Interview with Imam Muhamad al Takrif
The Muslim Brothers Disclosed (TMBD): Salam aleikoum Muhamad,
Imam Muhamad al Takrif (IMaT): Aleikoum Salam
TMBD: Please, first, introduce yourself to our readers
IMaT: I am a preacher and imam at Romilly-sur-Seine in France. I come from Tunisia
TMBD: As you know, we oppose the Muslim Brothers attempt to Islamize the world under the sword. What can you tell us about this international organization? Do you consider it a threat to fellow Muslims?
IMaT: At first, I thought The MB were a threat neither to Egypt and the West nor to any Muslim. I mean the MB was just pleading the cause of all these fellow Muslims who suffered from oppression and coercion. Yet, when I get in touch with some of their members, I have discovered a totally different picture.
TMRD: Could you please be more specific?
IMaT: The MB took a tougher stance since 9/11, they're more hard-line and are certainly more powerful than western policymakers believe! They're at the root of the whole worldwide pro-Islam wave which fuels tensions between the West and Islam and makes impossible any real dialogue between the two civilizations. They benefit from social inequalities to make the poorest join their rank against.
The Brotherhood is more powerful than any other Muslim organization. And its capacity of political disruption is far more complex and effective than Al Qaeda's. The MB can succeed where Al Qaeda fails: policy. It has been seen as a more moderate movement than Ayatollah's or Taliban's; yet it inspired many of the most radical Islamists preacher or leader.
TMRD: Do they want a clash of civilization? Or do you think they are using Tiqqya to win without fighting?
IMaT: MB is an example of how Islamists can infiltrate into the political system; and Egypt isn't the easiest trial ground; and make their views heard by most of the population despite the repressive way they've been treated since 1930s by local authorities.
I don't mean MB's views are completely bad. If I think such ideas are too hardline, I also consider such are an answer to today's problem which seem to have great echo among the population. No one can ignore this and one could have to respect the fact that someday MB is to rule the country following popular elections like the one which took place in Palestine and made Hamas the most powerful polital force in the area.
TMRD: How is the organization financed? How can we prevent it from spreading?
IMaT: The organization's mainly financed by the 'Zakat' and through various organization which use the Arab and Islamic Diaspora throughout the world, and especially the one settled in Western Europe.
MB is not a terrorist organization. If it has connection with very radical groups, it didn't engage into violent actions. It prefers political solutions and it's succeeding. Mubarak out and the MB is the favourite in the race for power.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been the first well-organized Islamic radical organization which defined realistic objectives and adapted its strategy to the direct political conditions. That one disagrees or not with its ideas and objectives, the MB is an organization which one is to take seriously into account for the next 30 years to come in Egypt and the surrounding area.
It has been and it's still the driving force behind the emergence and the passive acceptance of more radical views throughout the muslim world, despite all the differences there are between the various trends of Islam.
TMRD: Well, Imam Muhamad, thanks a lot for your time and your deep thoughts on the MB. Do you want to conclude with a message to those who are willing to join the MB?
IMaT: Joining the MB may make you participate to the most powerful radical Islamic force; take time enough to make it more tolerant. Anyway, you could someday experience 'power'.
Don't make it a dead-end like it's being done in Palestine. Take this as an opportunity to make Islam stronger but also better considered by other cultures. Too much radicalism could lead to our destruction.