Controversial Imam Linked To Muslim Brotherhood Has New Position In Geneva


The Weekly Standard recently reported on management changes at the Grand Mosque of Geneva Switzerland which resulted in the hiring of a new imam linked to the global Muslim Brotherhood. According to the report, the mosque has a new director from Saudi Arabia after four mosque executives were fired on orders of the Saudi consul general in Geneva. While the fired executives sued, claiming they were replaced for being too moderate, Youssef Ibram was appointed as imam. As the report notes, Mr. Ibram is a member of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, a theological body headed by Youssef Qaradawi, the leader of the global Muslim brotherhood network. Mr. Ibrahim, who studied Islamic law in Saudi Arabia, resigned from his former position as imam of the Islamic Center in Zurich in 2004 as a result of controversy arising from his position regarding the stoning of adulterers. Mr. Ibram was reported to have said at that time “Regarding stoning, I cannot be against it since it is included in the Islamic law.” According to a State Department report in April 2004 Swiss Muslims in Geneva complained that “foreign imams invited to the Grand Mosque of Geneva for a prayer were giving radical speeches, sometimes filled with invectives against the Jewish population and western countries.”

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