Islamic museum of La Chaux-de-Fonds: the «autarchic bubble» that Muslim Brotherhood dream about

From the book “Qatar Papers”, written by Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, readers have mainly retained the financial importance of the projects developed by the gas emirate in Europe through the NGO Qatar Charity. And also the salary of 35,000 euros paid each month to Tariq Ramadan by Qatar Foundation, created by Sheikha Moza, the mother of Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, 38 years old and the Emir of Qatar since 2013. 

However, the novelty is elsewhere. Unlike the other Gulf countries, and in particular Saudi Arabia, the ambition of Qatar is no longer limited to places of worship. Like in Mulhouse, it intends to offer, next to the mosque, schools, a shopping centre, a sauna, a swimming pool, a hairdresser’s salon, and even a morgue. For the Muslim Brotherhood, it is no longer a question of restricting their hold at the time of prayer but rather to take into account the Muslim individual living in Europe from birth to death. Within the very interior of the unholy West, they imagine the creation of kinds of bubbles where Muslim minorities can consolidate their Muslim identity and reduce their contacts with the «kouffars» to a strict minimum. 

In the Swiss Jura, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, next to the Museum of Islamic Civilizations, created in 2016 thanks to the donations from Qatar Charity, the gas emirate had already bought land for one million Swiss francs and was considering investing 20 million euros in a major real estate project. The apartments would be rented to Muslims in order to perpetuate the investment. The ultimate objective is that these small Muslim communities, living practically in autarchy, will be able to finance themselves in the future without the help of subsidies from the Gulf. But the publication of the book Qatar Papers has finally pushed back the Qatari NGO, which is giving up its most important project in Switzerland. 

If the Arab World Institute had been located in Vesoul, it would have had great difficulty filling up with visitors. The same applies to the Museum of Islamic Civilizations in La Chaux-de-Fonds. But apparently Qatar wanted to reward a real soldier of the Brotherhood. Of Algerian origin and naturalized Swiss, Nadia Karmous dares to take up the challenge whenever it is necessary to defend radical Islam, even if it means making a fool of herself. She called women, who dared to denounce Tariq Ramadan’s unbridled sex life, “frustrated”. Adding that Ramadan deserved the Nobel Peace Prize…