As most readers know, representatives of the new Egyptian political parties affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood recently paid a much-publicized visit to the United States. They began their tour in Washington D.C.
The video below juxtaposes a CSPAN clip of one of the Salafist luminaries in D.C. last week with a speech by one of his Muslim Brotherhood colleagues in Egypt. The former was speaking in English, and the latter in Arabic (which has been translated and subtitled).
It’s instructive to compare the taqiyya from one of the Ikhwan’s emissaries to the Great Satan with the words of a Muslim Brotherhood leader to his own comrades, at home, in his own language. If only our political leaders were paying attention!
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for subtitling and uploading this video:
Vlad had this to say about the Ikhwan:
Mohamed did it back in his day. Redefine ‘peace’, Freedom’ and ‘justice’ to mean highly proprietary Islamic meanings of the term that suited his covert and overt military agenda, and lull his enemies into thinking he meant the terms in the way the rest of the world understands them. Well, as Mohamed is Islam’s perfect man and perfect example, then it stands to reason the most conservative branch of Muslim orthodoxy, the Ikhwan or Muslim Brotherhood would use the same strategy and name the Brotherhood’s Egyptian political party, the…
“Freedom and Justice Party”
and claim that they will not field a candidate, till of course they do, and did.
Having blatantly run over their own stated rule, they went on a ‘taqiyya tour’ to try and lull the infidel back to sleep. But an astute reader of Vlad managed to find a year-old speech by a party-principal and expose their agenda, as it was since the Ikhwan was founded in the early part of the last century, and as it has been since Mohamed promised his followers that the world would be forced to submit to Islam whether by force or trickery.
Translator’s Note: After his release from prison in March 2011, the Deputy Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Khairat Al-Shater was reportedly tasked by the Brotherhood’s Guidance Council to perform a comprehensive review of the movement’s overall strategy in post-Mubarak Egypt. This new strategy, which is supposed to reflect the fact of the MB’s rise as the most powerful political force in Egypt today, has often been referred to as “The Nahda Project.” (Nahda means “Renaissance” or “Rise”.)
We know very little about Al-Shater as politician. He has been described as the “Iron Man” of the Brotherhood movement. As one of Egypt’s most successful businessmen, his prestigious stature within the MB’s ranks might be attributed to his financial support to the movement. His prestige also derives from the enormous personal suffering that he has endured for the MB’s cause: He has spent more than half of the past two decades in prison, and his property has been confiscated twice in the same period. Al-Shater, moreover, has very strong business ties across the region: in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, among other places. He is also said to be a major supporter of Hamas.
When the Muslim Brotherhood sought to bring down the present Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri and his cabinet, it was not surprising that their nominee for the office was Khairat Al-Shater. When, more recently, the Brotherhood failed to force their will on the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the movement decided to renege on all of their reassuring promises since the outbreak of the Egyptian Revolution in 2011 and run a candidate in the upcoming presidential elections. Once more, this candidate was Khairat Al-Shater.
Therefore, the importance of Al-Shater and his project can not be exaggerated. The following text is the first installment of what will be a complete English translation of a lecture Al-Shater gave in Alexandria, Egypt on April 21, 2011. The lecture, which is entitled “Features of Nahda: Gains of the Revolution and the Horizons for Developing,” is perhaps the single most important elaboration to date of not only Al-Shater’s worldview and politics, but of the MB’s plan for the future of Egypt and the region more generally in the post-Mubarak era.
The following translation of Al-Shater’s speech is based on a transcription of a video recording of the lecture, available [on YouTube]. This transcription and translation is made available through the efforts of a team from the Egyptian Union of Liberal Youth, including (as transcriber) Ahmed Ragab Mohameed, (translator) Damien Pieretti, and (editor) Amr Bargisi…
There’s more at Vlad’s place.
A transcript of the subtitled portion of the video:
|04:17||This revolution which took place in Egypt and continues in the countries surrounding us,|
|04:24||no doubt represents a historical moment and a major new transformative stage.|
|04:34||As Ikhwan, it is imperative that we, as well as the entirety of the Ummah, take advantage of this, God Willing.|
|06:16||You all know that our main and overall mission as the Muslim Brotherhood|
|06:23||is to empower God’s Religion on the Earth, to organize our life and the lives of the people on the basis of Islam,|
|06:30||to establish the Nahda of the Ummah and its civilization on the basis of Islam,|
|06:35||and the subjugation of people to God on the Earth.|
|06:40||All of these are synonyms conveying the same meaning.|
|06:48||Everywhere, the Ikhwan are working to restore Islam in its all-encompassing conception to the lives of people,|
|06:54||and they believe that this will only come about through the strong society.|
|07:00||Thus the mission is clear: restore Islam in its all-encompassing conception,|
|07:05||subjugate people to God, institute God’s religion,|
|07:09||Islamize life, empower God’s religion, and establish the Nahda of the Ummah on the basis of Islam.|
|09:32||The Society is thus an instrument and not a long-term goal.|
|09:36||It is an instrument or means to Islamize life in its entirety and institute religion|
|09:41||as his Eminence Omar said, and as such, this is one part of the constants which we believe in as Ikhwan.|
|09:47||The primary instrument for implementing this project is the Society, not the party or any other means,|
|09:57||because whoever studies the jurisprudence of instituting a religion as established by our master the prophet (pbuh)|
|10:05||will find that the instrument which he used was the Society.|