Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide: Bin Laden Is a Jihad Fighter

[ MEMRI] On May 22, 2008, the reformist Arab website posted a comprehensive interview with Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammad Mahdi 'Akef, in which he expressed support for the resistance in Iraq and Palestine, and for the activities of al-Qaeda. 'Akef's statements evoked harsh criticism among clerics and politicians both inside and outside Egypt, who perceived them as praise for bin Laden and his terrorist activities. Faced with such critical reactions, 'Akef explained that bin Laden's ideology was based on violence and that the Muslim Brotherhood movement opposed all violence, except when directed against occupation.

2008-07-28 01:00:00

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