MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADER CAUGHT LYING
WHILE SWEARING TO GOD
By Raymond Ibrahim
To "clarify" his position, for which he received some heat, Saleh recently appeared on Dream TV, debating Muslim intellectual Khaled Montaser. At one point, because he was unable to refute Montaser, Saleh snidely remarked that he was unaware the show was going to be an "inquisition" and that he wasn't even informed that Montaser would be debating him. The host Mona al-Shazly, protested, adding, "Yes, you did know you would be facing Montaser."
Saleh kept insisting otherwise, including by swearing to God all with a very sincere look.
The host, visibly stunned, pointed out that she and the whole studio team were present when the coordinator called Saleh and told him who the other guest would be, adding in a very disappointed tone, "I have a great problem that you would swear to God on the air, when I know for a fact that you're lying."
Watching the video, it is clear that Saleh was mortified and speechless, to the point that, to break the awkward silence, the host said, "Okay, we've passed this, let's move on now."
This anecdote is ultimately for the benefit of those Western peoples uninitiated in Islamic lore, who by projecting their own ethic onto Islam may find it incongruent for a Muslim who piously seeks to order society around God's laws, does so by taking false oaths in that same God's name.
Yet, the fact is, Saleh's lie accords well with Islam's notorious doctrines of deception that permit Muslims to deceive in order to empower Islam which is precisely what the Muslim Brotherhood and all Islamist organizations, violent and nonviolent, are all about.
Why Saleh resorted to lying is further telling: his opponent was armed with facts, which always beat sophistry. For example, when Saleh began arguing that a Brotherhood-led government for Egypt would be wonderful for Coptic Christians, Montaser proceeded to read from a number of fatwas issued by the Brotherhood's former Grand Mufti, Abdullah al-Khatib fatwas asserting that it is forbidden to build new churches in Egypt, that in certain situations it is obligatory for Muslims to destroy churches a regular occurrence in Egypt and that it is forbidden to bury Christians in Muslim cemeteries, "lest they [the Muslims] suffer from the Christian's torments of the grave."
Incidentally, Saleh is the same Brotherhood leader who was portrayed affectionately in the New York Times:
Why, indeed. Probably because he is a master at letting people hear what they want to hear, especially in English. (Watch Saleh as he leads an Egyptian mob chanting intolerant Islamist slogans and calling for the implementation of Sharia, and somehow he won't appear like "such a nice guy.")
Thus, as the U.S. Director of National Intelligence foolishly describes the Brotherhood as "a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence," and as President Obama asks Israel to make concessions to similar organizations, one must ask:
If top Islamist leaders have no problem lying about silly things to fellow Muslims while swearing to God how trustworthy are any of their words and promises to Western and Israeli leaders, that is, the hated infidels?
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Raymond Ibrahim, a historian of Islam, Islamism and the Middle East, is the Associate Director of the Middle East Forum, a guest lecturer at the National Defense Intelligence College, and the editor of The Al-Qa'ida Reader, a collection of tranlations of key texts and documents of the Islamist movement. Ibrahim's translations of the religious texts and political propaganda comprising this collection help readers comprehend the origins, development, history, and serious danger of the Islamist war doctrines of Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Founders of Al-Qa'ida and implacable enemies of the U.S.A. and the West.
The foregoing article by Raymond Ibrahim was originally published in Front Page Magazine, June 17, 2011, and can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (URL: http://www.meforum.org/2970/muslim-brotherhood-lying-swearing-god)
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