April 10, 2012 Special Dispatch No. 4643

German Islamist Group Millatu Ibrahim and Its Extremist Agenda

April 10, 2012
Special Dispatch No. 4643

The following report is an overview of the activities and ideology of Millatu Ibrahim (MI), an extremist Islamist group operating in Germany.

In late 2011, German Islamists received a major boost with the arrival in Germany of Austrian-born Islamist Muhammad Mahmoud, of Egyptian origin, also known as Abu Osama Al-Gharib. In September 2011, Mahmoud was released from an Austrian prison, having served a four-year sentence for his involvement in the Al-Qaeda affiliated jihadi media company Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF).

Once in Germany, Mahmoud teamed up with local Islamists and formed an extremist group, calling it Millatu Ibrahim ("The Religious Community of Ibrahim") after a book of the same name by Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi. The name hints both at the group's veneration of Al-Maqdisi and at its espousal of the book's main theme, namely the principle of al-wala' wal bara', or loyalty to true Muslims and repudiation and disavowal of unbelievers. ...

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