A Scottish organization linked to the global Muslim Brotherhood has annouced that it has received 190,000 British pounds ($365,000) in funding from the Scottish government. According to the announcement of the Scottish-Islamic Foundation (SIF):
The future of Scotland’s Muslim youth is looking significantly brighter after the Scottish-Islamic Foundation received a three year funding boost to enhance their pioneering youth work programme. SIF will receive £190,000 over three years from the Scottish Government Equality Unit’s Race, Religion and Refugee Integration funding stream. Administered by the Voluntary Action Fund, a total of £5.5m will be distributed to improve the lives of minority ethnic and faith communities in Scotland. The announcement follows the foundation’s successful efforts in running self-development programmes which teach young people how to be good citizens while being rooted in their faith. SIF’s Muslim Leadership Training programme has been running in various locations throughout Scotland and has proved to be a tremendous success with residentials and one-day events being recurrently over-subscribed. Commenting on the announcement, Ken Imrie, SIF’s chairman said: “We’re humbled by the confidence that has been placed in us to deliver this important piece of work. “Everyone can recognise the importance of Muslim youth work in the current climate. Already our leadership training programmes have been oversubscribed, and it’s amazing the amount that has been achieved solely by the commitment and drive of volunteers. This funding will now help us to widen and deepen what we’re doing. “We are uniquely placed to use Islam as a means of integration given our links with scholars in this field and the grassroots. “We also look forward to working with a range of partners. There are incredible models of good practice in communities across Scotland who could do with extra support in various forms, and whose work demands to be replicated in other localities.”
A previous post has discussed the background and Muslim Brotherhood ties of the recently created SIF. Another post detailed 215,000 British pounds ($413,000) given by the Scottish First Minister to the SIF for an “IslamFest” amid charges of cronyism in connection with the head of the SIF who is a prospective electoral candidate from the same political party.