Caliphate dreams from the Muslim Brotherhood — and they’ve never had a better opportunity to transform those dreams into reality than they do now. “Muslim Brotherhood Figure and Former Spokesman in the West: Establish a Global Islamic State,” from MEMRI, June 24 (thanks to all who sent this in):
In a June 8, 2011 interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouq, Dr. Kamal Al-Helbawy, former Muslim Brotherhood spokesman in the West, called upon the Arab youth to launch a new revolution that would eliminate the borders drawn by imperialist nations and bring about the establishment of a global Islamic state — “called ‘The United States of Islam.'” According to Al-Helbawy, the Muslim Brotherhood is active in approximately 80 countries and strives to realize the dream of becoming a global organization.
Following are excerpts from the interview: […]
“Here I must ask bluntly: Why did Israel say that Mubarak is a strategic treasure? Because his crimes act as a barrier against the resistance and the Muslim Brotherhood. In this atmosphere, it was hard to manage a global organization. Today, there is great hope that we can realize [this goal], since we witnessed the opening of the Muslim Brotherhood’s new headquarters, attended by Brotherhood [activists] from all countries.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is organized in 80 countries, and they and the Islamists have a right to establish a global movement, much like global socialism or Zionism…”
“Why Shouldn’t We Have A Country Called ‘The United States Of Islam’… I Propose That the Arab Peoples… Take To the Streets With the Slogan ‘The Arab People Wants To Remove the Borders [Between Its Countries]’
“Q: Regarding the global organization — will a Muslim Brotherhood member associate himself with the [global] movement or with his homeland? And what will happen should there be a contradiction between them?”
“A: There will be no contradictions. Our thinking and our affiliation are to the exalted Allah. Our affiliation is to Islam. The global state of Islam is our ideal…
“How will countries like Bahrain or Qatar defend themselves? Why shouldn’t we have a country called ‘The United States of Islam,’ ruled by a white man or a black man…
“I propose that the Arab peoples who demonstrated for the sake of the revolution, so they could move from the stage of oppression and corruption to the stage of stability and security, organize themselves from now on and set a deadline — five or 10 years — [and] take to the streets with the slogan ‘The Arab People Wants to Remove the Borders [Between Its Countries]’… These borders were drawn up by imperialist nations, making our rulers guardians of imperialist borders… […]
“I say to our Salafi brothers: Why do you focus only on [external] appearance, on the beard, the miswak [tooth-cleaning stick noted in Islamic jurisprudence], and the jilbab [religious garment]? There are many things far more important to Muslim society — chiefly a military industry, which is a means and a tool of jihad, as Ibn Taymiyya said…
“If Ibn Taymiyya were among us, what would he think of [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad’s stance against Israel, while Arab rulers protect Israeli embassies and applaud the symbols of the Zionist entity?”