The Europe Trust

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The Europe Trust, formerly known as the European Trust, is a UK charity and company which lists its purpose as developing a portfolio of assets intended to fund social and economic projects for communities in Europe. The Europe Trust was founded by the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), believedTemplate:By whom to represent the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe, and funds almost solely projects related to FIOE. The Europe Trust and or its trustees have connections to entities designated as terrorist organizations by the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Israel.

History and organization

Europe Trust is a Markfield, United Kingdom, based company and charity which was first registered as a U.K. charity in1996 under the name European Trust and then incorporated as a U.K. company named Europe Trust in 2003.[1] In 2004 it was again registered as a charity bearing the name Europe Trust. The 2005 financial report says that the principal activity of the company "was that of to establish a portfolio of assets (awqaf) businesses and investments to generate resources to fund social and economic projects for communities in Europe." [2]

The directors and trustees of the Europe Trust are Muslims from Middle Eastern descent who all live in Europe. The Europe Trust has three staff members and multiple volunteers and former trustee and co-founder Dr Ahmed Kadhem al-Rawi serves currently as the chief executive.

Connections to the Muslim Brotherhood

The Europe Trust and its officials have claimed over the years that it is an independent organization and that it is separate from the Muslim Brotherhood. However, the European Trust was founded by FIOE, described as "the overarching organization for new Western Muslim Brotherhood groups in Europe. Major news outlets as the Wall Street Journal and The Times have reported that the Europe Trust is the financial vehicle of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. A 2011 investigation by the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) concluded that the FIOE is the Muslim Brotherhood umbrella organization in Europe but that this affiliation was being denied by FIOE and associated individuals.[3]

The Wall Street Journal reported in 2005 that the European Trust was created in 1996 as the de facto fundraising arm of the FIOE and in order to break the dependency of FIOE on Gulf donors. The Journal also reported that the Trust had directly subsidized projects of the FIOE, including three colleges and three local Islamic centers that affiliated with the FIOE.[4]Template:Subscription required

The Times reported that the Europe Trust, which has property assets worth more than £8.5 million, sends rental income from its properties to an unofficial network of Brotherhood-linked organizations throughout the continent including the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), identified by a government minister in 2010 as “the Brotherhood’s representative in the UK.”[5]

Connections to radicalism and terrorism

The Times of London reported a number of ties from the Europe Trust and/or its Trustees to various forms of terrorism:

  • Europe Trust has funded a religious training institute in Wales that was attended by one of Lee Rigby’s killers.[6]
  • Ahmed al-Rawi once described Israel as a “killing machine” led by “Zionist war criminals” and in 2004, he joined leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah in demanding action to “purify the land of Islam from the filth of occupation”.[5]
  • Present and former trustees of the European Trust include senior figures in two global aid agencies banned by Israel for their alleged membership of a group said by the American government to have been “created by Hamas to transfer funds to the terrorist organisation”.[7]
  • A third trustee ran a Kuwaiti organization, Lajnat al-Dawa al-Islamiya (LDI), that was outlawed by the United Nations over funding links to al-Qaeda. Its Pakistan branch was led by the brother of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.[5]
  • A former trustee and ex-head of the Islamic Society of Germany, who was sentenced to death in absentia in Egypt for an alleged conspiracy with Brotherhood leaders. He was separately investigated but not prosecuted by German federal police for transferring money on behalf of a Salafist Saudi organization to a charity whose Bosnian branch is designated by the UN, the EU and the US as a funder of al-Qaeda.[5]

List of current trustees

The current trustees of the Europe Trust[8] are: Mr Abdul Jabbar Koubaisy from Poland, Trustee 2013[9] Dr Nabeel Siddiq al-Ramadhani from the United Kingdom, Trustee since 2012[10] Dr Ali Abushwaima from Italy, Trustee since 2012[11] Dr Fouad Alaoui Bouarraqui from France; Trustee since 2010 and chairman of the board[12] Mr Nurettin Gazi Misirli from Turkey; Trustee since 2006[13] Mr Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed from the United Kingdom; Trustee since 2003[14]


  2. Financial Statement Europe Trust 2005;
  3. Letter Minister of Interior P. H. Donner to Dutch Parliament (Dutch), Betreft Conclusies Onderzoek Moslimbroederschap in Nederland; number 4539147/01; 11 April 2011;
  4. Ian Johnson, How Islamic Group's Ties Reveal Europe's Challenge; A Conduit to Mainstream, Muslim Lobbyist Also Has Some Fundamentalist Links, The Wall Street Journal; 29 December 2005;
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Andrew Norfolk (10 July 2015). "The money trail: from student digs to ‘mothership of Islamism’". The Times. Template:Subscription required
  6. Andrew Norfolk (10 July 2015). "Unwitting students fund Islamist projects with their rent payments". The Times. Template:Subscription required
  7. Richard Kerbaj, British aid workers risk arrest in Gaza, The Times, 9 May 2008; Source: (behind pay wall)