Is ElBaradei A Threat To Islam In Egypt?

on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood had come into power in Egypt after striving hard for 85 long years. Founded in 1928 by the most celebrated Islamic scholar Hassan Al-Banna; Muslim Brotherhood believes in the rule of Allah on His land. They believe in the supremacy of Quran and Sunnah over any other man made laws and principles. After they managed to get hold of Egypt’s government a year ago, the anti Islamic forces started to raise their voices against them.

As of now, President Mohammad Morsi was removed from his position and was taken to some place that wasn’t disclosed. The ex-Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency; Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei came as the vice president of Adly Mansour, the new Egyptian president. The interim Vice President is said to be unacceptable for most of the Islamic groups.

Who Is Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei?

He’s a diplomat, a political figure, ex Director General of IAEA, a Nobel Laureate for Peace, and a scholar of law.

Contradictions With U.S. Policies:

There were times when Mr. ElBaradei went completely against America’s foreign policies. Most significant occurrences were about the issues of Iran and Iraq war. He was reported to say that there were no noticeable signs of Iraq’s nuclear program resuming before the war on terror was waged against the country. A clearer opinion was demonstrated by his demand of criminally investigating the officials of Bush regime – those who were involved in laying out the plans on attacking Iraq. These statements clearly depict his anti-Iraq war sentiments.

He had shown no inclination towards the U.S. when it came to Iran nuclear program issue. When America extended her hand for dialogue towards Iran, ElBaradei commended the step and expected Iran to reciprocate the goodwill based action. Also, he was found to say that an attack on Iran needs to be avoided. In addition, he expressed that it would be extremely insane on part of Isreal, if it attacked Iran. He stated that some people intentionally hype the danger of Iran nuclear program; though there isn’t any such situation where it is needed to bomb Iran before they destroy the rest of the world.

As a reaction to such views, America has criticized ElBaradei. Condoleezza Rice, the ex U.S. Secretary of State reminded him that IAEA wasn’t a democratic institution, but merely a technical one. A former Deputy PM of Israel has even asked for ElBaradei’s impeachment.

ElBaradei and Muslim Brotherhood:

Recently, Mr. ElBaradei expressed his desire to include Muslim Brotherhood in the process of democratization of Egypt. He demanded that the members of Muslim Brotherhood must not be “treated as criminals”. According to him, it is necessary to treat Morsi with dignity.

He shows that his biggest concern is tolerance and respect for democracy, and that he would not include anyone in the process who cannot walk on the same line. He doesn’t call the recent military take over a “Coup d’état” – stating it was a response to millions of people’s protests.

Muslims Brotherhood, on the other hand, has altogether rejected the recent coup and its results – including Mr. ElBaradei. Although ElBaradei seems to be the best choice for Egypt right now, provided his non-controversial international acclamation and reputation for being honest; the dream of Muslims Brotherhood of an Islamic Egypt seems to die. He is, undoubtedly, showing much tolerance towards the Brotherhood; yet there is nothing that indicates his intentions to proceed with the idea of Islamic Egypt; however, a complete opposite governmental structure might be on the way.

Morsi; the Islamist:

I have a lot of respect for Mr. Morsi for being a true pro-Islam leader. What were the actions that caused anti-Islamic forces to suspect a danger? He succeeded in drafting an Islamic Constitution, accomplished ceasefire between Gaza and Israel, and decreased the American imports. The modern liberals could not digest bans on alcohol and night clubs – Morsi was a bit too “conservative” for them.

Let us not forget his words before the United Nations that an insult of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was unacceptable, and could not come under the ambit of “freedom of speech”.

Such a clear and unambiguous Islamic stance could not have been stomached by the anti-Islamic forces controlling the strings of key stake holders. It resulted in his ousting from the president’s office as well as disappearance.

ElBaradei and Islam in Egypt:

It seems that ElBaradei does not hold a grudge against Muslim Brotherhood. However, it is also clear that implementation of Islamic system of government is nowhere in his agenda. The Islamic constitution that had been drafted by the members of Islamic Brotherhood is suspended after the latest coup. ElBaradei might be highly supportive of restoration of democracy in Egypt that has suffered from prolonged military regimes; however, his intentions show no inclination towards Islam and Islamic system of governance.

With ElBaradei’s rule, Egypt might never witness principles of Islam incorporate into the system of government.

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