This came in response to the recent revelation that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was once in the Muslim Brotherhood.
Abdul Jalil al-Sharnubi, a former Brotherhood leader, made his statements during a satellite interview on the Arabic language program “New Evening” with journalist Jamal ‘Anayat.
His point was that the revelation that al-Baghdadi was in the Brotherhood should be no surprise. To make his point, he even added that “established lawyers and doctors [from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood] were among the first to volunteer to fight [for the Islamic State].”
More diplomatically but making the same point, Egyptian Minister of Religious Endowments (Awqaf), Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Gom‘a earlier said that the fact that al-Baghdadi was with the Brotherhood proves “that the Brotherhood is the spiritual father to every extremist group.”