Credo of the Muslim Brotherhood:
"Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Quran is our law.
Jihad is our way. Dying in the service of Allah is our highest hope".
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded as an Islamic movement in the Egyptian town of Isma'iliyaa in March 1928 by a school teacher Hassan al-Banna. Virtually all of the Sunni terrorist groups - including al Qaeda, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad - are derived from the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood's goal has been to promote the implementation of Shari'ah (Islamic law derived from the Quran and the Sunnah).
In early years, the Brotherhood focused on education and charity but it evolved into politics. The Muslim Brotherhood is still a major player in Egyptian politics but, more importantly, it is an inspiration for Muslims everywhere. The Brotherhood is so popular that it grew from about 800 members in 1936, to over 2 million in 1948; and is now a pervasive international Sunni Islamist movement, with covert and overt branches in over 70 countries and numbering in many, many millions.
Since its founding, the Muslim Brotherhood has openly sought to reassert Islam through the establishment of Sunni Islamic governments that will rule according to the strict and specific tenets of Sharia Law.
The Moslem Brotherhood has become a universal organization which constitutes the largest Islamic movement in modern times. It represents itself to Muslims over the world as having the most accurate understanding, comprehension and embrace of all Islamic concepts of life, culture, creed, politics, economics, education, society, justice and judgment, the spreading of Islam, education, art, information, science of the occult and conversion to Islam. In other words, the Muslim Brotherhood purports to make the rules for Muslims to follow wherever they are. Its tentacles extend throughout the Middle East and Africa – into almost any country with a Muslim population, including the United States. It is important to know that all Islamic terrorist groups have roots in the Muslim Brotherhood.
In the Middle East, the Muslim Brotherhood founded the terrorist organization Hamas as a Palestinian chapter. Article II of the Hamas charter states: The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood in Palestine.
To the Brotherhood, the correct primary goal of human civilization is the unification of all countries under the banner of the Caliphate - or universal Islamic state. According to al-Banna, the Brotherhood founder, the Caliphate must govern all lands that were at one time under the control of Muslims. He stated:
"We want the Islamic flag to be hoisted once again on high, fluttering in the wind, in all those lands that have had the good fortune to harbor Islam for a certain period of time and where the muzzein's call sounded in the takbirs and the tahlis."
"The Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea must once again become Muslim seas, as they once were. [After this] is accomplished, the Caliphate is to be expanded to cover the entire globe, erasing national boundaries under the flag of Islam."
Jihad is at the center of the Muslim Brotherhood ideology. In a booklet entitled, "Jihad" and in other works, al-Banna defines jihad as violent warfare against non-Muslims to establish Islam as dominant across the entire world. He wrote:
"Jihad is an obligation from Allah on every Muslim and cannot be ignored nor evaded. Allah has ascribed great importance to jihad and has made the reward of the martyrs and fighters in His way a splendid one. Only those who have acted similarly and who have modeled themselves upon the martyrs in their performance of jihad can join them in this reward."
These views being promulgated to Islamic masses by the Brotherhood are derived from the Quran and Hadith, which al-Banna quotes extensively. The quotes define jihad as the obligatory nature of jihad. On the specific subject of "fighting with People of the Book [Jews and Christians]," al-Banna quotes Quran 9:29:
"Fight against those who believe not in Allah nor in his Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger and those who acknowledge not the Religion of Truth (i.e. Islam), from among the People of the Book, until they pay the jizya [poll tax] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."
The Muslim Brotherhood founder al-Banna, also quotes a Hanafi scholar:
"Jihad linguistically means to exert one's utmost effort in word and action; in the Sharee'ah it is the fighting of the unbelievers, and involves all possible efforts that are necessary to dismantle the power of the enemies of Islam including beating them, plundering their wealth, destroying their places of worship and smashing their idols."
Islam allows jihad and permits war until the following Qur'anic verse is fulfilled:
"We will show them Our signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur'an) is the truth" (Surat al-Fussilat (41), ayah 53
The Muslim Brotherhood is behind all Islamic terrorism in the world today but this goes largely unacknowledged by most Americans and others in the western world; its credo quoted above says it all. They want to wage offensive jihad "in order to liberate the world from the servitude of man-made law and governance." The Brotherhood uses activism, mass communication and sophisticated schemes to build a large support base within the lower class and professional elements of society. By using existing support networks built around mosques, welfare associations, neighborhood groups and the prison population, the Brotherhood is able to effectively educate and indoctrinate people in Islam.
The Muslim Brotherhood seeks to restore the historical Caliphate and then expand its authority over the entire world by dismantling all non-Islamic governments. The Brotherhood aims to accomplish this through a combination of warfare - both violent and political. They provide the ideological model for almost all modern Sunni Islamic terrorist groups.
Richard Clarke, - the chief counterterrorism adviser on the U.S. National Security Council under Presidents Clinton and Bush told a Senate committee in 2003 - when discussing Hamas, Al Qaeda, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad - that "The common link here is the extremist Muslim Brotherhood - all of these organizations are descendants of the membership and ideology of the Muslim Brothers."
The leadership of Al Qaeda, from Osama bin Laden to his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed all were influenced by Muslim Brotherhood ideology. In fact, al-Zawahiri was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood as a young man, but according to Steve Emerson: "he broke with them because he thought the Brotherhood was neglecting jihad in favor of participating in elections; for him the Brotherhood was not violent enough."
Americans tend to be unaware of the threat because radical Islam as preached by the Muslim Brotherhood comes in a multitude of forms and uses a variety of tactics and strategies. Because of this flexibility, internal security is the prime threat to our country. While the government focuses on the external threat, the internal threat is overlooked.
For a long time trained Islamists have been operating successfully and with significant effect in our country using our own freedoms against us. We see this in the endless use of political correctness from claims of racism to highly charged litigation; all for the purpose of lessening objection to Muslim lifestyles and practices which are contrary to the American culture and laws. The nature and scope of this growing and complex internal threat is rarely addressed in public forums.
American-based Islamists and Islamic groups increasingly rely on Political Action to reduce government capability to uncover and dismantle terrorist cells and support mechanisms. They take advantage of our failure at all levels - from the individual to the government - to act against and counter their Political Action activities intended to achieve a radical Islam agenda. As Steve Emerson says "our open society is used as both a sword and shield by Muslims in this ideological warfare."
How many times have you heard the woeful exclamation by our liberals; "Why do they hate us?" Although the answer is obvious: too many of us in and out of government fail to accept the reality that Islamists do not hate us because of the freedoms we enjoy or because we are wealthy and powerful; they don’t even hate us because of our support of Israel. They hate us because we are the main obstacle to achieving their vision of a global caliphate under Sharia law. Since they know they cannot beat us with armed or economic warfare, or even with terrorism, they have adopted a strategy of political warfare to which our free society lends itself. They know, although we may not be able to be destroyed from without, if they are patient and clever we will self destruct from within.
Behind all this are the masters of Islamic warfare: the Muslim Brotherhood.