The website of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is posting an advertisement for an event entitled “The Future of Islam in the West” sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Terrorism (CFSOT) led by Muslim Brotherhood leader Kemal Helbawy. The event, to be held over the next four days in various U.K. cities, consists of four different activities held at centers also associated with the Muslim Brotherhood such as the Birmingham Central Mosque and the London Muslim Center. The notice says that these events are taking place on the occasion of the visit of Professor Abu Rabi’s visit to the UK who will be teaching a course entitled “The Islamist Road to Terrorism” at the London Muslim Centre and described as follows:
This one-day course will provide a holistic overview of ‘Islamism’ and political Islam today. It will delve deeper into the now accepted paradigm that Islamism leads to terrorism. This course will attempt to offer clearer perspectives on what Islamism is and its many different streams both in the Sunni and Shi’a traditions.The course will place particular focus on Sunni Islamism which has materialised into key distinctive forms, each with its own modus operandiand characteristic actors, which include (1) Islamic socio-politicalmovements (al-tajdeed),(2) Islamic missions (al-da’wa) and (3) armed Islamic struggle (al-jihad). The course will examine the linkages between Islamism and political violence and will explore avenues to address this contemporary security challenge. This course is useful for social scientists, policy-makers, law enforcement agencies.
According to his online biography, Dr. Rabi is a Palestinian-born professor of Islamic Studies at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut who “has a special interest in the study and practice of interfaith dialogue between the Islamic and Christian religious traditions.” He received his PHD from Temple University, often associated with Ismail Faruqi, the originator of the concept of the “Islamization of Knowledge”, a doctrine associated with the Muslim Brotherhood and, more specifically, the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
As his biography states. until 1997 CFOST founder and director Kemal Helbawy was the official spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood in the West. Dr Helbawy is also the former chairman and founding member of the Muslim Association of Britain; a founding member of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY); and former trustee of the Islamic Foundation(Leicester). All three organizations are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.