Pope Meets Head of Islamist Group, The Muslim Council of Britain
by THE GLOBAL MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DAILY REPORT
September 21, 2010
The Muslim Council of Britain is reporting that its Secretary-General (pictured, bottom right) has met the Pope during his visit to the UK. According to the MCB Twitter feed:
MCB Secretary General Farooq Murad met the Pope earlier today at the Religious Leaders gathering in Twickenham.
The MCB is a UK umbrella group dominated by the UK Muslim Brotherhood and recently elected Farooq Murad as the new Secretary-General of the organization. In addition to his role at the MCB, Mr. Murad is a current trustee and former chairman of Muslim Aid, a UK charity originally founded by Yusuf Islam (fka Cat Stevens) and identified in a NEFA Foundation report as a member of the Union of Good, described in the NEFA report as follows:
The Union of Good is a coalition of Islamic charities that provides financial support to both the Hamas “social” infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities. It is headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, and most of the trustees and member organizations are associated with the global Muslim Brotherhood. The Union of Good was banned by Israel in 2002 and was recently designated a terrorist entity by the United States, although neither Youssef Qaradawi nor any of the Trustees were similarly designated.
Despite the fact that action has been taken against some of its member organizations in Europe, many of its other European member organizations continue to operate. Further, the Union of Good itself does not appear to be under investigation in Europe.
According to another NEFA report on the UK Union of Good members, a number of the organizations to which Muslim Aid made allocations have been identified by Israel and/or the U.S. as Hamas institutions:
- Al-Razi Hospital
- Muslim Youth Society Hebron
- The Islamic Charitable Society Hebron
- The Islamic University of Gaza
The NEFA report also cites an Israeli government document that identifies Muslim Aid as an institution that funds Hamas. In September 2008, Muslim Aid was one of the five UK UG charities banned by Israel in connection with their ties to Hamas.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To avoid confusion, the Pope did not choose to meet a member of the Muslim Council of Britain (co-founded in 1997 by Kemal el-Helbawy of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood). The pontiff had been scheduled to meet religious leaders on September 17 at St. Mary’s University College in Twickenham.
The newsworthy issue here is how Farooq Murad, the head of a political Islamic group, who – according to his MCB biography – is not the leader of any religious community, managed to be presented as a “religious leader.” Murad is not an imam, and therefore had no right to be presented as a religious leader when his main role is that of an activist, a political Muslim (i.e. an Islamist).