The Muslim Brotherhood and a celebrity food drive

by Michael Petrou

Writing in the Calgary Herald, Tarek Fatah, an outspoken liberal Muslim, asks why the CBC is teaming up on a food drive with the Muslim Association of Canada – a group openly supportive of the international Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood, and its founder Hassan al Banna.

Launched in the 1920s, the Muslim Brotherhood is the largest political Islamist movement in the world. Hamas, the Palestinian terror group, is one of its many offshoots. Some of the organization’s early leaders and thinkers, particularly Sayyid Qutb, have had an enormous influence on modern Sunni jihadists. Ayman Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second-in-command, was a student and ardent supporter of Qutb, before Qutb was executed by Egypt in 1966 on charges of plotting to assassinate the Egyptian president Gamal Abdul Nasser. Osama bin Laden also read Qutb avidly as a young man and regularly attended lectures delivered by Sayyid’s brother, Mohammed.

The Muslim Brotherhood is now trying to enter the political mainstream in places like Egypt and claims to oppose violence – at least when its Hamas wing isn’t blowing up Israeli civilians. It has rejected al Qaeda, and Zawahiri in turn now denounces the Brotherhood.

Some would argue that as long as Islamist groups aren’t plotting to bomb subways or supporting al Qaeda, it shouldn’t matter how they feel about things such as sharia law, the conflict in the Middle East, or a woman’s role in society — and it would be perfectly sensible to cooperate with them in, for example, a celebrity food drive.

Usama Hasan, a British imam who helped launch the “counter-extremism” Quilliam Foundation think tank, isn’t so sure. “I don’t accept the conveyor belt idea that Islamism or Wahhabism or Salafism leads to terrorism,” he told me when I visited him in London this summer. “But it does contribute to the mood music, this sympathy for suicide bombings, for example. You find a lot of sympathy for this kind of nonsense.”

He added that even non-violent Islamist parties are too often obsessed with a foreign agenda, which prevents integration into Western society and stifles debates on how Islam in a Western context should evolve.




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The Muslim Brotherhood and a celebrity food drive

  1. “He added that even non-violent Islamist parties are too often obsessed with a foreign agenda, which prevents integration into Western society and stifles debates on how Islam in a Western context should evolve.”

    Has anyone turned this argument inside-out to see how it would play with Christians of the mainstream and their fundamentalist brethren and their relations past or present with Islamic societies?

  2. I would tell Tarek Fatah that while it is admirable to expose the colluding do-gooders, it is even better to criticize them for do-gooding! This packs more punch.

    “Who can argue against using star power to motivate Muslims to donate to a charity.” writes Tarek Fatah.

    Well, Tarek, this is really the crux. All the do-gooders who do charity perpetuate the system that keeps social justice from happening. That’s the point Tarek Fatah should argue otherwise he is as bad as those he criticizes. The Daily Bread Food Bank (for instance) is a large food distribution system. It appropriates charity and franchises it. Any church or group who signs up for the franchise will find that the good works they do become tarnished through use of the system. The Daily Bread Food Bank is not reliable to ensure equitable distribution of food, and it’s qualifying criterion to recieve donations often closes the door on the foodless. While the Food Bank system continues the collective social conscience is anaethetized to suffereing and so the Main Food Distribution System becomes less equitable and corrupt. The MFDS can charge usurious prices for food, it can create more garbage to destroy the planet. But at Christmas and Thanksgiving it asks for a Food Bank donation from those who still participate in the MFDS. Those Brown Bags stuffed with garbage and high prices interiors of cans …where does it go? To the needy? NO.

    The CBC, CAIR, all of ‘em, prop up the poverty using Charity. Let the hungry STARVE. Let them break down the doors of the grocery store, let them revolt. I use the Food Bank — I know what’s going on. Tarek Fatah is just not enough of an activist to say what is really wrong, and so he does as much harm as those he criticizes.

    While I’m at it…let me say…UNICEF, The United Way…all that Charity…props up the Evil greed and inequity.

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