A report, called “Muslim Brotherhood Review”, issued by the British government, says that the group endorses values that appear intolerant of equality and freedom of faith and belief. Thereby the report contradicts views of the US-administration. The document further reveals that the Brotherhood promotes or takes a role in violence, seeks world domination of Sharia and regards other religions as illegitimate. The group’s leaders sometimes draw back on anti-Semitic language and even justified the killings of American and other international forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. It considers Western societies and liberal Muslims as immoral and decadent. The British Prime Minister David Cameron stated that the findings of the report will help the government in setting policy which includes the question of banning the Brotherhood or deniying visas to its members. As a reaction to the report, the Brotherhood’s website condemned the review. The US-administration has defended outreach to Muslim Brotherhood members as effort to counter extremism and include Muslims into mainstream America. Steven Emerson, the director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, regards the review as confirmation of experts’ findings on the Brotherhood. According to him, there is no doubt that the Muslim Brotherhood and its network is anti-democratic, linked to terrorism and violence and aims at gaining power to impose a fascistic Islamist regime worldwide.
Two professors of Georgetown University, John Voll and Jonathan Brown, are partnering with a controversial think tank that allegedly has close links to the Muslim Brotherhood. The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) twice has been subject of legal investigations and its leaders are also in top positions in Muslim Brotherhood organizations in the USA. The two Georgetown professors are also listed as faculty members at the Fairfax Institute, an IIIT school, as well as at the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU). The IIIT co-founder, Ismail Al-Faruqi, clearly stated that the institute’s function is to introduce Islamic principles to Western academic approaches that are exclusively based on reasoning. In 2003, the IIIT was even investigated for supposed terror financing but the multiple transactions of a network of organizations made it impossible for law enforcement officials to prove where the money finally went.
Voll and Brown are regularly in contact with Islamists through their posts at the Georgetown faculty. Brown claims in lectures that Islamophobia is the cause why Muslims are often untruly subject of terrorist cases. For example he asserted that Tarek Mehanna was convicted just because he put Al-Qaida videos on his website. The person in question in reality was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison on terrorism-related charges that include training in a terrorist camp in the Middle East to prepare for jihad against the interests of the USA.
It should be scrutinized whether the IIIT can be considered as legitimate academic institution and should have a formal affiliation with universities such as Georgetown.
The chairman of the Finsbury Park Mosque, Mohammed Kozbar perceives the government report on the Muslim Brotherhood as patronizing and insulting. The report on the order of Prime Minister David Cameron was chaired by Sir John Jenkins, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia. It allegedly calls for closer monitoring of the Brotherhood and identified its links to the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), where Kozbar is vice president.
Kozbar, on the other hand, said that his mosque ousted the radical Islamist preacher, Abu Hamza, already 11 years ago and supposedly worked with the MAB to transform the mosque into “a beacon of community excellence”. Kozbar said that lawyers of the Muslim Brotherhood, who plan to proceed against the report, had requested to see the full document but were refused. He further criticized the report for ignoring the MAB’s positive work for the community such as providing food and shelter for the poor, its role in the removal of the radical Hamza and its activities to prevent the radicalization of youths.
The MAB and other Muslim organizations will be holding a press conference in the near future in order to publicly defend themselves against accusations that link them to extremism.
In a radio interview, the Czech President Miloš Zeman commented that the refugee crisis is organized by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to gain control over Europe through gradual migration. Since the Muslim Brotherhood does not have the power to start a war, migration is considered as a viable means to dominate the continent. According to Zeman this strategy was already applied in some Western cities in which police are not able to enter certain districts any more. He referred to statements of the Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar who said that the Muslim Brotherhood tries to dominate not only the Muslim countries but also the rest of the world. Furthermore he made reference to the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates whom supposedly described the Brotherhood as an umbrella organization of Islamic terrorist groups. Based on these sources Zeman concluded that the invasion of migrants from the Middle East is organized by the Muslim Brotherhood and thus funded by a number of states.
Hence, Zeman criticized European politicians who welcome refugees. Instead young men from Syria and Iraq should stay in their home countries to fight the Islamic State rather than coming to Europe.
The Muslim Brotherhood is regarded as terrorist organization by many countries and therefore banned by several states such as Russia.