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|Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood on Women’s Rights07/10/2008By Hamdee Saleem
Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat – Muhammad Mahdi Akif, general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, told declared to Asharq Al-Awsat that, “The stance of the group toward women’s rights, and toward religious freedom and tolerance are the same stance stipulated by Islam, and I challenge anyone to give an example of a system, a civilization, or a culture that has honored women as Islam does. The same applies to religious freedom and tolerance.”
The Muslim Brotherhood general guide also emphasized that, “In all its decisions and stances, the group follows the principle of Shura. Moreover, all the institutions of the group are formed through elections from the grassroots to the top.”
“The course of the Muslim Brotherhood is very clear to the young and the old. I wish that those who talk about ‘split’ or ‘division’ would talk about the injustice imposed on the Muslim Brotherhood.” He describes these reports as “idle talk that does not affect us.” Akif added.
Prominent Muslim Brotherhood member, Dr. Isam al-Iryan added that, “The Muslim Brotherhood is open for all Muslims, provided that they adhere to its internal rules and controls. The Muslim Brotherhood is a group that includes several generations, nearly eight generations, and not only the young and the old. Moreover, it is a group that is ideologically open, and allows diversity of viewpoints. Diversity does not lead to splits, especially as it (the Muslim Brotherhood) does not decide the jurisprudence options except with regard to the necessities on which actions are based, such as the political pluralism.”