Many do not know or do not accurately realize the depth of the influence that the Muslim Brotherhood has in western countries after it has been almost three generations since the first batch of the group’s envoys arrived to European countries, especially to Germany and Switzerland, around seven decades ago.
Their sons and grandsons, Egyptians, Syrians and Iraqis, along with the Islamists from Turkish parties since the days of “Khawaja” Necmettin Erbakan till the days of Sultan Recep Erdogan, became part of the German and European fabric and accurately chose to work in the institutions that establish public opinion and in lobbying institutions.
They became “Troy’s soldiers” from within the depths of Europe itself, and an advanced line of defense to defend the Muslim Brotherhood, its allies and its policies under a European imprint.
Many do not know or do not accurately realize the depth of the influence that the Muslim Brotherhood has in western countries after it has been almost three generations since the first batch of the group’s envoys arrived to European countries, especially to Germany and Switzerland, around seven decades agoMashari Althaydi
Recent German reports have addressed the problem of the deep Brotherhood influence inside the country. These reports came after the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which is the country’s domestic security agency, examined the activities of a Brotherhood association called the “Saxony Forum” that manages a mosque called Al-Taqwa in the city of Rastatt in Baden-Wurttemberg.
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The German news agency quoted an official in the security agency as saying that the new Brotherhood activities continue to focus on the communities of Arab and Muslim refugees for the purpose of recruiting more people.
The German daily Die Welt said that more of the group members fled to Germany after Mohammed Mursi was ousted in Egypt. It quoted the security agency’s report as saying: “The Islamic Community of Germany includes around 13,000 members and its activities cover the entire country.” Die Welt added that the Brotherhood has been exploiting the Islamic community in Cologne for political incitement purposes for more than three years and for the purpose of whitewashing the Brotherhood’s reputation in the West.
Anyway, the story of the Brotherhood immigration to Germany is old. Some attribute it to the son-in-law of the Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, the group’s dangerous man Said Ramadan who is considered the group’s first envoy to Europe and the leader of the “Brotherhood immigration” to Germany.
In 1958, Ramadan established the strongest Islamic institution in Germany, the Islamic Community of Germany (IGD). Dozens of other organizations and the organizations that are currently affiliated with the Brotherhood branched from the IGD, and according to news sources, they’re about 30.
In his book ‘The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West’, Dr. Lorenzo G. Vidino said: “Many of the Brotherhood cadres occupied prominent posts in Germany which strengthened their influence and made Germany a base (to launch their work) in Europe.”
After all this, when we read a report by a German media outlet or a human rights organization that speaks in favor of the Brotherhood, we must search for the fingerprints of the successors of the “first Brotherhood European envoy” Said Ramadan and other similar figures who are Syrians, Turks and Iraqis.
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Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.