Thursday, June 09, 2005

The Fanatic Militia

As I was preparing something to post, symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which I have seen before, came to my mind. So I decided to put it here:

These are 2 similar symbols, as you can see, each of the symbols has a picture of the Quran, 2 swords, and a single word at the bottom. The one with the white background also has the phrase "Muslim Brothers", which is the exact translation of their Arabic name.

Any way, the word at the bottom says "and prepare". It is the beginning of a verse in Quran that talks about what Muslims should prepare for the enemy. The complete verse says "And prepare against them what force you can and horses tied at the frontier, to frighten thereby the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them, whom you do not know (but) Allah knows them".

And in addition to the detailed explanation that I found on the official website of the Egyptian branch of the movement (they are in many countries but the main one is in Egypt), I found a motto in the website of the Syrian branch, which translates to:

"Allah is our objective.
The prophet is our leader.
Quran is our law.
Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

This motto, however, is in many websites that described the movement in Egypt, and is very consistent with how they describe themselves on their website, probably a standard motto for all the MB branches.

Now, my question is, why does a peaceful political group need 2 swords in its symbol and this verse that calls for war preparation? And do we want a political party that says "jihad is our way"? All of this seems to me like symbols and rules of a fanatic religious militia, not a political group. But unfortunately, the majority of the people here are addicted to this kind of agenda, as long as it comes in the name of religion.