Wonderful: Muslim Brotherhood’s “spiritual leader” to preach in Tahrir Square tomorrow

posted at 6:15 pm on February 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

I linked it a week ago, but if you haven’t yet read Lee Smith’s analysis of how Qaradawi’s emergence in Egypt could mirror Khomeini’s return to Iran from exile, read it now. (“Qaradawi approves of wife-beating, he defends female genital mutilation and signs off on female suicide bombers, and he attacks Shia for trying to subvert Sunni nations.”) And bear in mind, not only is the Brotherhood an international movement, Qaradawi himself is already internationally famous throughout the region for his show on Al Jazeera. So the spectacle of his appearance in Tahrir Square — no doubt to be carried live on AJ — is something that could galvanize fanatics in Egypt and beyond, reaching other Sunni countries that have gone wobbly like Yemen. Or, in the ultimate worst-case scenario, Saudi Arabia.

For the first time since he was banned from leading weekly friday prayers in Egypt 30 years ago, prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi will lead thousands in the weekly prayers from Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday.

Sources told Al Arabiya that a military force will accompany the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars from his home to Tahrir Square, provide security for the prayers and accompany him back to his residence…

Sheikh Qaradawi confirmed in a telephone call with the German Press Agency that he would lead tomorrow’s prayers in Tahrir, with hundreds of thousands expected to attend.

Once you’re done with Lee Smith’s piece, dive into this post at Hit & Run by Stephen J. Smith collecting evidence on the wires (and beyond) that the Saudis are already hard at work inside Bahrain to crush the Shiite protests there. That’s not surprising — a Saudi intervention was expected there at some point given how high the stakes are — but the extent of their presence is a shock. Hit & Run makes it sound like a full-fledged invasion, with at least one eyewitness reporting that Saudi tanks are “everywhere.” The Journal also reports a full military crackdown, replete with troops now in control of the square where protesters demonstrated for three days, but they seem to believe it’s the Bahraini military at work. Until last night, the demonstrations had been comparatively upbeat, with some protesters even advocating leaving the king in power if legal reforms could be worked out. Now it’s a death struggle, literally: “Shouts of ‘Death to the al-Khalifa’ have increasingly been heard.”

If the Saudis are scared now, wait until tomorrow when Qaradawi leads the region-wide democracy parade. Exit question: There’s no way the U.S. wants this guy seizing the moment in Egypt, especially with our “friends” in Riyadh getting nervous. Is this the best proof yet of how little leverage we have left over the Egyptian military?


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Huh? I thought Clapper said they were secular. I’m confused.

darwin on February 17, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Life is like a box of chocolates…

Robert_Paulson on February 17, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Glenn Beck is not as crazy as many think…his research has been spot on…

d1carter on February 17, 2011 at 6:19 PM

I was just reading about this over at Atlas Shrugged.
Off Topic: Any idea if the Iranian ships ever made it to or through the Suez?
More peaceful stuff in Egypt scheduled for another Friday.
What could go wrong/

ORconservative on February 17, 2011 at 6:21 PM

regional war gets closer by the day.

rob verdi on February 17, 2011 at 6:22 PM

It’s not that people on this board think Arabs are too something to handle freedom. It’s not that we don’t think many people in the streets of Cairo just wanted Mubarak gone and something less tyrannical in his place.

It’s that so many of us heard all of this before from Iranians in 1979, and fear we see history repeating itself.

Sekhmet on February 17, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Is this the best proof yet of how little leverage we have left over the Egyptian military?

yikes!!

cmsinaz on February 17, 2011 at 6:25 PM

What idiotic statement will our Great Leader make about this? I can hardly wait.

jeanie on February 17, 2011 at 6:28 PM

How incredibly sick does one have to be to openly endorse the perverted ideology of Mr. alQaradawi and the extremist agenda of his followers. About as sick as Mr. Gosnell I guess.

fourdeucer on February 17, 2011 at 6:29 PM

“Fired up and ready to go.”
“Change you can believe in.”

Skandia Recluse on February 17, 2011 at 6:33 PM

He needs to pipe his speech into Madison, WI.

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2011 at 6:33 PM

So, replacing a Sunni theocracy in SA, which funds terrorism all over the world, with one from the Brothers, who will do the same, is different, how? I understand the oil issue, but, other than that?

a capella on February 17, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Is this the best proof yet of how little leverage we have left over the Egyptian military?

This is the best proof yet of how little influence we have on the course of human events in that region.

JonPrichard on February 17, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Clap on, clap off.

Bishop on February 17, 2011 at 6:35 PM

region-wide democracy parade.

Yep, one man, one vote, one time democracy.

WitchDoctor on February 17, 2011 at 6:35 PM

So what would a Shia uprising in Saudi Arabia do to the world price of oil?

Skandia Recluse on February 17, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Glenn Beck is not as crazy as many think…his research has been spot on…

d1carter on February 17, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Glenn’s gonna be freaking out tomorrow. Can’t wait for the show.

rbj on February 17, 2011 at 6:37 PM

It’s all over but the crying.

SlaveDog on February 17, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Oh, and maybe we should evacuate our embassy.

rbj on February 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM

There’s no way the U.S. wants this guy seizing the moment in Egypt…

I am sure that privately Obama is quite pleased.
And Jimmy Carter is happy that he will no longer be the worst US President in modern history.

albill on February 17, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan join forces in common cause ….

Then the alarm went off. ::sigh::

OldEnglish on February 17, 2011 at 6:48 PM

So what would a Shia uprising in Saudi Arabia do to the world price of oil?

Skandia Recluse on February 17, 2011 at 6:36 PM

If the Brothers are involved, they are Sunni like SA, although the impact on oil prices would probably still be the same. I dunno if Shia would come out on top in a SA tussle. I assume the MB, like the Saudis, aren’t real thrilled with Iran Shia infuence growing. It is a mess.

a capella on February 17, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I propose that President Obama send Jimmy Carter to the square as a “good will” ambassador. He and Qaradawi should hit it off just swimmingly. And, Mr. Klapper and Mr. Panetta, no need to pay attention. It’s not likely anything will happen at this secular lovefest. You can go back to your tiddly-winks games.

MikeHu on February 17, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Exit question: There’s no way the U.S. wants this guy seizing the moment in Egypt, especially with our “friends” in Riyadh getting nervous.

And they call AP a cynic, please! This is EXACTLY what Obama wants, and since he is the state – in his mind- it IS therfore what America and his unemployable underlings want.

Is this the best proof yet of how little leverage we have left over the Egyptian military?

Ummm No, the opposite actually. You’re insane if you think the military wants him back and on the national stage. This IS PRECISELY a demonstration of our ability to bring Egypt’s military class to heel, even to the point of their own overthrow.

abobo on February 17, 2011 at 6:53 PM

So what would a Shia uprising in Saudi Arabia do to the world price of oil? – Skandia Recluse on February 17, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Saudi Arabia is Sunni and Wahhabi. There are very few Shiite. They are religious nut-jobs. Conversion from being Muslim to another faith carries the death penalty. Sharia Law is enforced on everyone.

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Still on track to repeat Jimmah Carter’s second term replete with the same mistakes made with the same outcomes hurting our national security and our allies. Ready for the gas lines next winter?

chickasaw42 on February 17, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I’m sure the new Civility Watchdog group in Egypt will keep this Qaradawi character in line.

Little Boomer on February 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Wonder if Egypt will blow up in Obama’s face? It’s certainly a possibility.

jeanie on February 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Is this the best proof yet of how little leverage we have left over the Egyptian military?

We have no leverage over the Egyptian Military. Even if we back them into a corner, we’d be doing wrong and will end up ruing the day.

maverick muse on February 17, 2011 at 7:01 PM

We have no leverage over the Egyptian Military. Even if we back them into a corner, we’d be doing wrong and will end up ruing the day. – maverick muse on February 17, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Much of the military officer corps has been trained in the United States. We can only wait and find out what influence this has had on them.

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM

People can sneer at Beck all they want but right now he looks 3 steps ahead of all the so called pundits and experts about the Islamic menace with their hands in these “uprisings.”
Democracy in this part of the world is a game for suckers and rubes- you either back your guy or you get Iran 2.0, 3.0, 4.0.

jjshaka on February 17, 2011 at 7:06 PM

jjshaka on February 17, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Yep, very few of Beck’s critics have ever watched him.

slickwillie2001 on February 17, 2011 at 7:17 PM

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Having training offered/provided by the United States didn’t prevent Egyptian Officers from also being trained in Russia.

maverick muse on February 17, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Is that Mr. Myagi? I thought he was Shinto.

shawk on February 17, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Egypt buys/bought US military goods, so the US provided the Egyptian Military training. Sure.

But on war tactics and building alliances, Mubarak wasn’t sitting still these past 30 years. And he refused to cow tail to the ultimatum to conjoin the Egyptian Military with the Israeli by treaty for future cooperative response, given no opportunity to negotiate terms in the “as is” deal presented, which as things turned out, he couldn’t refuse.

maverick muse on February 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Having training offered/provided by the United States didn’t prevent Egyptian Officers from also being trained in Russia. – maverick muse on February 17, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Do you think that being trained in the Soviet Union would impress anyone. The store shelves in the Soviet Union were empty and the government was repressive.

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Nothing has the potential of starting the Muslim Brotherhood revolution in Egypt than Qaradawi speaking at Friday prayers at Tahrir Square and on Al Jazeera.

As the events of the week have shown, the domino theory is applicable Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.

slp on February 17, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Let’s all pray…………….

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Do Jews, Christians and Muslims pray the same God?

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Glenn Beck is not as crazy as many think…his research has been spot on…

d1carter on February 17, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Actually, he’s every bit as crazy. I saw him today mocking the 12′ers without the faintest bit of irony about the silly superstitions he believes without a doubt. In fact, he went so far as to tell us how the 12th is just like the anti-Christ that he thinks will some day rise from the pumpkin patch.

As for his political predictions, he’s also as much of a raving fruitcake as advertised. Sorry, but the day we see the Iranians and Egyptians form a Caliphate I’ll eat my shorts. And I’m really looking forward to India (does he even know that most of the Muslims left India to create Pakistan?) and the UK falling under their evil sway.

MJBrutus on February 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM

“This war would never have come unless, under American and modernising pressure, we had driven the Habsburgs out of Austria and the Hohenzollerns out of Germany. By making these vacuums we gave the opening for the Hitlerite monster to crawl out of its sewer on to the vacant thrones…”

- Winston Churchill, 8th April 1945.

“Our foreign policy was a factor in aggravating international disorder through its sincere but naïve endeavor of curing the evils of the world by spreading representative institutions in the elemental sense to areas where the existential conditions for their functioning were not given. Such provincialism, persistent in the face of its consequences, is in itself an interesting problem for the scientist. One cannot explain the odd policies of Western democratic powers leading to continuous warfare, with weaknesses of individual statesmen–though such weaknesses are strongly in evidence. They are rather symptomatic of a massive resistance to face reality, deeply rooted in the sentiments and opinion of the broad masses of our contemporary Western societies.”

- Eric Voegelin, p. 51, The New Science of Politics (1952)

aengus on February 17, 2011 at 8:16 PM

As for his political predictions, he’s also as much of a raving fruitcake as advertised. Sorry, but the day we see the Iranians and Egyptians form a Caliphate I’ll eat my shorts.

Forming a Caliphate is the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood, just as Communist revolution was the goal of the Bolsheviks and the Third Reich was the goal of the National Socialists.

aengus on February 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Drone strikle, Lbveration Square.

Cali-flat!

profitsbeard on February 17, 2011 at 8:38 PM

I haven’t heard of any horrid idea that this “spiritual leader” has professed that doesn’t have its source in the Koran or the hadiths. This is Islam folks, the Islam our MSM and politicians don’t want to discuss and probably don’t even want you to know about. Not radical Islam (a redundancy), just Islam which IS radical and anti-Western Civilization and its values.

I would recommend reading the Koran (at least 1st nine suras) and Robert Spencer’s well referenced books, or Ibn Warraq’s books if you don’t already know what Islam is about. It’s pretty ugly.

Chessplayer on February 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Chessplayer on February 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Should we judge all Christians and Jews based upon the literal contents of their bible? I recall parts about stoning adulterers and the proper way to keep a slave, etc. in those books. Some Christians still ascribe to a very literal interpretation of that stuff. For example, should we judge all Christians based on the behavior of the Westboro Baptists?

As I see it, most Islamic nations are stuck in backwards societies. I don’t think that it is because they are Islamic, but rather that they still practice a backwards version of their religion because their societies are still so backwards. Even those who are well-educated are still products of that backwardness. The reason as I see it that we no longer burn witches is because of our advancement not because Christianity has improved since the days when we did.

MJBrutus on February 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Winston Churchill said that having the the Wahhabi Sunnis (The Saudis) controlling the Islamic religious sites was a horrible mistake.

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Wonder if these f*cking brainwashed, illiterate psychopath pigs will try to find another fair-skinned, green-eyed blonde female news reporter to gang rape while they chant “Jew! Jew!” and “allah akbar”.

bannedbyhuffpo on February 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM

This most likely was caused by Obama’s Cairo Speech, am I right?

/Chris Matthews, Wolf Blitzer

Good Lt on February 17, 2011 at 9:24 PM

For example, should we judge all Christians based on the behavior of the Westboro Baptists?

MJBrutus on February 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM

If they were a mainstream group with millions of supporters worldwide killing people who they disagreed with everywhere on earth, practically every week, sure.

But the God H8tes F@gs nutters are considered obnoxious, non-loving, non-peaceful, vicious, idiotic, un-Christian crackpots and loons by 99.9% of regular Christians, so your lame comparison is one more trite try at making excuses for the self-declared deathcult [you try to leave, they try to kill you] that is normal Islam.

The Jihadis are acting out the creed as it is promulgated by the dismal dogmas of the malignant Koran.

Give me a comparable example of Christian, Jewish, Mormon, Buddhist, Jain, Taoist, et al, suicide bombers, blasphemy killers, adultery stoners, honor murderers, etc., etc., etc., proudly basing their homicidal and terroristic acts on the codified tenets of their faith. Where are the hordes of Hassidic bicycle bombers? Buddhist beheaders? Christian Beslan-style school slaughterers?

(Trying reading the damned al-Qur’an [Recitation]. It’s like the cruelest aspects of the Old Testament without the Songs of Solomon, Proverbs, Micah, Job, Ecclesiastes, or any of the moderating, humanizing influences that leaven the darker traits of the pre-Christian Bible.)

Islamic states, therefore, are backward because of Islam. An irrationalistic creed that breeds retrograde, superstitious and backward behavior.

Christianity based itself on a rational deity, fundamentally and ultimately, which allowed for the pursuit of truth, even if that avenue limited its own earthly influence in the process.

Islam, however, is the state, by definition. It will not permit itself to be supplanted by a secular system.

Such would be anathema to Mohammadism.

In short: A Christian is dangerous when they don’t follow their faith, a Muslim is dangerous when they do.

profitsbeard on February 17, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Should we judge all Christians and Jews based upon the literal contents of their bible? I recall parts about stoning adulterers and the proper way to keep a slave, etc. in those books.
MJBrutus on February 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM

IMO all Christian & Jewish adults who believe in the more horrid literal contents of the Bible as the word of God as very foolish and dumb. They should read “Misquoting Jesus” by Bart D. Ehrman, which might help them. In any case I don’t consider Christianity or Judaism nearly as dangerous as Islam, and for the following reason.

All the many atrocities (like the Inquisition) committed by Christians were not rooted in anything Jesus did or said, but only on what the damn theologians thought. This is why the Inquisition could eventually fade away. The atrocities done by Muslims in the name of Islam, on the other hand, arguably can be seen to be rooted in the very texts of the awful Koran or the hadiths. Big difference.

…their societies are still so backwards.

Islam is not conducive to economic prosperity for so many reasons. It hasn’t ever much encouraged anything but faithful submission, conquest and Sharia. It discourages a lot of productive stuff, like for instance, many kinds of music and entertainment which make a huge multimillion dollar industry in the West. Many Muslims love death, not Pepsi Cola. But Pepsi Cola hires a lot of people, etc. Get the idea?

Besides, Islam, when you study it, is such a clearly stupid and oppressive totalitarian system and Muhammad such an obvious fraud that I can see no excuse for a educated and reasonably intelligent person in the West being a Muslim.

Chessplayer on February 18, 2011 at 12:42 AM