In a new development, the Supreme Council of German Muslims expelled Brotherhood organizations from its ranks and stripped a prominent Brotherhood leader of all his positions within the council.
Yesterday evening, the council expelled all Brotherhood fronts from the council’s membership, led by the Islamic Center in Munich and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Student Union. It also stripped Ibrahim al-Zayat, known as the “Brotherhood Finance Minister”, of all his positions within the union.
These decisions came in the wake of the elections held by the Council and amid new trends to exclude the legitimate fronts of the Brotherhood, which are used as tools to work for the benefit of the group.
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German Islamic Association
Last January, the council had agreed to drop the membership of the German Islamic Gathering, which the security authorities classify as affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood as well.
The history of the Brotherhood’s penetration in Germany dates back to the 1950s, when the operation began at the hands of Saeed Ramadan, the group’s leader, who took charge of assembling Egyptian and Arab Muslim scholars and envoys in Germany, specifically in Munich, since 1959.
Ramadan also established several mosques and centers that represented the main base of operations for the Brotherhood in all of Europe, while Issam al-Attar, the observer of the Brotherhood in Syria, established several mosques and Islamic centers in the German city of Eichen. As a result of coordination between the Syrians Issam al-Attar and Ghaleb Hemmat in Eichen, and the Egyptians Youssef Nada, Ibrahim Mounir and Ibrahim al-Zayat in Munich, the group’s largest network has emerged in Europe.
The Brotherhood has established organizations, centers and associations in Germany in recent years through the group’s leader Ibrahim al-Zayat and his brothers Bilal al-Zayat and Manal al-Zayat. So, the Munich Mosque and the Islamic Center in the city turned into a starting point for the establishment of the two most important and most prominent Muslim Brotherhood associations in Europe, the Islamic Association in Germany and the Islamic Center in Geneva.
Brotherhood Finance Minister
According to the information that has been revealed, Brotherhood leader Ibrahim al-Zayyat had a prominent role in supervising Brotherhood organizations in all of Germany, then his role increased after his marriage to Sabiha Erbakan, the niece of Necmettin Erbakan, founder of the Turkish Welfare Party. With some of his associates, he established the so-called European Council for Fatwa and Research as a Source of religious fatwas for Muslims in Europe, and as a means for religious coverage of zakat collection operations.
The German authorities described Ibrahim al-Zayyat as the first official in charge of the international organization of the Brotherhood in Germany, responsible for financing the various activities and collecting wealth for the organization, and called him “Brotherhood Finance Minister.”