Mosques and Foreign Fighters: How Qatar finances Islamism in Italy


By Souad Sbai

Over the last few years in hundreds of articles, interviews, tweets, books, conferences and protest demonstrations we said and repeated that the exponential growth of economic relations with Qatar at the price of the spread of Muslim Brotherhood extremism in Italy is not a good business. Now that La Stampa has also taken the courage to denounce the role played by Qatar Charity by financing the construction of mosques throughout Europe, including Italy, to be entrusted to the imams and fundamentalist militants belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, Italy could have awakened.

The impulse came from the launching in France of the book entitled Qatar Papers, a cartel of proselytism conducted by Qatar Charity and created by two journalists, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot. The investigation is based on original confidential documents, disclosed for the first time in the book, that illustrate in detail how Doha finances extremism in Europe.

In 2014, there were 113 projects to build new mosques and religious centers, 45 in Italy, the country where the emirs in recent years are investing mainly due to – I am sorry to repeat – the complacency of our ruling class.

The unforgettable dinner at the Quirinale that took place last November in honor of the emir Tamim Al Thani, to which the entire establishment came without exception, will remain in the history of Italian foreign policy. The launching of Qatar Papers precisely the same day of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s visit to Doha, is a sign of the destiny. When he returns to Rome, many pages to read await him, perhaps together with the Mayor Virginia Raggi, who went to Doha shortly before the Premier. Both will be able to learn more about the 22 million euros distributed by Qatar Charity from north to south and which have almost a single beneficiary: the Union of Islamist communities and organizations in Italy, or the Muslim Brotherhood.

However, these data cannot surprise those who have never stopped sounding the alarm. My latest book The Muslim Brotherhood and the conquest of the West. From Istanbul to Doha, the red line of jihad illustrates in detail the deployment of the Islamist agenda from the Middle East of the Arab Springs to Tariq Ramadan’s Europe (Qatar Papers confirm he was paid by Doha). It talks about the thousands of mosques (legal and above all illegal), the pseudo-cultural and prayer centers, places of social gathering where the Muslim Brotherhood, thanks to the Qatari financial supports, indoctrinates and radicalizes the young people belonging to the second and third generations, inducing them to embrace extremist and strongly identifying positions, contrary to integration and encouraging them to be enlisted in terrorist organizations such as ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Therefore, there is nothing new about neither the fight against jihadist terrorism nor the threat posed by the Qatar-Muslim Brotherhood binomial where Erdogan’s Turkey also participates. Something we already know and that has already been widely spread even in Italy. No news about the Shaykh of terror Yusuf Al Qaradawi, “spiritual guide” of the Muslim Brotherhood in the whole world, closely linked to Qatar and telepreacher of the conquest of ‘West’ through proselytism and faith ‘on the screens of Al Jazeera. For the first time, today the intervention of the “political class” has not been invoked in order to adopt laws that prohibit “all foreign funding” for mosques and “political-diplomatic actions” related to Qatar.

The happy news is that the opposition in Europe to the yoke of Islamist extremism is growing, led by the world of journalism, that with its work of denunciation is contributing enormously to the spread of a greater awareness of the true nature, ambitions and objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood and the rogue states that sponsor them. The breaking of the taboo that until now prevented the major information bodies in Italy from addressing the issue is a sign of hope and at the same time a request for an urgent change of course that politics and institutions will no longer be able to ignore.


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