The Internet portal of the state of Berlin, Berlin.de, links to a Muslim telephone counselling service whose supporting association is said to be close to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. By Muslim standards, the Brotherhood demands nothing special: it merely wants to establish a state that is guided by the principles of Sharia law. This is what the Qur’an says, and anyone who takes the Qur’an seriously as the true message of Allah will hardly be able to strive for anything else.
The daily “Morgenpost” reports with reference to an enquiry by the Berlin Liberal Democratic Party (FDP) member of parliament Holger Krestel addressed to the responsible senate administration. According to the report, the responsible politicians and civil servants whitewash the situation: Since 1998, the editorial work of berlin.de has been outsourced to a BerlinOnline Stadtportal Ltd.KG. It is responsible for the content published on the portal in the name of the state of Berlin and is not directly bound by instructions from Berlin’s City Hall. So there’s nothing you can do about it…
The counselling association itself denies any ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. According to the report, it wants to “quickly resolve the current problem and continue our successful cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development”. The association’s membership in “Aktion Deutschland hilft” under the patronage of former Federal President Horst Köhler and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is suspended until further notice, because apparently not everyone quite believes the association’s attempt to resolve the problem.Since the Muslim Brotherhood is a Sunni religious community without formal membership, any evidence regarding the accusations is likely to be difficult.Those responsible will have a hard time finding a replacement. Hardly any Muslim organisation in Germany with a significant number of members is closer to democratic principles and the rule of law than the alleged Muslim Brothers, who do not want to be any such organisation.