Yesterday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met with leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, who are poised to dominate the country's new parliament.
The meeting is part of an ongoing effort by the Obama Administration to reach out to the Brotherhood after decades of shunning the movement.
These efforts are an affront to human decency and a sign once again of how poorly the "Arab Spring" (which I prefer to call the "Infidel's Winter") has been understood among the Western elites.
Almost simultaneous to Burns' visit, the MB's Supreme Leader Muhammad Badi was quoted in the Egyptian media (translation here) as saying the following:
“The Brotherhood is getting closer to achieving its greatest goal as envisioned by its founder, Imam Hassan al-Banna. This will be accomplished by establishing a righteous and fair ruling system, with all its institutions and associations, including a government evolving into a rightly guided caliphate and mastership of the world.
"When the Brotherhood started its advocacy [da’wa], it tried to awaken the nation from its slumber and stagnation, to guide it back to its position and vocation. In his message at the sixth caucus, the Imam [Banna] defined two goals for the Brotherhood: a short term goal, the fruits of which are seen as soon as a person becomes a member of the Brotherhood; and a long term goal that requires utilizing events, waiting, making appropriate preparations and prior designs, and a comprehensive and total reform of all aspects of life.
“The Imam [Banna] delineated transitional goals and detailed methods to achieve this greatest objective, starting by reforming the individual, followed by building the family, the society, the government, and then a rightly guided caliphate and finally mastership of the world.”
Despite the historical reality that the caliphate has always been an aggressive, imperialist entity posing a permanent and serious threat to the non-Muslim world, some might argue that Badi's words should be taken more figuratively than literally. Perhaps a Muslim "mastership of the world" would be more a general alliance of nations sharing a common religious heritage, and wouldn't have an overly political or theocratic character, they might argue.
Not so. For as I reported here nearly a year ago, Badi is openly on record stating that the Qur'an should form the basis of the political structure of the new Egypt, while his organisation's political platform plainly advocates sharia law as the political solution to Egypt's problems.
In Badi's own words:
"The noble Koran is the constitution that sets out the laws of Islam. It is the fountainhead of all virtue and wisdom in the hearts of the believers, and it is the best [way] for the believers to become closer to Allah... The Holy Koran includes all the tenets of faith, laws of worship, principles of public good [and] legal concepts [pertaining to] this world, including duties and prohibitions, and they are for the benefit of all humanity, without distinctions of religion, [skin] color, gender, [social] status or language..."
Badi' added that the Koran must continue to be a way of life for every Muslim and his family, and that, at the state level, countries whose official religion is Islam must establish the Koran as "the basis for the constitution and the first source of legislation, the scales of justice in the courtrooms and one of the bases of the [school] curricula at all levels [of education]... All clauses of the [state] constitution which Islam and its precepts do not permit must be removed..."
In other words, barbaric, theocratic sharia law is the crux of Badi's vision of what "mastership of the world" really means.
But maybe it's a "moderate" form of sharia law, one that rejects draconian punishments and is really just like being a Rotarian? Again, very unlikely, given that the Egyptian people overwhelmingly define sharia as encompassing stonings, amputations, and denial of freedom of speech and freedom of religion - and a majority of them support the implementation of this system of governance.
Badi's description of a gradual process of Islamisation involving a "long term goal that requires utilizing events, waiting, making appropriate preparations and prior designs, and a comprehensive and total reform of all aspects of life," mirrors the views of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is often referred to as the "father figure" of the Brotherhood. In a recent fatwa at his OnIslam website, Qaradawi opined that "Gradualism in applying the Shari`ah is a wise requirement to follow." He has these specific recommendations:
Being a divine law, gradualism is to be followed on the political level nowadays. That is to say, gradualism is to be observed when it comes to applying the rulings of the Shari`ah in today's life when Muslims have been socially, legislatively, and culturally invaded.
If we want to establish a real Muslim society, we should not imagine that such an end can be achieved by a mere decision issued to that effect by a king or a president or a council of leaders or a parliament.
Gradualism is the means through which such an end can be fulfilled. Gradualism here refers to preparing people ideologically, psychologically, morally, and socially to accept and adopt the application of the Shari`ah in all aspects of life, and to finding lawful alternatives for the forbidden principles upon which many associations have been founded for so long.
In other words, a slow, gradual creep of sharia law into the non-Muslim psyche and society, under the noses of those who should ostensibly oppose it, so that it is achieved before most people have even realised it needed to be stopped. The MB's own words as recorded in captured internal documents reveal that this is its plan not just for Egypt, but for the West as well.
But anyway, ignore all of this. Barack Obama wants "outreach", and why would anyone disapprove of that?