Following are excerpts from an interview with Mahdi 'Akef, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on July 30, 2006.
Phone call from Mustafa Othman, Egypt: The people needs someone to lead it, and there is no one better than you to lead the people. You know what Husni Mubarak did to the people. Husni Mubarak brought cancer from Israel. Husni Mubarak is an American agent, as you know. We ask you and Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi to issue a fatwa now, calling upon the Egyptian people to revolt against its ruler.
Interviewer: Could you respond to this phone call, asking you to declare a revolt against the ruler?
Mahdi 'Akef: Yes, I will begin with this. I am the first one who wants to bear arms against these Zionist gangs, wherever they may be. But in my capacity as Supreme Guide, I have other considerations, and I bear great responsibilities. How can I take this people out to the streets, exposing them to the ignorance of the regime? When 50 people come to a demonstration, they are faced by 1,000 soldiers. A demonstration of 5,000 people will be faced by 25,000 soldiers. I fear that blood be shed for no price. I want blood that is shed for a price. These ignorants who rule Egypt with force and with security agencies - I call upon them to fear Allah, to return to Allah, and to reach out to this people, which attributes power and honor to you. Otherwise, the people will soon trample you underfoot, Allah willing.
This American Satan claims to be a messenger of divine guidance. Divine guidance never commands anything but truth, justice, and freedom, things that have nothing to do with him. I salute all the honorable Americans who stand up to this Satan, who wants to set the entire world on fire, not just the Arab and Islamic nation.
I go back to the issue of Jihad. Jihad is an individual duty incumbent upon every Muslim, male and female, if any inch of the land of Islam and the Muslims is occupied.