Mohamed Badie, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has confirmed the importance of the arts in building and developing Egypt.
During a meeting with Ashraf Abdel Ghafour, head of the actors’ syndicate, Badie stressed the importance of developing a code of conduct for each profession in the field of culture to monitor and ensure high quality that would lead to the development of the nation.
Badie also highlighted the central role of Egyptian arts throughout the Arab world and said the country’s artists should work to regain its reputation, reconstruct its leadership, adopt Arab and Islamic values, and advocate freedom.
Abdel Ghafour expressed his happiness with the meeting, confirming the agreement of both parties on the definition of art, which should be in an honourable form to address society, government and freedom. Furthermore, it should help educate and inspire the public.
Abdel Ghafour remarked that Badie had given him a clear image about the Islamic view of arts and culture, which the Brotherhood leader claimed would “lead to a better future for society. "
Badie claimed the Mubarak regime had distorted the arts away from reality, promoted corruption and encouraged the public to turn away from Islam.