Kuwaiti media is reporting that the the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) has held its third forum for new Muslim converts in Europe. According to a Kuwait News Agency report:
Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq KUWAIT, Dec 25 (KUNA) — Chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) Dr. Abdullah Al-Maatouq stressed care for education and awareness of new Muslims in Europe is a priority at present requiring rehabilitation and continued advancement of capabilities of preachers communicating with them. The remark came upon the inauguration Saturday night of the third Europe new Muslims forum, organized by the TIES center of the IICO. The forum, Al-Maatouq said, was an opportunity to better equip Islam’s representatives in Europe to address the issues facing the Muslim European community today. The representatives are encouraged to seek Islamic leadership courses and strategic planning courses, and to set up channels and netwroks of communication for Muslims across Europe. The IICO, the chairman said, offered many cultural, educational, and other training programs since its creation to enable Muslims to contribute to development in their own respective communities. It is now cooperating with a host of international organizations. The list includes the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Islamic Education, Science, Culture Organization (IISESCO), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the Humanitarian Forum.
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The IICO lists branches in the Middle East, Africa, Russia, and Central Asia and as late as 2008, the U.S. IICO branch was listed at the same address in Herndon, Virginia as the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. An earlier post reported that the directors and advisors of IIIT attended a general Assembly meeting of the IICO. The IICO’s Palestine Charity Committee sends its funds through “zakat committees” in the Palestinian territories, many of which are linked to Hamas. The Swiss office of the Islamic “charity” Human Appeal is also registered at the same address in Geneva as the IICO. Human Appeal has also been linked to Hamas funding and is one of the members, along with the IICO, of the Union of Good. The Union of Good is a worldwide coalition of charities headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi which has been designated as a terrorist entity by the U.S. and Israel in connection with its funding of Hamas. Three individuals affiliated with the Swiss IICO branch were also associated with the now defunct Al Taqwa Bank, founded and operated by Muslim Brotherhood leaders Youssef Nada and Ali Ghaleb Himmat. IICO Deputy Chairman Abdullah Omar Nasseef has held many important positions in Saudi Arabia including serving as Vice-President of the Kingdom’s Shura Council, President of King Abdul Aziz University, and most importantly as Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) from 1983-1993. Dr. Naseef is also the President of the Muslim World Congress and the Secretary-General of the International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief (IICDR) which includes a large number of affiliated organizations, many of which are associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas fundraising, or support for Al Qaeda.