Sappho 19 February 2011
By Henrik R Clausen
In Austria, calling Muhammad a ‘paedophile’ constitutes illegal denigration of “religious teachings”. This is what Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was found guilty of in an Austrian court. Read on for an extensive analysis of the puzzling verdict.
Wall Street Journal 18 February 2011
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
For a sense of the kind of Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood wants, start with its motto
'Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope." So goes the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood.
What's extraordinary about this maxim is the succinct way that it captures the political dimension of Islam. Even more extraordinary is the capacity of these five pillars of faith to attract true believers. But the most remarkable thing of all is the way the Brotherhood's motto seduces Western liberals.
In recent months, discussion of the legitimacy and relevance of jihad today has emerged in the Arab media, and particularly the Saudi media. While the legitimacy of defensive jihad (jihad al-daf') is not in question, there is disagreement over the legitimacy of offensive jihad (jihad al-talab):
Is the directive to wage jihad against the infidels to occupy their lands, convert them to Islam or force them to live under Islamic rule and pay the jizya until the entire world is occupied and Islam the only religion still valid in our time?
Right Side News 18 February 2011
Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an influential Muslim Brotherhood theologian, promises to be in Egypt's Tahrir Square to deliver a sermon at Friday's prayer service.
Qaradawi, who has lived in Qatar since 1961, was a vocal critic of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. A profile this week in Germany's Der Spiegel called him the Muslim Brotherhood's "father figure." But his return is being touted as a reward for "Qaradawi's role in mobilizing support for the Egyptian revolution," a claim which is questionable at best.
Dianawest.net 18 February 2011
By Diana West
Caroline Glick wrote a column this month to explain what she calls "Israeli indifference to democratic currents in Arab societies" -- an apparent paradox, it seems, to American naifs who believe that a functioning ballot box is all a society needs to join the fraternity of enlightened nations where individual rights are protected in the enshrinement of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the blessed like.
The Rubin Report 18 February 2011
By Barry Rubin
Friday, February 18 may be a turning point in Egyptian history. On this day Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the best-known Muslim Brotherhood cleric in the world and one of the most famous Islamist thinkers, will address a mass rally in Cairo.
It was 32 years ago almost to the day when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned in triumph to Tehran to take the leadership of that country. Qaradawi has a tougher job but he's up to the challenge if his health holds up.