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German Saxony became the Brotherhood’s starting point in Europe


The European Union is already in a state of security activity to counter the Brotherhood’s plans to expand its influence in Europe and, according to the German Saxony Office for the Protection of the Constitution, sees the radical Islamist group as trying to expand its sphere of influence in Saxony to impose its control over sharia law in Germany.

The Exploitation of Sharia

The Saxony State Office for the Protection of the Constitution (LfV) expressed concern about the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Saxony, according to the German newspaper Die Welt. The head of LfV Jordain Mayer-Plath in Dresden said that she used the lack of places of worship for Muslims who came as part of the refugee influx through organizations such as the Saxon SBS meeting place to build structures and spread her idea of a political Islam. The Islamic Association in Germany has about 13,000 members and covers its activities all over the country. The newspaper went on to say that the group exploited Islamic associations, especially those in Cologne, for political incitement and improving their image in Western societies. This has nothing to do with terrorism, but beyond that, the group’s goal in Germany is to take advantage of sharia law and roam the country with a lot of money. The German newspaper added that the buildings are being bought heavily in order to establish mosques or meeting places for members of the group, which has already happened in Leipzig, Risa, Misen, Berna, Dresden, Potzen and Georlitz, among other places. The Constitution Protection Authority confirmed that there is no shortage of money for the Brotherhood, they are moving around the country with a lot of money, they are buying real estate, with huge funding from Qatar, and they take advantage of the love of the Muslim community in Germany to enter the mosques, but the Muslims do not know what they are dealing with, as it has nothing to do with the Islamic Law.

Qatari funds

Gordain Mayer Plath, director of the Constitution Protection Authority “Internal Intelligence”, in the state of Saxony in southeastern Germany, confirmed that there are mostly offers from several Islamic associations or organizations for the newly arrived Muslims in western Germany, while there are none in the east, adding that it seems that the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to penetrate this vacuum and obtain a monopoly position through the Saxony SBS Forum. According to the German newspaper, Qatar is the largest funder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany, as its funds go to the associations affiliated to the group in Germany, where Qatar has been accused for years of financing terrorist groups and Islamic movements.

Ikhwanite Leaderships

“According to German media, the Brotherhood has sought to settle its leadership in Germany since the 1960s, and after the collapse of their rule in Egypt in 2013, these leaders began to operate in public”. Germany was at the forefront of Europe, which received hundreds of Brotherhood members after the June 30th revolution in Egypt, to take advantage of the network of mosques and major Islamic societies that were established. It went on to say that there were many Brotherhood leaders who had moved to Germany at an earlier time, led by Said Ramadan, son-in-law of Hassan el-Banna, founder of the group. He was one of the first leaders to move to Germany from Geneva in 1958, and he studied in Cologne and founded the Islamic Assembly in Germany, which is considered the largest arm of the group in Europe. After his death, Ali Ghaleb Himmat, an Italian-Syrian businessman who served as the group’s president from 1973 to 2002 and had strong ties to al-Qaeda as a co-founder of al-Taqwa Bank, which the United States considered a long-time financier of terrorism. The German newspapers added that one of the most prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures in Germany, Issam Al-Attar, is a Syrian national. The Egyptian Brotherhood’s branch in Munich chose Al-Attar as its base of operations in Germany, while the Syrian branch chose Aachen, a German city near the Dutch border, as its headquarters. Another prominent figure is Ibrahim El-Zayat, an Egyptian national and the son of an Egyptian imam who preaches at the Marburg Mosque, and a German mother who is married to Sabiha Erbakan, the niece of Necmettin Erbakan Al-Turki. Khalifa Youssef Nada was one of the most important financial sources for the group.

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