In encouraging Libyan soldiers to kill leader Muammar Gaddafi (Point de Bascule), Muslim Brotherhood (MB) patriarch Youssef Qaradawi has got himself in a bind. It was his MB that had collaborated extensively with the man whom they condemn as a tyrant today. Qaradawi’s call to assassinate Gaddafi has been translated into English by MEMRI.
On February 28, 2011, it was still possible to view a March 29, 2010 message on a Libyan website in which Qaradawi hailed the courage of Gaddafi for having released Islamists from jail.
Muammar Gaddafi and the Muslim Brotherhood agreed on Islamic hegemony
A report written for the US Department of the Army between 1986 and 1998 recalls that although Gaddafi fought the Muslim Brothers on Libyan soil, he offered them financial support if they were to spread their doctrine in the West:
Qadhafi has been forthright in his belief in the perfection of Islam and his desire to propagate it. His commitment to the open propagation of Islam, among other reasons, has caused him to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian-based fundamentalist movement that has used clandestine and sometimes subversive means to spread Islam and to eliminate Western influences. Although the brotherhood’s activities in Libya were banned in the mid-1980s, it was present in the country but maintained a low profile. In 1983 a member of the brotherhood was executed in Tripoli, and in 1986 a group of brotherhood adherents was arrested after the murder of a high-ranking political official in Benghazi. Qadhafi has challenged the brotherhood to establish itself openly in non-Muslim countries and has promised its leaders that, if it does, he will support its activities.
GMBDR had a report on Libyan Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in 2010.
Many Libyan contributions to the MB’s efforts were made through the World Islamic Call Society (WICS), an organization set up by Gaddafi to spread Islam in non-Muslim countries.
When, in 2009, eleven imams belonging to the Libyan WICS toured many mosques in England, the Daily Express (September 8) reminded its readers that these activities were all part of an openly acknowledged scheme by Gaddafi to Islamize Europe. The Express reproduced excerpts of a speech made by Gaddafi in which he proclaimed that “this religion (Islam) shall overcome all other religions before it. Their time has gone”.
Like the Muslim Brotherhood, Gaddafi wanted to establish Islam as a hegemonic religion. The Brotherhood and Gaddafi may have had their disagreements on tactic and doctrine, they always agreed on the final objective.
This article focuses on eight individuals who have simultaneously worked with WICS and Muslim Brotherhood organizations.
Abdurahman Alamoudi: a CAIR leader involved in Libya sponsored terrorism
After Gaddafi had formally renounced terrorism, WICS transferred funds to Alamoudi, a Muslim Brotherhood operative in United States, to help him assassinate Saudi Prince Abdullah. The first excerpt that follows expands on Alamoudi’s role in this affair and the second one focuses on his activities with various Muslim Brotherhood organizations in United States.
Excerpt from Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad, Matthew Levitt, Dennis Ross, New Haven, Yale University Press,2006, p. 187 – Google Books:
(In 2004,) Abdurahman M. Alamoudi admitted in his plea agreement with a U.S. Court that he was ordered by Gadhafi to help orchestrate the assassination (of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah) and was provided by the Libyan leader with $340,000 toward that end. Alamoudi also served as a conduit for Libyan funds intended for Hamas. When Alamoudi was caught, he admitted that he had previously received funds from the World Islamic Call Society (WICS), usually in the range of $10,000 to $20,000. WICS was originally established by Gadhafi to function as a way to export Libya’s particular brand of radical Islamic-socialist ideology abroad. A portion of WICS’s endowment stems from the Jihad Fund, which was a Libyan payroll tax. (…) Alamoudi himself was a member of the World Islamic Call Council, which is charged with the duty of implementing the programs drafted by the WICS conference.
Daniel Pipes has written two extensive articles on the operations that Alamoudi undertook on behalf of Libya:
1. Abdurahman Alamoudi: Qaddafi’s American Hit Man?
2. United States of America vs. Abdurahman Muhammad Alamoudi
While Alamoudi was acting for Libya, he was also involved with various Muslim Brotherhood organizations in United States (CAIR, ISNA, MSA, SAAR Foundation, etc.) An elaborate description of Alamoudi’s activities is available on the website Discover the networks. Here is a small excerpt:
A self-described Muslim moderate, Abdurahman Alamoudi is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Council (AMC). In past years, he was also a Board member of American Muslims for Jerusalem; a Board member of the Council on National Interest Foundation; a Board member of Interfaith Impact for Justice and Peace; the head of the American Task Force for Bosnia; a founding trustee of the Fiqh Council of North America; the Washington, DC regional representative for the Islamic Society of North America; a Board member of Mercy International; President of the Muslim Students Association of the U.S. and Canada; Executive Assistant to the President of the SAAR Foundation; Secretary of the Success Foundation; Director of the Talibah International Aid Association; a Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); and a Board member of the Somali Relief Fund. Moreover, heserved as an Islamic Affairs advisor for the Clinton administration, a Pentagon appointee in charge of choosing Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military, and a State Department “goodwill ambassador” to Muslim nations.
An FBI insider once described Alamoudi as an “expert in the art of deception” because of his ability to appear to be a moderate Muslim while privately embracing a radical anti-American agenda. Behind the scenes, much of Alamoudi’s energy was devoted to fundraising activities on behalf of Hamas, Hezbollah, Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda.
Favouring ideological jihad over military jihad at this stage
Both Gaddafi and Qaradawi came to the conclusion that it was unrealistic at this stage to focus on military jihad to advance the cause of Islam in the West. Gaddafi came to this conclusion after his support for terrorism was met with economic sanctions and military retaliation.
As for Qaradawi, he explained in his text Priorities of the Islamic Movement in the Coming Phase (1990) that Muslims should favour ideological jihad because of their technological disadvantage.
We [Muslims] depend on others for military power. Those against whom we want to launch our offensive jihad are the same people who make all sorts of weapons and sell them to us. But for them, we would be unarmed, defenseless and unable to do anything!
That being the case, how can we talk of launching offensives to subject the whole world to our Message, when the only weapons we can muster are those given us by them and when the only arms we can carry are those they agree to sell us?
Reference: Chapter 3 – A Debate that We Do not Need Today
These are the circumstances in which the Muslim Brotherhood decided to discourage the use of violence in certain parts of the world. The means that are being chosen to advance the cause of Islam must be dictated by the conditions on the ground and not by some dogmatic following of a statement from the Qur’an:
[Our] Movement, though it is Islamic in source, orientation, principle and objective, adopts such methodologies and means as it sees fit to serve its religion and establish it on the earth, as appropriate to time, place and conditions . Methodologies, means and systems are not as immortal as Islam itself.
Reference: Chapter 3 – The Necessity of Renewal in Means
Both Gaddafi and the Muslim Brotherhood believed that it is possible to take advantage of democracy to subvert Western societies from inside.
Youssef Qaradawi – Islamonline – 2002 – MEMRI
Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and victor, after being expelled from it twice – once from the South, from Andalusia (Spain – 1492), and a second time from the East, when it knocked several times on the door of Athens (1830). (…) I maintain that the conquest this time will not be by the sword but by preaching and ideology.
Muslim Brotherhood – Memorandum – 1991 – Investigative Project on terrorism
The Ikhwan [the Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is kind of a 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 God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.
Muammar Gaddafi – Timbuktu (Mali) – 2006 – YouTube
0:19 Muhammad is the Prophet of all people.
0:22 He superseded all previous religions.
0:31 All people must be Muslims.
3:07 There are signs
3:09 that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe
3:11 without swords, without guns, withoutmilitary conquests.
3:15 The 50 million Muslims of Europe
3:19 will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.
3:34 Allah mobilizes the Muslim nation of Turkey
3:36 and adds it to the European Union.
3:40 That’s another 50 million Muslims.
3:45 There will be 100 million Muslims in Europe.
4:02 Europe is in a predicament
4:04 and so is America.
4:09 They should agree to become Islamic in the course of time,
4:13 or else declare war on the Muslims.
Ideological jihad through interfaith dialogue
Interfaith dialogue is an essential part of the ideological jihad. It aims at getting the support of Christians and Jews in order to facilitate the spread of Islam in the West while not giving any reciprocal advantage to non-Islamic religions in Muslim countries.
In a 1975 New York Times article, it is mentioned that WICS [then called The Islamic Call Society] was headquartered in what had been the Catholic cathedral downtown Tripoli until it was seized by Gaddafi’s government in 1970. According to the Vicariate Apostolic of Tripoli, there were 30,000 Catholics in Libya in 1969 (4.7% of the total Libyan population).
Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has conferred a good deal of credibility and prestige to WICS over the years. According to him, “Catholics should not fear Islam, but rather welcome the chance for deepening their faith through interchange with Muslims”.
Zenit News Agency [February 18, 2010] quoted Cardinal Tauran saying that he and his predecessors responsible for interreligious dialogue at the Vatican have had regular meetings with WICS leaders every two years since 1976. While Gaddafi was using oil money to openly support armed movements and terrorism all around the world [and later admitted to it], Cardinal Tauran and his predecessors kept on preparing their next meeting with Libyan WICS officials as if nothing had happened. WICS was often used as a channel to transfer funds required by Libyan sponsored terrorist activities as revealed by the Alamoudi case.
Many reports of meetings between WICS and Vatican officials are available [2004, 2005, 2007, 2008].
Evangelical Christians were also involved in giving WICS an aura of credibility. The two groups have frequently met in the past.
In the Introduction of his book Priorities (1990), Youssef Qaradawi explains the inadequacy of the work done by governmental organizations such as WICS when it comes to spreading Islam, compared to the work done by grassroots organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood. At the same time, Qaradawi recognizes that governmental organizations have financial means. Why not, then, incite Muslim Brothers to approach WICS, take advantage of the money that is available and pursue their own agenda with it in the West? Many Muslim Brothers who are involved in the interfaith dialogue pursued this course of action and took part in WICS conferences with non-Muslims. Essentially, they were implementing the Muslim Brotherhood program towards non-Muslim leaders with Libyan money.
In January 2008, four Muslim leaders closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood took part in a meeting organized by WICS in Tripoli (Libya) with Evangelical Christians. They were Mahmoud Ayoub, Munir El-Kassem, Ibrahim Abu-Rabi and Nihad Awad. The full list of participants is available HERE.
In a WICS meeting held in Turkey [April 5, 2010 communiqué], Ayoub was designated the representative of the Americas on the 7-person executive committee of the organization. At the end of the meeting, the participants “sent a cable of thanks and appreciation to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and to Brother Mu’ammar Al-Gaddafi”.
Ayoub has been collaborating with Gaddafi’s WICS at least since 1983. His book The Great Tiding: an Annotated Translation of the Thirtieth Part of the Qur’an was printed in Tripoli that year by The Islamic Call Society, WICS’ previous name.
Before authorizing the assassination of Gaddafi in a recent fatwa [English transcript on MEMRI], Qaradawi said that the Libyan leader had been crazy for a while. He invoked Gaddafi’s “Third universal theory” as a proof of it. Qaradawi commented: “Among the signs of his madness, as we have seen, he wanted to be a philosopher, and come up with theories, like Marx and Mao Tsetung. He invented the Third Theory…”
In 1987, Mahmoud Ayoub authored a complacent biography of Gaddafi focusing precisely on the theory that Qaradawi presents as a sign of madness today. Ayoub’s book is titled Islam and the Third Universal Theory: The Religious Thought of Mu’ammar al Qadhdhafi – Google Books. Ayoub wrote his praise of Gaddafi one year after the Libyan sponsored bombing of a discothèque filled with US servicemen in Germany (1986) and one year before the Gaddafi-ordered bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 that exploded over Lockerbie (Scotland).
Mahmoud Ayoub is also linked to the Muslim Brotherhood via his role in the Council of Scholars of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT]. Ingrid Mattson, a former president of ISNA between 2006 and 2010, also sits on the Council and heads the Duncan Black Macdonald Centre where Ayoub is based.
According to GMBDR, “IIIIT was founded in the U.S. in 1980 by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders including Jamal Barzinji and Hisham Altalib, who wished to promote the Islamization of knowledge”.
On two occasions at least, Ayoub testified as a specialist on Islam in Canadian trials. In 2006, in R. vs Humaid, he tried to encourage a judge to reduce the sentencing of a Muslim man already convicted of having killed his wife from first degree murder to manslaughter. He argued that “the Islamic culture placed great significance on the concept of family honour”.
According to CanWest, Ayoub added that “many Islamic societies permit men to punish wives suspected of adultery and sometimes even kill them”. Ayoub’s plea did not work.
On November 10, 2006, CanWest reported that the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear the case (Top court refuses to hear whether religion can be a murder defence).
The manual of sharia Umdat al-salik (Reliance of the traveller) is officially endorsed by Ayoub’s IIIT. Section o1.1-2 of the manual specifies that certain types of honour killings may not be punished under Islamic law: “Not subject to retaliation (is) a father or mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring’s offspring”.
In 2008, the BC Human Rights Tribunal heard a complaint lodged by Mohamed Elmasry and Naiyer Habib of the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) against Roger’s Publishing for having printed an excerpt from Mark Steyn’s book America Alone (Google Books) in Maclean’s magazine. In his book, Steyn expressed his concerns about the global ambitions of Islam for world domination and commented on the implications of large waves of Muslim immigration in the West.
The complainants claimed that by reproducing an excerpt of Steyn’s book, Roger’s Publishing had exposed Muslims in British Columbia to hatred and contempt, contrary to human rights’ law. They were asking for financial compensation from the publisher.
To make his point, Steyn quoted the 2006 speech made by Muammar Gaddafi in Timbuktu (reproduced above) in which he said that “the fifty million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades”.
WICS and IIIT scholar Mahmoud Ayoub was called by the complainants as an expert on Islam in order to assert that Steyn was wrong about the religion. The Tribunal decision (section 115) reports that Ayoub challenged Steyn, and stated that “as part of their beliefs, adherents of Islam are not exhorted to conspire to take over the world”.
The irony is that Steyn had been quoting Gaddafi, whom Ayoub has been serving and giving credibility to as a member of WICS. The connections between Ayoub, WICS and Gaddafi seem to have been unknown to Mark Steyn’s lawyers. While liveblogging at the Tribunal for Macleans, Andrew Coyne did not bring up the issue either. Coyne’s liveblogs are still online: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5]. His detailed report on Mahmoud Ayoub’s intervention is available in [Part 3].
Militant Islam Monitor and GMBDR have more information about Mahmoud Ayoub.
Munir el-Kassem (aka Munir al-Qasim, Munir Qasimi)
London Ontario Canada
When the BC Human Rights Tribunal examined Mark Steyn’s case, Steyn’s lawyers quoted from Gaddafi’s 2006 speech to make the point that their client’s concern was legitimate. The complainants’ counsel, Faisal Joseph, objected to the use of a quotation from the Libyan dictator. He said that Gaddafi “has no credibility”. Steyn’s counsel countered the remark by pointing out that Munir el-Kassem, another leader of the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) to which both complainants belonged, was involved with the Libyan organization WICS. This organization was precisely set up by Gaddafi to advance the program that Mark Steyn was denouncing.
How could the CIC claim that Gaddafi is irrelevant since some of its leaders are openly supporting his organization WICS and taking part to his offensive of Islamization? [Coyne – Part 4]
In his plea, Steyn’s counsel alluded to one WICS meeting attended by el-Kassem in 2000. In fact, we can find many more proofs of el-Kassem’s involvement with WICS just by entering the key words Kassem and WICS on Google:
November 2-4, 2006 – Chicago
January 3-6, 2008 – Tripoli
October 28, 2008 – Tripoli
May 20, 2010 – Toronto
On November 12, 2008, el-Kassem (al-Qasim) congratulated WICS for its accomplishments and on October 19, 2009, he was formally identified as a member of WICS.
Munir el-Kassem is the Muslim chaplain at the University of Western Ontario in London. In the past, he has taken part to many MAC activities:
July 13, 2004 – Mississauga
July 19, 2009 – London
In an article, published by the National Post (September 29, 2010), Rory Leishman echoed Public Safety Minister Vic Toews who warned Canadians against international and home-grown radicalization. He declared that the participation of a University Muslim chaplain such as el-Kassem to MAC activities should be a source of concern. As explained by Leishman, MAC endorses Hassan al-Banna whom he described as “one of the prime advocates of violent jihad in the 20th century”.
Edmonton Alberta Canada
Abu-Rabi was a colleague of Ingrid Mattson and Mahmoud Ayoub at Duncan Black Macdonald Centre (Hartford Seminary) until he was named Islamic studies chair at the University of Alberta in 2007.
In the Introduction of his book Priorities (1990), Youssef Qaradawi explains that the role of Muslim intellectuals such as Abu-Rabi consists of “lay(ing) down a mature, inspired understanding of the Islamic Movement (…) based on a legal foundation derived from the texts and goals of Sharia”. Qaradawi adds that Muslim intellectuals must target “the elite of educated and cultured Muslims who did not actually have a chance to know Islam in a right and proper way”.
Ibrahim Abu-Rabi wrote a book promoting Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, and other Islamist leaders in order to explain “Islam in a right and proper way”. The title is Intellectual origins of Islamic resurgence in the modern Arab world (Google Books). Here are two samples of the principles supported by Abu-Rabi (pp. 76-77):
When the muezzin calls, “now is the hour of prayer,” (the Muslims) form an equal mass, a compact block, behind the imam… That is the principal merit of the dictatorial regime: unity and order in the will under the appearance of equality.
(Hassan) al-Banna went about organizing his movement with ceaseless zeal, bringing about radical changes in certain key concepts and practices. One of the changes al-Banna hoped to introduce was the status of the mosque, bringing it from a static place of worship to a center of Islamic revolution.
Al-Banna’s description of the mosque reminds us of Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s formula: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers…”
Al-Banna’s program for a Muslim society is summarized in his 50-point Manifesto.
Daniel Pipes wrote a short comment on Abu-Rabi’s book in 1996.
In 2007, GMBDR reported that the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, posted an advertisement for a course given by Ibrahim Abu-Rabi in London.
Nihad Awad is a founding member and the current Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He was a member of the now-defunct Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP). IAP was formally identified as a part of the Muslim Brotherhood network in North America in the 1991 memorandum asking for the destruction of the Western civilization from within. IAP was the parent organization of CAIR.
Discover the networks and GMBDR have more information about Nihad Awad.
Edmonton Alberta Canada
In 1981, the Arabian Muslim Association (AMA) based in Edmonton and WICS (Libya) have established links in order to further the Islamist agenda in Canada. The Libyan authorities agreed to transfer $1.5 million to the Canadian Islamic Centre (CIC), a third legal entity jointly managed by AMA and Libya. WICS alludes to the $1.5 million transfer on its own website (in Spanish).
The preamble of a Trust agreement (Appendix B) between the two parties states that “through the generous financial assistance of The World Islamic Call Society (WICS) and the dedication, perseverance and commitment to the Islamic ideals of the Arabian Muslim Association (AMA), the Canadian Islamic Centre (CIC) was jointly established.”
The ties between AMA and Libya came into light in 2004 when AMA went to court in order to stop one of its former imams from using its name to his advantage. Eventually, this decision went to the Alberta Court of Appeal.
The CIC is headquartered in the al-Rashid mosque in Edmonton It manages four subsidiaries: the Edmonton Islamic Academy, the Al-Rashid Youth and Sports club, the Islamic Funeral Society and the Islamic Investment Corporation (IIC).
The IIC is involved in real estate in Edmonton. Clause 5 of the 2002 Trust agreement (Appendix B) specifies that “funds for renovations, expansions or other capital or special projects approved by the Supervisory Board shall be derived from the Arabian Muslim Association (AMA) and the World Islamic Call Society (WICS) of The Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya in the ratio of fifty one (51%) to forty nine percent (49%) respectively”.
Khalid Tarabain plays the main role in these organizations. He is the president of the CIC’s Board of directors and the chairman of the Edmonton Islamic Academy’s Board of trusrees.
Tarabain is connected with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in his capacity of director of Human Concern International (HCI). If we add up all the contributions made by the Canadian MB branch MAC to HCI in the last ten years (available on Revenue Canada website), we end up with a total of $169,000 ($20,960 in 2010). The information was revealed by Rue Frontenac in an article about a MAC school in Montreal.
In 2008, GMBDR reported that HCI sponsored the visit of Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) leader Qazi Hussain Ahmad to Canada. JEI was founded in Pakistan by Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi (1903-79). In his text Jihad in Islam (p. 22), Maududi explained that “the objective of the Islamic Jihad is to eliminate the rule of an un-Islamic system and establish in its stead an Islamic system of state rule. Islam does not intend to confine this revolution to a single state or a few countries; the aim of Islam is to bring about a universal revolution”.
According to GMBDR, a visa was eventually denied to this Pakistani Islamist leader by the Canadian authorities.
Edmonton Alberta Canada
In August 2010, Issam Saleh was identified by the Edmonton Sun as the chairman of the Muslim Association of Canada’s Edmonton chapter. MAC pledges on its website “to implement Islam (…) as understood in its contemporary context by the late Imam, Hassan Albanna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood”.
GMBDR mentions that MAC is likely the only organization besides Hamas to openly acknowledge its relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Point de Bascule has provided more information about Saleh in an article focusing on the opposition of West Edmonton residents to the opening of a MAC-run school in their neighbourhood.
At the end of July 2010, Saleh was still identified as a trustee on the Board of the Edmonton Islamic Academy, a subsidiary of the Canadian Islamic Centre (CIC) set up by the Arabian Muslim Association and Libya. His name no longer appears on the Board.
Ekrima (Ikrimah) Sabri, the khatib (imam, prayer leader) of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and its former mufti has been invited to speak at many WICS conferences (February 2000, June 2009, November 2009). In his November 2009 intervention, Sabri made a point of praising the Libyan leader Gaddafi.
Sabri is a well-known promoter of suicide operations involving Palestinian children. In an interview given to an Egyptian periodical, he stated that “the younger the martyr, the greater and the more I respect him”.
Two weeks before the events of September 11, 2001, Sabri implored Allah to destroy Great Britain and the United States on Voice of Palestine Radio.
Point de Bascule has provided more information on Ekrima Sabri after he was invited in 2009 by IRFAN-Canada and MAC to address their supporters in Montreal. These two organizations are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
In February 2011, the Observatoire de l’islamisation, a French website dedicated to fighting the Islamization of Europe, reported that Sabri was recently invited to address Muslim Brotherhood supporters in France by the Union des organisations islamiques de France (UOIF).
Other instances of collaboration between WICS and the Muslim Brotherhood
There are many more instances of activities done together by WICS and the Muslim Brotherhood (joint statements, conferences, etc.).
2007 – On October 13, 138 Muslim leaders including many Muslim Brotherhood leaders signed a letter (A Common Word) in which they expressed their intention to defend “justice and freedom of religion” to the pope and other Christian leaders. WICS director Muhammad Ahmed al-Sharif (#151) added his name to the original signatories. This whole procedure was a smoke screen and an ideological jihad that aimed at intellectually disarming the enemy.
These Islamists’ real intentions must be judged by the way they react when faced with Muslims who abandon Islam. In 2008, Aref Ali Nayed, the drafter of the “Letter of the 138” denounced the pope for having baptised a former Muslim, Magdi Allam. At a time when many Christians openly convert to Islam in the West, Nayed claimed that the pope had turned the baptism of Allam into “a triumphalist tool for scoring points”.
Youssef Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader, described Allam’s baptism as a “provocative and hostile act against Muslims”. [Gulf Times archived on Jihadwatch]
In 2009, MB-linked CAIR demanded a ban and a seizure of all Christmas cards sent to Rifqa Bary by her supporters. Bary was then living in a safe house under government protection after her father had threatened to kill her for having abandoned Islam for Christianity. CAIR is headed by signatory #14, Nihad Awad, who attended a WICS meeting in Tripoli in 2008.
After having been elected chairman of the African Union en 2009, Gaddafi claimed that the current version of the Bible is a forgery, as it does not recognise or mention Prophet Muhammad. [AllAfrica.com archived on Jihadwatch]
2009 – WICS took part in a conference hosted by the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies on Islam. In a 2010 report, GMBDR explained the links that this institution maintains with Saudi Arabia and the Muslim Brotherhood. Until 2006, Youssef Qaradawi served as an Oxford Centre Trustee.
2010 – In April, six Arab members of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, traveled to Libya and met with Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The trip is alluded to by Ikhwanweb.com, the Muslim Brotherhood website, and by Haaretz and IsraelNationalNews.com. On the return of the six MKs in Israel, Taleb el-Sana spoke to the press on their behalf. He mentioned that they “felt very close to Muammar Gaddafi, by their nature, their nationality, their cultural heritage and their language”. [Israel7.com]
Considering the recent developments in Libya, the Druze MK Ayoub Kara suggested a one way ticket to Tripoli for these six MKs so that they can stay faithful to what they were proclaiming while in Libya last year.
2011 – GMBDR reported that Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric visited Libya on February 14, on the invitation of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He then accepted a donation for the construction of the head office of the Islamic Community in Sarajevo. Mustafa Ceric is tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood through his membership in the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR), headed by Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi.
Today, we hear Muslim Brotherhood operatives denouncing Muammar Gaddafi and asking for “democracy” in Libya. Let’s keep in mind that Gaddafi was no more democratic, no more inclined to the protection of individual rights when the Muslim Brotherhood was sealing alliances with him and getting money from him a few weeks ago. The same thing could be said of other Muslim leaders.
In his book Auspices of the Ultimate Victory, Youssef Qaradawi explains the success of his brand of Islam in the West by a combination of groundwork done by the Muslim Brotherhood and the contributions in petrodollars made by Gulf States billionaires. How many of these States are respectful of human rights? None. Should these regimes fall, should the Saudi regime fall, the Muslim Brotherhood will rewrite history once more and pretend that they had always fought those who have been financially supporting them.