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As the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood emerges as the strongest opposition movement in the center of the Arab world and, at this point in time, the likely winner in free and fair elections, particularly in parliament, it is incumbent that we learn more about it.

While campaigning for parliamentary seats in recent years, the shadowy group does not usually go beyond sloganizing “Islam is the Solution.” In a timely release, Palestinian Media Watch has today posted its translation of the book Jihad Is the Way, by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s former director Mustafa Mashhur (1996–2002). The book explains the fundamental concepts of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology, which is typically kept hidden from world view. As PMW describes, it “encompass subjects such as the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal of establishing an Islamic state, world domination under Islam, the public and personal religious duty of military Jihad, and the warning not to rush to Jihad until it is prepared and timed for maximum benefit.”

Below are some sample quotes from the translation:

—  “. . . the Islamic Ummah [nation] . . . can regain its power and be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men, as the leaders of humanity . . .”

● “. . . know your status, and believe firmly that you are the masters of the world, even if your enemies desire your degradation . . .”

● “It should be known that Jihad and preparation towards Jihad are not only for the purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks of Allah’s enemies from Muslims, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state and strengthening the religion and spreading it around the world . . .”

● “. . . Jihad for Allah is not limited to the specific region of the Islamic countries, since the Muslim homeland is one and is not divided, and the banner of Jihad has already been raised in some of its parts, and it shall continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land of Islam will be liberated, the State of Islam will be established . . .”

See a full translation in PDF here.

Nina Shea is director of the Hudson Institute’s Center on Religious Freedom.



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