Friday, March 22, 2013

The Dangers of Islamism: Documentary Film "Freedom, equality and the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD"

If you haven't watched "Freedom, equality and the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD" (Frihet, likhet og Det muslimske brorskap), you should.

This eye-opening Norwegian documentary- narrated by Walid al-Kubaisi- aired November, 2010. Al-Kubaisi is a Baghdad-born Norwegian/Iraqi writer who fled his country for Norway when Saddam Hussein and Ayatollah Khomeini were battling it out during the Iraq/Iran War in the 1980s. Al-Kubaisi, a secular Muslim, raises the alarm regarding the true goal of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB): to conquer Europe (and  the rest of the Western world) through the thing we hold most dear 'democracy'. The MB will achieve that goal not through violence but rather through double talk, freedom of religion and over-populating host countries. With much higher birth rates than Europeans, Muslims will become a majority in the not too distant future, and that is how they will influence politics.

Al-Kubaisi places full blame on the Muslim Brotherhood for changing " Islam from [a] religion to a political ideology." The documentary tracks al-Kubaisi to different countries as he speaks with various like-minded Arab/Muslim intellectuals, and several Islamists, who shed light on the end goal of the MB and how that will be achieved.

Some comments from some of those people:

The largest Islamist organization in the world, they have managed to deceive many Western politicians. "Their only aim is to control the world with Islam, and establish Islamic governments throughout the world."
Women in Egypt, between 1920 and 1970, dressed like their modern Western counterparts, with no hijab.
 "Why hijab? It is first and foremost a way to suppress women. Putting reins on her. You put her under a variety of  conservative and rigid attitudes- which contradicts her inherited values,- like tolerance openness,- ability to include, the modern, urge to explore. Both hijab and niqab is a way to suppress women,- through the way the raise new generations. If you control the way women dress- you control future generations.

In the film, he speaks with the now deceased reform-minded younger brother of the founder of the MB, Gamal al-Banna:

"The Muslim mind is rusty. It has done nothing the last thousand years. A thousand years ago the innovation ended. What does it mean? It means that you act without thinking. Muslims have become like monkeys, only imitating others. [snip] I once said: "Thank God that we walk on two legs.We could have crawled on all fours." It says in the Quran: "they are like cattle. No, they are even less aware of the right way to live." "There are those who truly are the mindless."
Al-Banna believes the hijab issue in Europe is an example of just how wrong Muslim thinking can be.  Al-Banna's own sister did not wear the hijab. It is not tradition-based, but a modern phenomenon.
Cairo University students in 1959 did not wear hijab. Or in 1978. In 1995 things started to change: 1/3 of the female students were wearing hijab. In 2004: 90%.  Al-Kubaisi blames that on MB indoctrination and influence over the years.  Al-Banna goes on to claim that there is nothing in the Quran that states a woman must cover her hair. Her breasts, yes, but not her hair. They agree that Muslims in Europe use the hijab to show they are different.

The hijab is being used as a tool. As one interviewee puts it: it's "the logo" of Islamism; the more veiled women there are, the more impact they have as a political entity.  Another man discusses the real reason women wear the hijab :

 " It's not just a sign, as the Jewish cap, it means "I am a Muslim woman. I'm better than you, you naked, Western woman! You follow Satan. While I follow the great Allah, since I'm covered."
He says they are, in essence, increasing their own sense of superiority.

Some even equate the Muslim Brotherhood with Nazism and fascism.

Al-Kubaisi is also highly critical of Tariq Ramadan, grandson of MB founder Hassan al-Banna who is touted as a liberal, moderate Muslim reformer, but who al-Kubaisi and others believe is not. The subject of Islamic duplicity is then discussed. In other words, when Islamists' talk of freedom and democracy, what they really mean is a democratic state with an "Islamic twist" including Shariah law.

"There is no Islamic authority that respects freedom, or democracy." 
The MB uses many organizations with "familiar names" as fronts in order to influence policies in Western countries.

Note: the documentary was filmed prior to the fall of Hosni Mubarak and the rise of the MB in Egypt, and Islamists elsewhere in that region. A haunting comment at the end of the film is made by Socialist Rafit al-Said, who was imprisoned for 14 years under Mubarak along with Mahdi Akef of the MB who was jailed for 17. They became friends while in prison. Of Akef, al-Said says:

"When he became leader, he came to me. In an attempt to open communication channels, etc. Once I whispered to him: "You will never rule this country, don't think about it." He answered: "You are naive. I don't want to be the leader. But when all the women wear hijab, and all men wear beards, they will plead with me to lead them."

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