Muslim Brotherhood Shadow Candidate Surges in Egypt

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According to an unscientific online poll, a new Islamist candidate is gaining steam in Egypt’s presidential race named Mohammed Selim al-Awa. He presents himself as a democratic “reformist” with no political affiliation, but he has made several concerning statements and is suspected by some experts of being the favored candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Facebook page of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, which has governed Egypt since the removal of President Hosni Mubarak, has a poll asking respondents who they will vote for in the presidential election. With over 100,000 votes, Mohammed el-Baradei came in first with 35 percent. Mohammed Selim al-Awa came in second. Amr Moussa, considered the strong front-runner, came in fourth. Only one-fifth of the Egyptian population has Internet access, so it is not representative of the population as a whole, but the survey indicates that al-Awa is a force to be reckoned with.

Al-Awa styles himself as a reformer who promotes a moderate, modern version of Islam. He argues that Western democracy is the best representation of the Islamic principle of “shura,” or consultation. He says he promotes critical thinking towards religion, as his father raised him to “question even the interpretation of a Qur’anic verse or a prophetic saying and not to take it for granted. I learned from him to steer away from the dogmatic understanding of religion.”

He opposes the Ground Zero Mosque, arguing “it is not necessary. They can have a center or a mosque anywhere else. It symbolizes nothing. Nobody should want to offend.” Al-Awa rejects the notion that the U.S. is at war with Islam, and has sided with the members of the Muslim Brotherhood who left the organization to form the Wasat Party. He opposes the Iranian-style of governance, and criticizes the Muslim Brotherhood and other political parties because they “indoctrinate blind obedience.”

This does not mean the West should celebrate al-Awa. His father was a follower of Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. He was inspired to become involved in politics because of his father’s discussion groups with Brotherhood members. One meeting, which al-Awa mentions as a defining moment for him, was with Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Nazi Muslim who worked closely with Adolf Hitler.

Al-Awa says that his father left the Muslim Brotherhood after it killed civilians, but he does not reject the group’s goals. When asked about the Brotherhood’s objective of establishing an Islamic state based on Sharia law, he said, “I think their project—as defined by Hassan el-Banna…is the project of Prophethood, not of Brotherhood. I mean, it was the project of Islam itself and no one can object to this vision but when it comes to translating it into actions…”

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  • Wesley69

    If this guy is a moderate reformer??? Praising female suicide bombers, arousing hatred and violence against Coptics, calling for the destruction of Israel, using the Koran as the basis of lawmaking: sounds like a candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood to me.

    This caught my attention. A defining moment in al-Awa's life was a meeting between him and Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Nazi Muslim who worked closely with Adolf Hitler.

    • Crazyhorse

      BINGO !! Now wait for the Handshar divisions to materialize..

  • StephenD

    With friends like this…. The problem is our leaders in the West seem to have "itching ears" and will take to anyone that says the things they want to hear. This guy says he doesn't believe the West is at war with Islam…that's probably all it will take for this Administration to start throwing money at his feet. It doesn't matter his affiliations, the other things he supports, all that matters is he tickled our ears and now we can call him friend. Man, are we in trouble.

  • Asher

    Installing the Brotherhood is Obama's mission! Thats why hes overthrowing all the previous governments.

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    Islam IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    Islam strives for world domination.

    The Quran commands Muslims to exercise jihad.

    The Quran commands Muslims to establish shariah law.

    The Quran commands Muslims to impose Islam on the entire world.

    Islam is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    Islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    Shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in a Islamic society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the Quran is the call to jihad.

    Jihad means a lot of things and is Arabic for battle.

    Islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    Islam and freedom, Islam and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    Mohamed's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes Mohamed a PEDOPHILE!!!

    And you want to base a "Religion" on this a z z -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

  • sydchaden

    What a SURPRISE. Obama's candidate to bring democracy to Egypt has emerged.

  • BLJ

    There is no such thing as a moderate reformer in Islam. That is the same as stating that pigs really can fly. Thank to our doofus C-I-C the Muslim Brotherhood is on the rise.

  • tanstaafl

    In order to find a "moderate" Muslim, you'd better start with the cemeteries…..

  • Vivi Andersen

    Stephen D

    No, but islam is at war with the non-islamic countries and the non-muslims !

    So it has been the last 1.400 years !