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Hassan al-Banna praises Hitler as a model for attaining fortune, influence and success
Author: Hassan al-Banna
Source: Five Tracts (To what do we summon mankind?), Berkeley, University of California Press, 1978, pp. 96-97 (English translation by Charles Wendell)
In a portion of his text To what do we summon mankind?, Hassan al-Banna refers to five personalities as models for Muslims looking for fortune, influence and success. Only Hitler is given as a non-Muslim example. The other four are Ali (600?-661), al-Abbas (647?-680), Saladin (Salah al-Din 1137?-1193) and King Abdul Aziz Al Saud (King Abd al-Aziz Al Suud 1876-1953), the founder of Saudi Arabia.
The date at which this text was written is not mentioned in the English translation, but the context seems to indicate that it was written while Hitler was in power (1933-1945).
Hassan al-Banna: “All nations began their rise from a position of weakness, so much so that to the observer it seemed that for them to attain their desired goal was a kind of impossibility. But despite this presupposition, history has shown us that patience, steadfastness, wisdom, and persistence have carried these movements, so weak in their beginnings and so feeble in resources, to the pinnacle of the success and fortune their leaders were hoping for.
“And who would have believed that that German workingman, Hitler, would ever attain such immense influence and as successful a realization of his aims as he has?”