I wrote here about how Islamic supremacists were trying to take advantage of events in Tunisia; popular uprisings in majority-Muslim countries will generally tend to work in favor of pro-Sharia forces, which (despite the universal assumption in the West that they constitute a Tiny Minority of Extremistsâ„¢) enjoy broad popular support. Calls for democracy effectively amount to calls for Islamic rule.
“Shia cleric praises new ‘Islamic Mideast,'” from the AhlulBayt News Agency, January 28 (thanks to Twostellas):
(AhlulBayt News Agency) – The leader of Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers was referring to the recent historic revolution in Tunisia and massive protests in Egypt, Jordan, and Yemen.
“Incidents that are happening in the Middle East and the Arab world should not be regarded simply,” he told worshippers on Friday.
“To those who do not see the realities I clarify that an Islamic Middle East is being created based on Islam, religion, and democracy with prevailing religious principals [sic],” Ayatollah Khatami said.
Egypt’s largest opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday called on the country’s people to continue protests after the weekly Muslim prayer congregation of Friday.
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Essam al-Arian warned that Egypt would “explode” if the government does not listen to the people.
Police clamped down on anti-government protesters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Friday.
The leader of Tehran’s interim Friday Prayers said the recent uprisings in the Arab world have Islamic support as people came to the streets with the slogan of “God is the Greatest.”
Ayatollah Khatami also praised the congregational prayers in Tunisia days after the revolution ousted former President Zine El Abidin Ben Ali from power.
A vast majority of Tunisia’s population is Muslims and committed to Islamic values.