Muslim Brotherhood Europe

Muslim Brotherhood Spreads in Europe

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Muslim Brotherhood In Europe

Muslim Brotherhood EuropeMuslim Brotherhood entered Europe in the 1950s, driven in part by the crackdown in Egypt by its secular government.

Among the Muslim Brotherhood members to arrive in Europe was a group led by Sa'id Ramadan, the son-in-law of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of Muslim Brotherhood who had been killed by the Egyptian government.

Financed by Saudi Arabia, Sa'id Ramadan's group established beachheads in Geneva, Switzerland and Munich, Germany, where a network of Muslim Brotherhood organizations and mosques soon sprang up.

The Muslim Brotherhood spread across Europe in the 1960s, spearheaded, like in America, by Muslim student groups that spawned other groups. Prominent examples include the following.

•  Forum for European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO) is an umbrella group
   that represents 42 national and international Islamic student and youth organizations in 26
   European countries; it is based in Brussels, the seat of European Parliament, which it lobbies.

•  Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) is an umbrella group with chapters in 22
   European countries it is based in Leicestershire, UK but fields a large office in Brussels, 
   Belgium to also lobby the European Parliament.

•  Union of Islamic Organizations in France (Union des Organisations Islamiques de France
   (UOIF) has over 200 member organizations and owns or directs over 250 mosques in France;
   UOIF is a member of FIOE.

•  Germany's Central Council of Muslims in Germany (Zentralrat der Muslime in Deutschland -
   ZMD) Islamic Society of Germany (Islamische Gemeinschaft Deutschland - IGD) and Milli
   Görüş (Islamische Gemeinschaft Milli Görüş).

•  Italy's Union of the Islamic Communities and Organizations in Italy (Unione delle Comunita' ed
   Organizzazioni Islamiche in Italia).

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