According to new media reports, Qatar’s government has called on the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Al-Gama‘a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group) —including Assam Abdul Majid and Tarek al-Zomor, the leaders of the Gama´a, and Muhammad Mahsub, Ashraf Badr al-Deen, Mahmoud Hassain, and Hamza Zawba, of the Muslim Brotherhood —to leave Qatar and go to London. Allegedly, the decision of the Qatari authorities was motivated by mounting pressure from Egypt and Saudi Arabia to extradite the Islamist leaders as PJ Tatler reports.
Muslim Brotherhood Secretary-General Mahmoud Hussain has reportedly applied for political asylum in the UK and is currently believed to be in Qatar. The UK Home Office has replied, however, that asylum claims can only be made from within the UK.
Cairo´s Al-Azhar University, considered the oldest and most prestigious Islamic university in the world, has published a study on the fatwas (religious rulings) of the Muslim Brotherhood during the reign of President Mohammed Morsi. The Egyptian Newspaper Al-Masry al-Youm (Egypt Today) has recently summarized the study titled “The Misguided Fatwas of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis” by by Al Azhar’s Dr. Sayed Zayed. Here are some of the highlights: Continue Reading
In late September 2013, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood denied media reports that it is moving the bulk of its operations to London. The Egyptian MB has been running an office in the UK, headed by Ibrahim Mounir, a senior figure in the organisation. After the ouster of Mohammed Morsi from his office on 3 July, the Brotherhood was once again exposed to an extensive crackdown by the Egyption security forces. As a result, the MB allegedly moved ist media and publishing operations to the UK. This was denied by the organisation’s London office, however. Continue Reading
London Citizens (LC) was established in 2001 and is affiliated to Citizens UK, sharing the same staff and offices. LC is an alliance of community organisations in London in England. It is largely composed of faith groups including churches and mosques, schools, student organisations, union branches and residents’ associations. It is part of Citizens UK (formerly the Citizen Organising Foundation), which also includes a similar organisation in Birmingham. London Citizens’ most high profile campaigns include those to establish a London living wage of £8.30 per hour, and a campaign called Strangers into Citizens, which calls on the British government to regularise the status of illegal immigrants who can prove that they have proficiency in English, community ties and no criminal record by offering them permission to stay in the UK legally for two years, with the possibility of citizenship at the end. Continue Reading