German security authorities concluded that in the medium term, the
local offshoots of the most powerful global Islamist movement, the Muslim
Brotherhood, can pose a greater threat to democracy than the terrorist
organizations al-Qaeda and ISIS, German Focus Online reported.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently waved to his supporters by four fingers outstretched on one hand, with the "R4bia" greeting from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).
The frequently used symbol of the largest global Islamist association is an expression of a worrying development in Germany. In North Rhine-Westphalia, according to the findings of the security authorities, the popularity of organizations or mosques, which are attributed to the Muslim Brotherhood originally from Egypt, is increasing.
Protection of the Constitution warns, "Muslim Brotherhood is more dangerous than al-Qaeda"
According to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), the "Islamic Community in Germany e.V." (IGD), headquartered in Cologne, operates as the central office of the local MB network. "With its efforts to create a social and political system based on the Sharia (Islamic legal collection), it violates the free democratic basic order," domestic intelligence told FOCUS Online.
Nationwide, the authorities estimate the closer circle of followers to 1,000 and steadily rising. According to own data, 50 Islamic centers work together with the Cologne headquarters. NRW state protectors alone count 14 mosque associations of the 109 radical prayer houses on the Rhine and Ruhr to the environment of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some religious sites also serve as starting points for other Islamist extremists, such as the Al-Muhajirin Mosque in Bonn. In Cologne, the Abu Bakr Mosque in the Südstadt is considered a hotspot of the Muslim Brothers.
Particularly explosive is the IGD, which also calls itself a German Muslim community and decisively "influences" the Central Council of Muslims. The umbrella organization with its 35 members and associations sees itself as a representative of the 4.4 million Muslims in the country.
Currently, Khalled Swaid serves as president of the IGD. Although his association rejects any connection to the MB, on his Facebook page are shots of the hand icon of the Islamist movement with the four fingers. Also, his tweets suggest a great sympathy for the anti-Israeli boycott group BDS.