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Another Mainstream Islamist Party Forms in Egypt

September 16, 2011

Much news regarding the political landscape in Egypt makes mention of the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Brotherhood is very significant.  However, it is worth noting the recent formation of another political party: the Islah Party.  The Islah Party was formed by a group of Salafis.  They are the fourth Salafi party to form since the January 25th revolution, according to this article from Al Masry Al Youm’s website.

One might wonder what these young Salafis believe.  I think it is instructive to listen to their very words:

Khaled Mansour, a member of the party’s leadership, said Islah is mostly made up of young Salafis. “Our program is different from those of the other parties,” he said. “We rely on [Al-Azhar] religious scholars as our reference.”

Mansour’s statement makes me wonder if I could find others who are associated, or graduated from, Al-Azhar.  I found the following list:

Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (Nazi-lover and anti-semite)

Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood

Omar Abdel Rahman, leader of Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, terrorist

Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder of Hamas

Taha Jabir Alalwani, President of Cordoba University, a front group (one of many he is associated with) of the Muslim Brotherhood

Of course, that is just a brief list and, of course, some may claim that I am cherry-picking names to support my thesis.  Say that if you will, but the fact remains that Al-Azhar is closely associated with individuals who have later struck a very Islamist tone in their rhetoric and action.

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