The Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) is reporting on the tenth annual conference of the The Association of Social Organizations in Ukraine (ARRAID) at which its long time leader Ismail Qadhi was re-elected as President. According to the report:
The Association of Social Organizations in Ukraine (ARRAID) held its tenth conference at the end of 2009 – 2011 executive term where the participants discussed the work reports and elected a new president and legislative panel for the federation. ARRAID tenth general conference was convened in the Ukraine capital city of Kiev in 17th – 18th of December 2011. The leadership of the federation, representatives of specialized institutions, heads of member organizations, diplomatic officials, guests form civil society, leaders of Arab and Islamic communities in the city and members of the federation of Islamic organizations in Europe attended this event. After the welcome ceremony, ARRAID president Dr. Ismail Qadhi presented a work report of the federation for the 2009-2011 executive term. Dr Qadhi reviewed the main achievements and activities of the central departments of the federation, its committees and specialized institutions. He detailed the main achievements in the administrative, religious, cultural, educational, charity, public relations, media, and civilizational communication fields. Moreover, Dr Qahdi reviewed the challenges and obstacles that the federation encountered during the last executive term. He expressed his thanks to all member organizations and executive bureaus for their effective role in supporting the federation work in Ukraine. Dr Basil Marai the president of legislative panel presented the panel report and highlighted the most important policies adopted by the federation in its work including openness to the Ukrainian society, positive interaction with its issues, and policy of spending rationalization and uniqueness of discourse. The conference appreciated the efforts of ARRAID associations, bureaus, and specialized institutions for their effective role in unifying ranks and positive interaction to make the strategic five-year plan successful during this executive term and to support the institutional development on the basis of brotherhood, collaboration and love. The conference witnessed the general elections of the federation which resulted in electing Dr. Basil Marai for the presidency office and Mr. Siran Arifov as a president of the legislative panel.
The report goes on to present the recommendations of the conference.
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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.