Recently, Saad al-Katatny, the newly-elected head of Egypt’s Moslem Brotherhood’s ill-named Freedom and Justice Party, announced that its goal was to “institute Islamic Sharia law.” Mr. Katatny stated that his election was the first step towards achieving this goal of the Moslem Brotherhood. According to the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper, the Orwellian-sounding Freedom and Justice Party, which presently holds 47 percent of the seats in Egypt’s lower parliament, was “established to represent the Brotherhood’s political project, which, in the end, will be a wise government that will institute Islamic Shari’a law.” (Emphasis added.) Interestingly, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi ran for the presidency on the Freedom and Justice Party ticket, but resigned from the party immediately after being elected. Perhaps one of my astute readers can explain why that occurred because I do not want to appear too cynical. (By the way, was it me, or was there no mention of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood in the final foreign policy presidential debate?)
Mr. al-Katatny’s statements come on the heels of the declaration by the Moslem Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Muhammad Badie (nope, I am not making up that name!), who called on Moslems worldwide to liberate Jerusalem by means of jihad. The highly esteemed Spiritual Leader Badie asserted, “The jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem is a duty for all Moslems,” and that the city’s conquest by Islamic forces “will not be done through negotiations or at the United Nations.” So what represents the true feelings of Egyptian President Morsi? Last week, he participated in prayers in which the preacher, Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, urged Allah to “grant us victory over the infidels. Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate Your might and greatness upon them.” And Egyptian television showed President Morsi mouthing “Amen!” to the learned preacher’s prayer.
As I have written previously on this page, the Obama administration has developed close ties with the Moslem Brotherhood and other Islamic radical groups. A year-long Investigative Project on Terrorism (“IPT”) investigation has found that numerous known radical Islamists have made hundreds of visits to the White House to meet with senior administration officials. For more details, the IPT report is available here: http://www.investigativeproject.org/3777/a-red-carpet-for-radicals-at-the-white-house.
In response to Badie’s latest call for jihad against Israel, The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged President Obama to sever all contacts with the Moslem Brotherhood until their threat is withdrawn. But perhaps this will not begin to change until next January 20th. In any event, in Psalm 122: 6, we are encouraged to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. At this particularly important point in Middle East history, let us never forget to pray for peace for the city that our Lord Jesus Christ loves deeply, and over which He wept.