constituents to join together, and deny those attempting to drive a wedge between them, and spread hate and animosity, from exploiting the opportunity to do so.

Furthermore, political and religious leaders, civil society, intellectual, cultural, and artistic personalities, as well as the media, are all required to exert more effort to safeguard human rights, fundamental liberties, and the principles of social peace, mutual respect, and equality, as well as the rejection of racism and hate.

Brussels, 14 January 2015

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) applauds the Berlin demonstration against extremism and racism

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe welcomes the principled positions expressed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government, as well as prominent religious and political leaders in the Federal Republic of Germany, in reinforcing social cohesion, rejecting extremism, and confronting racism that is hostile to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The demonstration witnessed in Berlin on Tuesday night, sent a clear message from the constituents of German society of the necessity to strengthen unity and cohesion in the face of diverse forms of extremism and hate, regardless of source.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe urges European societies with their diverse constituents to join together, and deny those attempting to drive a wedge between them, and spread hate and animosity, from exploiting the opportunity to do so.

Furthermore, political and religious leaders, civil society, intellectual, cultural, and artistic personalities, as well as the media, are all required to exert more effort to safeguard human rights, fundamental liberties, and the principles of social peace, mutual respect, and equality, as well as the rejection of racism and hate.

Brussels, 14 January 2015

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE condemns the barbaric attack on the offices of a newspaper in Paris

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric attack perpetrated today, Wednesday, on the headquarters of a newspaper in Paris, leaving behind a number of victims in its offices.
This appalling bloody attack on the offices of the newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, is a vile terrorist act, which may not be justified under any circumstances, or attributed to any particular religion, culture, or constituent of society.
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and wishes speedy recovery of those injured, expressing its solidarity with the French people, and the press community at this painful calamity.
Brussels, 7 January 2015

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe