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July 11, 2013

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in Its Own, Original Words


Even before its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won Egypt’s first democratic election in the summer of 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood (Al-Ikwan al-Muslimin) had become many Western news media’s primary example of “moderate Islamism.�? Relations between the Brotherhood and radical Sunni Muslim offshoots including Hamas (the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement) and al-Qaeda varied from strained to hostile.

The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 to repel Western influence and restore the transnational Sunni caliphate that ended with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. But both before and after it disavowed violence in response to repression by Egyptian rulers, the credo of the Muslim Brotherhood was “Allah is our objective, The Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.�?

That makes it important to note a recent restatement of the organization’s anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-modern and anti-secular guiding principle. As reported by The Washington Post in an article about the aftermath of Morsi’s ouster by the Egyptian military, a Brotherhood spokesman found the credo well worth

“‘God is our flag, and the prophet is our role model. The Koran is our book, and jihad is our path,’ [Brotherhood spokesman and ousted government official Yehia] Hamed bellowed to the crowd on the night the generals forced Morsi out. ‘To die for the sake of God is our highest wish,’�? (“Muslim Brotherhood: At a crossroads, group faces a stark choice,�? July 9).

Posted by ER at July 11, 2013 02:15 PM


Anybody hoping to provide meaningful discussion of MB must read Qutb's Milestones first. It explains MB's core doctrine - all the earth is Muslim, dhimmi or at war with Islam.

Posted by: Jonathan Levin at July 11, 2013 04:03 PM

Morsi was forced out because he couldn't resist the inherent urges of the Muslim Brother Hoods, to grab power and force everyone else to worship and behave the same way. If he had simply concentrated on getting Egypt's economy back on track, he'd still be sitting in the Presidential Palace.

Posted by: Gary Katz at July 18, 2013 11:27 AM

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