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Arrow So then the fanatics and the Muslim Brotherhood will govern us for decades

"The main problem here is the next parliament will write the next Constitution. So then the fanatics and the Muslim Brotherhood will govern us for decades"


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/03/th...anatics-a.html


The amendments in Egypt's referendum were "meant to amend the current Constitution just enough to allow fair elections before a new document is written." What they did not begin to touch, not surprisingly, was Article 2 of the current Egyptian constitution, which reads: "Islam is the religion of the state. Arabic is its official language, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic jurisprudence (Sharia)." As one Coptic Christian rightly noted in a march demanding a secular government in February, "This provision is the source of discrimination in Egypt."

Almost no one in the West dares admit that; it is an article of politically correct faith that it is interpretations or implementations of Sharia that are problematic, but not Sharia itself. Non-Muslims will continue to suffer as a result. More on this story. "How Egypt's historic referendum could now bolster Islamists," by Kristen Chick for the Christian Science Monitor, March 20:
Egyptians voted overwhelmingly in favor of proposed constitutional amendments Saturday, paving the way for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held within months.
Final results announced Sunday show that 77.2 percent of voters backed the changes in what was the freest vote in Egypt in more than half a century, despite reported irregularities.
The outcome sets the stage for a quick transition to a new government, as advocated by the military council that's been ruling Egypt since former President Hosni Mubarak was toppled by popular protests last month. But the truncated timeline means the new parties emerging in Egypt after decades of oppression could struggle to organize in time to find success in the elections. And opponents of the amendments say that the result gives unfair advantage to the two political groups that gained the deepest roots during Mr. Mubarak's regime: the Muslim Brotherhood and the former ruling National Democratic Party.
The vote is disappointing for Egyptian Christians, who had campaigned against the amendments, and could further strain sectarian tensions. They worried that a yes vote would allow the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists to gain a strong position in the coming parliament. The Muslim Brotherhood made a large effort to mobilize voters to cast ballots in support of the amendments.
Emad Gad, an analyst at the Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, says Islamist factions will likely do well when parliamentary elections are held. “We can deal with this option if they will continue in power for four years only,” he says. “The main problem here is the next parliament will write the next Constitution. So then the fanatics and the Muslim Brotherhood will govern us for decades.”
The approved amendments, meant to amend the current Constitution just enough to allow fair elections before a new document is written, will limit the president to two four-year terms, force him to appoint a vice president, and curb his power to rule by emergency law. Opponents had argued that the changes don’t go far enough, and wanted a completely new Constitution before any elections were held.
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Arrow Egypt: Voters approve constitutional changes that favor Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt:
Voters approve constitutional changes that favor Muslim Brotherhood


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/03/eg...otherhood.html


Secular democracy on the march. An update on this story. "Egyptians Voters Approve Constitutional Changes," by Neil MacFarquhar for the New York Times, March 20:
CAIRO, Egypt — Egyptian voters overwhelming approved a referendum on constitutional changes that will usher in rapid elections, with the results announced Sunday underscoring the strength of established political organizations and the weakness of the nascent liberal groups.
More than 14.1 million voters approved the constitutional amendments while 4 million voted against them. The turnout of 41 percent among the 45 million eligible voters broke all records for recent elections, according to the Egyptian government....
President Hosni Mubarak was forced from power last month, 18 days after demonstrations began on Jan 25 against his nearly three decades in power. The result of the referendum paves the way for early legislative elections in June and a presidential race in August. That is the rapid timetable that the ruling military council had sought in order to insure its own speedy exit from running the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood and remnant elements of the National Democratic Party, which dominated Egyptian politics for decades, were the main supporters of the referendum. They said their position was to insure the swift return to civilian rule.

The liberal wing of Egyptian politics was heavily against the measure, saying they did not have enough time to organize into effective political organizations. They said early elections will benefit the brotherhood and the old ruling party, mean their dominance of the next parliament will mean it will write a constitution much like the old one....
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Arrow 'Killing and so Forth'

'Killing and so Forth'
by Translating Jihad

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Writing for the European Council of Fatwa and Research, a Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization headed by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Dr. 'Ali Muhiy al-Din al-Qarah Daghi in his 2006 treatise "Al-mar'a wal-musharika al-siyasia wal-dimuqratia" (Women and Political and Democratic Participation) lists six political rights that women may enjoy under Islam (see pp. 45-47). Most of these are your basic run-of-the-mill stuff: the right to vote, to run for office (except for head of state), participate in political demonstrations, participate in the police and security forces (with some conditions), and participate in forming unions. But what really stood out to me was that the shaykh also listed as one of these rights, the right to participate not only in defensive jihad, but in offensive jihad as well:
(Scholars) unanimously agree on (the right of women) to participate in defensive jihad, i.e. when there’s an infidel occupation of a Muslim country. This includes killing and so forth, and everything which enables it. (Women may) also participate in offensive jihad, commensurate with their disposition.


Wait a second, what does he mean by "killing and so forth"? I thought jihad was an inner spiritual struggle?! Must be some sort of Islamophobe. In any case, next the shaykh invokes an example of a great jihadi woman from the time of Muhammad:

Safiya, the mother of the faithful (may Allah be pleased with her), participated in jihad when she killed a Jew at the Battle of the Trench.
I can't help but see the irony in the shaykh citing the story of Safiya killing a Jew as a good example of a jihadi woman. After all, it was through the killing of a Jew, actually many Jews, that she and Muhammad were first brought together, though in a drastically different context, as Staring at the View explains in his article Muslims and Muhammad and Khaybar:
A young man named Kinana was rumored to have some of the treasure that the Beni Nadir tribe had managed to take from Medina. Muhammad ordered Kinana to be tortured by lighting a fire on his chest to reveal where the treasure was located, and then had him beheaded. [...] The murdered Kinana had a beautiful 17-year old bride named Safiya. Her father and brother had both been beheaded by Muhammad in Medina during the slaughter of the Beni Qurayza. Upon Kinana's death, Safiya was brought to Muhammad. Although another Muslim had first claimed her, Muhammad wanted her for himself and traded the other man two women for her. Muhammad then took Safiya to his tent, and had sex with her that night.
While we mull over that disturbing little bit of Islamic history, let's return to the shaykh's discussion on jihad for women:
Also the women who were companions (of the Prophet) participated in the jihad by treating the wounded and bringing water and such. Imam al-Bukhari even compiled a special section named “Women’s Raids and Fighting,” in which he related a few sayings (of the Prophet), including one in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) was on a raid with Umm-Salim and other women from among the Ansar. During the raid, the women drew water and took care of the wounded. In fact, in five other sections of al-Bukhari's Sahih, he mentioned the jihad of women, as well as the raid of the women in the sea, the women carrying waterskins to the men in the raid, and women treating and bringing back the wounded in the raid.
Muslim narrated in his chain: “Umm-Salim took a dagger in the Battle of Hunayn, and had it with her... The Messenger (peace be upon him) asked her about it, saying: “What is this dagger?” She said: “I took it, and if one of the polytheists comes near me, I will cut open his belly.” This made the Messenger (peace be upon him) laugh...” In other words, he approved of her doing this and encouraged it.
(As an aside, this stands in stark contrast to what Jesus did when one of his disciples picked up a dagger.)


So it appears that, contrary to popular belief, women actually enjoy many rights in Islam. Among these is the right to participate in jihad (including offensive jihad) and kill Jews and polytheists. This is all according to the 'moderate' Muslim Brotherhood, or at least this is what they feel comfortable saying in Arabic.

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Arrow Muslim Brotherhood takes leading role in post-Mubarak Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood takes leading role in post-Mubarak Egypt


http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/03/mu...rak-egypt.html


I was on so many shows during the Egyptian uprising with American analysts who confidently asserted that the Muslim Brotherhood had little power and influence in Egypt, and that the post-Mubarak political landscape there would feature the flowering of a secular, pro-Western democracy. When I said that on the contrary, the Brotherhood was popular and powerful and would be in the driver's seat in Egypt once Mubarak fell, Juan Williams told me I was "fearmongering." Everyone knew that few Egyptians actually supported the Brotherhood, and James Clapper said they were "secular" anyway, so what was the big deal? Well, we'll see what the big deal was, and what substance the group's new pretensions to moderation really have.

"Islamist Group Is Rising Force in a New Egypt," by Michael Slackman for The New York Times, March 24:
CAIRO — In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.

It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force — at least not at the moment.

As the best organized and most extensive opposition movement in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was expected to have an edge in the contest for influence. But what surprises many is its link to a military that vilified it.

“There is evidence the Brotherhood struck some kind of a deal with the military early on,” said Elijah Zarwan, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. “It makes sense if you are the military — you want stability and people off the street. The Brotherhood is one address where you can go to get 100,000 people off the street.”...

About six groups from the ultraconservative Salafist school of Islam have also emerged in the era after President Hosni Mubarak’s removal, as well as a party called Al Wassat, intended as a more liberal alternative to the Brotherhood.

In the early stages of the revolution, the Brotherhood was reluctant to join the call for demonstrations. It jumped in only after it was clear that the protest movement had gained traction. Throughout, the Brotherhood kept a low profile, part of a survival instinct honed during decades of repression by the state.

The question at the time was whether the Brotherhood would move to take charge with its superior organizational structure. It now appears that it has.

“The Brotherhood didn’t want this revolution; it has never been a revolutionary movement,” said Mr. Zarwan of the International Crisis Group. “Now it has happened; they participated cautiously, and they realize they can set their sights higher.”

But in these early stages, there is growing evidence of the Brotherhood’s rise and the overpowering force of Islam.

When the new prime minister, Essam Sharaf, addressed the crowd in Tahrir Square this month, Mohamed el-Beltagi, a prominent Brotherhood member, stood by his side. A Brotherhood member was also appointed to the committee that drafted amendments to the Constitution.

But the most obvious and consequential example was the recent referendum on the amendments, in the nation’s first post-Mubarak balloting. The amendments essentially call for speeding up the election process so that parliamentary contests can be held before September, followed soon after by a presidential race. That expedited calendar is seen as giving an advantage to the Brotherhood and to the remnants of Mr. Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, which have established national networks. The next Parliament will oversee drafting a new constitution.

Before the vote, Essam el-Erian, a Brotherhood leader and spokesman, appeared on a popular television show, “The Reality,” arguing for the government’s position in favor of the proposal. With a record turnout, the vote was hailed as a success. But the “yes” campaign was based largely on a religious appeal: voters were warned that if they did not approve the amendments, Egypt would become a secular state.

“The problem is that our country will be without a religion,” read a flier distributed in Cairo by a group calling itself the Egyptian Revolution Society. “This means that the call to the prayer will not be heard anymore like in the case of Switzerland, women will be banned from wearing the hijab like in the case of France,” it said, referring to the Muslim head scarf. “And there will be laws that allow men to get married to men and women to get married to women like in the case of America.”

A banner hung by the Muslim Brotherhood in a square in Alexandria instructed voters that it was their “religious duty” to vote “yes” on the amendments.

In the end, 77.2 percent of those who voted said yes.

This is not to say that the Brotherhood is intent on establishing an Islamic state. From the first days of the protests, Brotherhood leaders proclaimed their dedication to religious tolerance and a democratic and pluralist form of government. They said they would not offer a candidate for president, that they would contest only a bit more than a third of the total seats in Parliament, and that Coptic Christians and women would be welcomed into the political party affiliated with the movement.

None of that has changed, Mr. Erian, the spokesman, said in an interview. “We are keen to spread our ideas and our values,” he said. “We are not keen for power.”

He would not comment on whether the Brotherhood had an arrangement with the military, but he said the will of the people to shift toward Islam spoke for itself and was a sign of Egypt’s emerging democratic values. “Don’t trust the intellectuals, liberals and secularists,” Mr. Erian said. “They are a minor group crying all the time. If they don’t work hard, they have no future.”...
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Arrow Muslim Brotherhood Makes Gains in Egypt »

Muslim Brotherhood Makes Gains in Egypt
Islamists secure an edge in the upcoming presidential election
by Ryan Mauro




On Saturday, March 19, the Egyptian people took part in their first vote since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Sadly, the results of the vote give an edge to the undemocratic and Islamist forces that seek to extinguish the democracy the voters thought they were making. Parliamentary elections could come as early as June and a presidential election in September, giving the more liberal voices little time to organize to compete with the Muslim Brotherhood and Mubarak’s National Democratic Party.

Over three-fourths of voters supported the proposed amendments that included having elections before the writing of a constitution, limits on presidential emergency powers and a limit of two four-year terms for presidents. The Secretary-General of the Arab League and presidential frontrunner, Amr Moussa, voted against the amendments, as did more liberal secular parties and Coptic Christians that worry that holding elections in such a short period of time would play to the advantage of Mubarak’s party and the Islamists. Mohammed el-Baradei broke with his Brotherhood allies on the issue, causing hundreds of Islamists to throw rocks at him when he tried to vote.

A top Salafi sheikh named Mohamed Hussein Yaqoub praised the results of the vote, saying it was a victory for Islam. “That’s it. The country is ours,” he said. The Muslim Brotherhood predictably applauded the results as well, knowing it leaves minimal time for opponents to organize against them. The Wall Street Journal had reported that “political parties are sprouting like weeds,” raising the possibility that the younger and less conservative members of the Muslim Brotherhood could join other parties. This hopeful trend will now have very little time to culminate in a more encouraging political atmosphere. The Islamists and the NDP have organized for decades in Egypt and the holding of parliamentary elections as soon as June gives them a decisive opportunity to shape the future of the country. “The main problem here is the next parliament will write the next Constitution. So then the fanatics and the Muslim Brotherhood will govern us for decades,” said Emad Gad of the Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.

The Muslim Brotherhood says its “Freedom and Justice Party” will be formally created in the coming weeks, though the chairman, Mohammed Katatni, tries to cast it as an independence party. The Brotherhood’s leadership admits creating it and Katanani is a senior Brotherhood member. This is a transparent attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of voters and the West. The group is also planning to begin a new satellite television program and various publications including a monthly newspaper. The secular parties besides NDP are simply outmatched.

This means that the parliame two strongest parties going into the parliamentary elections are the NDP and the Muslim Brotherhood, leaving the secular democratic forces without a strong voice. The scenario is not much better for the secular forces in the presidential election held later, as Ayman Nour seems unable to draw the kind of attention that El-Baradei and Moussa can. The weaknesses of these three candidates give the Brotherhood an opportunity to win the presidency later this year.

Mohammed el-Baradei is in a difficult spot. He says he is a secular democrat but he has treasured the support of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has denied opposing Article 2 of the Egyptian Constitution that makes Islam the official religion and Sharia the principal source of legislation. He has defended the Muslim Brotherhood, saying “they are no extremists” and says that if he is elected, he will build a new relationship with Iran. He has been accused of covering-up for Iran during his tenure as director of the International Atomic Energy Agency and there are allegations that an associate of his received $7 million from an Iranian official in Hungary for a presidential campaign. His past embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood alienates the liberals but he has had a falling out with the Islamists for now, at least, leaving him with few friends.

Amr Moussa currently has a wide lead over el-Baradei in a hypothetical presidential race but an Islamist candidate has yet to emerge. Of the two, Moussa is the most favorable candidate to the West because he is a staunch opponent of Iran. He is much more critical of Israel than Mubarak was (though El-Baradei wouldn’t be any better) and most recently, he criticized the airstrikes in Libya even though his Arab League approved the U.N. resolution authorizing military intervention.

Moussa has weaknesses of his own, though, because of his ties to the previous Egyptian regime and the sheer strength of favorable opinion towards Islamist doctrine. A Pew poll found that 84 percent of Egyptians support executing apostates and 59 percent favor Islamists over modernizers. Nearly half view Hamas favorably and one-fifth support Al-Qaeda. This is especially dangerous in light of the release of Islamic extremists from the prisons, such as the mastermind behind the assassination of Anwar Sadat. A poll from February shows that Moussa would currently receive 29 percent of the vote; 18 percent would support Mubarak or Omar Suleiman; 4 percent would back El-Baradei and only one percent would favor a Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate. However, this poll is deceptive because it was only taken of residents in Cairo and Alexandria, two of the most Westernized parts of Egypt. This weekend’s election results show why these two cities are not representative of the country as a whole. The strongest opposition to the constitutional amendments came from these large cities, but support from the other areas of a country led to a landslide victory for the proponents of the amendments like the Brotherhood.

The more moderate elements of the Egyptian population in large cities like Cairo and Alexandria offer hope, but they need time to organize because of the massive Islamist support in the poorer areas that have not been subjected to Western influence as much. The Muslim Brotherhood has said it would not run a presidential candidate but the group’s claims that the Freedom and Justice Party is somehow independent paves the way for a candidate to run under that affiliation. It therefore seems that the Brotherhood is positioned to run an Islamist candidate that will face secular opponents that divide the vote amongst themselves.

It is difficult to project the results of the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Egypt this year, as the secular forces could coalesce around one bloc or one candidate and there is the possibility of a division in the Islamist ranks. One thing is for sure though: The time is now very short for the opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood to play catch-up.

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Arrow CNN: Muslim Brotherhood ‘Energized’ By Events in Libya

CNN: Muslim Brotherhood ‘Energized’ By Events in Libya


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/cnn-...ents-in-libya/


It wasn’t too long ago that Obama officials and the media refused to recognize the extremist ties of the Muslim Brotherhood, especially as the group took a prominent role in Egypt. Now, the Brotherhood is looking to do the same thing in Libya. And again, the media is ignoring its past.

In a piece from last week, CNN profiles prominent Libyan Brotherhood leader Dr. Abdulmonem Hresha. In it, CNN paints the Brotherhood as a political organization largely separate from the Brotherhood elsewhere.

“The prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood now lives in London, and anticipates the group could become an important player in a post-Gadhafi environment,” CNN reports. “As in Egypt and Tunisia, the Brotherhood in Libya has been energized by the sudden upheaval sweeping the Arab world.”

It goes on to say the Libyan Brotherhood “says it has no organizational links with the Brotherhood elsewhere.”

It’s unclear what “no organizational links” actually means. Does it not share leaders? Funding? Maybe, maybe not. But here’s what the group is wiling to admit: it “shares the philosophy of the pan-Arab Islamist movement founded in Egypt in the 1920s.”

Would that philosophy include the ideology laid out in the Muslim Brotherhood‘s 1995 playbook written by the group’s fifth leader? That’s the one called “Jihad is the Way” that preaches about a revitalized Muslim caliphate and, not surprisingly, jihad:

“Jihad for Allah,” [author Mustafa] Mashhur wrote, “is not limited to the specific region of the Islamic countries, since the Muslim homeland is one and is not divided, and the banner of Jihad has already been raised in some of its parts, and shall continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land of Islam will be liberated, and the State of Islam established.”
So how does CNN treat the group? For the most part, it goes out of its way to point out when the Libyan Brotherhood is making claims about itself, as to not confuse those claims with CNN’s. Still, however, its silence about the Muslim Brotherhood’s past and ties says a lot. And then there is this little nugget:
A more prominent role for the Brotherhood in Libya could dent support for al Qaeda and other jihadist groups, especially in eastern provinces that have witnessed significant radicalization in recent years.
But isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood also a radical group that birthed the terror group Hamas? CNN’s assertion is also odd considering Hresha admits the group would like to rule by Islamic — or Shariah — law in Libya:
Hresha says that if his organization forms a political party, it would seek to legislate according to Koranic principles, which would include, for example, a continued ban on the sale of alcohol.

“Why shouldn’t we be able to press our point of view — we are humans too,” he said.
That doesn’t sound radical at all, especially considering Shariah law includes stoning of homosexuals and cheating women.

Up until now, the Libyan Brotherhood has been in hiding. In 1998, CNN says, the group was the target of a Gadhafi crackdown. But now, “Despite years of repression, Hresha claims the Brotherhood still has thousands of members scattered across Libya, with chapters in almost every single town, including Sirte, Gadhafi’s birthplace on the coast west of Tripoli.”

“We’ve been working secretly till this moment,” Hresha tells the network.

And there’s nothing to worry about.
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Exclamation The Muslim Brotherhood - in its own words

The Muslim Brotherhood - in its own words
Translation of “Jihad is the way”
by Mustafa Mashhur



Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, 1996-2002

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik





One of the results of the turmoil in Egypt is the rise in influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. In
order to understand the implications, Palestinian Media Watch has translated the book
Jihad is


the way

by Mustafa Mashhur, who was the official leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
1996-2002. The book is the fifth volume of his full work called

The Laws of Da'wa (Islamic
missionary activity).
In his book,

Jihad is the way, Mashhur explains the fundamental concepts of the Muslim
Brotherhood ideology. Mashhur’s teachings encompass subjects such as the Muslim
Brotherhood’s goal of establishing an Islamic state, world domination under Islam, the public
and personal religious duty of military

Jihad, and the warning not to rush to Jihad until it is
prepared and timed for maximum benefit.


PMW has selected the following quotes from
Jihad is the way to illustrate central ideas of

Muslim Brotherhood ideology. PMW’s translation of the book follows below.


National goal: Islamic world domination



- “2the Islamic
Ummah [nation]2 can regain its power and be liberated and
assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted
nation among men

1, as the leaders of humanity...”
- “2know your status, and believe firmly that you are the masters of the world,
even if your enemies desire your degradation 2"
- “It should be known that

Jihad and preparation towards Jihad are not only for the
purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks of Allah's enemies from Muslims, but
are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state
and strengthening the religion and spreading it around the world2”
- “2

Jihad for Allah is not limited to the specific region of the Islamic countries,
since the Muslim homeland is one and is not divided, and the banner of

Jihad has
already been raised in some of its parts, and it shall continue to be raised, with the
help of Allah, until every inch of the land of Islam will be liberated, the State of
Islam will be established,2”


Means:
Jihad - a mandatory religious duty



- “Then comes the power of arms and weapons,2 and this is the role of
Jihad.”
- “

Jihad is a religious public duty2 incumbent upon the Islamic nation, and is a
personal duty to fend off the infidels' attack on the nation2”
- “And the youth should know that the problems of the Islamic world, such as
Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, or the Philippines, are not issues of
territories and nations, but of faith and religion. They are problems of Islam and all
Muslims, and their resolution cannot be negotiated and bargained by recognizing
the enemy’s right to the Islamic land he stole, therefore, there is no other option
but

Jihad for Allah, and this is why Jihad is the way.”


1
Based on Quran, 3, 110: "Ye are the best community [Ummah- nation] that hath been raised up for mankind."


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- “The symbol of the [Muslim] Brotherhood is the book of Allah [the Quran]
between two swords. The swords symbolize

Jihad and the force that protects the
truth represented in Allah's book.”
- “2that is, go out to battle, oh believers, young and old, by foot or with animal,
under all circumstances and conditions2”


Timing: Don’t rush, prepare carefully for
Jihad



- “2 despite this, the [Muslim] Brotherhood is not rushed by youth's enthusiasm
into immature and unplanned action which will not alter the bad reality and may
even harm the Islamic activity, and will benefit the people of falsehood2”
- “2 one should know that it is not necessary that the Muslims will repel every
attack or damage caused by the enemies of Allah immediately, but [only] when
ability and the circumstances are fit to it.”
- “Prepare yourself and train in the art of warfare, and embrace the causes of
power. You must learn the ways and manners and laws of war. You must learn
them and embrace them and adhere to them, so that your

Jihad will be the one
accepted by Allah.”
- “2 there exists an unavoidable personal duty for every Muslim to equip himself
and prepare and gear-up towards

Jihad2”


Personal goal: Aspire to
Shahada – Death for Allah



- "Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our constitution, the


Jihad
is our way, and the Death for Allah is our most exalted wish.”
- "The

Jihad is our way and death for Allah is our most lofty wish", this is the call
which we have always called,2 Many of our beloved ones have already achieved
this wish,2 We ask Allah to accept all of them,2 and may He join us with them,
2”


Jihad
against Israel:



- “Honorable brothers have achieved
Shahada (Martyrdom) on the soil of beloved
Palestine, during the years 47' and 48', [while] in their

Jihad against the criminal,
thieving, gangs of Zion. The Imam and

Shahid (Martyr) Hassan Al-Banna is
considered as a

Shahid (Martyr) of Palestine, even if he was not killed on its soil.”


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The Laws of Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) (Part 5)

Jihad is the Way



by


Mustafa Mashhur*



[*Mustafa Mashhur was the fifth General Guide, the official leader,
of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, from 1996 until his death in 2002.]
Publishing House: "Dar al-Tawziah wal-Nashr al-Islamia"
[Islamic Publishing and Distribution House], 1995
Publishing House's Address: Al Sayeda Zainab Square 8 [Cairo, Egypt]


Translated by Palestinian Media Watch


pmw@palwatch.org


PMW translation policy:



PMW has included all the main texts, ideologies, policies, views, and explanations expressed in
this book, while leaving out numerous repetitions as well as some of the many Quran sources
cited to support the ideology. Passages left out are indicated by three dots.
Islamic terms referring to seeking and obtaining Martyrdom death are translated as follows:


Shahada
= “Martyrdom for Allah”, appears as: Shahada (Martyrdom)


Shahid
= “Martyr for Allah”, appears as: Shahid (Martyr)


Istish’had
= “Seeking Martyrdom for Allah”, appears as: Istish’had (Martyrdom-Seeker)
or alternatively:


Istish’had
= “Achieved Martyrdom for Allah”, appears as: Istish’had (achieved Martyrdom)
Quran translations are based on USC-MSA-Compendium of Muslim Texts




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PMW TRANSLATION:


The Laws of Da’wa (Islamic missionary activity) (Part)

5
Jihad is the Way



By


Mustafa Mashhur


Introduction


Jihad
is the way. We need to be fully aware of this and to act and follow in its way. The faltering
of faith has led the Muslims to their current state: one of laxity, disintegration, the dominion of
Allah's enemies over the Muslim's resources, and the succumbing of some of them to
abandoning their faith. The revival of the faith is the starting point for the revival and
revitalization of the Islamic

Ummah [nation], so that it can regain its power and be liberated and
assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among
men

2, as the leaders of humanity, and through this religion of truth they will deliver humanity
from darkness unto light.
Together with the power of faith, there is no escaping from the power of unity among the
Muslims to unify efforts. Then comes the power of arms and weapons, when nothing else will
suffice, and this is the role of

Jihad. The Imam (Muslim religious leader) and Shahid (Martyr),


Hassan al-Banna
(founder of the Muslim Brotherhood) learned of the need for these three
forces, from the biography of the Prophet [Muhammad], may Allah bless him and give him
peace2
Many questions arise regarding the Muslim Brotherhood's stance as to

Jihad2 There is one
who asks: Is the meaning of

Jihad to force non-Muslims to become Muslim under threat of
violence? While another says: Do you want to fight Allah's enemies in the East and West while
they are immensely powerful and you are weak2? 2 And some say do you want, through the


Jihad
, to send Muslim youth to their death and to hand them over as easy prey to the enemies
of Islam? At the same time we hear those among the enthusiastic youth who say: Has the
[Muslim] Brotherhood grown weary after the challenges, thrown down their weapons and
abandoned

Jihad? Yet another says: Do you wish, with this passivity, to weaken the youth's
vigor and kill the spirit of

Jihad in them?
Another asks: How long will you content yourselves with

Da’wa (Islamic missionary activity) and
education without

Jihad, while the enemies of Allah lie in wait and attack you from time to time,
and you confront their attacks with submissiveness and without resistance?
These are all questions which are brought up regarding the [Muslim] Brotherhood and its
position on

Jihad2 We feel it necessary to make these matters clear to all of us so that there
will be a unified understanding and the efforts shall be unified with Allah's help.



2
Based on Quran, 3, 110: "Ye are the best community [Ummah- nation] that hath been raised up for mankind."


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Mustafa Mashhur



2Our Islamic religion is not a religion of priests and monks, who worship their Lord individually
without taking interest in others2 but rather it is a complete religion which organizes peoples'
lives in this world as well as in the next life: It organizes the economic, social and political
matters of Muslims and still – [is] a religion of faith, law and ritual, which addresses every minor
and major issue related to man2
It is, additionally, a religion of one nation, one society, one

Qibla (prayer direction, i.e., Mecca)
and one book. It transforms the Muslims into one body in their mutual relations, if one of its
limbs suffers; the whole body comes to its protection2
The religion [of Islam] requires its believers to perform its laws and the rules of the Quran and
the prophetic traditions, and to deliver this religion of truth to all of humanity2
Is it possible for such a religion to exist and for its believers to fulfill all of its requirements
without the adherents of other beliefs persecuting it with attacks on the religion and its followers,
and without their attempting to prevent the believers from performing this religion and
establishing it? Should the believers of this religion cease to perform it2 simply because the
enemies of Allah attack them? And if they [Muslims] endure patiently, does this mean that this
patience has no end? Do they not have a right to repel the aggression and to remove the
hurdles from their path?
From this it is evident that

Jihad is an inevitable necessity, and that's why it was made a
religious duty in Islam, [a duty] which exists till the day of Resurrection. It is also the reason why
[Islam] has excited the interest in [

Jihad] and hastened towards it, and made it the highest
pinnacle of Islam; Without it, the religion has no revival and the people of falsehood take over,
and the religion of Allah becomes invalid and life is corrupted and goes astray from the path that
Allah wanted. Is this appropriate for the religion of Allah, Exalted and Almighty?
In this book, we will clarify several issues pertaining to [the place of]

Jihad in Islam2
Islam has dedicated much attention to the issue of

Jihad and militancy and recruiting the nation
and gathering it all in one line in order to defend the truth with all its might; it [Islam] has
rendered

Jihad a religious duty for every Muslim, which no [Muslim] can escape, and has
aroused the will towards [performing]

Jihad to the greatest degree; It has greatly increased the
rewards for the

Mujahidun (Jihad warriors) and the Shahids (Martyrs), and has threatened the
procrastinators and those who avoid

Jihad with the most terrible punishments2
[Translator’s note: What follows are quotes from Hassan al-Banna on

Jihad, fighting and


Istish'had
[Martyrdom-Seeker or achieved Martyrdom]
2 The Imam and

Shahid (Martyr) [Hassan al-Banna] writes in his Treatise on Jihad: "All of the
sages, the earlier and the later ones2 agree that

Jihad is a religious public duty to spread


Da’wa
(Islamic missionary activity) incumbent upon the Islamic nation, and is a personal duty to
fend off the infidels' attack on the nation2 The Muslims today, as you know, are humiliated by
others, dominated by infidels, their land is overrun and their holy places are desecrated2
Therefore there exists an unavoidable personal duty for every Muslim to equip himself and
prepare and gear-up towards

Jihad until the opportunity arises and Allah will determine His
word.”



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The
Shahid (Martyr) Imam (Hassan al-Banna) said in another place of his Jihad Treatise about
the tradition [attributed to Muhammad]: "We have returned from the smaller

Jihad to the greater


Jihad
. They said: “And what is the greater Jihad? He said: the Jihad of the heart or the Jihad of
the soul." He said: “This tradition is not authentic

Hadith (tradition) and some say that it was said
by Ibrahim b. ‘Abla.

32
Allah has imposed the duty of

Jihad on the Muslims, not as a tool for aggression or for
achieving personal aspirations, but in order to defend the

Da’wa (Islamic missionary activity),
and to ensure the peace and as fulfillment of the Muslims' greatest mission, to guide people to
truth and justice2
On mercifulness during

Jihad, according to Hassan al-Banna: Allah has instructed the Muslims
to be utmost merciful, when they fight they do not attack, and do not blow up (anything), and do
not mutilate (dead) bodies, and do not steal, and do not plunder property, and do not desecrate
(sanctity), and do not come to harm, because in their war they are the best warriors, just as they
in their peace are the best peace-lovers. In addition to this it is forbidden to kill women, children
and elderly, finish off wounded, provoke monks and isolated people and peaceful noncombatants.
Where is that compassion in the suffocating attacks of the civilized and the horrible atrocities
and where does their International law stand in relation to this all-encompassing divine justice?
Then he [Hassan al-Banna] turns to Allah and says: Allah, instruct Muslims in their religion, and
save this world from this darkness through the lights of Islam.


The Muslim Brotherhood's stance regarding
Jihad


Jihad
for Allah's sake has been forcing itself upon the Islamic region in recent years, and has
become tangibly noticeable in parts of the Islamic world. In other parts of the Islamic world,
there is a tide of preparation for

Jihad and a sense that it is unavoidable, and is the only way to
retaliate against the aggressiveness of Allah's enemies, and to liberate Islamic land from its
occupiers and invaders. It has become a widespread and convincing opinion, that the way of
negotiation and peace-treaties with Allah's enemies instead of

Jihad is surrender in the name of
peace.
Additionally, without

Jihad and the preparation towards it, the obligation cast upon every Muslim
to establish an Islamic state and the Islamic Caliphate and to consolidate this religion, will not
be realized2
He [Hassan al-Banna] felt the grave danger overshadowing the Muslims and the urgent need
and obligation which Islam places on every Muslim, man and woman, to act in order to restore
the Islamic Caliphate and to reestablish the Islamic State on strong foundations2 and to
liberate the Muslims and defend them from any attack, and to spread the

Da’wa (Islamic
missionary activity) of Islam in the world and to establish this great religion, which Allah wanted
for his servants.
This is how the Prophet educated the Muslims through the Quran2 and united them like
brothers and arranged them and rushed them towards

Jihad and [self-] sacrifice, until they were
worthy of Allah's victory and support, and this is how the Arabian Peninsula was cleansed of
idolatry and idols, and the Persian lands were conquered, and the Greeks [the Byzantines]
subdued and the Jews [were] expelled and the shadows were dispersed and the light was
spread.



3
The “authenticity” of thousands of Hadiths is disputed in the Islamic Law corpus.


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2He (Hassan al-Banna) knew the role of
Jihad in leading the Da’wa (Islamic missionary
activity) and the importance of preparing for it, because the truth needs a force to protect it. He
noticed that the spirit of

Jihad was almost absent from the Muslims of that time and the spirit of
surrender prevailed.


The
Jihad is Our Way – The Motto of the Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity)



... "Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our constitution, the
Jihad is our
way, and the Death for Allah is our most exalted wish."
The symbol of the [Muslim] Brotherhood is the book of Allah [the Quran] between two swords.
The swords symbolize

Jihad and the force that protects the truth represented in Allah's book.
2 in all his (Hassan al-Banna’s) writings and conversations, he always urged towards

Jihad


and aroused the desire for seeking
Shahada (Martyrdom)2 he did not content himself only with
speech and writing, and when the opportunity arrived for

Jihad in Palestine he hurried and
seized it. The [Muslim] Brotherhood provided the most magnificent models [for

Jihad and
courage] and were it not for the [evil] scheming and the treachery on the part of the leaders of
the Muslim countries of the time, the situation would have been different.
After Allah honored him with

Shahada (Martyrdom) –and his murder was part of this scheme [of
the Muslim leaders] – the [Muslim] Brotherhood continued down the path of

Jihad against the
British on the banks of the Suez canal in the early 1950's, and as well continued their

Jihad


against the Jews in other Islamic regions outside of Egypt, as
Da’wa (Islamic missionary
activity) was made to disappear in the prisons during [President] Abdul Nasser's rule. Today we
witness the [Muslim] Brotherhood joining their brothers, the

Mujahideen (Jihad warriors) in
Afghanistan, and fighting against the infidel and repressive regime in Syria.


Has the [Muslim] Brotherhood grown weary of the challenges, thrown down their guns

and abandoned

Jihad?!! No!


2
[D]espite this, the [Muslim] Brotherhood is not rushed by youth's enthusiasm into immature and
unplanned action which will not alter the bad reality and may even harm the Islamic activity, and
will benefit the people of falsehood2
The [Muslim] Brotherhood knows that hastiness without proper preparedness may be like an
aborted [action]. Likewise, they know that the negligence and hesitation after the right time [for


Jihad
] has come2 might be a spiritual death2
When the [Muslim] Brothers send their youth to

Jihad in the appropriate time they do not thrust
them towards destruction, rather the abstention of

Jihad in its appropriate time is destruction. As
well, one should know that it is not necessary that the Muslims will repel every attack or damage
caused by the enemies of Allah immediately, but [only] when ability and the circumstances are
fit to it.
In the early days of Islamic

Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity), when the Muslims were a
persecuted minority, the Prophet Muhammad did not instruct the Muslims to retaliate but rather
instructed them of

'Sabr', patience and steadfastness 2 and when the conditions were right,
permission to fight was given in the words of Allah: [Quran, sura 22, 39]:
"Permission [to fight] is given to those upon whom war is made because they are oppressed,
and most surely Allah is well able to assist them."



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Jihad
is not only for Repelling an Assault but also for the Purpose of Establishing an

Islamic State



It should be known that
Jihad and preparation towards Jihad are not only for the purpose of
fending-off assaults and attacks of Allah's enemies from Muslims, but are also for the purpose
of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state and strengthening the religion and
spreading it around the world2
As for the incorrect saying that the aim of

Jihad in Islam is to coerce the people into the religion
under threat of the sword, we do not need to work hard to disprove it. Many have already written
on the subject, and it should suffice that it contradicts Allah's saying, Exalted is He: "There is no
compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error." [Sura 2, 256]
Reality and history negate this false claim.
Following this clarification and answer for the ponderings regarding

Jihad in general, and the
Muslim Brotherhood specifically, it is only left for us to address our Muslim youth with several
basic terms which need to accompany

Jihad and the preparation for Jihad so that they will be
worthy of this immense honor.


To the Muslim youth in the way of
Jihad



Previously we clarified the nature of our Muslim religion, the status of
Jihad and its position in
Islam2 It may be useful, when we turn to the Muslim youth, that we first introduce a few quotes
from the

Imam and Shahid (Martyr), Hassan Al-Banna, in his treatise to the youth2
He says: "First, we call upon you to believe in yourselves, so you will know your status, and
believe firmly that you are the masters of the world, even if your enemies desire your
degradation 2"
After this preface, we turn to the Muslim youth around the world, with advice and focus on the
path of

Jihad. We say to the youth: Know that Jihad in the way of Allah will be –Allah knows –
the most prominent characteristic of Islamic action, during the next phase of the Islamic

Da'wa


(Islamic missionary activity). 2
The Muslim youth on the path of

Jihad should know that the sphere of their Jihad for Allah is not
limited to the specific region of the Islamic countries, since the Muslim homeland is one and is
not divided, and the banner of

Jihad has already been raised in some of its parts, and it shall
continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land of Islam will be liberated,
the State of Islam will be established, and Allah's

Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) will reach
all mankind.
And the youth should know that the problems of the Islamic world, such as Palestine,
Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, or the Philippines, are not issues of territories and nations, but of
faith and religion. They are problems of Islam and all Muslims, and their resolution can not be
negotiated and bargained by recognizing the enemy’s right to the Islamic land he stole,
therefore, there is no other option but

Jihad for Allah, and this is why Jihad is the way.
2Know that the sphere of

Jihad is now far-reaching, and that the enemies of Allah are
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and the falsehood requires effort and time. So prepare yourself for this, and be of those who are
patient2
And fully trust your religion – It is the true religion accepted by Allah. Have trust in your way and
in your Society (the Muslim Brotherhood), being on the path of truth. Trust yourself and your
brothers, that you can – with Allah’s help – confirm the truth and abolish the falsehood even if
take time.


Oh the Muslim Youth,



Feel your responsibility for each Muslim on the face of Allah's earth2 who is subject to
oppression or control by Allah's enemies. Feel their pain, and may this pain motivate you to
action and to

Jihad in order to save all of them. Feel also your responsibility to guide Mankind
and take it out of the darkness of heresy and error, into the light of Islam. Feel all of this
tremendous responsibility, and gather with your brothers under the flag of the serious Islamic
activity. And go in the true path of

Jihad, in order to support Allah's religion and to strengthen
the Islamic

Ummah [nation], so that mankind will return to what is good for them.


My young Muslim brother,



Hurry into the goodness and make the profitable bargain, so that you gain this commerce with
Allah the great achievement, and the clear triumph, and gain the enduring blessing and [you]
shall be saved from the grievous punishment, according to Allah's words:
"O ye who believe! Shall I lead you to a bargain that will save you from a grievous
Penalty?- That ye believe in Allah and His Messenger, and that ye strive (your utmost) in
the Cause of Allah, with your property and your persons that will be best for you, if ye but
knew! He will forgive you your sins, and admit you to Gardens beneath which Rivers
flow, and to beautiful mansions in Gardens of Eternity: that is indeed the Supreme
Achievement."

[Sura 61, 10-13]


[Translator’s note: Quran verses about the reward for the Muslims in the Afterlife, in order to
encourage them to sacrifice their souls for the sake of Allah.]


My young Muslim brother,



Prepare yourself and your household members to obtain the honor of
Jihad for Allah, and equip
your soul with everything that shall help it in that path, in order to continue the process until
victory or the

Shahada (Martyrdom)2


My young Islamic brother, on the path of the
Jihad,



Prepare yourself and train in the art of warfare, and embrace the causes of power. You must
learn the ways and manners and laws of war. You must learn them and embrace them and
adhere to them, so that your

Jihad will be the one accepted by Allah. 2


Oh Muslim youth on the path of
Jihad,



The first, most important and most powerful weapon you must acquire for the
Jihad against
Allah's enemies, is the weapon of faith. It is the provision that renews itself2 and pushes its
owner to turn to death without fear2 The young

Jihad believer scares Allah's enemies more
than a nuclear reactor, and in the balance of power is also heavier and stronger than a nuclear
reactor. 2
[Translator’s note: Quran verses promising the final triumph of the Muslims and threatening of
whoever does not participate in Jihad that he will end in Hell.]



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Know, my young Islamic
Jihad [warrior] brother, Allah does not need us or our Jihad. It is we
who need his reward and grace and to achieve this honor.
"And whoever strives hard, he strives only for his own soul; most surely Allah is Selfsufficient,
above (needs of) the worlds." [Sura 29, 6]


My young brother in the path of
Jihad,



Do not fear the strength of Allah's enemies, even if their numbers and equipment out-number
yours. Since Allah is the patron of the believers, and strengthens and supports them with his
forces:
"2for to Allah belong the forces of the heavens and the earth " [Sura 48

, 4]
[Translators’ note: Quran verses explaining that the triumph comes only from Allah.]
Put your hand in the hands of your brothers in the lines of the

Jihad, and embrace them strongly
in the tie of brotherhood for Allah, and you'll be like a solid cemented structure, as in the words
of Allah: 2
[Translators’ note: text continues with examples from the Quran and allegories of comradeship
and brotherhood between Muslims and

Jihad warriors].
[Translators’ note: Quran verses describing the virtues of the good Muslim.]


My young Islamic
Jihad brother,



Beware of the words and positions of the hypocrites in regard of the
Jihad, and beware of the
ones who refrain and procrastinate [from departing on the

Jihad] 2


Oh the young Jihad warrior



2 We do not attack and do not wish to encounter the enemy but we will repel the aggression,
asking the help of Allah2
[Translator’s note: The text continues with Quran verses exemplifying the above.]
Oh, the young Islamic

Mujahidun [Jihad warriors], go forward in the lines of the fighters for
Allah, filled with trust that you are about to meet one of the two great destinies: Victory or


Shahada
[Martyrdom]; Victory that believers around the world will rejoice in, or Shahada


[Martyrdom] that will grant you the status of the
Shuhada [Martyrs in Islam] and their rewards.
"2and whoever fights in the way of Allah, then be he slain or be he victorious, We shall
grant him a mighty reward." [Sura 4, 74]
Keep aware of the grave consequences for the Muslim and the grave threat of Allah to whoever
turns away from the [Muslim’s] attack...
[Translator’s note: Proof text from Quran]
Beware of weakness or acceptance that the believers will be defeated in battle. Know that the
defeat is in the heart and not the battlefield. 2
Therefore we must continue the Jihad without weakness2
[Translator’s note: More proof texts from Quran]



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[Translator’s note: More proof texts from Quran and repeated Jihad promotion and warning not
to sin.]
Know, my young Islamic

Jihad [warrior], that we are called to action, but we are not responsible
for the results. Allah commanded us to fight Allah's enemies and repel their hostility, and did not
require us to achieve victory, since victory is from Him. Therefore Allah will not prevent us from
the award of the

Mujahidun [Jihad warriors], even when the outcome is not in favor of the
believers.
Know, my Islamic brother on the ranks of the

Mujahidun [Jihad warriors], that you are an
important target and valuable prey for Allah's enemies2
[Translator’s note: Instructions to be disciplined and precise, study the Quran and the sections
regarding Jihad and even learn them by heart.]


My Islamic sister,



And you, the Islamic sister on the path of the
Jihad, you have an important role in Jihad, which
starts at home educating the [young] generations, and preparing them for the

Jihad. The woman
is the producer of the men, and Muslim women used to teach their sons by heart the stories of
the military expeditions, as they would teach them the Quran2 In addition, the Islamic sister
who lives by the spirit of the

Jihad, is a help to her husband and encourages him in the path of
the

Jihad, and she doesn't turn him away or weaken him2 Likewise, she properly manages his
possessions and children, and takes care of them while he is away on the

Jihad.
In the past the Muslim women had a role in battle: she would give water to the soldiers and
bandage the wounded, and sometimes she would even participate with weapons, like Nasiba
the daughter of Ka'ab, protecting Allah's Messenger [Muhammad] in the battle of Uhud.


The
Istish'had (seeking or achieving Shahada (Martyrdom) in the way of the Da'wa


(Islamic missionary activity)



"The
Jihad is our way and death for Allah is our most lofty wish", this is the call which we have
always called, and our people have called it by the way of the

Da'wa (Islamic missionary
activity), people of the

Da'wa2 Many of our beloved ones have already achieved this wish, and
among them the founder of the Society [of Muslim Brotherhood], the

Imam and Shahid (Martyr)
Hassan Al-Banna. We ask Allah to accept all of them, and that He may widen His gardens [of
Eden] for them, and may He join us with them, and that we won’t change [our determination]
and won’t fall into trial, and may He provide us with the

Shahada (Martyrdom) like them, Amen.
The procession of

Shahids (Martyrs) in the way of Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) has been
continuing for a long time. Honorable brothers have achieved

Shahada (Martyrdom) on the soil
of beloved Palestine, during the years 47' and 48', [while] in their

Jihad against the criminal,
thieving, gangs of Zion. They [these Martyrs] the men of

Da'wa gave outstanding examples of


Jihad
and Istish'had (Martyrdom-seeking) in the way of Allah. Still today memory of them
horrifies the Jews and the name of the Muslim Brotherhood terrifies them2
Later was the plot which was planned by the enemies of Allah and carried out by their agents
among the Arab leaders of that time, and in December 1948 the decision was announced in
Egypt to dismantle the [Muslim] Brotherhood, and to arrest them [members], except the

Imam


[Hassan] Al-Banna, whose murder was planned... They sent Arab armies or their symbols into
Palestine, in the name of saving it from the Jews, but actually [the goal was] to hand it over to
the Jews2



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The
Imam and Shahid (Martyr) Hassan Al-Banna is considered as a Shahid (Martyr) of
Palestine, even if he was not killed on its soil. 2
Later the enemies of Allah [among the Arabs] forced on us another front of

Shahada


(Martyrdom), the one of tyranny 2 In the prisons of [Egyptian President] Abd al-Nasser and in
the gallows. They [Muslim Brotherhood members] calmly accepted the

Shahada, among them
2 Khaled Islambouli [assassinated the Egyptian president, Anwar al-Sadat, in Oct. 6, 1981]
and his brothers. Allah’s mercy upon them all.
2Many of the

Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) men in occupied Palestine and in Lebanon
also achieved

Shahada, and they are facing it, in their Jihad against the Jews2
Some think that

Shahada (Martyrdom) causes loss and damages the [Muslim Brotherhood]
Society, since it has lost influential people in action and

Jihad. This is wrong, since the fall of the


Shahid
(Martyr) for the sake of Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity) is [seen as] provisions and
fuel for the [next] generations, and as a symbol of self sacrifice in the way of the

Da'wa2
2until realization of the goals which the [Muslim Brotherhood] Society was established for, that
is, establishing the State of Islam, headed by the Islamic Caliphate, in order to establish Allah
religion on Allah's land2
Muslim youth should know that the battle between truth and falsehood is hard, long, and broad,
and it reaches the entire Islamic Sphere. [They must] know that

Jihad is the way, and sacrifice
of lives and property is inevitable, the opportunity to achieve

Jihad and Istish'had [achieved
Martyrdom] - will grow during the coming decades2
Our youth should not give up hope of our [eventual] victory and establishing [Islam], due to the
large number of enemies and the small number of believers. In the past, the believers with the
Messenger of Allah were a minority2 But Allah supported his Prophet and the believers, with
His battalions2
[Translators’ note: the book now quotes 2 Quranic verses concerning the "Battalions of Allah"]
Indeed, oh youth, Death for Allah is our loftiest wish. And how not, here are the verses of the
precious Quran, and the sayings of the honorable Messenger they make us love and encourage
us towards

Istish'had (seeking Martyrdom for Allah) the way of Allah, by what they mention
regarding the status of the Martyrs, and the honor that Allah grants them.
The foremost among the status of the

Shuhada’ [Martyrs] is that they become alive with their
Lord, they are provided sustenance from their Lord, and they rejoice the kindness which Allah
gives them.
Allah says [In the Quran] 2
"Think not of those who are slain in Allah's way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their
sustenance in the presence of their Lord." [Sura 3, 169]
[Translator’s note: Additional Quran verses are quoted.]
[Translator’s note:

Hadiths (traditions) are quoted in regard to Jihad and Martyrdom]
We shall move to [discuss] some of the sayings of Allah's Prophet, may Allah's blessing be
upon him, regarding

Jihad and Istish'had [Seeking Martyrdom for Allah]:
[Translator’s note: Some of the Prophet's sayings regarding the issue are quoted, for example:]



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"Abu Hurayra said: 2the Messenger of Allah was asked: What is the value of
Jihad for
Allah? He said: You can not imagine it. He was asked again and again2 then he said:
the

Jihad Fighter in the way of Allah is like one who's fasting and standing up to pray at
night] 2"
[Also] It was told that the Prophet said: "Not one of those who enter paradise want to return to
this world2 but the

Shahid (Martyr), who wishes to return to this world and be killed ten times,
due to the honor which he sees"2


Oh my brother to the path of
Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity)
, oh you who chose the
path of the honest believers who committed before Allah service and

Jihad2 and you called
from the depths of your heart: [bold in original]: "

The Jihad is our way and death for Allah is
our most lofty wish". Oh brother, this is indeed a lofty wish

2
There are matters which need to be taken into account, and to adhere to, among them:


First of all
: That you make a profitable deal with Allah: "Surely Allah has bought of the believers
their persons and their property for this, that they shall have the garden; they fight in Allah's
way, so they slay and are slain; a promise which is binding on Him in the Torah [Bible] and the
Injeel [Gospels] and the Quran; and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? Rejoice
therefore in the pledge which you have made; and that is the mighty achievement

." [Sura 9,
111] 2


Second
: In order for the deal to be carried out and for the sale to be accepted, you must
impose on yourself the attributes of the believers2


Third
: 2Your intention in Jihad and in seeking Istish’had (seeking Martyrdom for Allah) Your
intention shall be raising the word of Allah on Allah's land2


Fourth
: You will ask Shahada (Martyrdom) from Allah truthfully, not only in talk but also in your
heart, and with honest decisiveness, and by waiting for opportunities. This way you will reach
the status of

Shahids (Martyrs) and their reward, with Allah's will, even if you die in your bed, as
said in the

Hadith of the Prophet 2" He who sincerely asks for the Shahada (Martyrdom) from
Allah, Allah brings him to the status of the

Shahids (Martyrs), even if he died in his bed"2
At the same time, there is a warning to those who do not go on a raid or do not hope for it2 The
Messenger of Allah said: "He who died without leaving on a raid, and without making up his
mind to leave on a raid, died as a hypocrite."


Sixth
: You should be prepared to answer the call of Jihad whenever you are called, in any
region of the Islamic world. Our Islam is universal not regional, and all Islamic countries are one
homeland. You must overcome the earth's attractions 2 which makes man vulnerable to the
danger of Allah's punishment, as in the verse:
"O you who believe! What (excuse) have you that when it is said to you: Go forth in
Allah's way, you should incline heavily to earth; are you contented with this world's life
instead of the hereafter? But the provision of this world's life compared with the hereafter
is but little. If you don't go [out to war], he will punish you ruthlessly, and will switch you
with other people2" [Sura 9, 38]



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2 that is, go out to battle, oh believers, young and old, by foot or with animal, under all
circumstances and conditions2


Seventh:
As long as you are a soldier in the ranks [of the warriors], you must respect every
request regarding the

Jihad, and what was determined for you, both in time and place. Do not
carry out personal actions2 since there are negative consequences to personal disobedient
actions. Many times, the enthusiasm pushes some of the young [soldiers] to personal hasty
actions, which harm the overall [

Jihad] process2
[T]he reason for this narrow and limited perspective is that some of the young [fighters] think
that this bitter struggle between truth and falsehood, can come to an end by killing a couple of
people and blowing up bombs and actions of that sort, without grasping the [long term] results2
It was not hard for one of the Muslims, during the period of Mecca, to kill Abu Jahal or Abu
Lahab [Muhammad’s enemies], or to shatter the idols around the

Ka'ba, when they were being
worshiped instead of Allah, in order to remove the evil. None of Muslims actually did any of this,
due to the great harm that would befall the

Da'wa (Islamic missionary activity), and would
expose it to the danger of destruction, while it was still like a young plant2


Eighth:
My brother, study Islam‘s laws of combat so that you will become bound by them, so
that your

Jihad will be sound, healthy, and flawless, because when the Muslims fight they do not
attack, and do not blow up [anything], and do not mutilate [dead] bodies, and do not steal, and
do not plunder property, and do not desecrate [sanctity], and do not come to harm, because in
their war they are the best warriors, just as they in their peace are the best peace-lovers.
By Barida, may God be pleased with him: “Messenger of Allah, God bless him and grant him
salvation, who used to say when he was commanding an army commander 2 ‘Raid but don’t
exaggerate and do not act with treacherousness, and do not molest (dead) bodies, and do not
kill newborns.’ reported Muslim [

Hadith]2
Therefore, it is forbidden to kill women and elderly, finish off wounded, provoke monks and
isolated people, and peaceful non-combatants... From the

Jihad Treatise by the Imam al-Banna.


Ninth:
[One must learn and perfect the skills of fighting2] However, achieving victory should
not be attributed to preparation and skills but to the help of Allah and to the support he gives to
his servants, the believers.


Tenth:
My brother, nurture your home and your family with an Islamic consciousness, and
prepare them for the atmosphere of

Jihad and Shahada (Martyrdom)–Seeking, then they will
not weaken you, but will support and encourage [you] to

Jihad, and they will receive the news
that you have fallen as a

Shahid (Martyr) – Allah willing - with joy2


Eleventh:
The Imam the Shahid (Martyr), [Hassan al-Banna] 2 said:
“Oh [Muslim] brothers, the nation that excels in the death industry, and knows how to die a
noble [death], Allah grants it a precious life in this world and eternal bliss in the Afterlife. The
only weakness that shall humiliate us is the love of this world and hating death. Therefore we
have prepared your souls for great action, strive for death – and life will be given to you. Know
that there is no escaping death, and it will happen only once, and if you carry it out (death) for
the sake of Allah, there will be profit in this world and reward in the Afterlife, and nothing will
harm you except what Allah has decreed [for] you... Work for an honorable death, you will be
thus granted full happiness. May Allah provide us and you, the honor of achieving the

Shahada


(Martyrdom) for Him.”


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Indeed, Allah has already answered his [Hassan al-Banna’s] prayer and provided him with the


Shahada
(Martyrdom). We ask Allah to also provide us with it, for He is near and answers[prayers].



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The Muslim Brotherhood - in its own words

Translation of “Jihad is the way”
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Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, 1996-2002

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The Nazi-Inspired Jew-Hate of the Muslim Brotherhood
German scholar Matthias Küntzel points to a pernicious cancer in the Muslim world that continues to be ignored
by Seth Mandel







The revolutions in the Arab world that began earlier this year were noticeably low on anti-Jewish propaganda, leading many scholars to express the hope that the West had less to lose from the overthrow of men like Hosni Mubarak than previously thought. But if German scholar Matthias Küntzel is correct, one incident should adjust the expectations that the Muslim Brotherhood—who expect to perform well in Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections—can be a moderating force in Egyptian politics.

That one incident was the return and reception of Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the leading Brotherhood theologian who has praised Hitler and endorsed the Islamic acceptance of terrorism against Israel.

“It was no accident that Ahmadinejad, after the first time he [expressed] his Holocaust denial—a kind of propaganda coup—the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt were the first to applaud,” Küntzel, author of Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11, told me in an interview this week. “And also his promise to destroy Israel was of course very welcomed by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. So I think that anti-Semitism is a central part of their ideology.”

But the Brotherhood is taking part in a democratic process, and they are seemingly pushing a reformist political agenda, which is leading to a debate over whether their history and ideology can be separated from their role in day-to-day politics. Küntzel warns against this. “On the one hand they are of course reformists as far as their political strategy is concerned,” Küntzel said. “So they want to participate in democratic elections. But that does not change their program. And we had the same in Germany. Adolf Hitler tried it with a putsch for the fist time in 1923, and later his Nazi party changed the approach and tried the parliamentary way… via the democratic way.”

The question we must ask, Küntzel said, is what the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood are, rather than how they attempt to gain power. “And as far as foreign policy is concerned, they want to destroy Israel, definitely. There is no differentiation between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. … This is their program. You can see their program realized in the Gaza Strip today.”

Küntzel’s groundbreaking work exposing the strain of Nazi ideology present in the Islamist world and how it got there earned him the Anti-Defamation League’s Paul Ehrlich-Gunther K. Schwerin Human Rights Award in February—an honor usually given to politicians or other public servants.

“This was a big surprise for me,” Küntzel said, adding that the award was received with great appreciation not just from Küntzel himself, but from other researchers and writers in the field.

“Matthias Küntzel has a long and distinguished record in speaking out against anti-Semitism and warning his readers in his native Germany and elsewhere about the dangers posed by this age-old virus that has no known cure,” ADL Director Abe Foxman said at the award ceremony. “His work has been sorely under-appreciated in this country. With this recognition, we hope to acknowledge his ongoing efforts and also let the American public know of the implications of this disturbing trend.”

I asked Küntzel how important individual players, such as Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who was the mufti of Jerusalem during WWII and struck up an alliance with the Nazis, were to the successful transmission of Nazi anti-Semitism to the Muslim world.

Very important, was the answer—especially in light of what was essentially a partnership in Jew-hatred between the two.

“He made the suggestion to the Nazis in the thirties that he they should use this type of radio propaganda against the Jews, so it went both ways,” he said. “At the time, only the Italian fascists used the tool.”

On the other hand, he noted, al-Husseini wasn’t well known or popular in Iran during that time, so there was a limit to how far the mufti could spread the propaganda. In the case of Iran, the Nazis used a popular radio host who could spread their ideology in a way that was localized to Iranian issues and Persian culture.

“The most important thing is the concept on the whole that you sell anti-Semitism in a way which fits to the people’s customs,” Küntzel said. This meant recognizing that the Arab-Israeli conflict was a much more salient issue among Arabs than in Iran. “The Nazis were smart enough to make this differentiation.”

Küntzel is very disappointed with the response by Western leaders to the naked anti-Semitism and the presence of Nazi ideology in public statements by influential clerics like Qaradawi, such as when he praised the Holocaust.

“If the pope would do something like this, or some of those surrounding the pope in Rome, there would be an outcry throughout the world,” Küntzel said. “But if this kind of very important Muslim speaker does the same, there is silence. And the reason is that people underestimate and don’t know much about the roots of this anti-Semitism. The traditional way to analyze this is to say, well this is the result of the Middle East conflict so if Israel and Zionism would behave more correctly and we can finish with the conflict, then we can finish with anti-Semitism as well.”

This is what Küntzel calls the filter that exists between actual events and their interpretation. Anti-Semitism, or at least a certain strain of it, was imported into the Middle East, and is now being exported from it.

“We are just at the beginning of a change in the analysis of the roots of the anti-Semitism in the Middle East,” Küntzel said. “And I consider this a very important task also to educate Western governments that this is not just the outcome of a conflict caused by Jews who immigrated to Palestine, but that this is something very similar to Nazi anti-Semitism and has to be taken as seriously as the Nazi anti-Semitism was taken.”

Küntzel said he is trying to dispel the false assumption that anti-Semitism has anything to do with Jewish behavior—it doesn’t. Anti-Semitism stems from the mind of the anti-Semite, not with anything the Jews do. So to couch it in terms of a Jewish issue, he said, is completely backwards. It is the province of non-Jews, and therefore must be dealt with by non-Jews as well, not ignored. The Jews, he said, can’t do anything about anti-Semitism if it is not dealt with by society at large.

And it’s the job of researchers and educators not the fall into this trap, and to be willing to reassess and reevaluate preconceived notions such as this, when they are so clearly an obstacle to an accurate understanding of the issue.

“This is an ongoing struggle in the academic world,” Küntzel said.

Seth Mandel is a writer specializing in Middle Eastern politics and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Horowitz Freedom Center.


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Muslim Brotherhood leaders say they want to establish an Islamic state in Egypt


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I tried to tell you. "Muslim Brotherhood Leaders: We Will Implement Sharia Law in Egypt," from Almasry Alyoum via AINA, April 17:
Mahmoud Ezzat, the Muslim Brotherhood's deputy Supreme Guide, said in a forum held in the Cairo district of Imbaba on Thursday that the group wants to establish an Islamic state after it achieves widespread popularity through its Freedom and Justice Party. Meanwhile, Brotherhood leader Saad al-Husseiny, said at the forum that the group aims to apply Islamic legislation and establish Islamic rule. His remarks rattled the leaders of several political parties, who said the statements, which were at odds with the concept of a civil state, would worry liberals.

The Coptic Orthodox Church decided to suspend its dialogue with the group after additional Brotherhood leaders said it was seeking to implement Islamic Sharia and declare Egypt an Islamic state, church sources said. The sources said the Brotherhood is trampling over the principles of equality and citizenship, and that its rhetoric changed after the 25 January revolution to adopt the language of the toppled regime.

Al-Masry Al-Youm has learned that as a result of the controversy, the church abandoned its intention to invite the group's leaders to attend Easter celebrations.

Anba Bassanti, bishop of Helwan and Maasara, gave church head Pope Shenouda III the prerogative to respond and declined to comment on the Brotherhood leaders' remarks.

Meanwhile, Abdel Maseeh Baseet, the pastor of the Church of Saint Marie in Mostorod, said he was unsurprised to hear the statements, which he believes represents the Brotherhood's true intentions. "This way of thinking is rejected both locally and internationally. The world is not ready for a Taliban-style state," he said.

The Coalition of Revolution Youth described the remarks as a step backward, saying it belies the group's previous statements that it will establish a civil state, while Khaled al-Sayyed, a member of the coalition, called on the group to apologize to the nation for the statements.

Mostafa al-Tawil, acting president of the Wafd Party, said the statements are intended to prepare the people for religious rule. He added that Egyptians will respond when they vote in the upcoming elections.

The Nasserist and Democratic Front parties expressed similar positions.

The statements also elicited angry responses from within the group itself. Mohamed Habib, former deputy Supreme Guide, said the timing is wrong for a discussion of these matters.

Brotherhood leader Hamdi Hassan defended the statements, saying they are not new, but that the controversy arises from the inaccuracy of press reports and the improper understanding of Islamic law....
Of course. Nothing is more misunderstood in this world than Islamic law.
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Reconsidering the Brotherhood's Inevitability




He joined in the demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square, enduring a beating from Hosni Mubarak's forces while trying to topple a dictator. Mahmoud Salem's hopes for Egypt's future have everything to do with pluralism and economic growth and nothing to do with empowering Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood.

During an appearance Thursday at American University in Washington, Salem explained why he's confident that conventional wisdom about the Brotherhood is wrong, and its ascendance to power after parliamentary elections this fall is far from certain.

"I'm not afraid of the Brotherhood," says Salem, who writes under the Internet moniker "Sandmonkey," and has a popular blog, Rantings of a Sandmonkey. "They are a minority."

It may be more than wishful thinking. During a congressional hearing last week, witnesses who disagree about how worried the West should be about the Brotherhood seemed to agree that its political might may not live up to the hype.

Brotherhood candidates won 88 seats in Egypt's 444-seat parliament in 2005. But that election saw a minimal voter turnout, Harvard University public policy Professor Tarek Masoud told the House Intelligence Committee subcommittee hearing.

"Since the movement has never been put to a free and fair electoral test, any attempt to infer future performance from past results is risky," Masoud says. "But it is safe to say that in past elections, even in districts where the Muslim Brotherhood eventually won, more people generally voted against the Brotherhood (for candidates of the ruling party or for local notables) than for it."

The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 and with a primary objective of making society more Islamic in Egypt and throughout the world. Critics fear a Brotherhood-dominated Egyptian government would impose strict religious law, restrict rights for religious minorities and threaten the country's 33-year-peace with Israel.

On Thursday, the Brotherhood's Deputy Supreme Guide, Mahmoud Ezzat, stirred up controversy after telling an audience in a Salafi-dominated section of Cairo that the Brotherhood sought to bring Egypt under the fold of Islamic law.

"The enforcement of sharia [Islamic law] punishments will need time, and will only come after Islam is planted in every heart and masters the life of people, and then Islamic punishments can be applied," Ezzat is quoted telling the crowd.

Statements such as these—especially when contrasted with other recent statements by Brotherhood leaders mollifying critics by claiming their intentions to support a moderate, free, and open civil state—have caused concern.

Some harsh realities remain. The Brotherhood is the country's best organized, most affluent political movement and is adept at messaging. This is, after all, a movement known for its deception and doublespeak that has long showed an astute ability to navigate in trying political waters.

For that reason, the United States needs to develop a clear policy for dealing with a Brotherhood-controlled or influenced Egyptian state, said U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, HUMINT, Analysis, and Counterintelligence.

"A lack of understanding about the group has lead to a classic case of government disorientation—we have heard the full spectrum of views on, and approaches to interaction with, the Brotherhood from various government officials, said Myrick, R-N.C. "This inconsistency makes me feel like our government is playing checkers while the Muslim Brotherhood is playing chess."

During a February hearing, FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged that elements of the Brotherhood support terrorism. In that same hearing, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper drew flak when he described the Brotherhood as "a mostly secular umbrella organization."

It is important to recognize the Brotherhood's true political objectives, said Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, in testimony last week. He spoke days after returning from Egypt to assess the situation since the predominantly peaceful revolution.

The Brotherhood "absolutely tries to be opportunistic and offers a different face to different audiences," he said. It jumped on the Tahrir Square protests well after they were underway to capitalize and gain good will. Since then, the group has tried to soften its rhetoric about peace because "it does not want to trigger alarm bells in Washington."

Today's rhetoric is not an accurate reflection on how the Brotherhood would steer Egypt, he said. Its core ideology would kick in once it attained power, when it "will almost certainly use that power to transform Egypt into a very different place."

The United States should make clear that it can support a future Egyptian government that demonstrates a commitment to religious pluralism and free speech. One that offers an independent judiciary and upholds existing treaties and commitments.

"Washington should project a clear message that it stands ready to provide such aid to a government that can endorse these principles and work toward their implementation in practice," Satloff said. "A Brotherhood-led, -guided or –inspired government of Egypt would not meet this test."

Salem believes Egyptian voters will heed other appeals to pragmatism. In Satloff's example, more than $1 billion in annual foreign aid could be at stake. For Salem, the billions of dollars generated by Egypt's vital tourism industry – 11 percent of the total economy – makes increased theocratic policies a more difficult sell. The Brotherhood, he claims, "is getting weaker by the day."

The Egyptian "people are quickly getting the point that they don't want to live in a theocracy," he writes. "Go to Upper-Egypt and talk to regular people, and they will tell you that they don't want the Islamists taking over because they want the tourists to come back."

The Brotherhood thrived as the only viable alternative to a brutal ruling regime. To gain power in the post-Mubarak era, however, it needs a cohesive, unified platform of its own.

"Internal divisions are ripping the MB apart," Salem writes in a recent blog post, with younger members announcing their intention to form their own group. The Brotherhood, he writes, is "out of touch with the public."

That coincides with a public backlash over concerns about more radical Salafists, prompting the Brotherhood to try "to appease the public by declaring their party platform will call for a 'civil state' and will not have any conditions against women or copts running for President and thus in turn angering their own hardliners as well."

If the Brotherhood is struggling, it may be for entirely different reasons, said Yigal Carmon, founder and president of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Carmon's organization closely monitors Egyptian media, and he sees the Brotherhood losing public support among those who backed the revolution due to a tacit alliance it struck with Egypt's army.

In recent weeks, the army has cracked down on ongoing demonstrations, including the shooting deaths of two Tahrir Square protestors earlier this month. It also is cracking down on criticism of the army.

Salem says that while many Egyptians are preparing for September elections and excited at the prospect of having an electoral voice, first on the list of post-Revolution priorities is to see former President Hosni Mubarak and his inner circle brought to justice. While acknowledging that it's best for the country to look to the future rather than the past, Salem says that he and others feel they cannot turn the page when a rock [Mubarak] is sitting on the page preventing it from being turned. Once he has been brought to justice, the sole focus can then turn to re-building Egyptian civil society from the ground up.

Carmon, who previously served as counter-terror advisor to Israeli Prime Ministers Shamir and Rabin, agrees that the fall elections are a wild card that cannot be accurately predicted at this point. It is possible that Brotherhood candidates will win a plurality of parliamentary seats and that will help it to build a coalition which will write the country's new constitution.

The need to form partnerships will force the group to continue softening its positions, Carmon said. But that would be temporary.

He points to Turkey, where Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan came to power in 2002 after his party won about a third of the seats in parliament. His initial term was relatively free of Islamist emphasis, something that changed as he consolidated power. Now Turkey is moving consistently away from the West, warming relations with Iran and supporting provocative acts against Israel.

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Egypt:
50,000 attend Muslim Brotherhood/Salafi rally:
"The United Arab States and the United Islamic States are inevitably coming, and soon we will have one caliph to rule us all"


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Democracy on the march! "Thousands attend joint Brotherhood-Salafi rally," by Hany ElWaziry for AlMasry AlYoum, May 8:
More than 50,000 people on Saturday attended a joint rally held by the Muslim Brotherhood group and Salafis in Haram district, Giza.

The organizers chanted slogans stating that the Brotherhood and the Salafis are one, and that both seek to apply the Islamic Sharia.

“The United Arab States and the United Islamic States are inevitably coming,” said prominent Salafi preacher Safwat Hegazy at the rally. “And soon we will have one caliph to rule us all.”

Hegazy condemned those who burnt the church in Imbaba on Saturday. “They are not Salafis or Brothers, nor are they Egyptians,” he said. “They are the enemy that incites sectarian strife.”

Salafi preacher Mohamed Hassan, for his part, called on all Islamic groups to reassure Muslims and Christians alike. “Egypt does not belong to the Muslims alone,” he said. “And Copts are protected by Islam. They need not resort to the United States for that.”
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Special Dispatch No.3823


Article on Muslim Brotherhood Website:
U.S. Terrorism Worse than Bin Laden's



Egyptian cleric Dr. Salah Al-Din Sultan, Bahrain resident and advisor to Bahrain's Islamic Affairs ministry as well as a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) which is headed by Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, wrote in a recent article that the terrorism committed by the U.S. is worse than that by Osama bin Laden. In the article, which appeared on the website of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, he explained that while the U.S. committed terrorism in the service of hegemony, oppression, and tyranny, bin Laden had raised the banner of jihad for the sake of Allah and had served a lofty goal, even if he had done so in a misguided way.

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Exclamation Muslim Brotherhood: Osama's Terrorism 'in Defense of Islam'

Muslim Brotherhood:
Osama's Terrorism 'in Defense of Islam'

MEMRI has translated an article posted on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood website in which cleric Salah Al-Din Sultan (aka Salah Soltan, Salah Sultan) in which he wrote that “terrorism” committed by the US is worse than that by the late Osama Bin Laden. According to the MEMRI translation:

Egyptian cleric Dr. Salah Al-Din Sultan, Bahrain resident and advisor to Bahrain’s Islamic Affairs ministry as well as a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) which is headed by Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, wrote in a recent article that the terrorism committed by the U.S. is worse than that by Osama bin Laden. In the article, which appeared on the website of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, he explained that while the U.S. committed terrorism in the service of hegemony, oppression, and tyranny, bin Laden had raised the banner of jihad for the sake of Allah and had served a lofty goal, even if he had done so in a misguided way. Following are excerpts from the article:

[1] ‘Bin Laden’s terrorism was in the defense of Islam and the resistance against the occupiers, [even if it was waged] in a way that deviated to some extent from the middle path of moderation. The terrorism of the U.S., [on the other hand,] is in defense of hegemony, oppression, and tyranny and [aimed at] subjugating the peoples and regimes of the world to American [uni-]polarity. ‘Bin Laden’s terrorism raised the banner of jihad for the sake of Allah after the Islamic countries had renounced it as part of their resistance to Zionism in Palestine, to communism in Afghanistan, and to Hinduism in Kashmir. [True], bin Laden may have rushed in to things without first consulting the clerics and preachers of the ummah. He exercised independent discretion in matters of religious law and erred in some of his deeds. But the terrorism of the U.S. [is much worse because it] is essentially hegemony over money and power aimed at humiliating the regimes and peoples, at stealing the good of their [lands], plundering their resources, and producing tyrants in our Arab and Islamic world.

Read the rest here.

In April 2010, MEMRI translated comments by Dr. Sultan in which he accused Jews of using Christian blood for Matzoh (substitute for bread used during the Jewish holiday of Passover) in an example of what is called “blood libel”, the accusations that Jews use human blood in religious rituals. Historically these are accusations that the blood of Christian children is especially coveted and date back to the 1st Century.

Dr. Salah Sultan (aka Solah Sultan, Sallah Sultan) had left the U.S. following negative press reports in the U.S. media which led the authorities there to suspend his application for American citizenship and, as discussed in a previous post, relocated to Bahrain in 2007. Dr Sultan’s online resume indicates that he is or was a member of several important U.S. and European Muslim Brotherhood organizations including the European Council for Fatwa and Research, the Fiqh Council of North America, and the Islamic American University, closely associated with the Muslim American Society (MAS).This resume also expresses Dr. Soltan’s vision “To live happily. To die as a martyr.” Another previous post discussed some of Dr. Sultan statements including an appearance on Saudi TV where Dr. Sultan asserted that the US planned the 9/11 attacks as a pretext for terrorizing the world and praising Osama bin Laden confidante Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani. A recent MEMRI TV report identified previously virulently anti-Semitic and anti-American comments made by Dr. Sultan on Egyptian TV in late December. Another post discussed a seminar featuring Dr. Sultan sponsored by the European Assembly for Imams and Spiritual Guides, closely associated with the Federation of Islamic Organizations In Europe (FIOE).

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Reprinted with permission from the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report.

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Egypt's Transition Emboldens Brotherhood




Much of the idealism and the promise of unity that emerged from the massive populist uprising that captivated Egypt and swept longtime President Hosni Mubarak from power in February seems to have been lost.

In the three months since, the Muslim Brotherhood—an Islamist movement that was banned under the previous regime—has grown more confident and has shed layers of its past façade, as it prepares for Egypt's important parliamentary elections in September.

The group has grown increasingly bold—announcing that it would raise its target for the number of seats it would contest in elections to 45-50% and forming a coalition with Egypt's hardcore Islamists. Both of these changes appear to be in direct contravention with earlier promises made by the Brotherhood in the immediate aftermath of the January 25th revolution.

But, while troubling to many, these changes are hardly surprising. "I was expecting [the Brotherhood] to be stupid enough to raise the percentage they promised to compete on because that's how they deal. They're very much opportunists," Shadi Al Ghazali Harb, a member of Egypt's Revolutionary Youth Coalition, told the Wall Street Journal. "Whenever they get a better opportunity, they seize it whether or not this will cost the whole country."

In the initial days following Mubarak's resignation, the Brotherhood took to the airwaves and the global press to tout its role in helping to bring about change in Egypt. Always cautious of how it is perceived in the public eye, senior Brotherhood leaders made sure to frame the revolution as a success for all Egyptians, and to downplay the group's Islamist aspirations.

Brotherhood Shura Council member, and former deputy leader, Mohammed Habib, explained how the Brotherhood saw its role in the post-Mubarak era. "The Brotherhood want to reassure the Egyptian people and the Arab and Islamic world that they do not seek power, or want to compete for power," he said. "[W]hat matters to them is that there is freedom and democracy."

Guidance Bureau member Essam El-Erian wrote an op-ed column for the New York Times calling for "reform and rights for all: not just for the Muslim Brotherhood, not just for Muslims, but for all Egyptians."

While the Brotherhood sought the "establishment of a democratic, civil state that draws on universal measures of freedom and justice," El-Erian wrote, it did "not intend to take a dominant role in the forthcoming political transition," and would "not [be] putting forward a candidate for" president.

However, the group's ambitions for electoral power have swelled dramatically since pledging not to contest more than a third of seats in Egypt's first free parliamentary election in over 30 years, with some officials setting a target of half the seats in Parliament or more. And a recent report in the London Telegraph indicates that the Brotherhood has formed a political alliance with Egypt's hard-line Salafi groups. This move runs counter to what the Brotherhood had previously been trying to do by posing as a centrist group, welcoming to all facets of Egyptian society.

The situation in Egypt "is still fluid," said Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom. "A few months ago, analysts were giddy about what was happening." But today, in the wake of mounting crime and violence targeting Copts, the situation there is "depressing," he said.

In early April, Mohsen Radi, a former lawmaker and Brotherhood leader, told Egypt's Al Masry Al Youm that the Brotherhood had raised its target "to secure 35 percent to 40 percent of parliamentary seats." Apparently sticking to earlier cautions, Radi reassured the Egyptian daily that "the Brotherhood will not run for more than 49 percent of parliamentary seats."

Now, just more than a month since that interview, the group's stated plans have changed again—albeit ever-so-slightly. On April 30, the Brotherhood Shura Council acknowledged its plan to contest half of Egypt's parliamentary seats through its "independent" political party, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), in September. In a public display of confidence, the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, Mohamed Badie, has stated that if his group was to contest all available seats, it would be able to win in 75% of cases.

The Brotherhood appears to have remained more consistent about running a candidate for president, by standing by its decision not to officially run a candidate under either the Muslim Brotherhood name or the name of its affiliated political party, FJP.

Nonetheless, a Muslim Brother could become Egypt's next president.

A senior leader from the group's reformist wing, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, has stated his intention to run for president as an independent.

"I will run as an independent candidate in the coming presidential elections. I am not a member of any party now," Abouel Fotouh told Reuters.

The Brotherhood's official line remains that it is not fielding a presidential candidate, and it has vociferously refuted claims to the contrary, including the candidacy of Abouel Fotouh. It has launched an investigation into the senior leader and his campaign team, and has reminded all involved parties "of the principle of absolute obedience to the [MB] group's decision" not to run.

Other senior Brotherhood members have affirmed that Abouel Fotouh will "have to withdraw his MB membership" should he run for office. But with this public assertion, other Egyptian news outlets have cited sources within the group as saying that "other group leaders secretly support Abouel Fotouh."

One such leader is former Brotherhood Supreme Guide, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who told Iran's Fars News Agency Monday that many in the group do not "stand against Abolfotouh," using an alternate spelling of his name. "Rather we wish him success" even if he "would not [be] represent[ing] the party in the upcoming elections."

Elections aside, other signs suggest that the Brotherhood is feeling pretty good about itself in the post-Mubarak era.

Bolstered by the return to Egypt of some of its most senior and savvy leaders, such as Kemal Helbawy, the group has begun openly reconnecting with its Palestinian progeny, Hamas. In a move that would have been all-but-impossible under the former regime, MB Supreme Guide, Badie, sat shoulder to shoulder last Sunday in a display of unity with Hamas leader, Khaled Mishaal, at the MB's newly-opened headquarters in Muqattam, Egypt.

This strengthened alliance between Hamas and the Brotherhood has serious implications for Egypt's neighbor, Israel, and the uncertain future of the "cold peace" that currently exists between the two nations.

Senior Brotherhood leaders were on record earlier this year saying that they should not be confused with extremist groups like Hizballah or Hamas because unlike those groups, the Brotherhood does not seek to eradicate the Jewish state.

"We will respect the peace treaty with Israel as long as Israel shows real progress on improving the lot of the Palestinians," Mahmoud Ezzat told CBS News in February.

But now working directly with Hamas, the Brotherhood has begun dropping its veneer of moderation by openly denigrating its Jewish neighbor and calling for a halt to bilateral relations.

"The Egyptian nation believes that normalization of relations with the Zionist regime is among the most important issues which should be stopped completely," Brotherhood leader Habib told Iran's Fars News. "The Egyptian nation believes that the Zionist regime is a danger threatening the national security of not just Egypt, but also other Arab countries."

Brotherhood leader Badie echoed this sentiment during last week's Hamas-MB joint meeting, concluding that Egypt should move in the direction of "continued unity against the 'Zionist' occupation" [Israel].

Those characterizations of Egyptian attitudes toward peace with Israel may not be accurate. A recent poll conducted by the United Nations-affiliated International Peace Institute found that some 60% of Egyptians "support the peace treaty with Israel—as long as an independent Palestinian state is established alongside the Jewish state."

Where the Brotherhood goes from here is unclear. If recent actions are any indicator, the group will continue to bare more of itself as it feels increasingly confident of the Egyptian public's appetite for political Islam
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Tunisia:Muslim leader says "Arab Spring" will lead to the elimination of Israel


http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=33&idsub=125&id=54102&t=Mus lim+Brotherhood+leader+of+Tunisia+calls+for+an+end +to+Israel

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/05/muslim-brotherhood-leader-of-tunisia-says-arab-spring-will-lead-to-the-elimination-of-israel.html


His prediction also matches that of another "Islamist" politician in Egypt, just reported yesterday. Did these guys call each other?

No, what we have is another case of striking uniformity in alleged "misunderstanders" of Islam that are geographically well removed from one another. Funny how that keeps happening. "Muslim Brotherhood leader of Tunisia calls for an end to Israel," from Spero News, May 21 (thanks to Weasel Zippers):
Arab media has reported an interview with Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi in which he calls for and predicts the end of Israel. According a Muslim World News translation of the interview in the London-based Elaph:
Ghannouchi is developing / has developed a new strategy for post-revolutionary Tunis, and calls it “The jurisprudence of building, economic growth and construction”, and a new political perception of joint work and tolerance between the different political forces Nahda supports the foundation of a democracy, and preserving Tunis. * Ghannouchi praises the role that Qatar played in the Tunisian and Arab revolutions by adopting them in the media; Qatar provided a platform to their spokesmen * Ghannouchi says that the Tunisian revolution is a true popular revolution. He has confidence in it in spite of the attempts to arrouse a counter revolution * In the next four years, the IUMS plans to establish four universities, one Arab speaking in Turkey, and another is the Tunisian defunct Zaytuna. Ghannouchi supports the Libyan revolution, and hopes it succeeds and joins the other successful revolutions *
Ghannouchi maintains that altogether the Arab revolutions are positive for the Palestinians, and threaten to bring Israel to an end. He says that the Palestinian problem lies at the heart of the Nation [umma], and that all the land between the mosque in Mecca and Jerusalem represents the heart of the Islamic Nation, and any [foreign] control over part of this heart is a stamp on the umma’s illness. There is no doubt, he continues, that the revolutions open a new age, in which the regimes which support the West and Israel fall – Egypt, Tunis and soon Libya, Yemen and Syria. The foundations of Western interests in the Arab countries are shaking. Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, he concludes, said that Israel will come to an end prior to 2027; this date looks far, and may be Israel will come to an end sooner.
Earlier posts reported on the return of Mr. Ghannouchi to Tunisia following his long exile in the UK.
An Egyptian news report has identified Rashid Ghannouchi (many spelling variations) as a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood “abroad.” Ghannouchi is the leader of the Tunisian Islamist movement known as Nahada (aka Ennahda, Al Nahda) and can best be described as an independent Islamist power center who is tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood though his membership in the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) and his important position in the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), both organizations led by Global Muslim Brotherhood Youssef Qaradawi. Al-Ghannouchi is also one of the founding members of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a Saudi organization closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and dedicated to the propagation of “Wahabist” Islam throughout the world. Ghannouchi is known for his thinking on the issue of Islam and citizenship rights.
In 1994, scholar Martin Kramer reported on the extremist background of Mr. Ghannouchi. According to that report:
Assuming a valid distinction can be made between Islamists who are “extremist” and “reformist,” Ghannouchi clearly belongs to the first category. Since his last visit to the United States, he has openly threatened U.S. interests, supported Iraq against the United States and campaigned against the Arab-Israeli peace process. Indeed, Ghannouchi in exile has personified the rejection of U.S. policies, even as he dispatches missives to the State Department.
Kramer notes the following statement by Mr. Ghannouchi in which he alleges that Jews are behind a “worldwide campaign against Islam”:....
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Arrow Insight as to how Osama bin Laden became radicalized

American pilot for the bin Laden family offers insight as to how Osama bin Laden became radicalized


May 23, 2011
http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/american-pilot-for-the-bin-laden-family-offers-insight-as-to-how-osama-bin-laden-became-radicalized/



Osama bin Laden became an Islamic terrorist because of the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, the SAME Muslim Brotherhood that Barack Hussein Obama is supporting to take over leadership of Egypt. The SAME Muslim Brotherhood that the Obama Regime wants you to believe is a moderate Muslim organization.

BARACK OBAMA has endorsed a role for the Muslim Brotherhood in a new, post-Mubarak government for Egypt. This should come as no surprise. Obama has behaved consistently all along, from his refusal to back the protesters in Iran, who were demonstrating against an Islamic Republic, to his backing of these protesters in Egypt, to whom he has just given a green light to establish a government that, given numerous historical precedents, will likely be the precursor to an Islamic Republic. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs sai that a post-Mubarak Egyptian ruling group “has to include a whole host of important nonsecular actors that give Egypt a strong chance to continue to be [a] stable and reliable partner.” Contrary to claims that it is a moderate organization, the Muslim Brotherhood is actually the prototypical Islamic supremacist, pro-Sharia group of the modern age.


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Arrow Muslim Brotherhood sheikh to run for president of Egypt; promises to implement Sharia

Muslim Brotherhood sheikh to run for president of Egypt;
promises to implement Sharia and cancel peace treaty with Israel

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/05/mu...ncel-peac.html


Didn't he get the memo that the Ikhwan is "moderate" and "largely secular?" "Brotherhood sheikh to run for president," by Hany ElWaziry for Al Masry Al Youm, May 29:
Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh Hazem Abu Ismail announced his intention to run in Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections.
He said that if elected he would implement Islamic sharia law and cancel the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
Ismail was the Brotherhood’s candidate in 2005 parliamentary elections for Dokki in Giza.
The group announced earlier that it would not take part in the presidential elections and confirmed that it would compete for only half the seats in Parliament. But Ismail is the second Brotherhood member to have announced his intention to run for president in defiance of the group's leadership. The other Brotherhood candidate is Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, a liberal-minded Islamist.
The devil is in the details, and the first question regarding Fotouh's "liberal-minded" credentials is: compared to what? Will non-Muslims have equal rights with Muslims? Will Muslims be able to change their religion publicly and officially, as well as privately?
Abu Ismail said Saturday during a speech in a Dokki mosque that he will sweep the elections. Since he is an ordinary man, he said, the masses will support him.
Abu Ismail said that his platform revolves around Islam, while "Mohamed ElBaradei, Amr Moussa, and Hamdeen Sabahi, the liberal candidates, will be unable to present a clear vision” for the country.
“If I could apply sharia in Egypt, all people, including non-Muslims, would applaud me four years later,” said Abu Ismail.
Only if you succeeded in obliterating free speech. Otherwise, don't bet the farm on it.
The sheikh said that no current presidential candidate represents the Egyptian people.
“We seek to apply Islamic law, but those who don’t want it prefer cabarets, alcohol, dancers and prostitution, as the implementation of Islamic law will prohibit women to appear naked in movies and on beaches,” Abu Ismail added.
Translation: All who oppose me are depraved perverts.
For his opinion on Brotherhood, he said, “They are chaste people and my opinion would not change even if they don’t support me.”
Concerning the peace treaty with Israel, he said, “The Camp David peace treaty is insulting to the Egyptian people, so it must be canceled, and I will do my best to convince people to cancel it.”
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Brotherhood Leader Has High Praise for Terrorist Leader


by IPT News • Jun 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm
http://www.investigativeproject.org/...-for-terrorist


Egypt's main Islamist group has long denied official links to the Palestinian terrorist organization, Hamas, but public statements and actions by its senior leaders have often gone a long way to undercut the credibility of such denials.

On Friday, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, eulogized little-known Hamas founder, Mohamed Hassan Shamaa. Shamaa, 76, reportedly died of a stroke after decades as a senior leader of the Gaza-based terrorist group. After his death, Hamas admitted Shamaa was the leader of the group's governing body, or Shura Council. The identities of the Council's other leaders is a closely guarded secret, and Shamaa's name had never been previously disclosed.

Of Shamaa, Badie gave high praise and "offered condolences to the Muslim world in general and the Palestinians in particular..." In the eulogy, Shamaa is described as an "influential" public figure with an "exceptional ability to listen and dispense sound wisdom."

Shamaa's likely role in killing or injuring hundreds, if not thousands, of Israeli and American citizens since Hamas' founding in 1987 is notably absent from Badie's comments.

Contrary to repeated denials by the Brotherhood of ties to Shamaa's group, Hamas was established as the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood—a fact the group readily admits in its founding charter. The Brotherhood has ideologically stood by its progeny, frequently calling for armed resistance against "crusaders" and "occupiers" in Palestine.

Following the fall of longtime President Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood appears to be growing increasingly bold in its actions and statements. The MB has formed a political party—the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)—and has increased its target for the number of seats it will contest in September's important parliamentary elections to nearly 50%. It has also ratcheted up its rhetoric in support of Iran and Hamas.

Badie's recent statement appears to be yet another example that the group, now a legally sanctioned party in Egypt, is growing more and more comfortable showing in public where its heart truly lies.
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