Following are excerpts from an address delivered by Sheik Mahdi ‘Akef, General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on October 27, 2009.
Sheik Mahdi ‘Akef: Since the establishment of the Muslim Brotherhood, our position has been clear and unequivocal: There is an obvious global conspiracy to plant this cancerous entity in the midst of our nation. In your countries there are people who are more despicable than the Zionists. They help the depraved nations that want to subjugate our countries. Since they are unable to colonize them with weapons, they are using these contemptible means, which you are witnessing.
Religion, my friends, is not served only through prayers and fasting. That is just the foundation. It is also served through serious action to vanquish those criminals – both the Zionists and their helpers. Among the greatest helpers of the Zionists in these times are most of the Arab and Muslim rulers.
My dear people, we are living in times the likes of which even I, an old man, have never seen. This is true of Egypt, especially. When I look at this tyranny, corruption, degeneration, and backwardness – what more can I say? I have no words to describe it. It is a complete failure in all fields.
Can you imagine a country that ignores all the international resolutions of the UN, of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and of the Arab League, to lift the siege on our beloved in Palestine? On the contrary, the Arab and Muslim rulers insist upon this siege. People come from abroad to lift the siege, but these rulers only intensify it. Have you ever come across greater insanity, greater absurdity, or a greater mockery of people? Whoever provides aid to our beloved in Palestine is told that it is forbidden and is thrown into prison.
Allah commanded us to wage Jihad. Jihad is a personal duty incumbent upon every Muslim man and woman, because the lands of the Muslims have been destroyed. They have become fair game for every corrupt oppressor.
If you do not maintain your call, you will not be able to preserve Egypt. The precious Egypt of resistance and of culture – we are its owners. But as for that accursed Egypt [run by] those accursed people, who would like to eradicate its greatness and grandeur by subjecting themselves to the enemies of this nation – we have nothing to do with them. We are among the owners of the great, respectable Egypt, the Egypt that is full of men who are God-fearing, who proclaim the truth, and who work toward its revival.