The Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) has announced that U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leader Jamal Badawi was scheduled to lecture last December at a program co-sponsored by the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Holland (FION), the Dutch FIOE member organization. According to the announcement:
The Native European Muslim Assembly and the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Holland are running a program for “Developing Counselors for New Muslims” during the current week, with the participation of many du’ah and experts from Europe, Canada, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. At the same time the Federation is holding a series of events, including a lecture by Prof. Gamal Badawy on “The Rights of Women in Islam”, a subject which was chosen for its importance as well as its relevance to the Muslim Family in Europe Campaign which was initiated by the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe this year 2009. The lecture will be held in the large conference hall at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. A number of meetings will also be arranged for the guests of the Federation to meet with the officials of Islamic organizations active in Holland, to share ideas and expertise and discuss the latest developments in Europe.These events come within the context of the Federation’s plan to activate the New Muslims file in Holland, hoping that they can meet their needs and help them achieve their aspirations, this will be done in cooperation with specialized organizations both local and international, keeping in mind the strategic importance of this file, with regards to da’wah to establish and propagate accurate moderate Islamic thought amongst this segment of Muslims….This program will be held in the Islamic University in Rotterdam on the 12th and 13th of December 2009 and will be attended by a large number of new Muslims from Holland and other European regions.
A Dutch Islamic media report confirms that the lecture was held and that Prof. Gamal Badawy is, in fact, Dr. Jamal Badawi who also gave a lecture the night before on the same subject at Erasmus University.
Dr. Badawi is a Canadian-based leader in many of the most important organizations of the global Muslim Brotherhood including the Islamic Society of North America, the Council on American Islamic Relations (Canada), the Fiqh Council of North America, the Muslim American Society, and the European Council for Fatwa and Research. As previous posts have noted, documents released during the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial identify Dr. Badawi as part of the leadership structure of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. He can be characterized as one of the leading ideologues of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood and has traveled widely all over the world as a representative of the U.S. Muslim community.
Previous posts have discussed FION and its leader Yahia Bouyafa, identifying them as part of the Dutch Muslim Brotherhood.
From a reader:
It was indeed Jamal Badawi at the meeting for new Muslims in Rotterdam.
De Nederlandse Islamitische Omroep (Dutch Islamic Broadcasting) made a report.
“Speciale gast was de Canadese, charismatische spreker Jamal Badawi.”
“Special guest was the Canadian, charismatic speaker Jamal Badawi.”
Badawi also gave the night before a lecture about Women’s Rights in Islam at Erasmus University.
This event was staged by Ontdek Islam (Discover Islam) and the (Islamic) Student Union Avicenna.
Badawi was announced as ‘the well-known and respected author, activist and speaker’.
Here is a link to Discover Islam and the announcement of the weekend for new Muslims.
Today (31 January 2010), was the third National Day for New Muslims, in the Omar al Farouk mosque in Utrecht.
Among the sponsoring organisations was the FION, Ontdek Islam, Landelijk Platform Nieuwe Moslims, and the Libyan sponsored Al Dawa al Islamia.
Khairoun , president of Al Dawa Al Islamia, worked together with Yahia Bouyafa in the ‘public broadcasting coup’ you reported about on 15 October 2007. Please take note that Bouyafa sued several media about this coup and won that case.