Muslim Brotherhood Shadow Candidate Surges in Egypt

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Al-Awa was arrested in 1965 for being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but he denies ever being a part of the organization. He wants to preserve Article 2 of the Egyptian constitution, which makes Sharia the principal source of legislation. He is also the former secretary-general of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, whose chairman is Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi. Many other Brotherhood members sit on the board of directors. These ties have made some experts believe that he is the Brotherhood’s shadow candidate, as the organization has promised not to field an official candidate.

He has made several other worrisome statements that contradict his credentials as a moderate. In 2006, he praised female suicide bombers targeting Israel. He criticized a fatwa that said women should not become terrorists because their duty is to give birth and raise children. “What if she never gets married?” al-Awa asked. “What is more important: The right of countries to be liberated from the colonialists, or the right of a woman to get married and give birth? If this can be called a right at all, because it may or may not happen…but, Allah be praised, eventually people ignored this fatwa,” he said.

He has also fomented anger and fear toward the Coptic Christian minority and Israel. He said that the Christians are “stocking arms and ammunition in their churches and monasteries,” and alleged that the armed Copts want a civil war in order to divide Egypt. Al-Awa also promotes the idea that Israel is trying to sabotage the Egyptian revolution. Al-Awa has since denied accusing the Copts of stockpiling weapons, and has condemned violence against them.

An al-Awa presidency would also be a major threat to Israel. In discussing the violence between Coptic Christians and Muslims, he said, “I believe very strongly that the ones behind this criminal act are Zionist intelligence agents, whether deceived or deceiving Egyptians, or non-Egyptians.” He proclaimed, “The decline and fall of Israel is closer than people expect since Israel is a cruel and racist entity…we must get ready for the post-demise period.”

It’s appealing for the West to find someone that promotes the idea of compatibility between Islam and Western democracy, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the messenger is a friend. A “moderate” who promotes Sharia-based governance, supports suicide bombings and instigates against Israel and Coptic Christians is no “moderate” at all.

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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 !