Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, said on Friday it had acquired new documents confirming that Iran had used the Imam Ali Mosque in Hamburg as a propaganda center to export the Iranian Islamic revolution in Europe.
Marco Hasse, spokesperson for the agency, was quoted by German media On Friday, saying Mohammad-Hadi Mofatteh, director of the Islamic Center in Hamburg, which runs the mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, was “directly linked” to the office of Iranian Supreme Leader and Head of State Ali Khamenei, and received “instructions” from Tehran.
The Islamic Center in Hamburg was built in the 1960s with donations from Ayatollah Husayn Borujerdi (1875-1961) for Iranian residents of Germany and quickly became one of the leading such centers in the world.
According to Hasse, in several of the documents acquired, Mofatteh is referred to both as the representative of the supreme leader and the head of the Islamic center. Any portrayal of the center and the mosque as purely religious and independent of the Iranian government therefore lacked credibility, he said.
Hasse added that the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution was of the opinion that the Islamic Center in Hamburg should be seen as an enterprise against the fundamental principles of democracy and tolerance and therefore as a threat to the German constitution. .
In addition, wrote Philipp Woldin, Hamburg editor of Die Welt newspaper, that there was evidence of links between the Islamic Center in Hamburg and the Lebanese Hezbollah which is classified as a terrorist organization. Woldin also said the center continued to publish “The Islamic State” – a collection of lectures given by the leader of the 1979 Iranian revolution, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini during his exile in Najaf, Iraq – the contents of which ” radically opposes the fundamental principles of freedom, German democratic law. “