Kuwaiti media is reporting that the Federation of Islamic Organizations In Europe (FIOE) has issued a statement denouncing what it calls ” the horrendous escalation in attempts to disparage the religion of Islam and its sanctities in the West.” According to the report:
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) denounced strongly here Tuesday the horrendous escalation in attempts to disparage the religion of Islam and its sanctities in the West. FIOE in a statement pointed to the recent plans of burning copies of the Holy Quran by an American church and the award given by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist behind the drawings insulting Islam and its noble messenger, Mohammad (peace be upon him).”It is clear that this wave of disgraceful acts targeting the religion of Islam with a torrent of abuse, and making a mockery of the beliefs of revealed religions, would not have escalated to this point were it not for apathy and neglect, and also the active encouragement and incitement of various media, political, and even religious quarters,” it said.”Moreover, more worryingly, is that prominent perpetrators of incitement and abuse should be well received and welcomed, even by official bodies in some European states. Everyone was shocked recently by the act in Germany, with prominent official participation, honouring an artist renowned for works that incite hatred,” it noted.The FIOE called “for effective action that is far more robust, criminalising such acts in law, and prohibiting them procedurally, both isolating them in society, and combating their roots through education, the media, and cultural tools.”It is an error to think that this escalating wave of disgraceful actions targets only Islam and its sanctities, rather, the aim is to undermine human values and threaten the foundations of civilised behaviour, peaceful coexistence, and mutual respect, it added.The Brussels-based FIOE is an umbrella organisations for hundreds of Islamic bodies and groups in Europe.
A report on FIOE by the NEFA Foundation describes the organization as follows:
The Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) claims to be an independent organization representing the interests of Muslims in Europe. In reality, the FIOE is an umbrella group that comprises the global Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Strong links connect FIOE’s leadership central institutions and member organizations to the Brotherhood, as well as to Saudi Arabia. Funding for the FIOE is derived largely from Gulf sources, including some of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates. The FIOE has strong ties to Hamas and Hamas fund-raising organizations, and some FIOE member organizations show evidence of links with Al-Qaida. The FIOE recently opened a headquarters office in Brussels and has had some success in positioning itself as a “dialog partner” for the EU and other important institutions.