My gulf correspondent has corrected my post:
It’s The International Union for Muslim Scholars rather than the ECFR that I believe has moved from Dublin to Qatar.
The article below states the $6.5 Million was raised in the same charity event you mentioned, QR5mn by the way is about 1.1 Million Euros.
A charity dinner in Qatar has raised QR 24 million ($6,586,170) for the “Renaissance of a Nation” endowment project launched by the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). The project aims to raise enough funds to help the union, headed by Doha-based scholar Yusuf Al Qaradawi, be financially self-sustained.
“Your generous donations and the funds raised by selling some rare items will help us build a tower and acquire buildings and shares for the endowments of the union,” Shaikh Ali Mohieddeen Al Qardaghi, the union secretary general, said in his address.
The European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR)
This organisation seems to have died a death and was not very active since its arrival in Ireland. By informant suggests the story above leads to the conclusion that their presence in Dublin might be coming to an end…..
Apparent attends charity dinner
HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday attended a charity dinner held at the Doha Sheraton Hotel by the International Union for Muslim Scholars (UIMS) to raise funds for an endowment (waqf) named Renaissance of the Nation. The ceremony was attended by a number of sheikhs, ministers, several ambassadors accredited to Qatar and businessmen. Sheikh Abdurrahman bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud, a UIMS board member, welcomed HH the Heir Apparent. HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has donated a plot of land for the Renaissance of the Nation waqf to construct a building. UIMS chairman Dr Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi praised HH the Emir’s support to the waqf. He also lauded the “leading role” being played by Qatar in the service of Islam and Muslim issues as well as its role in supporting Arab issues. At the event, the “Person of the Year” award was given to HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, owner of Alfaisal Without Borders Charitable Foundation, who announced his donation of QR5mn for the Renaissance of the Nation waqf. HH the Heir Apparent witnessed the charity auction held on the occasion.
The European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) is a Dublin-based private foundation, founded in London on 29–30 March 1997 on the initiative of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe. The Council is a largely self-selected body, composed of Islamic clerics and scholars, presided over by Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
They did have a closed meeting with a live feed last June, but no sign of life this year.