Continuing our monthly series on Christians facing Islamic extremists , our next focus is the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope,” states the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood is considered by many to be the source of modern-day Islamic terrorism. Al-Banna’s goal, which is echoed by the Islamic State and other jihadi groups today, was to “take back” all that Islam has lost – and more. “It is the nature of Islam to dominate,” al-Banna wrote, “to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.”
The Muslim Brotherhood was banned in 1948 after a member of the group killed Egypt’s prime minister, but it continued to operate as an underground terrorist group.
In 2011, following the Arab Spring and the removal of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood again became a legal political party. Muhammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, won the presidential elections the following year. When he was ousted a year later, members of the Muslim Brotherhood struck back at Christian institutions in Egypt, burning Christian owned businesses, churches and schools.
More than 40 churches were burned in the days after Morsi’s overthrow and captured nuns were paraded through the streets of Cairo like prisoners of war.
Egyptian Christians are the largest body of Christians in the Middle East, making up 13% of Egypt’s population. They live under constant threat of attack by the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamists. Their homes and businesses are burned, their daughters are kidnapped and raped, and their sons are routinely murdered because of their Christian faith.