Qatari media is reporting that Qatar Charity (QC) has announced the establishment of the first Islamic center in Luxembourg. According to the Gulf Times report, the new center was financed largely by Qatar Charity:
Qatar Charity (QC) has announced the establishment of the first Islamic centre in Luxembourg.
The centre was opened by Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser bin Jassim al-Thani, chairman of QC, and would directly benefit more than 3,000 Muslims living in Luxembourg, where there are around 10,000 Muslims, according to a statement.
The facility, which is valued at €2.2mn, comprises a mosque, a school, a legal centre and an educational centre for young people.
The centre was built over an area of 650sqm. QC’s contributed 75% and the project was implemented by the Islamic Society, Luxembourg.
Speaking at the ceremony, which was attended by Qatar’s ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Sheikh Ali bin Jassim al-Thani, mayor of Luxembourg City Lydie Polfer, Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich and other religious leaders, Sheikh Hamad expressed delight at the opening and said: “This centre will be a beacon of peace, goodness and coexistence for the followers of all religions, as per the teachings of our religion, which is the same message that Qatar Charity strives to spread in the world.
He extended QC’s gratitude to the Luxembourg government for its assistance.
Sheikh Hamad explained that QC pays particular attention to cultural projects in the West in a bid to spread the culture of Islam throughout the world.
QC CEO Yusuf bin Ahmed al-Kuwari said, “Qatar Charity is keen to set up such projects in the European continent in light of its social responsibility and in a bid to contribute to the integration of young Muslims into European society.”
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The GMBDW reported in January on several workshops in Gaza and the West Bank initiated by the Qatar Charity in preparation for an international humanitarian summit planned in Istanbul during 2016. As noted in that post, Qatar Charity is part of the UK-based Humanitarian Forum whose Muslim member organizations are all part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood and/or close to Iran. In September 2014, we reported on the launch of a 1 billion campaign ostensibly for the rebuilding of the Gaza strip initiated by a new organization headed by a well known UK Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood figure. The launch event was held in Istanbul and sponsored by Qatar Charity. In addition, Qatar Charity has been known to have been part of the Union of Good, the coalition of charities raising money for Hamas, as well as being a member of the Cairo-based International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief, (IICDR) is an umbrella group for 86 Islamic organizations, many of which are associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas fundraising, or support for Al Qaeda.