Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Muslim Brotherhood top dog admits "relationship" between Brotherhood and CAIR
The stalwart Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey recently interviewed Mohammed Habib, who, he says, "is slated to become the next Supreme Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood."
Toward the end of the interview Sandmonkey asks Habib an uncomfortable question about the Brotherhood's relationship with the Council on American Islamic Relations, and you can practically see Habib squirm right on the printed page. "Ehh, this is a sensitive subject, and it’s kind of problematic, especially after 9/11," he says. Why is it a "sensitive subject"? Why is it "kind of problematic"? Partly because the Muslim Brotherhood is on record as wanting to do more, much more, in the United States than simply "spread a positive image of Islam along with its values, culture, history and teachings." The Brotherhood is engaged, in its own words, in "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
Is CAIR engaged in this effort? Is it trying to sabotage and destroy Western civilization so that "Allah's religion is made victorious over all other religions" here in the U.S.? Is it working in tandem with other Brotherhood entities to accomplish this?
And above all: why isn't there a single reporter in the entire United States who will ask Ibrahim Hooper or Ahmed Rehab or Corey Saylor or anyone at CAIR these questions?
From "An Interview with Muslim Brotherhood’s #2, Mohammed Habib," by Sandmonkey at Pajamas Media, August 24 (thanks to all who sent this in):
SM: Is there a Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.?
Mohamed Habib: I would say yes. There are Muslim Brotherhood members there.
SM: Then what are they doing there?
Mohamed Habib: No, there are already existing institutions; there are laws and a constitution that they operate under in order to have a role in serving the American society. They are part of the American society and they want to an active positive role in it, and a part of that is to spread a positive image of Islam along with its values, culture, history and teachings.
SM: This is naturally very important. Who represents you in the US?
Mohamed Habib: Well, there are there those who do represent us, who do that role.
SM: But it’s not CAIR, right? The Council for American Islamic Relations? Many people say that they are your front. Other people say that its ISNA. But back to CAIR, some people from the Muslim Brotherhood have denied having a connection with CAIR. Do they really represent you?
Mohamed Habib: Ehh, this is a sensitive subject, and it’s kind of problematic, especially after 9/11 …
SM: For them to say that there is a relationship between you two?
Mohamed Habib: Yes. You can say that.
SM: Gotcha. What kind of relationship does the Muslim Brotherhood have with Hamas? Do you offer them support of any kind?
Mohamed Habib: Hamas, like any Muslim Brotherhood entity, is not related to the other entities. But we do support them. We support them with ideas. We support them with advice and vision. We incite the people — in Egypt for example — to donate money and care and understand about the Palestinian cause. Then the civil society institutions carry out the role of facilitators of our support.
SM: Thank you for your time sir.
Mohamed Habib: Thank you.