The Federation of Islamic Organizations In Europe (FIOE) has reported that its Ukrainian member organization as been honored by the Ukrainian government. According to the report:
The Ukrainian government honors the Federation of Social Organizations in the Ukraine which is the founding organization of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe. This honor comes as a culmination of the efforts of the Federation of Social Organizations Al Raed which have reached out to all the Muslims of the Ukraine and participated in educating them as well as answering the calls of the needy and preserving the identity of their children in such a way that strengthens the commitment to the homeland and to its development. We pray to God to strengthen their steps and bless their efforts.
Al Raed (aka ARRAID ) is the Ukrainian member organization of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), the EU-level umbrella group for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. A Canadian scholar has reported that an ARRAID fundraising brochure stated that the organization:
… aims at the increase of ‘the cultural, social and educational level of Ukraine’s Muslims,’ the spread of Islamic culture among, and financial assistance for them, and Islamic proselytism (da’wa) in the country, …. ‘By this, Ar-Raid will become an important breach (thughra) in confronting Christian missionary attacks and Jewish expansion, so assist and help it to be able to follow the way it began..’
The organization claims anywhere from 9-13 chapters throughout Ukraine. A recent post indicated that ARRAID has received funding from the Islamic Development Bank of Saudi Arabia.