According to reports in the media, the renowned global Muslim Brotherhood figure Ibrahim El-Zayat, brother-in-law of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood group in Turkey, was stripped of his positions in the center by the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD). (Germany Muslim Council )
The council, a well-known Islamic organization with tens of thousands of Muslim members from all over the world, held its elections yesterday in the midst of significant difficulties that Muslims in Germany face, according to reports.
In the International Organization of the Muslim, Zayat is one of the prominent European figures around the world. According to reports, the Egyptian government wants Zayat to serve a 10-year prison sentence. (Germany Muslim Council )
Eslam El-Katatny, a Muslim Brotherhood dissident and researcher on political Islamist movements, commented on the news and said that the council’s move to expel Zayat is “very important” because he is an “influential figure” of the global Muslim Brotherhood group.
Katatny stated in remarks made to news that Zayat was one of the founders of the ZMD and served as the secretary-general of the council.
He continued, “Taking a decision to strip Zayat of all posts he served in [in the council] is an important step by the German government and a turning point for European businesses in regard to dealing with the Brotherhood group file.”
According to the researcher, the Muslim Brotherhood has been eager to misrepresent itself as a moderate organization free of violence, in contrast to Al-Qaeda and ISIS. (Germany Muslim Council )
He added that one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s former leaders, the former Supreme Guide of MB Mahdi Akef, had ruled the ZMD.
Zayat is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood from Europe who was active in numerous significant Islamic organizations in Saudi Arabia and Europe. In 2002, Zayat succeeded Ali Ghaleb Himmat, a well-known Muslim Brotherhood figure in Europe, as head of the Islamic Community of Germany.