February 03, 2011

An Overview of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Stance on U.S. and Jihad; Translation of Its Draft Political Platform This report presents an overview of the positions of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, as expressed by its general guide, Muhammad Badi’, since his nomination in January 2010, and as set out in its proposed political platform, which was drafted in the era of Badi’s predecessor, Muhammad Mahdi ‘Akef, and was leaked to the media in August 2007. The translations are taken from reports published by MEMRI over recent years.[1] Badi’: The U.S. Is on the Verge of Collapse In a Friday sermon in September 2010, Badi’ said that the U.S. was already on the threshold of collapse and would soon fall, like other immoral societies before it: “The Soviet Union fell dramatically, but the factors that will lead to the collapse of the U.S. are much more powerful than those that led to the collapse of the Soviet empire – for a nation that does not champion moral and human values cannot lead humanity, and its wealth will not avail it once Allah has had His say, as happened with [powerful] nations in the past. The U.S. is now experiencing the beginning of its end, and is heading towards its demise...” In the same sermon, Badi’ said that the Muslims would soon emerge victorious over their enemies, as promised by Allah in the Koran: “Allah said: ‘The hosts will all be routed and will turn and flee [Koran 54:45].’ This verse is a promise to the believers that they shall defeat their enemies, and [that the enemies] shall withdraw. The Companions of the Prophet received this Koranic promise in Mecca, when they were weak... and a little more than nine years after the Hijra, Allah fulfilled his promise in the Battle of Badr... Can we compare that to what happened in Gaza?”


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