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Salafists launch attack on Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood

Leading Salafist Yasser Borhami has launched a fresh scathing attack on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, accusing the movement of selling out Islam in order to reach power

Ahram Online, Saturday 18 May 2013
Salafist Yasser Borhami (Photo: Reuters)
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Prominent preachers from Egypt's ultra-conservative Salafist Call have again lambasted the "ruling" Muslim Brotherhood for their policies that they say contradict with Islamic teachings.

Speaking at a news conference held in the coastal city of Alexandria Saturday, Yasser Borhami — vice president of the Salafist Call — stated that "the Brotherhood does not represent Islam in any way," citing the performance of the government.

The incumbent Cabinet is under the management of premier Hisham Qandil, who — despite his constant denials — is believed to be loyal to the Brotherhood, having being appointed by President Mohamed Morsi who hails from the powerful group.

Borhami referred to the fact that the tourism ministry had recently extended the licence of cabarets for three years amid a notable deterioration in the hospitality industry since the 2011 revolution.

Borhami believes that such a move starkly contradicts with the ostensible goal of "freeing Jerusalem from Israeli occupation," which the Brotherhood and its supporters have been recurrently calling for.

"The liberation of Jerusalem will not be achieved by [singing] slogans, but through real change that comes through a genuine will to implement the [Islamic] Sharia of Allah," Borhami told the press conference.

Directing his speech to the Brotherhood, based on the widespread notion that the Brotherhood is real ruling body of Egypt, and not President Morsi, he said: "You extend the licences of cabarets and then go on satellite channels to say 'going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs?'"

Allying with 'enemies'

Another leading Salafist Call figure, Ahmed Farid, echoed similar sentiments, reiterating the opposing stance of the Salafists on normalising relations with Iran.

He said during the same conference, "They repeatedly say that the Prophet Mohammed is their role model, that the Quran is their constitution, and jihad is their way. But then they ally with Shia, the enemies of Islam."

While the majority of Muslims are Sunni, Shia represents the second largest Islamic population. The camps have fundamental differences in their respective doctrines, which creates hostility between them.

Salafists have repeatedly voiced opposition to normalising relations with Iran for fear it could lead to the growth of Shia Islam — the state religion of Iran — in Egypt where a Shia population barely exists.

Early in April, Prime Minister Qandil said Iranian tourists were very keen to visit Egypt for religious reasons; for example, to visit the tomb of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Al-Hussein.

On 1 April, more than 50 Iranians — the first official group to visit Egypt for tourism in decades — arrived in Upper Egypt amid tight security. The visit came as part of a bilateral tourism agreement signed in February.

Tourism between the two countries has been almost non-existent since all bilateral relations were severed following Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. Attempts to revive links were never welcomed by Salafists.

"Getting close to Iran is a betrayal of the state," Farid stated. "Whoever does that is selling his religion for a bunch of dollars."

"The Brotherhood said that [satisfying] Allah was their purpose, but by experience it turned out that to rule is their real goal."

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21-05-2013 12:48pm
Mafeesh Fayeda.
For the next generation there is no hope for Egypt.
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19-05-2013 09:13pm
Why we go to the eadge of the sword?
Egypt - the oldest country with the wisest people. Even had experienced with visionary leaders in the Middle East. Its history is evidenced in the Bible. BUT it is only now every thing is upside down. Recently people with PhDs are becoming nonsense. An ordinary person can understand that they do not have a sense of logic and human, religious, cultural and national diversity. They are also reductionists. They want to kill others and live themselves or with people who looks like them. Muslim Brotherhood is a government in this civilized world. Why religious people wanted to be in the power. The way to power is not a way to Allah. Otherwise this mix up will end in another destine. Why are we crying to eat Israelis, Christians, etc. Why are the Muslim Brotherhood more human to Palestine while frustrating their Christian brothers at home? Then where is the fairness? Or is this a lie? If Prophet Mohammed is the Role Model then why not people live as Shia or Sunni? Do we need to kill each other? If an educated person is running in such a wrong way we can imagine what will his child think or do. Can we say they are not educators because they only know read and write than they understand the real world.
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Sam Enslow
19-05-2013 11:38am
Tea Party in Egypt
These Salafi sound a like like the Christian fundamentalists in the US. They spend all their time fussing about the morality of others (never themselves) and forget ethics. You would think listening to them that the only things discussed in Islam are sex and the veiling of women. All other lessons, like Mercy and Social Justice, are ignored. Just two examples, what if everyone was charged the same price when they bought something at a store (especially if prices were clearly marked) and you could go to a government office and get efficient, fair treatment without paying a "sweet"? I would like to see a government in Egypt that worries not about Egyptian morality (that is between the individual and God) but about making the transporation system actually work, enforce laws honestly and efficiently, offer a plan to develop the economy, and actually fight for real social justice and an economic system that rewards people on merit and not on the basis of who their father or grandfather was. If there is a bar and you do not believe in drinking, do not go into the bar or go in and order a coke, but do not force your view of morality/religion on others. Limit another's freedom and you limit your own. Egyptians are not children and deserve a government that treats them like adults with actual brains.Egyptians need hope, answers, and to be treated with real respect as capable individuals who can accomplish. No more beatings are required. Encouragement is. Egypt needs a government that works with and for the people and is not separated from them. The days of Pasha's and Beys are over -or should be.
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19-05-2013 07:01am
let's not make confusion
The "muslim brotherhood" has never claimed , and isn't, to be a religious party : they are a brotherhood for muslims ( like a football fans' club ) while the salafis have never hidden that they are a religious movement.There is the difference !
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18-05-2013 10:25pm
Borhami is right
If the licenses of cabarets had been withdrawn earlier Jerusalem were already freed and the capital of Palestine!
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20-05-2013 09:23am
Sarcasm, people
I think Dr. Feelgood was being sarcastic, mocking that pathatic Borhami's irrational link between cabarets and the liberation of Jerusalem.
19-05-2013 12:24pm
I can recognize it
Call me crazy since I'm a westerner, but it's easy to see he was being sarcastic as if cabarets were the only thing that has been preventing the Palestinians from freeing Israel. Y'all might need to consider something else too, if Allah hasn't taken it upon himself to destroy Jews, Shias or any other groups that still exist that just maybe he doesn't want them destroyed. I could be wrong, all you need to do is show me where in the Qur'an it says that killing children makes Allah happy.
19-05-2013 09:41am
Wake Up
Dr. Feelgood, sorry to disappoint you. This is the 21st Century. There are other nations on this planet, with different agendas and bigger swords than Borhami's !Night clubs or no night clubs, Jerusalem will NEVER be the same. We need to educate our children, feed our families, employ our citizens and fix OUR house before we can have any credibility to work with others. Lets face it, we might be Moslems, but our country has NOTHING to "feelgood" about !

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