Current issues and concerns of Europe and its Muslims in the Union’s Shura Council

The Council of the “Union of Islamic Organizations in Europe” at the end of its work on a number of positions and directives, which addressed the concerns of European Muslims and the concerns of European societies and issues of the hour.

This came in the final statement of the Shura Council Union, the third of the ninth session, which was held during the days from 20 to 23 October 2011, in Istanbul. At its ordinary meeting, the Council participated with the participation of the Federation leadership and representatives of member institutions in most European countries and in the presence of a number of guests.

In its final communiqué, the Council congratulated the Muslims of Europe by the Hajj and Id al-Adha season and urged “to highlight the lofty features of this blessed season, such as brotherhood, equality, compassion, righteousness and good deeds, while praying to Allah for the safe return of tens of thousands of pilgrims from the House of Allah Their European countries, and God has accepted from them this ritual pilgrimage justified and seeking a grateful and a forgiving sin. ”


Solutions to the dilemmas faced by European societies

The Council recommended that European Islamic institutions redouble their efforts to “cooperate in finding solutions to the dilemmas and difficulties faced by European societies and contribute to responding to various common societal challenges”. “The Union of Islamic Organizations in Europe will continue to fulfill its responsibilities in this area, And their well-being.

The Council called on Muslims and Islamic institutions in Europe to “develop cooperation and coordination efforts in various fields, while promoting serious communication and constructive partnership with the components of European societies.” He also called on the Council to “seek to gather the word in the times of fasting, fungus and Islamic holidays, and to cooperate optimally to care for the religious needs of all Muslims in Europe, including halal food and financial and economic works in accordance with the timeless Islamic teachings.”

The Council urged European Islamic institutions to “further encourage the participation of women and girls in all fields of work and leadership.” The Council also stressed the importance of intergenerational communication in institutions, the launching of opportunities for youth and the provision of a great deal of attention to the needs of the emerging generations and the required projects, programs and efforts.

Concern about the economic crisis

On the other hand, the Council of the “Union of Islamic Organizations in Europe” expressed concern about the current economic crisis in a number of European countries, coupled with the increasing rates of poverty and unemployment. The Council stressed the importance of strengthening solidarity and solidarity among the components of society in the face of this challenge and the economic, social and psychological burdens of families, adding that “the opportunities of new generations in the fields of education, rehabilitation, health and well-being must be supported.”

Referring to the horrific terrorist attacks that took place last summer in and near the Norwegian capital of Oslo, the Council expressed its “appreciation for the spirit of solidarity and solidarity in Norway” and said that “in promoting solidarity and openness, the preservation of human values ​​and constitutional principles; the optimal response to the discourse of hatred, racism and Islamophobia And the voices of extremism and practices of violence and incitement, which seeks to provoke hatred and hatred and divide the ranks of communities, “he stressed.

The Shura Council urged all Islamic institutions and centers in Europe to take more interest in the elderly and to take care of the positive roles of this segment on the occasion of the proclamation of 2012 as the European Year of Older Persons. Charity and intergenerational communication, “the statement said

Transformations of the Arab World

On the current developments in the Arab world, the Council congratulated the peoples of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, “which have been able to remove the symbols of tyranny and corruption and impose their will on democratic change and to establish a state of law, freedom, justice and transparent popular participation.” “The Council hopes that the entire Arab, Islamic and humanitarian people will achieve security and safety, inject the blood of their sons and daughters, forever annex the pages of tyranny, ensure unity and respect for pluralism and the participation of all groups in shaping the present and future of the nation in a climate of freedom and justice. Equality “.

In a related context, the Council condemned “the killings, torture and repression escalating against the Yemeni and Syrian peoples, and the face of the defenseless protesters demanding freedom and democratic change from shelling, attacks and shooting.” The Council stressed its solidarity with the Syrian and Yemeni peoples and their just demands, “and praised the spirit expressed by the peaceful popular movement” from the design of its counterpart, to freedom, democracy, transparent popular participation and building a better future, “the statement said.

The Council welcomed the announcement of “the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prizes to courageous women leaders who have made great efforts and sacrifices in the triumph of rights, freedoms, justice and human values” and considered it “an opportunity to address distorted stereotypes, including those affecting Muslim women and girls in European reality.”


Jerusalem and the prisoners of Palestine and drought

The final statement of the Shura Council of the Union of Islamic Organizations in Europe went on to congratulate the “Palestinian people for the freedom achieved by hundreds of prisoners and prisoners in the recent exchange process.” The Council called for European and international intervention to put pressure on the Israeli occupation in order to obtain thousands of prisoners trapped in the prisons of the occupation under harsh conditions of their freedom. The Council also drew attention to the fact that the release of the captured Israeli soldier in Gaza “falls under the false pretext under which the inhumane siege imposed on the population of the Gaza Strip.” The Council called for an end to the occupation and the empowerment of the Palestinian people from their inalienable legitimate rights.

The Council also expressed its deep concern about the situation in Jerusalem and the “violation of the Israeli occupation and its fanatical groups for the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque and its relentless efforts to impose the status quo in Jerusalem and change its civilizational identity.” The Council also strongly condemned the successive attacks perpetrated by settlers on mosques.

The Council expressed its deep concern about this worsening tragedy, as well as the response of European Muslims to appeals for charitable spending for the benefit of those affected, and urged continued efforts to secure water and food. And health care in the affected area.

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