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

FIOE deplores the damaging Emirati decision

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) received with astonishment the decision by the United Arab Emirates’ Council of Ministers to put the Federation and a number of respected associations and organisations on a so-called “terror list”.

The Federation deplores in the strongest terms the inclusion of its name and that of European and professional organisations in the frame of such damaging accusations, which it considers to be clearly unfair and unacceptable.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe as it denounces and rejects this step—that cannot be understood or justified—points to its illogical nature, in involving Europe’s Muslims in uncalled for disputes, and as an insult to those states that have granted legal status to the Federation and the other associations.

This astonishing decision is severely damaging to the Emirates state, and is a break with the tradition of engagement and openness that were strongly pursued by the state’s founder, the late esteemed Shaykh Zayid bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, as well as the Federation, Europe’s Muslims, and their organisations.

Moreover, the Federation points to the relationship of positive engagement that have seen it, and many organisations representing Europe’s Muslims, share a common platform with the United Arab Emirates over a lengthy period of time, particularly as an umbrella European Islamic organisation, which includes organisations from around the continent in its membership.

The Federation draws attention to the danger inherent in rewarding violent, extremist, armed organisations by placing them on the same list alongside associations, and social, cultural, scientific, and humanitarian organisations, with well-known stances of moderation. This is a wrong message that rewards extremism and defames moderation.

Indeed, vilifying civil society organisations that are committed to peace and the values of citizenship, liberty, mutual understanding is unacceptable behaviour.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe and its member organisations, as always, remain committed to its well-known approach of moderation as dictated by noble Islamic teachings, and adhering to human values and principles, and European laws.

Brussels, 16 November 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) deplores the damaging Emirati decision

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) received with astonishment the decision by the United Arab Emirates’ Council of Ministers to put the Federation and a number of respected associations and organisations on a so-called “terror list”.

The Federation deplores in the strongest terms the inclusion of its name and that of European and professional organisations in the frame of such damaging accusations, which it considers to be clearly unfair and unacceptable.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe as it denounces and rejects this step—that cannot be understood or justified—points to its illogical nature, in involving Europe’s Muslims in uncalled for disputes, and as an insult to those states that have granted legal status to the Federation and the other associations.

This astonishing decision is severely damaging to the Emirates state, and is a break with the tradition of engagement and openness that were strongly pursued by the state’s founder, the late esteemed Shaykh Zayid bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, as well as the Federation, Europe’s Muslims, and their organisations.

Moreover, the Federation points to the relationship of positive engagement that have seen it, and many organisations representing Europe’s Muslims, share a common platform with the United Arab Emirates over a lengthy period of time, particularly as an umbrella European Islamic organisation, which includes organisations from around the continent in its membership.

The Federation draws attention to the danger inherent in rewarding violent, extremist, armed organisations by placing them on the same list alongside associations, and social, cultural, scientific, and humanitarian organisations, with well-known stances of moderation. This is a wrong message that rewards extremism and defames moderation.

Indeed, vilifying civil society organisations that are committed to peace and the values of citizenship, liberty, mutual understanding is unacceptable behaviour.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe and its member organisations, as always, remain committed to its well-known approach of moderation as dictated by noble Islamic teachings, and adhering to human values and principles, and European laws.

Brussels, 16 November 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

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

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 condemns the atrocities committed by extremist armed groups, and deplores linking these to Islam

In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe condemns the atrocities committed by extremist armed groups, and deplores linking these to Islam

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe continues to follow the on-going developments in terms of the atrocities and violations perpetrated by extremist armed groups in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, against the local communities, those who differ with them in political or religious persuasion, and journalists, who are terrorised and killed in barbaric fashion.

The Federation condemns in the strongest terms these appalling acts, which include horrific executions and grave breaches, in contravention to the teachings of the religion, human values, and moral principles that can neither be justified nor left unaddressed.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe renews its solidarity with all those affected by these grave violations, and the measures of repression or expulsion documented in reports from the field, while expressing feelings of profound pain for these developments that paint a frightening picture of what is occurring. The Federation notes with alarm the attempts to terrorise local communities and religious minorities, and tear apart the social and historical fabric with its diverse constituents.

The Federation demands an immediate end to breaches, in all forms, of human rights in these areas, as well as all discriminatory measures and actions, and achieving security for all inhabitants and communities, in enabling those displaced to return to their areas and live in them without being targeted, discriminated against, or restricted in their freedom of worship, as well as ensuring protection for religious and historical monuments in their diversity, from destruction and vandalism, and a halt to the targeting, or harming of journalists.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe strongly denounces attempts to malign Islam, and link it to these horrific images, representing the barbaric practices of extremist groups that violate the teachings of the religion of Islam, and perpetrate atrocities against Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Muslims in Europe and worldwide are deeply distressed at the atrocities and grave violations being committed and then linked through slogans and messages falsely related to Islam or the Islamic model of governance and state, and consider that these are a grave offence against the Islamic religion, which rejects aggression, and the terrorising and harming of innocents.

The developments taking place emphasise the importance of treating those environments that incubate violence and extremism, and are a product of regimes of despotism, injustice, absence of democracy, and violation of the rights of peoples, which force the youth to the brink of despair, as has occurred and is occurring in Syria and Iraq over numerous years.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe calls for a serious and wise treatment of all the common challenges that may confront European and human societies; no doubt that preserving social peace is a shared responsibility, and the Federation will exert the utmost effort in raising awareness of this matter, in cooperation with partners represented in religious bodies and civil society.

Brussels, 21 September 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 urges voters to take part in the European Parliamentary Elections

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe urges the Muslim general public in the European Union countries to participate, and cast their votes in the European Parliamentary elections.

No doubt that weighing up the manifestos of candidates and political parties, and then heading to the ballot boxes to cast votes, is an expression of awareness of citizenship and the responsibility of participation in democratic life. At the same time, the Federation articulates its disappointment at those slogans and messages promoted by some parties and candidates, which contradict common values, and the principles of mutual respect; indeed, some have reached the level of inciting hatred, and feeding divisions in societies.

Brussels, 21 May 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)

FIOE: The death sentence for 529 Egyptian personalities rings alarms of danger

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe expresses its profound shock at the ruling by an Egyptian court on Monday, 24 March 2014, sentencing 529 Egyptian public figures to death, after they were subjected to a farcical trial on untenable grounds.

Such a ruling is quite astonishing, and paints a horrendous picture of the state of the judicial system, in a country of Egypt’s stature, buckling under the pressure of the military coup against democracy, freedoms, and the will of the people. The shock is further increased by the fact that the entire court proceedings did not exceed few minutes, after which the shocking and far-fetched verdict was announced to the public; an instruction to commit mass murder against hundreds of personalities.

This step exposes the level of abuses in Egypt, in the era of a ruthless coup against democratic life, and use of a false judiciary, devoid of justice, and denying principles and values, human, moral, and religious. Egypt today is governed by the worst form of military dictatorship, which has no qualms in issuing death sentences en masse, against hundreds of prominent political and social figures, among them, Dr Saad El-Katatni, Speaker of the elected parliament, Dr Mohammed Badie, the General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a large number of parliamentarians, scholars, academics, intellectuals, and well-known individuals in Egyptian society.

This court ruling must ring alarms around the entire world, as a precedent that even the most vicious dictatorships have been reluctant to commit in so blatant a manner, which gives an appalling impression ahead of other trials of Egyptian statesmen from the democratic era, at their head, President Dr Muhammad Morsi.

It is clear that the military dictatorship, which controls the judiciary, media, and organs of the Egyptian state, emphasises through this step that it is continuing without check in laying waste to the remaining rights and freedoms, committing grave violations, and preparing for further rounds of mass killing, without care for the lives of Egyptian men and women it killed by the thousands over the past months, for merely voicing their legitimate demand for liberty and democracy.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe as it condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous precedent—to be added to the track record of the fascist-leaning military dictatorship, expresses solidarity with the mass of Egyptian people, who continue their unremitting, daily peaceful demonstrations, to demand their freedoms, rights, and resumption of democratic life.

Governments, parliaments, official bodies and non-governmental organisations, in Europe and the world, are required to adopt immediate and forceful positions, regarding the military dictatorship, which sees the international community turning a blind eye to its crimes and violations, as encouragement to flagrantly continue on this course, having failed to break the people’s will, or instil fear in them using all the lethal and powerful means at its disposal.

Brussels, 25 March 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)

Close of proceedings of FIOE General Assembly in Istanbul

The First General Assembly in the Tenth Executive Term of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe was convened in the period 6-9 February 2014 with the participation of the Federation leadership and representatives of member organisations from the majority of European states.

At the close of the Ninth Executive Term, the General Assembly discussed and subsequently approved the narrative report presented by the Executive Office for the concluded Term, and expressed appreciation for the performance of the Executive Office over the four years. The Assembly thanked the Federation leadership in the previous Term for their efforts, valuing their work in advancing the work of Executive Office, Federation Departments, and member organisations.

Elections for the post of Federation President were conducted, and Mr Abdallah Benmansour was elected as new President of the Federation. He succeeded Mr Chakib Benmakhlouf, whose term of leadership of the Federation ended after completing two consecutive executive terms.

The General Assembly then proceeded to ballot in selecting the elected members of the Shura Council for the 10th Term. Nine leaders, among them three women, were chosen as members of the Shura Council, in addition to the Presidents of the member organisations.

Furthermore, the Assembly deliberated over the horizons of Federation work in the forthcoming executive term (2014 – 2018), in the hope that the achievements of the previous term would provide impetus to greater development in efforts and positive initiatives.

The Assembly also discussed the situation in Europe and the affairs of Muslims on the Continent, along with related concerns and issues. It reflected on current developments in European affairs, and the preoccupations of Europe’s Muslims; these included issues relating to women and youth, and social and human rights, as well as affairs of Muslims around the world.

The Assembly examined the means to widening cooperation and coordination in Europe, and promoting stronger participation in societal dialogue. The Assembly emphasised the importance of developing human resources, as well as the capacity of the Federation and its institutions, in harmony with its aspirations of contributing to social peace and mutual understanding.