In a previous article I wrote about a Muslim cultural centre and prayer house which is to be opened in the eighth district of Budapest. The building is located opposite the Budapest University of Jewish Studies, a rabbinical seminary. The cultural center will be run by the Charity Peace Foundation, an organisation with extremist ties (including funds received from the al -Qaeda ).
The current article reveals further details about the disturbing history (between 1999 – 2009) of the foundation . The Charity Peace Foundation and its management had been investigated by Hungarian authorities since the mid 1990’s, because of document forgery and receiving financial support from extremist sources. Its current Chairman of the Board spent two months in custody in 2004 because of terrorism charges. Although the proceedings were quitted due to lack of evidence against him, the mosque and the Islamic community connected with The Charity Peace Foundation seems to be rather extremist than moderate. The article published on Dzsihádfigyelő (a Hungarian counterjihad site) also draws the attention that in the Facebook and Twitter pages belonging to the foundation there are Islamic extremist imams among the shared posts. The symbol of the upstanding forefinger available in the profile picture of the Facebook page of the Charity Peace Foundation is one of the most prevalent Salafi jihadist hand signs.
The Charity Peace Foundation was mentioned for the first time in the Hungarian press in 2004 by Hvg.hu. According to the newspaper, one of the founders of the organisation, a businessman called dr. Elfatih Hassanein was repeatedly accused with shipping illegal weapons to the Bosnians (thought to be collaborating with the al- Kaida terrorists) during the Balkan wars. The foundation was registered at the Municipal Court of Budapest in the spring of 1996 with a capital of ten thousand dollars. Hassanein who owned a Bosnian diplomatic passport was one of the three founders.
According to Hvg.hu, the Vienna-based Third World Relief Agency (TWRA), was also led by Hassanein and had close ties with the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, who in the first half of the 1990s helped the work of the agency with financial donations. According to the information of the International Anti-Terrorism and Security Experts Association (IACSP), between 1992 -1995 the funds possessed by TWRA were about 350 million dollars. The money was stored on an account at the Austrian GiroCredit Bank. This amount of money originated from the donations of bin Laden and other wealthy individuals as well as from Brunei, Iranian, Malaysian and Saudi Arabian sources. The Washington Post debunked in 1996 that one of the sponsors of the TWRA was the same Shaykh Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was the braintrust behind the first terror attack against the twin towers of the World Trade Center in February 1993
The further stories around the founder and the foundation are also adventurous. The prosecution repeatedly examined the activity of the organization and concluded that its’ founding documents were forged several times. After the scandals the whole management staff of the foundation was replaced, and from the March of 2003 Dr. Saleh Tayseer, a Palestinian dentist settled in Hungary became the new Chairman of the Board. However the shift was troublesome since Tayseer was arrested in April of 2004 with terrorism charges by the National Bureau of Investigation. The investigators accused him of having arranged in 2003 for someone to obtain explosives to be used by a third person to blow up a Jewish museum in Budapest. Tayseer spent two months in custody. However Budapest High Prosecution Office terminated the proceedings due to lack of evidence against him. The man who was the head of the Islamic congregation until 2012 – sued the state, first demanding 200 million of HUF, then, for the second time 30 million of HUF in compensation over his detention. Finally he was awarded only 2 million of HUF.
The public heard about Tayseer again in 2009 when László Seres wrote on Hírszerző (the site is no longer available, but the article is reacheable on Dzsihádfigyelő) that the Islamic Church – headed by that time by Saleh Tayseer was to build a new mosque in New Buda. The XI. District government first rejected then approved the one-billion HUF project.
The article published on Hírszerző revealed that the builder church previously received money from a notorious Saudi foundation, the Al-Haramain charity organization. Related to the case Tayseer’s lawyer confirmed to Blikk Magazine that the head of the Saudi organisation tried to transfer 474.000 EUR (approximately HUF 120 million) on the account of The Charity Peace Foundation registered on the address of the mosque located on Bartók Béla street. He also visited Budapest twice since 2003 October. „The money would have been used for buying property and building the mosque” – the lawyer stated.
„The Islamic Church is not tolerant. For instance some of our Shia brothers were banned from their mosque. They have an extremist ideology, one can hear quite often even about antisemitic manifestations. It is also weird that the place is also frequented by Syrian money launderers. You can not find such people among us. It is not a coincidence that the National Security Agency is not watching us so strictly. The Islamic Church also accepted money from sources it was not supposed to” – stated then Zoltán Bolek, the head of the rival Hungarian Islamic Community (Magyar Iszlám Közösség)
Tayseer condemns terrorists who only „bring trouble to Islam”, but he thinks that the goals of Osama bin Laden and the al -Qaeda are basically good (reducing the American – Jewish influence on the Middle East), only their tools are unacceptable. “According to Islam, if we want to change something that is not in our power, things will only get worse by trying to change it” – he summarised why the extremists are on a wrong track from a religious perspective. According to the leader even the Taliban who ruled Afghanistan previously had noble goals, since – relying on the Qur’an and the Sunna including the wisdom of the Prophet – they wanted to end drug- trafficing and to establish order and security. By following Allah they wanted to implement the Islamic State. „The Taliban went wrong because they did not wait until people grow up to the Islam. They made instant and radical changes, fully following the command of Allah” – commented Tayseer on the pitfalls of the system (source HVG)
„The 42 year old Dr. Saleh Tayseer can boast with a Hungarian university degree, a Hungarian wife and with a title of the Imam of the Dar al Salaam mosque from Bartók Béla street. He also is the head of the Islamic Church registered in 2003. However, his godbrother and ideological rival Zoltán Bolek, the head of the Hungarian Islamic Community disclosed to our newspaper that according to his informations Tayseer, who calls himself an Emir, used to be an activist of George Habbas’s Marxist terrorist organization, the People’s Front for Palestine Liberation . The remarkable jump from a Muslim background through revolutionary communism to religious fanatism made Bolek conclude that the imam gradually shifted towards extremist ideas ” (…) According to Bolek „there are two types of Muslim believers living in Hungary: the peaceful, mostly Hungarian-speaking or integrated foreign Muslims and the ones holding extremist views and prone to terrorist acts. These are mainly believers with Arab background.”
According to the leader of the Hungarian wing , even the visitors of the Bartók Béla street mosque are divided by the question of radicalisation. He also experienced that „Hungarians can be brainwashed” with overheated lyrics, since he knows about some of his Muslim fellow citizens who wanted to travel to Afghanistan during the military campaign to join their Taliban brothers and to fight by their side. „In fact many Hungarians became Muslims because they regard Islam as an antisemitic religion. Since they didn’t find their calculations in the [current] political formations, they hope that Islam will give them the ideological support” – Bolek said. (…) According to Bolek, the Syrian money launderers also visit the Bartók Béla mosque to pray there, and the Arabs from there have close ties with those militant Arab brothers with Czech citizenship who recently bought fake passports from a Czech criminal organization.What’s more, Ali Basir previously sentenced for stabbing the headmaster of a Jewish high school also belongs to them. Basir gives lessons on Islam all over Budapest these days, advertising his programs on posters. Bolek is convinced that after being educated about the basic truths [of Islam], the visitors of these courses will hear more and more extremist doctrines.
He is also concerned that shortly after joining the EU the situation will worsen and we could get to the level of France, England or Spain where the police is said to be unable to follow the movements of the radical Islamic groups. He complained that he warned in vain all the authorites in charge but nobody took him seriously.” (Source: Hetek, 04. 2004)
The following pages belong to The Charity Peace Foundation:
We’ve put together a few details indicating that they are faithful followers of Islam and Muhammad, thus they are extremists:
The upstanding finger symbol
1.The symbol of the upstanding forefinger (the profile picture of the Facebook – and Twitter Page of the Charity Peace Foundation)
„…the hand gesture of the index finger pointing up represents one God [Allah] and their willingness to die for Islam, thus attaining martyrdom and entrance into paradise” (…)This gesture is one of the most prevalent Salafi jihadist hand signs. There are images of every al Qaeda leader, including Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al Zarqawi and others, with their index fingers pointing skywards.” FrontpageMag
“The gesture has been used by jihadis for years, including high profile ones like Osama bin Laden. Within the jihadi context, the raised index finger takes on political meaning as well, widely rejecting any form of government not under Shariah law” – Rita Katz, SITE Intelligence Group
- The background picture of the Charity Peace foundation’s Facebook page is the Saudi flag with the sword and the Islamic creed.
3. There are Islamic extremist imams among the posts shared on Facebook and Twitter
Mohamad Said Raslan Egyptian Salafist Shaykh
According to Wikipedia „Sheikh Raslan is opposed to democracy and political parties.” In one of the videos uploaded on the You Tube he affirms that „ Allah curses those women who pluck their eyebrows and the one who has that done, and those who make spaces between their teeth for beautification and those who has that done, and the ones who add hair extensions and the one who has them added”
Saleh Al-Fawzan Shaykh , is an Islamic scholar and has been a member of several high religious bodies in Saudi Arabia
Al-Fawzan’s views on slavery—given in lectures recorded on cassette—came to light and caused some controversy in 2003. In the tape he was quoted as saying, “Slavery is a part of Islam … Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam.” As for the modernist interpretation that Islam totally abolished slavery, he dismissed its exponents saying, “They are ignorant, not scholars. … Whoever says such things is an infidel.”
Saleh al-Fawzan was given attention in Western media again in May 2016 after he declared taking photos prohibited in a video published by MEMRI on April 17, 2016. According to The Independent, “Speaking in a televised broadcast, Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fawzan was asked about “a new trend of taking pictures with cats” which “has been spreading among people who want to be like the Westerners”. The sheikh initially appears incredulous, asking: “What?! What do you mean pictures with cats?” He then declares: “Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here.” When asked again about the “new trend”, he says: “Explain this trend to me. “Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity – not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything. (Wikipedia)
On a video uploaded on the You Tube he is asked whether it is allowed to take knowledge from the internet . (…) The extremist Shaykh replied: „Knowledge should not be taken from the internet, nor from tapes, nor from books, rather knowledge is to be taken by scholars!”
Shaykh Al-Albani, Albanian Islamic scholar, a major figure of the Salafi movement:
You can see the picture above on the Twitter page of The Charity Peace Foundation. On the page the quotation above originates from, Albani also stated about women: „The rule is that the woman stays in her home, and it is not allowed for here to go out except for a pressing need.”
The original article:
Szalafista központ Budapest szívében (Dzsihádfigyelő, 08.09.2016)
Budapest : Huge Islamic Cultural Centre with al-Qaeda Ties is to be Opened Near the University of Jewish Studies (Periszkóp, 01.09.2016 , in English)
Saleh Tayseer is Very Angry (Blikk, 2009, Hungarian)
Is the Új-Buda Mosque Owned by a Foundation with al -Qaeda Ties? (2009, September, Hungarian)
Should we be afraid of the followers of the Islam in Hungary ? (HVG, June 2003, Hungarian)
Sleeping Agents (Hetek, 04.2014, Hungarian)
The Foundation of the Dentist was Investigated Even Some Years Ago ( 2004 HVG.hu, Hungarian)
Muslims in Hungary (Magyar Narancs, 2004, Hungarian)
ATV ( Hungarian, 08.2016) Huge Muslim Culture Center is to be Built in Budapest
ATV ( Hungarian, 09.2016) Developement: Józsefváros is Willing to Rebuy the Building of the Muslim Centre
A Muslim Center is Yet to be Built in Budapest (Hetek, 02.09. 2016 )