Over at Gatestone Institute (via RaymondIbrahim.com) I summarize an Arabic report alleging that the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate sees himself as the "second Islamic conqueror" of Egypt, who will enforce jizya on the nation's Christians. As I point out, it's hard to believe he would make these statements, considering he's currently trying to convince everyone -- especially Copts and women -- that he's a "moderate," to get their votes. Still, conquest and subjugation are very much in keeping with the Muslim Brotherhood's worldview, and slips of the tongue, especially now in Egypt, where passions are flying high, are common enough. You decide:
According to the popular Egyptian website, El Bashayer, Muhammad Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, just declared that he will "achieve the Islamic conquest (fath) of Egypt for the second time, and make all Christians convert to Islam, or else pay the jizya," the traditional Islamic tax, or financial tribute, required of non-Muslim "dhimmis."Continue reading.
In a brief report written by Samuel al-Ashay and published by El Bashayer on May 27, Morsi allegedly made these comments while speaking with a journalist at the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, adding "We will not allow Ahmed Shafiq [his contending presidential candidate] or anyone else to impede our second Islamic conquest of Egypt."
After his interviewer pointed out that the first Muslim conquest of Egypt was "carried out at the hands of Amr bin al-As [in 641]," he asked Morsi, "Who will the second Islamic conqueror be?" The presidential candidate replied, "The second Muslim conqueror will be Muhammad Morsi," referring to himself, "and history will record it."
When asked what he thought about many Christian Copts coming out to vote for his secular opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, Morsi reportedly said, "They need to know that conquest is coming, and Egypt will be Islamic, and that they must pay jizya or emigrate."
If this interview is accurate, certainly Morsi would not be the first political Islamist in Egypt to say he wants to see the nation's Christians subjugated and made to pay jizya (see here for more examples)....