The Muslim Brotherhood’s former General Guide, Mahdi Akef, the organization’s supreme leader from 2004-2010, declared during an interview published today by the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al Jarida, that the “Brotherhoodization” of Egypt’s state organs—which would see the transformation of Egypt into the image of the Muslim Brotherhood—is President Muhammad Morsi’s grand plan for the nation.
Akef was referring to Morsi’s electoral program, also known as his “Nahda [or Renaissance] Project,” which, as it appears on the English-language website of the Muslim Brotherhood, says nothing about overrunning Egypt’s state institutions with Brotherhood members, but rather speaks glowingly of freedom, equality, and pluralism. Yet, according to Al Jarida, Akef declared that “there is no Nahda without the Brotherhoodization of Egypt’s state organs.”
Akef further indicated the determination of Morsi’s resolve by boasting that, “despite the lack of cooperation from some state institutions and despite his being exposed to a fierce attack from the media and judiciary, he [Morsi] remains in office.”
During the same Al Jarida interview, Akef—who when once pressured to talk more about Egypt’s interests and less about Islam’s declared “the hell with Egypt”—further exposed the totalitarian and supremacist nature of the Muslim Brotherhood mentality. For example, concerning Egyptian surgeon-turned-satirist, Bassem Youssef—who has been targeted by Morsi’s government for his jabs at the Muslim Brotherhood—Akef warned that the comedian “is transgressing against his masters.”
Needless to say, this assertion has ruffled some feathers among Egyptians. As secular TV host Mahmoud Sa‘ad said in mockery, “Who, exactly, are our masters, the Muslim Brotherhood? They have to clarify, so we can kiss their hands and their feet when we meet them, since they’re our masters.”… Continue reading.