As we wisely discern the real issues behind Egypt’s eruption of political unrest, we begin to ask questions like, “who are the Muslim Brotherhood?”
Michael Yousseff has this to say:
What is the Muslim Brotherhood that we’re hearing so much about these days?
Back in 1928, Egypt was under British rule. They had an Egyptian parliament and cabinet, but the British controlled three key cabinet positions: the army, the police and the finances. At that time, a young school teacher by the name of Hassan al-Banna, under the influence of the Wahabi movement in Saudi Arabia, declared that a war of independence from British rule must be fought. He believed that this war must not be waged on a secular “classic liberal” basis but, instead, through Islamic ideology. But that meant Egypt returning from modernity to “Stone Age” 700 A.D. Arabian rule, under which the founder of Islam and his successors, the Caliphates, claim to be inspired by Allah and his Shariah law.
Shortly after the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood, they developed a “secret apparatus” which became involved in assassinations and terrorism. This group was responsible for the assassinations of prominent politicians and Coptic Christians whom they saw as hindrances to achieving their Islamic state. For example, in December of 1948, the Muslim Brotherhood’s secret apparatus assassinated Egyptian Prime Minister, Mahmud Al Noqrashi Pasha, whom they saw as a British puppet.
In October 1954, their attempt to assassinate President Nasser proved to be their undoing. He rounded them up, put some to death and others were sent to hard-labor prisons. The imprisoned Brotherhood members remained there until Nasser died in 1971 and his successor, President Anwar Sadat released them.
Since 1971, Brotherhood members have been reorganizing themselves in a variety of ways (even under the guise of doing charitable work) with the goal of becoming a formidable force to take control of Egypt and eventually the world.
Many of those who were released from prison in the early 70’s left Egypt and settled in other Arab countries, namely Qatar. In fact, most Al Jazeera operatives are former members of the Muslim Brotherhood; hence their agitation and expulsion from Egypt a couple of weeks ago.
The Muslim Brotherhood has spent the past 40 years forming chapters all over the world, including many European capitals and the United States.
Until 2001, the Muslim Brotherhood’s publication in London Risalat Al-Ikhwan declared on the front page, “Our mission: world domination.” In 2004, the former Brotherhood Supreme Guide, Mohammed Akef, declared his “complete faith that Islam will invade Europe and America.”
The current logo that adorns the Muslim Brotherhood’s paraphernalia is comprised of two swords crossing each other with the words “Get Ready” underneath — an indication that they’re getting ready for Islamic Jihad.
I’m writing all this to answer a question a reporter asked me recently, “Why should we in America care about what happens in Egypt?”
To the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt and Jordan are small steps toward their ultimate goal: world domination.
In regard to the demonstrators on the streets of Cairo, the Muslim Brotherhood reportedly has declared that these stooges, like El Baradei and others, are “hemir al-thawra” or donkeys of the revolution. After they use them, the Brotherhood will discard them.
For years, journalists — Muslim journalists — have been warning the world of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Jihadi intentions. But people, particularly the Western liberal leftist media, have chosen to ignore these warnings.
On June 25, 2007, Egyptian columnist Tariq Hasan published an article in the Al Ahram newspaper stating that the Muslim Brotherhood was preparing for a violent takeover in Egypt using its masked militia to replicate Hamas’ seizure of power in Gaza. Sadly, Hasan and others were ignored. Now, we are watching painfully as a beautiful country with an ancient civilization is in free fall to utter destruction. But even more alarming — this is only a harbinger of things to come.
We must seek answers and not just take what we see or hear from the media on face value. Neither should we just look at events from just one perspective. Even this posting is just one perspective! Whatever the source, look at the source and the motive behind their words. Well meaning people (yes, even me) will not always have the whole perspective and are subject to their own viewpoint and prejudices.
This is why each of us must seek wisdom from many quarters as we pray for the nation of Egypt.
In all these things remember:
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who have left the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. Proverbs 2:11-15