With the help of French left-wing Greens Party, a controversial Turkish mosque is being expanded in Strasbourg France in part, with government subsidies in the millions of Euros. When completed, the Eyyub Sultan mega mosque is slated to be the largest one in Europe, with 14 floors, two minarets and thirty domes.
The Eyyûb Sultan project is gigantic: 32 million euros in total, including 25.6 million for the mosque. The complex will also house a research center, a museum, a small shopping center and a restaurant. This Turkish-controlled mosque will be one more victory in Erdoğan’s plan to Islamize Europe, seize control and ultimately re-establish the Ottoman Empire.
The mosque, which is a part of the Milli Gorus Islamic Confederation (CMIG), recently refused to sign President Macron’s, newly unveiled anti-extremism charter. This charter would mean the mosque agrees in writing to disassociate from Islamic precepts (which are anathema to Western culture and civilization), and demand that the Mosque respect French law, and renounce what he calls “political islam”.
The highly controversial Milli Görüs organization, is a pan-European movement for the Turkish diaspora, inspired by the ideas of the late Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan. The former Prime Minister was regarded as the father of political Islam in Turkey and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan mentor. Erbakan was radically anti-secular and anti-Western. He created the Milli Görüs or “National Vision” (a euphemism for political Islam) movement to carry out his agenda of transforming Turkey into an Islamic state.
Milli Görüs is one one of the largest Islamic organizations operating in the West, operating over five hundred and fourteen mosques and cultural centers in eleven European countries. Three hundred and twenty three of these institutions are located in Germany.
The Milli Görüs Islamic Confederation Committee reports to the Diyanet, which is the religious affairs branch of the Turkish government. The Diyanet answers directly to Erdoğan, employs imams, writes sermons, and issues fatwas. It sets the theological guidelines of what is being preached in all of their mosques throughout the world.
In this RAIR exclusively translated video, Erdoğan makes clear that Turkish controlled mosques in foreign countries are military outposts for his loyal soldiers:
Despite the Milli Görüs mosque’s refusal to disassociate from extremism and sign the charter, the left-wing Greens Party mayor of Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghian, and their leftist council, offered them a €2.5 million grant to help with construction. Macron’s government however is trying to stop the pro-Antifa Greens party subsidy of this project, due to the Turkish Islamic organization’s radical stance.
In most of France, under the country’s strict rules separating state and religion, the government is not allowed to help fund religious practice. However for historical reasons, the rules are different in the Strasbourg region.
Interior minister Gérald Darmanin denounced the Strasbourg grant and attacked the council, which is run by the Écologie-Les Verts (EELV) party (Greens Party), the minister Tweeted:
“The Green-run city hall of Strasbourg is financing a mosque that is supported by a federation which has refused to sign the charter of principles for Islam in France and which supports a politicised Islam. I want everyone to wake up and for the separatism law to be voted through soon and become law.”
Separately, the French government has also drafted legislation which would force religious groups to declare major foreign funding and would give the state increased powers to shut down speech judged to spread hate or violence.
Interior minister Darmanin also tweeted that, “France does not accept any foreign interference on its soil. We can’t endorse the Green-run city hall of Strasbourg subsidizing a mosque supported by an association that does not condemn neither political Islam nor apostasy.”
La France n’accepte aucune ingérence étrangère sur son sol.— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) March 24, 2021
Nous ne pouvons cautionner que la mairie verte de #Strasbourg subventionne une mosquée soutenue par une association qui ne condamne ni l’islam politique, ni l’apostasie. pic.twitter.com/GQesknh3v6
These statements by Gerald Darmanin come after President Macron, warned in a French television interview against attempts by Turkey to interfere in the next French presidential election in 2022.
According to French 24 news, Darmanin affirmed that there were, “particularly in Strasbourg, (…) extremely strong interference attempts in our country, on the part of Turkey in particular”.
“We have a certain number of clues showing that the Turkish government wishes to interfere in French and especially religious histories,” he said.
“We consider that this community [the town hall of Strasbourg, Editor’s note] should not have financed foreign interference on our soil,” insisted the minister.
Gérald Darmanin argued that Milli Görüs had, according to his “information”, “looked for money elsewhere, in particular in Qatar”.
Watch the following interview with journalist Élisabeth Lévy, on French TV in which she gives background and details as to the nature of the mosque, the conflict with the Macron government, and the approximate progress of attempts to stop its public funding.
As reported at RAIR the tactic of leftist (Greens Party) and Islamic (Milli Gorus) coordination has a name: the Red/Green Axis: “Communists and Islamic Supremacists have a long history of uniting to destroy their common enemy: those who believe in sovereignty and individual freedom.” In order to achieve their own goals, they use one another until their goals are achieved, and only at that time will they “turn on one another and in the end, fight to destroy the other.”
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And we return to the controversy about the mosque in Strasbourg with a view from Elisabeth Lévy. Hello, Elizabeth. —Hello, Cécile. Hello, everyone. So the construction of this mosque in Strasbourg is controversial; we discussed it just now with Olivier Faure, also the boss of the PS [Socialist Party]. Actually, it’s not a construction, it’s an expansion of the Eyyub Sultan mosque; I’m not sure how to pronounce it. The work began in 2017 and has been at a standstill for several months due to lack of funding, caused by disputes between Ankara and Millî Görüs, one of the two federations of Turkish Islam that manages this mosque. So what’s so controversial? Patrick, you said it is the subsidy of €2.5 million out of the entire sum of €32 million, which was voted on Monday by the municipality, uh sorry, the ecological municipality, sorry, LV, and there was this tweet by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who was indignant that the municipality was financing a federation that said it refused to sign the charter of the principles of the Islam of France and defends political Islam. He had therefore asked the administrative court to stop the subsidy. So, in reality, we probably legalized this financing. First, because Strasbourg has this arrangement, and therefore the law of separation does not apply. And then the exterior tactic, ulterior, pardon me, also allowed the public financing of the mosques. The separatism law was not yet voted on anyway. It doesn’t prohibit foreign financing; it only asks for more transparency. —Yes, so the minister, Gérald Darmanin, is wrong when he wants to go to court? —Legally, it’s probably a mistake; I’m not a lawyer. But it is politically right. If we want de-Islamization, the opportunity to build the largest mosque in Europe in Strasbourg, which already has a large mosque, is quite debatable. It has 14 floors, two minarets 36 m [118 ft] high, thirty domes. It’s a big… it’s a big project. There must be a research center. Just joking. Well, this project is, at the least, ostentatious and also reflects a cultural struggle for control by the Franco-Turkish. So then, regarding the Charter of Islam, these two federations didn’t sign it, and have effectively blocked on two points, which were not defined well enough, political Islam and foreign management. These two points are questioned and fought against by Turkish Islam. These two things go together, since they diffuse political Islam, according to their Erdogan, in France. In fact, one could speak about double separatism. Religious, cultural and national separatism. —What does that mean? What are you saying? —Well, let’s just say, it is when we help young Muslims not to live according to the morals or values of France. Erdogan, he doesn’t hide it. Assimilation is a crime; the Turkish diaspora is his army and the mosques its bases. It should be added that today anti-French propaganda is very active among the Franco-Turkish. There are squads of internet users who disinform, who invent constant proofs of our Islamophobia. For example, circulating rumors that Muslim students are profiled. And it works, even among young graduates. Erdogan is a hero. You have undoubtedly seen his initials on the walls, and those are these initials. Although they’re French, many young Franco-Turks identify as Turkish first. It’s a self-identity problem which worsens in a period of crisis. I believe that the law, even this law of separatism, which isn’t the actual name, cannot change that. First of all, the most important thing — it’s a little like China, as your guest said — is to pursue a policy of national strength toward Turkey as well as within France to lead a long-term political and cultural fight. Yes, thank you, Elisabeth Lévy, we’ll discuss this controversy with you in the news at 8:45am Till then.