French-Tunisian Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, president of the Conference of Imams of France, criticized political Islam in an interview that aired on i24 News (Israel) on February 28, 2021. He said that while political Islam has been around for a century, it is on the rise owing to the Muslim Brotherhood. Chalghoumi said that the Muslim Brotherhood should be called the Devil's Brotherhood, and that the organization's founder Hassan Al-Bana was a "monster." He said that the Muslim Brotherhood uses sacred ideas and causes such as the Palestinian cause to manipulate ignorant people. Chalghoumi added that "if it weren't for the Muslim Brotherhood, all Muslims would be brothers," because they sow division and civil war in the Muslim world. He then said that the Iranian mullah regime is a Shi'ite form of political Islam. Chalghoumi stated that political Islam is promoting hatred, barbarism, and savagery. For more about Hassen Chalghoumi, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 8425, 8386, 6439, 5518, 5204, 5164, 4538, 4241, 3792, 3562, 3561, 2775, and 2572.
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"I Don't Call Them The Muslim Brotherhood; They Are The Devil's Brotherhood; [Founder] Hassan Al-Bana... Has Done So Much Harm To Islam"
Hassen Chalghoumi: "Political Islam has been around for more than a century. It is truly on the rise with the Muslim Brotherhood. On the one hand, Egypt... I don't call them the Muslim Brotherhood. They are the Devil's Brotherhood."
Interviewer: "So who are these people?"
Chalghoumi: "Hassan Al-Bana is, to me, a monster, this man who has done so much harm to Islam, by creating this ideology of confrontation, of the Caliphate...
"If It Weren't For The Muslim Brotherhood, All Muslims Would Be Brothers... Shi'ite Political Islam [Promotes] This Strict Vision... Of Hatred, Of Barbarism, Of Savagery"
"The fact is that they use sacred things for purely political reasons, only to manipulate the ignorant people, and in the name of certain causes, like the Palestinian cause and other causes. I have a proverb that says: If it weren't for the Muslim Brotherhood, all Muslims would be brothers. Because the Muslim Brotherhood is not a brotherhood. They sow division, civil wars, fitna... Fitna killed 200,000 people in Algeria alone.
"Also, on the other side, since 1979, [we can see] the rise of the mullahs' regime in Iran. The other side is Shi'ite... There are Sunnis on one side, and Shi'ite political Islam on the other, which promote this strict vision, the vision of hatred, of barbarism, of savagery.
"Why France? Because there is a large Muslim community in France. It is the country with the largest number of Muslims in Europe and in the West. This is why France must find solutions. [In addition] there is foreign interference. They need to hold Muslims hostage for political and intelligence purposes. It is also a way to exert pressure. Algeria and Qatar finance the Muslim Brotherhood. Saudi Arabia interferes a little too by funding Wahhabism. And on the other hand, there is Turkey. We have recently seen the confrontation in Erdogan's calls for hatred and Erdogan's Islamism."