Moslem Brothers Leader: "To Hell With Egypt."
The Egyptian publication, Rose El Yousif, published an interview with the Moslem Brothers (MB) leader Mohamed Mahdy Akef. The interview is reported by Saeed Shoeyeb, and in it, Mr. Akef talked about the ideas of MB, and faced questions regarding the position of his organization on different political and social issues.
The interview is reported in Arabic.
Excerpts from the interview:
-Regarding the last presidential election: “ Our stand was vague. Some said that this stand is very clever. Others said it is not clear. Others said that I am a religion man and should not work in politics. I am with all of these”.
-Answering the question”To whom did the MB vote?”, he said ”it did not vote”
-Question ”You (meaning MB) exaggerate your power?”. Answer” Yes. We are not a majority, but we are organized and people think that we are a “big thing”.
-Question”is it the right of the majority (of citizens) to force its will on the minority?”
Answer”This is democracy”
Question”Does democracy deny the rights of minorities?”.
Question” Is it my right, if I am a minority to refuse applying “Shariya” (religious rules of Islam)?
Answer”No, it is not your right. You cannot refuse the law of the state”.
Question” A just law should agree with different attitudes. What you think of as a fair law can be unfair for others”
Answer” Fairness is absolute. It does not depend on points of view.”
-Mr. Akef” According to Shariya, the Ameer (Leader of MB) is the one to establish the rules. He is the only one to do this even if he is a drunk person and a womanizer”
-“We (MB) want to reform life in an Islamic way, starting from educating the individual, the family, and the society, to the economy, and the media”
-When asked about the MB’s plan for the Egyptian economy, he said ”I know the program, but I am not telling you”
-“There is no such thing as Moslems occupying other Moslem lands. When Turks were in Egypt (during the Ottoman control), this was not occupation(because Turks are Moslems). I wish the Moslems of Malaysia come and govern Egypt” Here, the reporter, Mr. Shoeyeb, objected ”I do not agree with you. I accept only to be governed by an Egyptian”. Mr. Akef’s reply was” Toz Fee Misr (an Egyptian expression means To Hell with Egypt). To hell with the ancestors of Egypt. To hell with whoever lives in Egypt”
For the full interview (in Arabic), please click on the title.