Former Kuwaiti Minister of Information Saad bin Tefla said that the ideology of ISIS did not come from thin air, and that it has already been preached by the Muslim Brotherhood in Sayyid Qutb's writings. He made his remarks in an interview that aired on Asharq TV (Saudi Arabia) on August 20, 2021. Bin Tefla continued to say that the Muslim Brotherhood has never renounced these ideas. Referring to the claim that political Islam has never been tried before, and that it should be given the chance to rule a country, he listed many Muslim countries that have tried political Islam in the past. Bin Tefla continued to say that Sudan was on the verge of becoming a failed state as a result of many years under the rule of political Islam, and in Tunisia most of the problems stem from the Ennahda movement, which represents the Muslim Brotherhood.
Saad bin Tefla: "There is a big lie that is being promoted, which says that we tried socialism, Baathism, pan-Arabism, Marxism, leftism, and liberalism, and all we got from this was destruction. But that is not true. They say: 'Let political Islam have its chance for once.' But it is not true that it never had its chance. [Political Islam] rules Afghanistan to this day through Taliban. It has ruled Iran since 1979. It has ruled Iraq since 2003. It dominates Lebanon, and we can see the outcome. It rules Gaza since 2007. It ruled Sudan – the biggest Arab country geographically – since 1989, after a coup against an elected government. And what was the outcome? One third of Sudan – 600,000 sq. km – were lost, and Sudan, as we can see today, unfortunately, was on the verge of becoming a failed state. In Tunisia, as you said, there is a problem. This is because the Muslim Brotherhood represented by the Ennahda movement, does not want for the Tunisian secular development project to move forward. Therefore, I believe that most of the problems – I'm not saying all of them because one needs to be objective – most of the problems Tunisia is experiencing today are because of political Islam.
"The reality is that the ideology of ISIS did not appear out of thin air. The ideology of ISIS has already been preached by the Muslim Brotherhood [in such books as] 'Milestones,' and 'In the Shade of the Quran,' by Sayyid Qutb. The Muslim Brotherhood has never renounced these books and these ideas. My second point is that they might pronounce you a kafir [unbeliever] because of a single tweet, but they have never renounced the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS, and never said that it is absolute kufr [unbelief] that has nothing to do with Islam."