Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood MP: "The Koran Encourages Terrorism"
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood MP: "The Koran Encourages Terrorism; "Bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri and Al-Zarqawi are Not Terrorists in the Sense Accepted by Some"
I am shocked to read this interview. This man is an Egyptian member of Parliament from the "banned" Muslim brotherhood. Who elected this man to represent Egyptians?
He is saying so many weird and extremely dangerous stuff. He is simply confirming that terrorism and Islam are made for each other. These people are dragging Egypt behind the sun where we won't be heard of or listened to. I am must be in a nightmare, I need someone to wake me up now! Being a Muslim myself, this is so scary to me.
The name is Ragab Hilal Hamida. MP for the Muslim Brotherhood.
The following are excerpts from the interview by MEMRI: "Terrorism' is Not a Curse When Given its True Meaning" ... "It is [Our] Duty to Repel any Enemy of the Islamic and Arab Countries, Using 'Terrorism' Rather Than Using Violence"
Question: "Does it make sense to you that a Muslim should claim that the Koran incites to terrorism?!"
Hamida: "I said these things in an [Egyptian] parliament session dealing with the Inter-Arab Agreement on Combating Terrorism. I noticed that the report of the [Parliamentary] Committee for Defense and National Security and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry were inaccurate when [they] dealt with terrorism, since [they] dealt with it in general [terms]. I specifically wanted to explain that [the term] 'terrorism' is not a curse when given its true meaning. [When interpreted accurately,] it means opposing occupation as it exists in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq!...
Question: "Do you think that this is the [appropriate] time to repeat such provocative statements, when we are trying to improve the image of Islam in the West and to refute the accusation that [Islam] is a religion of terrorism, as [some] are claiming?"
Hamida: "Islam does not need improvement of its image... But there are some ignorant Muslims who do not understand the tenets of their faith... It is [our] duty to repel any enemy of the Islamic and Arab countries, using 'terrorism' rather than using violence. We need an accurate definition of [the term] 'terrorism' in the negative climate in which we live - a climate that makes no distinction between a criminal and one who is prepared to sacrifice his life or a terrorist. In defining [this term], we must not be influenced by American pressures, but consider the issues in the light of shari'a. They should not tell us to fight terrorism and to fight it as they command us to. The Americans are the ones who perpetrate violence in the Arab countries!..." Full interview...