March 26, 2015 Rome – Tasked with reorganizing Italy’s Muslim community, World Muslim League new president in Italy, Fareed Alkhotani, called the community ‘the worst’ in Europe for dialogue and inclusion, telling reporters the Italian Muslim people is often ignorant of the Koran, not able to integrate into Italian society, closed in a way apart and led by some imams who are not well prepared and, consequently, unable to prevent and combat Al Qaeda or Isis terrorist ideas.
Alkhotani said, ‘Muslims in Italy do not have a thorough understanding of the Islamic religion and are not able to dialogue with the national government, as opposed to what they do communities in Austria, Belgium, France and Germany’.
Italy’s approximately 1.7 millions Muslims are divided into two thousand mosques, associations, cultural centers that often go in separate directions. According to the World Muslim League, the Muslim minority in Italy has the worst relationship in Europe in regard to faith and residence country.
Alkhotani listed three reasons for the lack of relationship as ‘ ignorance of the Koran’ among common peoaple amd especially young people; Muslims are socially on the lower rangs with low paid jobs and ‘do not have the cultural tools to fit in the society’, and they ‘buil parallel, closed societies by nationality of origin’. Subsequently, ‘dialogue is prevented’ and has provoked ‘the lack of recognition of the Muslim community by Italian authorities, despite the requests of certain Islamic organizations, such as Ucoii, Coreis, Maghreb federation’.
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The report did not identify who exactly has entrusted the reorganization to the MWL but did state that for now, only 250 associations of two thousand are participating.
Given the MWL’s ongoing and close relationship with Global Muslim Brotherhood, it would seem that any success by the MWL in taking charge of the Muslim community in Italy would also enhance the Brotherhood presence as well.
The Muslim World League was established in 1962 as a means for the propagation of Saudi “Wahabbi” Islam. Muslim Brothers played an important role in its founding and the League has always been strongly associated with the Brotherhood. US government officials have testified that MWL has been linked to supporting Islamic terrorist organizations globally and the organization has a long history of anti-Semitism.