Belgian Muslim Brotherhood To Hold 2nd Annual Expo


Belgian French language media is reporting on the 2nd annual Islamic Expo to be held in Brussels from October 25 until October 28. According to a report in, the event will be addressed by Ahmed Al-Rawi, a leader of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), representing the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Also addressing the even will be Hajib El Hajjaji, identified in a NEFA Foundation report authored by the GMBDW editor as a leader in the Belgian Muslim Brotherhood and likely part of a family that is tied to the Hamas infrastructure in Belgium. In addition, the Twitter feed of the the Ligue des Musulmans de Belgique (LMB) identifies the organization as a co-sponsor of the event. The NEFA Foundation report describes the LMB as follows:

The Ligue des Musulmans de Belgique (LMB) was created in February 2006. The name suggests that the organization was created as a successor to the LIIB and the statutes state that the LMB is a member of FIOE whose assets on dissolution go the Europe Trust. Of the eleven signatories to the founding document, two are known to be officers of other Belgian Muslim Brotherhood organizations: Karim Azzouzi, LIIB Vice President/Secretary and Abdel El Hajjaji, an officer of CECIV/Essalem in Verviers. A third, Karim Chemlal, is the business partner of Bassem Hatahet and is identified in recent news reports as the head of the LMB. Two more founders are possible relatives of Brotherhood organization officers including Redouae Chatar and Ben Razzouk who listed an address adjacent to the registered address of the Union des Organisations Estudiantines Musulmans, discussed above. Since its creation, the LMB has been a signatory to several online petitions concerning Islamic issues such as the Danish cartoon crisis and supporting the ex-head of the Central Muslim body after he was arrested on charges of fraud. In September 2007, the LMB hosted a meeting in Brussels which brought together over 400 Islamic organizations to sign a code of conduct developed by the FIOE for Muslims who live in Europe. The LMB is likely the same organization referred to on the FIOE website as the Muslim Association of Belgian, the FIOE Belgian member organization.

 The Europe Trust is part of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe.

In September 2012, the Kuwaiti press agency reported on what was described as the first Islamic expo in Brussels, Belgium that was also organized by the Belgian Muslim Brotherhood and addressed by important leaders of the Global Brotherhood including Isam El-Bashir and Tariq Ramadan. The 2012 event was also addressed by the Vice-President of the European Parliament.  

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