This issue helps us understand the Muslim Brotherhood.
SINCE YOU ASKED
The Obama administration has made it clear they it intends to “participate” on some level with the Muslim Brotherhood in both our foreign and domestic affairs. Let’s take another look at what the MB is really all about. It is known as Ikwan al-Muslimun in Arabic, simply Ikwan and was founded in 1928 by an Egyptian schoolteacher, Hassan al-Banna. One of its primary goals was to reestablish the Caliphate which would reign over a worldwide Islamic Empire. It presented itself as a social and religious organization, but it operated largely through its political terrorism wing that operated “under the radar” to the greatest degree possible. This terror wing was directed initially at Egyptian Coptic Christians and government officials. It was this wing that assassinated Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Nuqrashi Pasha in 1948 and attempted to do the same to Abdul Nasser in 1954.
In 2004, former Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammad Akef declared “his complete faith that Islam will invade Europe and America.” The current Supreme Guide, Muhammad Badi’, delivered a sermon in 2010 declaring that “the improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jidadi generation that pursues death, just as the enemies pursue life.”
A quick look at some of the prominent graduates of the MB shows the real nature of the organization. Abdullah Azzam of the Jordanian MB and Muhammad Qutb of the Egyptian MB taught at King Abdul Aziz University in Jidda, Saudi Arabia. One of their students was Osama bin Ladin. Bin Ladin’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, grew up in the MB. Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, emerged from the Kuwaiti MB.
AS I SEE IT
It’s not like we didn’t know. The MB leaders have been brazen about their intentions, but for whatever reason, few are listening. Fortunately, some are. Many columnists in the Middle East have been sounding the alarm. Tariq Hasan, a columnist for the Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram warned in June of 2007 that the MB was preparing a violent takeover in Egypt, using its “masked militias” to replicate the Hamas seizure of power in Gaza. Hussein Shobokshi, a writer for the Saudi-owned Al-Sharq al-Awsat said, also in 2007, that “to this day, the Muslim Brotherhood has brought nothing but fanaticism, divisions, and extremism, and in some cases, bloodshed and killings.”
Why then, has the Obama administration sought to engage the Muslim Brotherhood on so many fronts, and why are so few people sounding the alarm? How can we be partnering in any way with a group that has, according to the words of its current leader, declared war on the United States? In the next edition, I’ll outline what we’ve learned regarding just how the MB intends to gain victory in America. Stay tuned.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
To be Politically correct:
You’re not sleeping in class.
You’re “rationing consciousness.”