There is an old political saying that if a thief owned the door and the windows, he can own the whole house, therefore, the Muslim Brotherhood has studied ever door and window in Africa before infiltrating Europe, and did not find any country more suitable than Germany and Britain.
The group’s devious schemes will likely keep on progressing unless European countries grow the necessary awareness regarding the danger that the Brotherhood poses under the cover of charity and Islamic centers.
The Muslim Brotherhood considers Germany and Britain the safe haven; as the group spreads across them through the organizations, channels and research foundations that lured many Englishmen and Germans as well as Muslim communities.
Foreign reports have recently revealed that all the Brotherhood institutions in Britain and Germany have been involved in many acts of violence, not to mention supporting terrorist groups with donations.
Germany… the widest portal to Europe
Germany is one of the most European countries in which the Brotherhood has penetrated. They have possessed a strong influence through the organizations, NGOs and mosques they founded. The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) has noted that the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood is growing in Germany, especially in the eastern state of Saxony.
Gordian Meyer-Plath, president of the BfV, has said the Muslim Brotherhood “have long been active in Saxony, although they were stealthy”.
The BfV anti-terror leader posed the question that when “a large number of Muslims have come to Germany, do they see a chance to expand their network beyond some central structures and become interesting for the new Muslims in Saxony?”
He warned in 2017 about the Brotherhood’s effort to establish shariah law in Germany, and said that the group was working to subvert democracy.
The Saxony region of Germany appears to be a particular target for the Brothers, “intensively” so in Dresden, Berne, Meizen, Leipzig, Gorlitz, Bautsen, according to Meyer-Plath. The organization is purchasing properties to build mosques and community centers at a fast rate. Part of the problem is that state organizations failed to provide resources for the massive wave of migrants over the last few years and the Brotherhood stepped into the void.
Some of these organizations are The Islamic Council in Berlin, which is run by Khadr Abd el-Moty, the main coordinator of a council of European imams and preachers. He is one of senior figures in the international Muslim Brotherhood.
There is also Arresalah, the center for teaching Arabic and the Quran, based in Berlin. Under the leadership of Jaafar Abd el-Salam, the center spreads Brotherhood activity around the country and attracts children of immigrants via Arabic-language centers.
Moreover, there is the Islamic Council in Berlin. It is run by Khadr Abd el-Moty, the main coordinator of a council of European imams and preachers. He is one of senior figures in the international Muslim Brotherhood organization.
The Muslim Brotherhood were not restricted to religious or political organizations in Germany but expanded to include women’s organizations, most notably the Muslim Women’s Organization in Germany, headed by Rachida Al-Naqazi, a Tunisian woman residing in Bonn, Germany.
Since its entry to Germany, the Muslim Brotherhood managed to establish 30 active societies, 511 mosques, 1,091 meeting places and 2,137 societies.
Britain… A window to the rest of the world
Britain comes after Germany in terms of Brotherhood influence with a number of Brotherhood leaders, controlling 13 organizations and associations in London alone, through three Egyptian leaders, Issam El Haddad, Ibrahim Mounir and Ibrahim El Zayat.
The Muslim Brotherhood founded a number of organizations in Britain including the Forum of Muslim Youths in Europe, which consists of 42 national and international organizations bringing together young people from more than 26 different countries.
The Islamic Relief Organization was also one of the largest Islamic charities in the world. Founded in 1984, Islamic Relief maintained branches and offices in over 20 countries and has reported franchise-wide income of hundreds of millions of dollars.
The co-founder of Islamic Relief, Essam El-Haddad, was sentenced to life in prison in Egypt for being a Muslim Brotherhood leader who collaborated with Hamas and Hezbollah and provided intelligence to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Media reports also said Haddad used Islamic Relief to funnel money to the Muslim Brotherhood.
In Britain, the Brotherhood mobilized media outlets to defend the group, including Al-Huwar channel, one of the most influential media tools of the brotherhood in Europe It was founded in 2006 by a number of Brotherhood leaders, most notably Anas al-Tikriti, head of the Cordoba Foundation, and Azzam al-Tamimi.
Moreover, there is a publishing house called World Media Services, which is closely aligned with Brotherhood thinking and publishes the pro-Brotherhood website ikhwanpress.org, and is being ran and supervised by Ibrahim Munir Mustafa the most senior member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the United Kingdom he is currently the Secretary General of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood.
There is also AlMakeem Network, founded by Muslim Brotherhood figure Anas Mekdad, to provide a news broadcast service via social websites such as Twitter and Facebook.