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GIOR: UK Muslim Brotherhood Behind Muslim Civil Society Report Launched in British Parliament

News in BriefGIOR: UK Muslim Brotherhood Behind Muslim Civil Society Report Launched in British Parliament

An Islamic news portal is reporting on a 15 January 2023 event held at the British Parliament, marking the publication of the 2023 British Muslim Civil Society Report (BMCSR). The report, with a significant role played by the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK, purports to document the current state of British Muslim civil society and was backed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims (APPGBM).

The British Muslim Civil Society Report was commissioned by Mercy Mission UK, a Muslim charity founded in Australia in 2006, and which describes its goals as researching, defining, refining, and incubating innovative community development projects. Mercy Mission Special Advisor Sagheer Malik is a former Head of Premier and Retail Assets at the Al-Rayan Bank, formerly known as the Islamic Bank of Britain, which is known to have provided banking services for GMB and Hamas support organizations. Mercy Mission is also one of the creators of the UK charity National Zakat Foundation, whose Chairman, Sultan Choudhury, is the former Al-Rayan Bank CEO.

The BMCSR lead researcher is Oxford University Islamic Studies Lecturer Usaama al-Azami, a member of the Doha Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), formerly headed by GMB leader Tariq Ramadan. He is also a lecturer at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education in Leicestershire, a center for the GMB, and has written for the Islamist publication Middle East Eye. The BMCSR Director, Jehangir Malik, is the former UK Director of GMB charity Islamic Relief.

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