For all the accusations of “Islamophobia” thrown at me by left-leaning ideologues, the one thing that is clear is that I have nothing against Muslims, as individuals; I do have problems with Islamic organizations, depending on what exact ideology they preach. And few of them are more sinister than Muslim brotherhood; which is why I have all the praise in the world for the Muslims who are standing up against them.
For a bit of context, let’s take a look at the record of some of the Brotherhood’s most famous historical figures. My personal favorite: Sayyid Qutb. Here is a taste of what makes him so gorgeous:
And here is what Syed Qutb, another Egyptian stalwart of the Islamist movement and the Muslim Brotherhood, writes in his seminal work on Islam and its relationship with the West, Milestones: “A Muslim will remain prepared to fight against it (non-Muslim country), whether it be his birthplace or a place where his relatives reside or where his property or any other material interests are located.”
Qutb, a man who had spent time in the US, hated us because…we weren’t prudish enough for him!
Not even American churches escaped his angry notice, and in his narratives he relates this incident:
Every young man took the hand of a young woman. And these were the young men and women who had just been singing their hymns! Red and blue lights, with only a few white lamps, illuminated the dance floor. The room became a confusion of feet and legs: arms twisted around hips; lips met lips; chests pressed together.
So this is what happened after Qutb returned to Egypt.
Qutb’s role was important, because there had been an ideological vacuum in the Muslim Brotherhood since its leader Hasan al-Banna had been assassinated in 1949, and in 1952, Qutb was elected to the leadership council of the Brotherhood.
And speaking of the Brotherhood founder al-Banna, this was the kind of person he was:
Al-Banna makes it quite clear that the word “jihad” means armed conflict. He mocks those who claim jihad is merely an internal struggle. Al-Banna says this redefinition of the term “jihad” is a conspiracy so that “Muslims should become negligent.”
Egypt’s military-backed leaders on Wednesday designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, outlawing the country’s most successful political movement and vowing to treat anyone who belongs to it, or even takes part in its activities, as a terrorist.
Now, with Wednesday’s decision, the government signaled its determination to cut off any air to the more than 80-year-old Islamist organization.
The road ahead for Egypt will be long and tough. But the stakes are high, and if the people of Egypt win, the world will be a better place, not just Egypt.