Thursday 21 July 2011 A delegation from Saudi Arabia visited the MCB on Saturday 9th July 2011. The visit was received by Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB, members from the Business & Economics Committee, the Europe & International Affairs Committee and the Membership Committee. The delegation consisted of 12 people, mainly academics and professionals, businessmen, civil society leaders and officials within Saudi society. They were participating in a visit hosted by Cordoba Foundation with the aim to familiarise themselves with the Muslim communities in Britain / Europe through visits to the main organisations and figures in Britain. The visit was an opportunity for the Saudi Arabian delegation to learn more about how the MCB represents and helps to benefit the Muslim community in the UK. They were introduced to MCB, its aims, how the MCB helps to provide solutions to issues and challenges that arise and the role it plays in benefiting wider society.
The MCB is a U.K. umbrella group which acts in concert with the U.K. and Global Muslim Brotherhood and previous posts have discussed the organizations stormy relationship with the U.K government. Current MCB Chairman Murad is also a trustee and former chairman of Muslim Aid, a UK charity originally founded by Yusuf Islam (fka Cat Stevens) and identified in a NEFA Foundation report as a member of the Union of Good, a coalition of Islamic charities that provides financial support to both the Hamas “social” infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities. It is headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, and most of the trustees and member organizations are associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood. The Union of Good was banned by Israel in 2002 and in 2008 was designated a terrorist entity by the United States. According to another NEFA report on the U.K .Union of Good members, a number of the organizations to which Muslim Aid made allocations have been identified by Israel and/or the U.S. as Hamas institutions.
The Cordoba Foundation was founded by Anas Al-Tikriti who also serves as the Foundation’s Chief Executive. Al-Tikriti is a leader in the British Muslim Initiative and a former leader of the Muslim Association of Britain, both organizations being part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood. Anas Al-Tikriti is also the son of Usama Al-Tikriti (aka Osama Al-Tikriti), one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Iraq.