Have they ever read the history of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Mashari Althaydi

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One of the most noticeable and strange observations when you have a conversation with someone defending the Muslim Brotherhood is that they are terribly ignorant regarding the history, the people and actions of the organization.

Those who rush to defend any group, party, sect or any side, need to be aware of the facts they are defending.

In this context, I recall that I met with one of the advocates defending the Muslim Brotherhood. He categorically denied that the (clean) MB had any criminal or terrorist history, and these are mere false accusations spread by their opponents.

I said to him: What about the killing of Judge Ahmad al-Khazandar, Prime Minister Ahmed Maher, Mahmoud al-Nukrashi as well as Cairo police Chief Salim Zaki.

The violent history

What about the bombing of movie theaters, Cinema Metro and others. What about the burning of Groppi and Chicorel shops, etc, all of which occurred in the royal era before the military rule in June 1952.

He denied knowing about these incidents. He said that all of these facts where new to him, and I won’t mention the stories of the “special regime” specialized in the assassinations and the manufacturing of bombs, add to which, they were innovators in inventing explosive belts, which was one of the plots put forward in the killing of President Abdel Nasser in the famous Manshiyya operation in 1954.

We have a complete library, most of which is written by the Muslim Brotherhood themselves. This library reveals their coup ideas and tells the details of the clandestine activities, murders and espionage

Mashari Althaydi

What about Sayed Qutb’s supervision of the most dangerous military terrorist organization as he aimed to control the government. This is not just the problem, but rather the way they used to get there by bombing the power stations and targeting the charity water dams, which control the flow of the Nile water in the overpopulated delta of Egypt; a mass killing of Egyptian people.

Confessions and memoirs

This is confirmed by members of this organization known as Organization 65. Ali Ashmawi, one of the leaders of Organization 65, has a book detailing the story of this organization. I am sure that my enthusiastic friend has not read this book. Maybe he was persuaded by the Brotherhood’s propaganda that Ali Ashmawi’s book was pure defamation.

We have a complete library, most of which is written by the Muslim Brotherhood themselves. This library reveals their coup ideas and tells the details of the clandestine activities, murders and espionage. It includes the memoirs of one of the leaders of the regime, Salah Shadi, and many others.

Among the books in this library, there are those written by officers who faced the Brotherhood over the decades from the 1950s to the 1980s. In this regard, I recall the book of former deputy head of the State Security Service, Major General Fouad Allam, and by the way he was the one who transferred Qutb from a prison to another, where death sentences were executed.

Fouad Allam’s book was not published again unfortunately. It is entitled: “The Muslim brotherhood and I... from Manshiyya to the podium.” He means by Manshiyya, the assassination attempt of Nasser in 1954, and the podium is where the assassination of President Sadat, at the military parade podium in Cairo in 1981.

Those who do not read, will be doomed to ignorance.

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Saudi journalist Mshari Al Thaydi @MAlthaydy presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Al Thaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists.

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