Egyptian-German scholar Hamed Abdel-Samad said that the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan Al-Banna, admired Hitler, and modeled the Muslim Brotherhood on the Nazi Party. He made these remarks in an interview that aired on Al-Hurra TV (U.S.) on June 20, 2021. Abdel-Samad said that the ties between the Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin Al-Husseini and Hitler, Al-Banna spread pro-Hitler propaganda, and followed his example in forming the Muslim Brotherhood. He explained that the Muslim Brotherhood, like the Nazi Party, is a political party that relies on an armed militia, has an "ideology of an inspiring leader-savior," and the term used to describe Al-Banna, "guide" was borrowed from the German term Führer.
Abdel-Samad further said that Muslim Brotherhood institutions use Western terms such as "coexistence," "inclusion," and "tolerance," yet it maintains a financial network that supports "extremely radical mosques." Abdel-Samad added that the Muslim Brotherhood wants ISIS to carry out attacks, even in the West, from time to time, because this allows the MB to paint itself as a "moderate alternative" to ISIS that helps Muslim youth integrate in Europe.
He said that the Muslim Brotherhood is the "behind the Jihadi rhetoric" and that all extremist groups have emerged from the womb of the Muslim Brotherhood. Abdel-Samad continued to say that the Muslim Brotherhood calls for Jihad and the liberation of Al-Andalus and Palestine, yet it does not do anything to that effect: "They incite and fight with words. That's their business." He said that the Muslim Brotherhood allies with secular Turkey and in the West, with feminists and gays, yet all the while, they say that they want to wage Jihad. Abdel-Samad added that they send their mujahideen to Sinai, Syria, or Iraq – but claim they have done nothing wrong.
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Hamed Abdel-Samad: "The Muslim Brotherhood has been present in the West for a long time. It began when Hajj Amin Al-Husseini fled Iraq... He was the Mufti of Jerusalem and was in touch with Hassan Al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. He traveled to Berlin and allied himself with Hitler, for whom he founded two divisions of Muslim fighters. There were about 100,000 Muslim fighters who perpetrated massacres during World War II. Hitler started a radio station in Berlin for Hajj Amin Al-Husseini, who aired Nazi propaganda at Egypt and so on. Hassan Al-Banna himself started a pro-Hitler propaganda campaign in Egypt. He stated that Hitler had converted to Islam, and that when Hitler would attack the British in Egypt, he would not destroy the mosques. Hassan Al-Banna admired Hitler and his record very much, and he more or less duplicated the experience of the Nazi Party in the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Banna borrowed the concept of a political party that relies on an armed militia, as well as the ideology of an inspiring leader-savior. Even Hitler's title of Führer was translated verbatim from German. Führer means 'guide.'
"Muslim Brotherhood members have been sent to the political parties in Germany and Austria. They established an academy with a very beautiful name in Austria: 'The Islamic Academy for the Training of Imams and Teachers of Islam.' This is how they control the schools and the imams. In Germany, they established an academic institute called 'the European Institute for Human Studies.' When you walk inside, you see that they glorify Hassan Al-Banna, and teach the writings of Sheikh Al-Qaradawi. This is unbelievable. They have learned how to use real [Western] terms. Instead of talking about 'Jihad' and 'shari'a,' they talk about 'coexistence,' 'inclusion,' and 'tolerance.' They employ division of roles, but they hold on to a huge financial network that supports extremely radical mosques, because they want both the liberals and the radicals under their thumb. They want ISIS to carry out terror attacks from time to time, even in Europe, so that they could present themselves as the moderate alternative, and can fight extremism and help Muslim youth to integrate. They played the same game in Egypt and Tunisia before.
"The Muslim Brotherhood is the one behind the Jihad rhetoric. All the extremist groups have emerged from the womb of the Muslim Brotherhood. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood always call for Jihad, the conquest of Al-Analus, and the liberation of Jerusalem, but ultimately, they do not really have a Jihadi enterprise. They do not go to Jerusalem to liberate it. As a result, the younger members become frustrated after a while. They see that..."
Interviewer: "But they do promote Hamas and the 'resistance.' They call it 'Islamic resistance.' They have tools at their disposal."
Abdel-Samad: "They have tools but they themselves never go to fight. They incite and fight with words. That's their business.
"We can see that the Muslim Brotherhood has allied itself with Erdoğan, even though Turkey is a secular state with prostitution and everything, and nothing from the Islamic shari'a is implemented there. They have also allied themselves with the West, the feminists, and the homosexuals, yet all the while they are saying: 'We want to wage Jihad.' They send their mujahideen to Sinai, Syria, or Iraq, but they want to have it both ways. They want to control the terrorists, and to be able to declare: 'We have done nothing wrong.'"