With the recent events in Egypt, there has been a lot of talk about the Muslim Brotherhood. I have to admit, I never knew much about the Muslim Brotherhood until last week. I had read a little about their actions in the past and assumed that they were an old, defunct organization whose members had funneled off into other organizations. My assumptions were wrong.
The Muslim Brotherhood is alive and well, and not just in the Middle East. They are a worldwide network of Islamic extremists with one overriding goal: the adoption of Islam and Sharia law throughout the world, and they have a history of violently attempting to achieve that aim.
Formed in 1928 in Egypt by a young, idealistic school teacher and activist named Hasan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood began as a fundamentalist Islamic group, basically a militant religious revival. Their statement of faith couldn’t be more clearly laid out:
God is our objective, the Koran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.
The Muslim Brotherhood has, from its outset, advocated an armed, violent struggle in order to win the world for Allah and Islam.
The organization has made political trouble in Egypt in the past. In 1948, one of its members assassinated Prime Minister Mahmoud Fahmi Nuqrashi, and in the fifties, the group came out against Gamal Abdel Nasser’s government. The Muslim Brotherhood has been officially banned in Egypt since 1954, but that fact hasn’t stopped its members from running for political office as independents and attempting to affect Islamist reforms in the country.
Recently, the Left, along with some Islamist groups, have tried to paint the Muslim Brotherhood as some sort of non-threatening, moderate group, as though the last 80 years of history can be ignored. We know that, in the current climate in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is angling for some seat at the table in a new government. That simply cannot happen.
Here are six reasons, culled from the Muslim Brotherhood’s history from its earliest years to today, why the Muslim Brotherhood should not be allowed into power in Egypt. These incidents and actions prove that the Muslim Brotherhood is an insidious organization that is threatening to Israel, to democracy, and to Western culture.
We’ll start with a look at one of the original goals of the Muslim Brotherhood…