Egypt is a nation of 85 million people of whom 90 percent are Sunni Muslims. It has been an especially powerful influence on the history of Islam since the end of the First World War, because it is the home of the Muslim Brotherhood. In 1928, a twenty-two-year old teacher, Hassan al-Banna, strongly influenced by his father’s pious, fundamentalist teachings, founded the Muslim Brotherhood with only six members. Ten years later the Ikhwan (the Arab word for “brethren”) had 200,000 members. By the end of 1948 and the birth of Israel, the Ikhwan had 2,000,000 members in Egypt, about 10 percent of the total population.
Although there are many “moderate” (a better word would be “secularized”) Muslims, the mainstream of Islam is not moderate; it is strongly fundamentalist. Al-Banna was both a Sufist and a Salafist, both Egyptian born philosophical themes within Sunni Islam. Sufism is a strongly mystical Muslim tradition particularly influential among intellectuals and higher socio-economic classes. Sufi Islam is a more meditative but not necessarily peaceful form of Islam. Salafism, derived from “salaf, ” referring to the first three generations of Muhammad’s followers, is a puritanical, strictly literalist, strongly revivalist, and very militant interpretive tradition of Islam. It is the fastest growing form of Islam in the world. The Salafist consider moderate Muslims to be infidels. The Brotherhood was established as a Muslim revivalist organization with the goal of bringing Egypt and eventually all other Muslim nations back to the pure Islam of the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad. As purists, they also advocated expanding Islam over the whole world by peaceful or violent means, whichever is required.
In 2004, the FBI raided the Annandale, Virginia, home of a Muslim Brotherhood agent plotting to sabotage the 4.3-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland. During this raid they discovered a treasure chest of planning documents confirming FBI and CIA beliefs that the Muslim Brotherhood’s primary objective in the United States is to destroy our Constitutional system of laws and implement Islamic Law (Sharia) under a global Islamic government. One of their goals, confirmed by elaborate plans is: “Eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s overarching stated goal is to bring the whole world under comprehensive Sharia laws mandating Islamic religion and government and regulating every aspect of moral, family, social, economic, and cultural life. The Brethren are strong advocates of traditional Islamic Jihad, holy war against all who resist Islam. Spiritual Jihad, a concept embraced by far more deceived non-Muslim academics than Muslim imams, gets little attention in the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad. To the Brotherhood and almost all Muslims, Jihad means to impose Islam and Islamic Law by the sword.
Although the Muslim Brotherhood tries to pass itself off as reasonable and moderate, it established the Palestinian-based Hamas terrorist organization in 1987. Article Two of the Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) founding document contains this statement: “The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine.” This same charter states that Israel must be “obliterated.”
Compare the Hamas founding motto: “Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model to be followed, the Koran its Constitution, Jihad its way, and death for the sake of Allah its loftiest desire,” with that of the Muslim Brotherhood: Allah is our objective, The Prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
Well over a thousand people have been killed in hundreds of Hamas terror attacks, mostly against Israeli civilians, including women and children. At least 53 Americans have been killed. Hamas uses many weapons including rocket and mortar attacks against Israeli settlements, but its specialty is suicide-bombing attacks. It continually calls for killing every Jew. In the Hamas administered Gaza strip, children are continually propagandized to hate Jews, Americans, and Western culture.
The Muslim Brotherhood also spawned al-Qaeda, the famous villains of the 911 atrocities against the United States and is currently using al-Qaeda in its attempt to overthrow the Syrian government. The Syrian civil war is really part of a continued Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood objective to place Syria under more radical Muslim rule. Muslim Brotherhood dominance of Syria would probably be exceedingly bloody and oppressive. The Brethren also spawned the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist group whose main objective is to wipe Israel off the map.
The Muslim Brotherhood has basically the same religious and ideological tenets as jihadist terror organizations like al-Qaeda, Hamas, PIJ, and even Shiite Iran’s elite Hezbollah terrorists. The difference between the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas and al-Qaeda is in strategy and tactics. The Brotherhood’s strategy is to build their organization quietly until they are certain that they can overcome non-Muslim nations by a final thrust of violence. They make lavish use of the Islamic doctrine of Taqiyya (deception). Under this doctrine, blatant lies are permissible to deceive non-Muslims about the nature of Islam, Jihad, and Sharia.
The Brotherhood advances in Western countries by living peacefully while their numbers are small and escalating their militancy and violence as they establish greater numerical presence and infiltration into the host society. They also advance through charitable organizations and benevolence to Muslim families. This is highly effective in both increasing political support among fellow Muslims and in convincing non-Muslims that their objectives are peaceful and benevolent. The Ikhwan’s mandate for America includes these words:
“Make every effort for the establishment of educational social, economic, and scientific institutions and the establishment of mosques, schools, clinics, shelters, (and) clubs.”
Building mosques has proved a highly effective method for establishing radical Islamic infiltration bases. Many American local governments are so fearful of being branded “Islamophobic” that they quickly yield to mosque building plans. The inevitable result is that new Muslim residents displace the former non-Muslim residents, leaving a strong Muslim enclave. Moreover, America’s collapsing immigration enforcement and the chains of political correctness and multiculturalism assure substantial Muslim Brotherhood success. The number of mosques in the U.S. was 2,106 at the end of 2011, up 74 percent since 2000!