SARAJEVO, Aug 1 (KUNA) — Bosnia’s Grand Mufti and President of the Council of Ulema Dr. Mustafa Ceric has expressed gratitude to Kuwait’s Ministry of Awqaf for supporting ventures that serve the Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ceric, during a meeting with the Kuwaiti ambassador to Bosnia Mohammad Fadhel Khalaf, on the occasion of the advent of the fasting month of Ramadan, affirmed gratitude of the Bosnian Muslims for Kuwaiti for launching projects that help preserve “the Muslims’ existence in the region, particularly in the areas where they have been forced to relocate.” The Mufti, during the meeting with the diplomat, expressed congratulations on the start of the holy month. Ceric also expressed appreciation for the role played by the State of Kuwait in support of Islam and Muslims in various regions of the world, namely in Bosnia. He asked the ambassador to relay his good wishes to the Kuwaiti leadership on the advent of Ramadan.
Considered by some to be a leading “liberal” Islamic leader, Mustafa Ceric is tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood through his membership in the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), headed by Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and by his participation in the U.K.-based “Radical Middle Way” consisting of a wide range of associated scholars representing the global Muslim Brotherhood. Several earlier posts have discussed Dr. Ceric’s increasing visibility and importance within the global Muslim Brotherhood, noting that Ceric sees himself as a possible future leader of a “European Islam.” Dr. Ceric recentlycompared the Iranian Revolution with the French Revolution and Iranian media reported that Dr. Ceric recently told former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting that he considers Iran a “good friend” of his country.” A post from October 2009 discussed his visit to the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the U.S. and global Muslim Brotherhood.