DALIA MOGAHED

Dalia Mogahed

07.09.2015 Fiammetta Venner

Dalia Mogahed is currently Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. She was born in Egypt, raised in the US and graduated from the University of Wisconsin and the University of Pittsburgh. Her major was Chemical Engineering. In 2009, she was appointed by Barack Obama to the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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In this role, Mogahed joined other American leaders in offering recommendations to the U.S. president on how faith-based organizations can best work with government to solve society’s toughest challenges. Mogahed was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council. She also joined Madeleine Albright and Dennis Ross as a leading voice in the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project. This small group of American leaders, which included senior government, military, and business decision makers, produced a consensus report with key policy recommendations on improving America’s relationship with Muslims globally, many of which were later adopted by the Obama Administration. She is the first veiled woman to serve in the White House.

Mogahed also serves on the boards of Freedom House, Women in International Security, Soliya, and she is a non-resident fellow at Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy at the American University of Beirut. Arabian Business magazine recognized her as themost influential Arab woman in the world, and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre included Mogahed in their list of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world. She was also awarded the Arab World’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year award by Ashoka.

In her role as a Gallup scientist, Mogahed is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. Her analyses have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy magazine, the Harvard International Review, and many other academic and popular journals. Her audiences have included heads of state, parliamentarians from around the world, and religious leaders from every faith.

Dalia Mogahed network is quite important. On her consulting website she listed the organisations with whom she worked with.

  • AT Kearny
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Brookings
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • The Chautauqua Institution
  • The Elliot School For International Affairs at George Washington University
  • National Defense University
  • The Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan
  • Soliya
  • The UN Alliance of Civilizations
  • The UN Foundation
  • The United States Department of State
  • The United States Institute for Peace
  • The World Economic Forum

Her father Elsayed Mogahed was the director of the Islamic Center of Madison next to the University of Wisconsin Campus.

She writes on regular basis fan comments on Yusuf Qaradawi website. Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the MB is actually on Interpol wanted list. The website IslamOnline.net describes her as a « success story in USA ». In an interview in this website, she says that there is actually no relation between Islam and terrorism : « Many have claimed that terrorists have ‘hijacked Islam’. I disagree. I think Islam is safe and thriving in the lives of Muslims around the world ».

In the US she harshly defended the MB linked organisations :  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

She was a speaker for all these organizations (close to Muslim brothers) :

  • Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA, (2015)
  • Muslim American Society, MAS, (2016)
  • Islamic Society of North America – Muslim Student Association, ISNA-MSA (2016 with Tariq Ramadan)
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council, MPAC, (2016)

In an interview with Al-Arabiya Channel, Dalia Mogahed says “My work focuses on studying Muslims, the way they think and their views”. She is not afraid of creating a « muslim community », where all muslims would be the same, with the ideas she wants them to believe in, with all the same stereotypes. Al-Arabiya also reveals that she wants to reduce the number of abortions.

With John L. Esposito, a long time MB friend, she co-authored in 2007 the groundbreaking book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. One of her principal work Mogahed was to explain that most Muslims worldwide support democracy and freedom of speech and rarely (7%) supports political radicalism. She also explains that Sharia is « a [moral] compass reflecting principles valid in any era, which cannot be changed » while Islamic law, jurisprudence, is « a map that must conform to this compass ».

In various occasions Dalia Mogahed explained that Muslim Brotherhood was a peaceful alternative to jihadists. On Sept 2008 at the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual conference in Washington, she explained  that “‘Islamic terrorism is really a contradiction in terms because terrorism is not Islamic by definition.”

In October 2009, she was invited to the annual dinner of CAIR (blamed by the FBI because suspected of links with Hamas, and classified terrorist in the United Arab Emirates). She seems to have canceled her participation when it was announced that she would share her dinner with Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a former supporter of Nation Of Islam, a Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman’s supporter, a stoning suporter, who considers “Allah as superior to democracy “, and who is quoted as” unindicted co-conspirator “in the attack of the World Trade Center in 2003. However, she participated in CAIR’s annual dinner in 2015 and is announced to the one of December 17, 2016. CAIR publishes complimentary articles on Dalia Mogahed on its website, and does not hesitate to congratulate her on her role with President Obama.

In the end of October 2009, she gives an interview to the English channel Muslima Dilemna, which belongs to the political party Hizb ut-Tahrir (or party of the Islamic liberation). This party militates openly for the establishment of a global Caliphate governed by the Sharia. In the face of two Hizb ut-Tahrir activists who defend Shari’a as a source of legislation and say that the woman should not have a leadership position, she does not give any contradiction, and says: “I think the reason so many women support Sharia is because they have a very different understanding of sharia than the common perception in Western media. The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance. The portrayal of Sharia has been oversimplified in many cases ”. Dalia Mogahed takes the opportunity to say to her interlocutors that her role is “to convey… to the President and other public officials what it is Muslims want.” 

Dalia Mogahed attended Doha, Feb. 2010 7th U.S.-Islamic World Conference a meeting with most of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders. Such as Anas Al-Tikriti; Malaysian Islamic opposition leader and board member of the U.S. International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Anwar Ibrahim; member of the European Council for Fatwa andResearch Abdallah Bin Bayyah; U.K. MB leader  Kamal El-Helbawi(banned from the U.S.); ISNA leader Mohamed Magid and Yahya Hendi of the Fiqh Council of North America.Dalia Mogahed also attended 2013 conference.

In 2010 she also described Gülen movement as « very inspiring for Muslims ».

In 2012, in a tweet, she told Bachar Al-Assad supporters that « he can not deliver stability, protection of minorities, or resistance to Israel ».

In 2014, Dalia Mogahed was invited by the french organisation CCIF (Collectif contre l’Islamophobie en France). She went to CCIF congress with Marwan Muhammad, Rokhaya Diallo, Houria Bouteldja, Nabil Ennasri, Ahmed Jaballah, and also the famous sexist imams Rachid Abou Houdeyfa and Nader Abou Anas.

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HAVRE DU SAVOIR

Havre du Savoir

31.08.2015 Fiammetta Venner

Havre du Savoir is a website that relays the message of the Muslim Brotherhood in French. In its presentation, it explains:

“Havre du Savoir is an association which aims at presenting Islam in a comprehensive healthy and authentic way. It chose as an objective to promote its ethical and moral values as well”

Many organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood movement pretend to represent the official and “authentic” Islam, when in reality, it delivers a political message. Moncef Zenati, member of the UOIF bureau is in charge of the « teaching and the presentation of Islam » he is the author of most texts and videos in the website. The other main participants are Hassan Iquioussen and Hani Ramadan. A readers Club of the organization is held in the city of Le Havre (the word ‘havre’ in French also means haven and ‘savoir’ means knowledge). Were invited Christophe Oberlin, Nabil Ennasri and the rapper Médine for the book he wrote with Pascal Boniface.

The organization says how pleased it is about the « success » of the Turkish Islamists and declares outright that Turkey is the only country “where Islam and democracy succeeded where no other Muslim country succeeded”.

Through the Havre du Savoir, young French men and women will learn to mistrust Shiites, Zayidis, Alawites and Yazidis, and to “understand why they are not in line with the Prophet’s ways”. In other words why they are the enemy. Let us remember that in Syria, under the laws of the Islamic State (Daesh) the Yazidis are reduced to slavery and exterminated.

February 12th 2015, Havre du Savoir called on its readers to participate in the charity gala of the

Syrians & Friends Paris association. Among the participants were namely:

  • Hussein AYLOUCH president of CAIR Los Angeles who explained how to resist to the “discourse conveyed by the media after events like 9/11 or Charlie Hebdo”.
  • Abderrahman HADJOUDJE, producer of the trilogy California Muslims.
  • Mustafa NASSAR ADALIL, University AL AZHAR, who recalled the definition of leadership in Islam referring to the prophet and his companions.

Several personalities and associations were announced, namely: JMF, AAVS, UOSSM, Baraka city, Nabil Ennasri, Deen de confiance, Ahmed Jaballah, Ummawork, Umma’Nite, Deen Factor ».

Hassan El Banna is regularly quoted as an essential guide as seen in this screenshot. The organization identifies itself not only with the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood but also with Sayyid Qutb who, up until a short time ago, was denied by the Brotherhood which had a hard time presenting his justification of violence in a positive manner.

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In July 2015, the organization illustrated his profile on Facebook with the Rabaa sign.

108 000 people follow the Facebook page of Havre du Savoir. 108 000 people who could read that they should beware of the French media and politicians. Moncef Zenati, in fact, declared when Mohammad Morsi was condemned to death :

« Not one word in the 8 o’clock news bulletin of France 2. France, the country where human rights were born, the country that defends democracy is not even capable of denouncing such an injustice. France with its republican values is turning its back on these values. When I think that Manuel Valls did not prevent himself from reminding the French Muslims of his phobia of the Muslim Brotherhood that he qualified as a worrying movement. The oppressed are worrying, while their executioner is received in the Elysée palace with all the honors. Revolting!

What Moncef Zenati forgets to say is :

  • Like many other Muslim Brothers leaders, he was invited by the government of Manuel Valls to speak about Islam of France.
  • Several intellectuals, journalists and militants declared their opposition to the death penalty for political reasons. Some of our editorialists did so as well, and they are not known to be gentle with the Brotherhood.

However, for Zenati to say so would imply avoiding to radicalize the readers of le Havre du Savoir, helping them to be nuanced, which is apparently not the objective of the organization.

Havre du Savoir enjoys a good reputation in France. The rapper Médine did not hesitate to declare that he fights against Islamophobia through the association Havre du Savoir.

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TUNISIA, A TESTING GROUND FOR AN ALLIANCE BETWEEN THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND JIHADISTS

Tunisia, a testing ground for an alliance between the muslim brotherhood and jihadists

31.08.2015 Hala Abdennour

Political Islam in general and the Muslim Brotherhood ideology in particular can lead to terrorism. There are many examples of connivance between the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadists and Tunisia seems to provide a testing ground for this alliance.

Four dates to be retained:

  1. No sooner was he elected Mohammad Ghannouchi granted an amnesty to political prisoners, including Seif Allah Ben Hassine (aka Abu Iyadh), convicted of terrorist activities and who on his release immediately founded Ansar Al Sharia.
  2. Not only did the Ennahda government (24/12/2011-13/3/2013) tolerate this movement, but several party members attended their meetings, as Seif Allah Ben Hassine preached freely in mosques and his organization multiplied their “humanitarian” actions across the country.
  3. After the attack against the American embassy, the assassination of Chokri Belaïd and subsequently of Mohammed Brahmi, two major figures of the secular opposition, Ansar Al Sharia pursued its activities in Tunisia.
  4. One month after the last assassination evidence of Ansar Al Sharia’s implication was brought to light. Ansar Al Sharia was designated as a terrorist organization and banned.

Why was there such a delay in discovering this when it was well known that Ben Hassine was one of Bin Laden’s right hand men? Was the Ennahda government   unaware that this organization is led by an extremist who preaches violence?

As Richard Spencer observed in The Daily Telegraph when he posed the question about the murky relationship between Ennahda and Ansar Al Sharia, was it necessary to wait until Ben Hassine had recruited and trained many young Tunisians who would go on to carry out other terrorist attacks at the Bardo Museum and in Sousse before neutralizing him?

Can Ennahda and its leader Rached Ghannouchi be trusted when Ghannouchi continues to appeal to certain Western intelligentsia despite his blatant double speak, for example in a video which circulated on social networks and in the main media in Tunisia and France? Yet again, on 25 August, Rached Ghannouchi demanded that Tunisia take back jihadists returning from Syria. He was quoted in the newspaper “Ettounsiya” as saying that showing clemency to terrorists returning from Syria would enable them to free themselves from the dark and obscure thoughts which they adopted out of ignorance and naivety.

Today Rached Ghannouchi states that his is the only party capable of countering the jihadists, because they can tell the difference between extremists and moderate Muslims. In fact Ennahda are not moderates, it is an extremist party whose aim is to establish an Islamic state and apply the Sharia. The truly moderate Muslims are those who believe that religion is a personal matter and must not be instrumentalized by politics. They are the ones, and no one else, who will be able to counter the extremists through a tolerant Islam.

Yes, we can say that the main rampart against Islamist violence is a non political Islam, i.e. the exact opposite of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hala Abdennour

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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD’S SEVEN SINS

The Muslim Brotherhood’s seven sins

04.07.2015 La rédaction

Not being able to run a country is one thing, but turning against it is something completely different. The Muslim Brotherhood could have conceivably survived the ineptness of its year in office, but what brought the group to its knees was its decision to hang on to power at any cost.

Rewind to 26 June 2013, the day Mohamed Morsi delivered a catastrophic speech at the Nasr City Conference Hall  just one week before he was removed from office. In his speech, an agitated Morsi told his supporters to rally for battle, to squash political enemies, to defend his rule against all opponents.

This was the Muslim Brotherhood’s first sin. When push came to shove, its leaders denied that they could not rule alone. Regimes fall when those in power refuse to see the writing on the wall.

Morsi had just turned down a request for early presidential elections that could have kept the Muslim Brotherhood in the game, if not in power. A national campaign had managed to collect millions of signatures calling for early presidential elections, but the Muslim Brotherhood acted as if none of this was its concern.

Its ironclad organisational discipline and immense resources would save it from the crisis, the Muslim Brotherhood thought, with disastrous consequences.

Well-informed sources say that the Muslim Brotherhood made plans to throw members of the civil opposition in prison the day after the 30 June demonstrations were held. Lists of the people to be detained were prepared even before Morsi took to the stage in Nasr City and threatened his opponents with fire and brimstone.

The opposition had made three demands: replacement of Public Prosecutor Talaat Abdallah with someone approved by the Supreme Judiciary Council; dismissal of Hesham Qandil’s government and its replacement with one led by a consensual figure; and the holding presidential elections.

In hindsight, any attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to meet the opposition halfway could have defused the crisis, putting the country on a totally different course. But the Muslim Brotherhood was not in the mood to compromise.

Morsi, it is said, was not the one calling the shots. In fact, it is believed that he would have opted for a compromise to defuse the tensions. Or at least this is what he told army strongman Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi in a private encounter back then. But anything the two men agreed upon was forgotten on 26 June, the day Morsi delivered his last public speech.

In hindsight, this shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The decisions Morsi made were dictated to him by the Moqattam-based Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Office.

On 1 June 2013, two days before the protests that changed the country’s political course, three Arab figures visited the Guidance Office to try to talk sense into Muslim Brotherhood General Guide Mohamed Badie. One was Tunisia’s Rached Ghannouchi, the Ennahda leader. Another was Monir Shafiq, a key Palestinian intellectual figure. And the third was Khayr Al-Din Hasib, an Iraqi public figure and founder of the Arab National Conference.

The three failed in their mission, for the Muslim Brotherhood had made up its mind. Muslim Brotherhood leaders were not open to a political settlement. Their hold on the country was unshakable, and power-sharing was the last thing on their minds.

According to its allies in the Nour Party, the Muslim Brotherhood grabbed more than 10,000 government jobs within only a few months. Its lack of interest in power-sharing was shocking, more so to its friends than foes. This was the Muslim Brotherhood’s second sin.

On 30 June, the Muslim Brotherhood’s third sin surfaced. As millions marched to demand an end to its rule, the group became even more adamant. It claimed that the protests were Photoshopped. It claimed that the signatures demanding early elections were fakes. It claimed that, if it so desired, it could bring even larger numbers of protesters into the streets.

Instead of understanding the country and rallying to the middle of the political spectrum, the Muslim Brotherhood travelled a path of its own, ending up in a political wilderness  befriending only the Islamists, and edging closer to known terrorists.

The Muslim Brotherhood confused Sharia for legitimacy, forgot the goals of the revolution and played down public outrage, and thus ended with no tangible political support.

Then it went into denial, which was its fourth sin. The Muslim Brotherhood refused to admit that its failure to run the country was at the heart of its unpopularity. It refused to see that its failure to engage in serious partnership was wrecking its chances.

When public outrage led to one of history’s clearest moments of revolt, the Muslim Brotherhood lost its senses. With its fate in the balance, the Muslim Brotherhood decided that its future was better ensured by relying on US and Western support than on Egypt’s ballot boxes. This was its fifth sin.

At a time when it was clear that the Muslim Brotherhood was losing its grip on power, the group pretended  with a little help from foreign friends  that it could ride out the storm.

The Muslim Brotherhood was also convinced that the army would not interfere in the power struggle. Perhaps because of US assurances, relayed by US Ambassador Anne Patterson to Khairat Al-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood concluded that it could afford to challenge the entire nation.

What the Muslim Brotherhood didn’t understand is that the army’s decision to intervene wasn’t the decision of one man alone, but of an institution that Morsi once praised as composed of “men made of gold.” The Muslim Brotherhood also ignored the fact that millions in this country were clearly asking the army to intervene. Indeed, some members of the opposition were at this point accusing the army leadership of dragging its feet.

Because of US promises, however, the Muslim Brotherhood hardened its position. In fact, Al-Shater threatened then Defence Minister Al-Sisi that the country would erupt in civil war in the event of army intervention. This threat was made in a meeting on 24 June. Two days later, Morsi repeated the same threat in his speech in Nasr City.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s sixth sin came right after that. When the army removed Morsi from power, the Muslim Brotherhood still had a chance to admit its errors and go for some sort of damage limitation. But it didn’t.

This was its last chance, and the Muslim Brotherhood didn’t take it. One of its leaders, former parliamentary speaker Mohamed Saad Al-Katatni, suggested a meeting with other political players to discuss the roadmap. But the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders didn’t go along.

Had the Muslim Brotherhood sought a compromise solution at this point, early elections could have been arranged, even without dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated Shura Council or suspending the Muslim Brotherhood-authored constitution.

This was the Muslim Brotherhood’s last chance for damage limitation. But the group opted instead for violence, rejecting any political compromise.

This, the option of violence, was the Muslim Brotherhood’s seventh sin. It launched the Muslim Brotherhood down a path of sabotage against the state and its institutions, a path that was bloody for others but most fatal to the group itself.

These sins are of such magnitude that no presidential pardon can absolve them. These crimes are not ones that any court can ignore. Even if all the charges against criminals such as Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood associates were dropped, these sins cannot be forgiven, for they are written in history and live in the memory of millions. And there is nothing the Muslim Brotherhood  or its American, European, Turkish or Qatari friends can do to change this.

Al-Ahram Weekly
Saturday, July 4, 2015

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC THOUGHT

International Institute of Islamic Thought

03.07.2015 La rédaction

IIIT was established in 1977  during the Islamist conference in Lugano, Switzerland. The organizers were member of the Egyptian Brotherhood such as Jamal Bazinji, Dr. Hisham Yahya Altalib, Dr. Abdul Hamid Ahmad Abu Sulayman.

Yousef al-Qaradawi participated at this meeting.

So did Youssef Nada, Muslim brotherhood banker.

The Institute was established in the United States of America in 1981. The headquarters of the Institute are situated in Herndon, Virginia, in the suburbs of Washington DC. The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees that meets regularly and periodically elects one of its members to serve as President.

The organization publishes Islamist books such as those of Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi.

The Muslim Brotherhood confirmed that the International Institute of Islamic Thought was one of its organisations. Read : USA Muslim Brotherhood Organisations.

International Institute of Islamic Thought figures

Jamal Barzinji  served as the IIIT Vice President for Research and Publications. He is identified by the american authorities as one of the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. In 2003 his home was raided because of his links with Palestinian Islamic Jihad and also with Hamas.

Tarik Hamdi, employed by IIIT gave cell phone supplies to Osama Bin Laden, according to a former U.S. Treasury Department official in 2002.

“Tarik Hamdi, an IIIT employee, personally provided bin Laden with the battery for the satellite phone prosecutors at the New York trial of the East Africa Embassy bombers described as “the phone bin Laden and other will use to carry out their war against the United States.””* (U.S. Senate committee )

IIIT employed Bashir Musa Nafi, founder of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He was deported from the US in 1996 for immigration fraud and barred for 5 years.

“Both SAAR (Sheikh SuleimanAbdel Aziz al-Rajh) and IIIT are also suspected of financing HAMAS and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), including the World and Islamic Studies Enterprise (WISE) and the Islamic Committee for Palestine (ICP), PIJ fronts since closed in Florida.” ** (U.S. Senate committee )

The co-founder and Finance Director Hisham Al-Talib worked for the Al-Taqwa Bank run by Muslim Brotherhood member Youssef Nada. He is an irakian Muslim Brother.

Ishaq Farhan member of the Islamic Action Front (Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood’s political party) was an IIIT official from 2005 to 2007.

International Institute of Islamic Thought visitors

• H.E. Pehin Dato Mohammad Yasmin Umar, Minister of Energy, Brunei visited IIIT on June 7th, 2014. He gave a short talk to the Summer Students.

• Rachid Ghannouchi, co-founder of the En-Nahda Movement, Tunisia, visited IIIT on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

• Mr. Saadine El Othman, a former Foreign Minister of Morocco, currently President of Justice and Development Party, visited IIIT on Monday, February 3, 2014

• On September 24, 2012 Dr. Hisham Altalib and Dr. Abubaker Al Shingieti – IIIT, met with President Mohamad Mursi of Egypt in New York on  in the context of an interfaith meeting. President Mursi welcomed the participation of IIIT in the reform of “higher education in Egypt”.

International Institute of Islamic Thought network

• Branches and offices have also been established in a number of capitals world-wide in order to carry out the Institute’s activities and programs. The International Institute of Islamic Thought has offices in France, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Lebanon, Indonesia, Morocco, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Brunei and the United Kingdom.

• Georgetown University presents the IIIT as a regular center without mentioning its problematic links.

• Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh-Ali, Director and Academic Advisor, IIIT London Office, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for June 2009 by being awarded a CBE (Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The citation in The London Gazette reads as follows:Dr. Anas Al-Shaikh Ali, Academic Advisor, London Office, International Institute of Islamic Thought.  For Services to Community Relations.”

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EGYPT’S PUBLIC PROSECUTOR KILLED IN CAIRO BOMB ATTACK

Egypt’s public prosecutor killed in Cairo bomb attack

29.06.2015 La rédaction

Egypt’s public prosecutor was wounded by a bomb that targeted his car on Monday, judicial and medical sources said.

This morning state news agency MENA said Hisham Barakat had “light injuries” as a result of the bomb, which exploded while his convoy was driving through the Cairo residential district of Heliopolis.

Around 3 PM, Hisham Barakat died.

Source : http://thecairopost.youm7.com

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FOR THE WASHINGTON POST NO LINKS BETWEEN VIOLENCE IN EGYPT AND MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

For the Washington Post no links between violence in Egypt and Muslim Brotherhood

29.06.2015 La rédaction

In a paper, Erin Cunningham and Brian Murphy of the Washington Post considered that nothing proved a link between the violence in Egypt and the Muslim brotherhood.

“There is no direct ties between the insurgents and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which led the country for more than a year until massive street protests in 2013. But the insurgent factions have stepped up pressures on the military-supported government that succeeded Morsi.”

The paper on the attack which targeted a convoy carrying prosecutor general Hisham Barakat in an upscale area of Cairo Monday morning. Muslim Brotherhood officials previously declared :

“We should exterminate all oppressors from Egypt. That is, government and opponents of the Muslim Brothers. In other words, the millions of people who demonstrated against president Morsi.” *

The Washington Post has recently been accused by Muhammad ‘Abd Al-Hadi ‘Allam  of waging a “vicious campaign” and voicing “open incitement” against Egypt in the service of “terror organizations” such as the Muslim Brotherhood. **

‘AL-AHRAM’ EDITOR: ‘WASHINGTON POST’ WAGING A VICIOUS CAMPAIGN AGAINST AL-SISI REGIME IN SERVICE OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

‘Al-Ahram’ Editor: ‘Washington Post’ Waging A Vicious Campaign Against Al-Sisi Regime In Service Of Muslim Brotherhood

22.06.2015 La rédaction

In an article titled “Political Pamphlets in an American Paper,” the editor of the Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram, Muhammad ‘Abd Al-Hadi ‘Allam, slammed the U.S.’s Washington Post for its frequent attacks on the Egyptian regime since the ouster of former Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi. According to ‘Allam, the Washington Post is waging a “vicious campaign” and voicing “open incitement” against Egypt in the service of “terror organizations” such as the Muslim Brotherhood. This, while refraining from criticizing human rights violations or the absence of press freedom in countries like Turkey and Qatar.[1]

The following are excerpts from the article:[2]

Muhammad ‘Abd Al-Hadi ‘Allam (image: ahram.org.eg)

“No country in the world [other than Egypt] receives so much attention in Washington Post editorials, which are full of a strange and pathetic fury over this country’s domestic affairs – to an extent that indicates the existence of a vast lobby behind these articles, whose number has broken every record in the last few months.

“The press inside and outside Egypt is entitled to write whatever it wants, and we have a right to tell [our] critics that the strength and the reputation of a great country that is undergoing a process of rehabilitation are not a ‘toy’ in the hands of interests groups that hammer the readers over the head every morning with editorials that constitute a vicious campaign. [This campaign] first of all undermines the faith in the changes that are currently happening in Egypt, and in its economic growth on the eve of the opening of the new Suez Canal in less than two months.

“The ongoing and widespread use of terms such as ‘oppressive state’ and ‘tyranny’ in this big American paper’s editorials [about Egypt] constitutes open incitement against the Egyptian state and against its judiciary, which is presented as a [mere] tool in the hands of the regime. [This criticism] is part of an ongoing attempt by some Western media to kill the rule of law [in Egypt] in favor of terrorist organizations that have become masters of deception, cheating and killing in the name of religion [namely the Muslim Brotherhood].

“During this period, we did not find in this widely-distributed American paper even one investigative article about the ideological roots of the culture that [condones] violence and opposes the nation state. [This is the culture of] the groups of political Islam, which have been the eternal allies of the U.S. and Britain since the 1920s. We never saw [in this paper] a single report about the deadly violence against Egypt’s civilians, police officers and military personnel. At the same time, there is plenty of sympathy and compassion for the Muslim Brotherhood and its leaders, who have fled to Arab and foreign countries in order to spread their endless poison. These are the same leaders against whom millions of angry [Egyptians] came out in the June 30 revolution.

“The Egyptian people left the handling of this issue to the police and the military, and let them deal with this group that is undermining the abilities of the nation states. [So far], we have not seen or heard that any of the imaginary assessments regarding the imminent collapse of the [Egyptian] state and the shattering of its foundations have come to pass. These papers’ efforts to spread [these assessments] is an open game, which most Egyptians receive with a sarcastic smile and with pity for these foreign reporters and for their Egyptian collaborators who see only what they want to see, while ignoring reality.

“The American paper displays overt hostility towards Egypt in its editorials, but it does not dare direct criticism at countries that never practiced democracy [at all]… [This,] out of concern for American interests and in order to avoid clashing with interest groups inside [the U.S.] that are close to those countries. Had the paper been fair, it would have discussed the issue of human rights and freedom of the press in Turkey, [or] the issue of the foreign laborers in Qatar, just as it addresses the situation in Egypt.

“The Egyptians practical response to this paper’s claims in recent days regarding empty promises [made by President Al-Sisi] will come when we invite papers from around the world to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new Suez Canal and the vast projects associated with it. Then we will see the promises that the president has undertaken [to fulfill] for the sake of his people – while other people justify the crimes of the terrorists between the lines [of their articles] and want the circle of bloodshed to widen and grow. The response of the [Egyptian] state and people in the coming months will expose the campaign of lies and deception that has been waged in Washington by fugitives from Egyptian justice and by agents [of various parties]. [This campaign] is waged on recruited websites and papers and in foreign papers that are more concerned with destroying the abilities of the Egyptian state than in supporting the interests of their countries.

“The ‘political pamphlet’ press will fall, even if it originates in the capitals of the very countries that gave rise to the theory of democracy and turned the Arab East into hell. And in case you have forgotten, let us remind you of the crime of your silence over the Iraq war and of what your people did in Abu Ghraib prison, or the disasters that later befell the Arab world!”

Endnotes:

[1] In an article published in Al-Ahram on June 22, columnist Ahmad ‘Abd Al-Tawwab likewise attacked “some large newspapers around the world that lean in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood” and that have lately been harshly criticizing the Al-Sisi regime and calling it a “coup regime.” According to ‘Abd Al-Tawwab, these papers deliberately harm the reputation of the Al-Sisi regime and blame it for things that are not its fault, with the aim of evoking sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood. He added that these papers attack Egypt because certain countries “unfriendly to Egypt” have lately purchased shares in them, and also because they are influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood’s global lobby. He accused the papers of “committing shameful crimes” and called to hold them accountable. He added that he could understand why Egypt is taking this matter so lightly, and called it to confront the “deliberate attack and the fabrications.”

[2] Al-Ahram (Egypt), June 18, 2015.

Source : Memri

PRO-MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD CLERICS CALL TO OVERTHROW AL-SISI REGIME IN EGYPT, RESTORE MURSI TO PRESIDENCY

Pro-Muslim Brotherhood Clerics Call To Overthrow Al-Sisi Regime In Egypt, Restore Mursi To Presidency

17.06.2015 La rédaction

On May 27, 2015, a group of 159 pro-Muslim Brotherhood (MB) clerics and 10 pro-MB religious bodies from across the Arab and Muslim world posted a document clarifying “the position of the shari’a on the [current] Egyptian regime.” The document was posted on the Nida Al-Kinana (“Egypt Call”) website, which was launched specifically for this purpose. It states that the current Egyptian regime is a “criminal and murderous” regime that has “betrayed the homeland and the faith,” and therefore Egyptians have a religious obligation to come out against it and strive for its complete elimination “using the appropriate means, such as civil disobedience.” The document also calls for the release of Muhammad Mursi, whom it calls the legitimate elected president. 

The document stresses that anyone proved to be involved in killing innocent people is guilty of murder and must be subjected to the relevant shari’a punishment (i.e., put to death), and this includes judges, media figures and politicians. Directing specific accusations against the Sheikh of Al-Azhar and the Mufti of Egypt, it states that they backed the regime’s actions against the Muslim Brotherhood, which makes them complicit in the regime’s crimes, with all that this entails in terms of the shari’a. 

Finally, the document calls on all the Arab and Muslim countries, as well as on academics and liberals, to act immediately to protect Egypt from “the crimes of this tyrannical regime,” and condemns the countries that support it. 

The document is signed by 10 MB-affiliated religious bodies from across the Muslim world, including the Sunni Scholars Association, the Council of Palestinian Scholars Abroad, the Lebanon Muslim Scholars Committee, the Mauritania Seminary for Clerics, the Mauritania Forum of Clerics and Imams, the Council of Clerics in the Arab Maghreb, the Al-Azhar International Clerics Union, the Egyptian Preachers Union, the Forum of Clerics against the Coup, and the Sudanese Clerics Council.

The signatories to the document are prominent figures affiliated with or supportive of the MB, including religious university heads and lecturers, heads of Islamic councils and bodies, preachers and former ministers. They come from a variety of Muslim countries across the world, including India, Turkey, Morocco, Yemen, Libya, Mauritania, Pakistan, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Among them are Dr. Ahmed Al-Raissouni, deputy head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars; ‘Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani, head of the Yemeni Clerics Council; Sheikh Salman Al-Husseini Al-Nadawi, president of Imam Ahmad University in India; Sheikh Muhammad Zahal, head of the Council of Clerics in the Arab Maghreb; former Yemeni justice minister ‘Abd Al-Wahhab Al- Dilmi; Jamal ‘Abd Al-Sattar, a da’wa lecturer at Al-Azhar and the head of the Sunni Scholars Association; and Muhammad Al-Hassan Al-Dado, head of the Mauritania Seminary for Clerics.   

Over half a million people have indicated their support of the document on the Egypt Call website. 

Responding to the document on its official website, the MB welcomed it and thanked the clerics for “coming out against the crimes” of the “coup regime.” Conversely, spokesmen for the Egyptian regime, as well as some other figures and movements in Egypt, harshly condemned the document and the calls therein, and warned the Egyptians not to heed them.   

The following are translated excerpts from the document, and from some of the responses to it. 
Some of the clerics signed to the document (source: facebook.com/IkhwanWorld/photos)

The Clerics’ Document: “It Is The Duty Of The Ummah… To Oppose This Regime” 

“Announcement by the religious scholars of the [Muslim] ummah regarding the crimes of the Egyptian coup and the measures to be taken regarding it:

“In light of what has been happening in Egypt for about two years, which includes [acts of] shedding forbidden [i.e., Muslim] blood, violating the honor of chaste women, killing innocents, usurping property, vandalizing private assets, destroying the land, driving peaceful people [from their homes], and showing flagrant hostility towards Islam and the Muslims, manifested in a war against the path [of Islam] and against the religious scholars, in harming the values, principles and sanctities [of Islam], and in allying with its enemies while being hostile towards its loyalists – [in light of all this], and out of a desire to publically announce the truth and renounce falsehood, and clarify [the matter] to the people, as Allah commanded, we, [the undersigned,] hereby proclaim to the ummah the position of the shari’a on this [Egyptian] regime and the measures that must be taken regarding it:

“1. The current Egyptian regime is a criminal and murderous regime that staged a coup against the will and the choice of the ummah and abducted its legitimate elected president. The commander of the coup usurped the presidency in fictitious and fake elections, and concentrated all the powers in his own hands, including the power to legislate and pass arbitrary laws that silence people and completely eliminate their source of livelihood. This regime has unlawfully killed thousands of people; arrested tens of thousands without cause; sentenced thousands of people from among the best men and women of Egypt to imprisonment and death in fake trials; deported thousands of people… and displaced thousands of families; aided the enemies of the ummah against it; arbitrarily dismissed hundreds of judges, university lecturers, teachers, imams, preachers and others…, and violated every [religious] prohibition.

“2. According to the shari’a, it is the duty of the ummah – its leaders and its people – to oppose this regime and strive for its complete elimination by all legitimate means, in order to protect the principles of the ummah and the supreme goals of Islam.

“3. Striking an alliance with the Zionist aggressors [and] protecting and defending them, while showing hostility to the Palestinian resistance, conspiring against it and besieging it by destroying Sinai and deporting its people – all these constitute treason against the faith  and the homeland and contempt for the way of the Prophet…

“4. Any leaders, judges, officers, soldiers, media figures or politicians, and anyone [else] who is definitely proved to be involved (even if only through incitement) in violating the honor of women, shedding the blood of innocents and unlawful killing – [all these] are murderers according to the shari’a, and must be punished according to the shari’a.

“5. The undersigned clerics stress that Dr. Muhammad Mursi is the legitimate president of the country, that the measures taken against him and the sentence imposed on him and on opponents of the coup lack all validity according to the shari’a and according to [civil] law. [Moreover,] according to the sharia, it is the obligation of the ummah to act to free its elected president.

“6. The ummah must also do its utmost to free all those who were arrested by this criminal regime for opposing the coup and for demanding to respect the will and the liberty of the ummah, especially the women [prisoners], using means that are legitimate according to Islam.

“7. Helping this criminal regime to survive, in any way, is forbidden according to the shari’a, and constitutes a crime according to the [civil] law, and is tantamount to blatant complicity in the crimes [of this regime]…

“8. By being present at this coup and remaining silent in the face of [its] transgressions, the Sheikh of Al-Azhar perpetrated a crime against the shari’a that divests him of his legitimacy and his status and makes him complicit in the acts of the criminals. This is a stain on the glorious history of Al-Azhar, and [also] corrupts its present and destroys its future.

“9. We hold the Mufti of Egypt religiously and legally responsible for the lives of the innocent people whose execution he has approved, and warn him of the consequences should he continue to approve such arbitrary and malicious death sentences… If he approves the killing of innocent people, no excuse will avail him in this world or the next.

“10. Protecting one’s life, honor and property by every legitimate means is a legitimate right and even a religious obligation which nobody is entitled to either grant or deny, for one who is attacked has a duty to come out against his attacker, and [moreover,] he must do so himself, and not through the mediation of another…”

“11. We charge the leaders, monarchs and presidents of the Arab and Muslim countries, as well as the academics and the liberals throughout the world, to take immediate steps to rescue Egypt from the crimes of this tyrannical regime and prevent it from killing, murdering, robbing and corrupting, and to support the will and the choice of the [Egyptian] people.

“12. The undersigned clerics condemn the position of the countries that support the coup, as well as the international position that purports to respect human rights and the choice of the peoples but in practice supports coup regimes and maintains ties with them. [We] hold [these countries and the international community] responsible for the oppressive and aggressive shedding of [innocent] blood…

“13. We charge the power brokers and the free people who oppose the coup, inside and outside Egypt, to stand as one against this criminal regime, while using suitable means, such as civil disobedience, etc., in order to purge the land of the crimes and tyranny of the perpetrators of the coup and protect the blood of the martyrs…”[1]

The MB Welcomes The Call To Topple The Egyptian Regime “By All Means”

In a response on its official website, the MB thanked the clerics for “coming out against the crimes of the army of the coup regime, the last of which was the death sentences imposed on Dr. Muhammad Mursi and hundreds of innocent Egyptians who rose up against the tyranny.” The MB expressed its gratitude to the clerics for clarifying “the religious duty to oppose the coup by all means until it is toppled and the legitimate [Mursi] regime is restored”, and stressed that it is committed to the directives of the shari’a and will follow them, “no matter how much sacrifice” this requires.[2]

MB spokesman Muhammad Muntasir likewise welcomed the cleric’s document, tweeting on his official page: “This is our religion and these are our clerics.”[3] In an article he posted on the MB website on June 8, 2015, which was the first anniversary of ‘Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi’s inauguration, Muntasir congratulated “Egypt’s free revolutionaries” who took to the street that day to declare “that the entire Egyptian people opposes the murderous and discriminatory military coup, and refuses to recognize the arch-murderer [Al-Sisi].” He wrote that, one year after Al-Sisi’s ascension to the presidency, Egypt is suffering economical, security and political ruin, and accused Al-Sisi of “shrinking Egypt’s status and making it a perpetual beggar.” Finally, he called on “Egypt’s revolutionaries” not to stop rebelling against the oppression and the oppressors, to fill the squares and “liberate Egypt from the murderous military [leaders].”[4]

Responses In Egypt: The Clerics’ Document Comes To Sow Chaos, Destroy Egypt

Conversely, the Egyptian establishment and several figures and movements condemned the clerics’ document.  In a May 28, 2015 statement, Dar Al-Ifta, Egypt’s supreme fatwa-issuing body, called the document “incitement against Egypt and its institutions” published by a group of pro-MB clerics “in a desperate attempt to undermine [Egypt’s] stability and security.” Dar Al-Ifta condemned the clerics for calling to eliminate the Egyptian regime and its security apparatuses, judges and media figures, and for presenting this as a “supreme religious commandment.” It added that making such calls is an act of “corrupting the land,” and that “Allah warned against [this act] and set out heavy punishments, in this world and the next, for those who engage in it.” The same goes for the call to free accused terrorists form jail, which is aimed at “sparking chaos, spreading crime and destroying the country,” said Dar Al-Ifta. It warned people not to heed the clerics’ calls to kill innocent Egyptians, noting that the Prophet forbade incitement to murder.

Egyptian Endowments Minister Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Jum’a called the clerics “perpetrators of crimes against their religion, homeland and ummah,” and urged to place them all on the list of persona non-grata in Egypt and persons wanted for interrogation, and to “purge the state institutions of any remaining [MB supporters].” He also called to designate the International Union of Muslim Scholars, headed by Sheikh Al-Qaradhawi, a terrorist organization and treat its members accordingly.[5]

The deputy sheikh of Al-Azhar, Dr. ‘Abbas Shouman, warned the Egyptians not to heed the clerics’ calls to kill and to destroy the state institutions, but rather to “protect their state and their institutions,” and declared that the signatories to the document “are not clerics but supporters of terrorist organizations.”[6]

Egyptian journalist Wael Al-Abrashi made similar statements in a program on the private Egyptian channel Dream TV. He denounced the clerics’ call to kill all supporters of the current regime, including politicians, media figures and members of the security apparatuses, and added that those who make such calls are ignorant of the course of history, since no regime has ever been toppled by armed terrorism. On the contrary, he said, regimes only grow stronger when terrorism increases, as demonstrated by the case of the Egyptian regime, which enjoys the people’s support. He warned the Egyptians not to be deceived by these calls and to reject them.[7]

The April 6 movement, which opposes the Egyptian regime but also the MB, condemned the document as yet another example of “incitement to be violent and to destroy what remains of the peace within Egyptian society.” It opposed “any hint of [advocating] violence” against members of Egypt’s state apparatuses, and urged all Egyptians, regardless of their affiliation, “to adhere to the path of non-violence and not to be swayed by these calls.”[8]

Endnotes:

[1] Egyptcall.org, May 27, 2015.

[2] Ikhwanonline.com, May 28, 2015.

[3] Twitter.com/montaseregy, May 25, 2015.

[4] Ikhwanonline.com, June 8, 2015.

[5] Alarabiya.net, May 28, 2015.

[6] Tahrirnews.com, June 3, 2015.

[7] Youtube.com/watch?v=Nb0kPUY1TA0, May 30, 2015.

[8] Vetogate.com, June 2, 2015.

Source : Memri

THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD NOT MEET WITH THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN WASHINGTON

The administration should not meet with the Muslim Brotherhood in Washington

11.06.2015 La rédaction

This week, a delegation including two prominent Muslim Brotherhood members will visit Washington to advocate against the current Egyptian government, headed by President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. While the delegation will likely draw interest from the media and think tank communities, the Obama administration should not engage with it at any level. Given the Brotherhood’s explicit embrace of violence and calls for Sisi’s death, U.S. engagement with the Brotherhood at this time will undermine the administration’s efforts to strengthen relations with Cairo. It will also undercut the administration’s attempts at encouraging the Sisi government toward greater political openness

.The delegation is being hosted by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), which hosted a similar delegation in January, and the Egypt Institute for Democracy Development, an organization that has no web page or social media presence. The delegation includes Wael Haddara, a Canada-based Brotherhood figure who served as an advisor from abroad to the deposed president Mohamed Morsi, and Maha Azzam, who is not a Muslim Brother butchairs the Brotherhood-backed Egyptian Revolutionary Council, which calls from exile for Sisi’s toppling.

The delegation’s most controversial member, however, is Brotherhood leader Amr Darrag, who played a central role in one of the Brotherhood’s most power-hungry – and ultimately costly – decisions during its year in power. Darrag served as secretary-general of the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly, which rammed a constitution through to ratification in December 2012. The hasty constitution-writing process came only a week after then president Morsi issued a declaration giving himself unchecked executive authority, and the Brotherhood exacerbated the political crisis by rushing the draft toward a referendum in the absence of non-Islamist parties, which boycotted the assembly to protest Morsi’s blatant power grab. The exclusivist manner in which the constitution was drafted, and its narrow language pertaining to the interpretation of sharia, reinforced widespread fears that the Brotherhood was trying to impose its theocratic vision on Egypt, and contributed to the mass mobilization for Morsi’s overthrow in June 2013.

Engaging Brotherhood officials will undermine the administration’s efforts at strengthening the U.S.-Egypt strategic relationship, which in recent months have in- cluded resuming military aid to Cairo and endorsing a major investment conference in Sharm al-Sheikh. After all, Muslim Brothers frequently call for President Sisi’s execution during their demonstrations, and the Brotherhood has embraced violence openly in recent months. In this vein, the Brotherhood called for “jihad” and “martyrdom” in fighting the Sisi regime in a January 2015 statement, and its social media pages routinely publicize attacks on infrastructure such as roads, trains, and electricity towers. While the administration should work to engage broad sectors of Egyptian society, it should draw the line at dealing with an organization that seeks the outright destruction of an allied government.

Moreover, dealing with the Brotherhood will undercut the Obama administration’s efforts at encouraging the Sisi government toward greater political openness. Indeed, the administration is correct in its analysis that the Sisi government’s crackdown on opposition activists and media, as well as the restrictive environment for NGOs, may once again catalyze a destabilizing political explosion, as in January 2011 and June 2013. By meeting with the Brotherhood, however, the Obama administration will damage its credibility for influencing Egypt in this direction, since the Sisi government and its many supporters will interpret these calls for openness as enabling the Brotherhood’s return to politics – a prospect that the regime and its supporters view as suicidal.

Finally, the administration should learn from its most recent engagement with the Brotherhood, which occurred during the January visit to Washington that CSID organized.While the administration hoped to keep its meetings with Brotherhood officials under wraps, the Brotherhood publicized the meetings, using them as a propaganda tool for encouraging its supporters and challenging the Sisi government’s international legitimacy. Indeed, shortly after the Brothers met U.S. officials at Foggy Bottom, a member of their delegation posted on Facebook a photo of himself in front of the State Department’s logo, and another delegation member later told a pro-Brotherhood satellite network that a White House official had attended that meeting.This embarrassed the Obama administration domestically, and reinforced conspiracy theories within Egypt about the administration’s supposed support for the Brotherhood.The Obama administration should not allow itself to be used as a propaganda tool in the Brotherhood’s ongoing war against the Egyptian government. In short, it shouldn’t let the Brotherhood fool it twice.

Eric Trager is the Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute.

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Washington Jewish Week
Thursday, June 11, 2015