Muslim Brotherhood Rejects Egypt’s President and V.P.

Muslim Brotherhood
الإخوان المسلمون
Al-Ikhwān Al-Muslimūn


The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak and his Vice Presidential designee Omar Suleiman:

tens of thousands of protestors were making their way to the Tahrir Square in central Cairo. Al-Jazeera said the protestors were carrying signs calling on President Hosni Mubarak to resign and throwing stones at his picture. Military forces remained deployed in the area, observing the protestors. …

The demonstrators, however, called on the two leaders to resign. “Hosni Mubarak and Omar Suleiman, you are both American agents,” they chanted. “Mubarak, Mubarak, your plane awaits you.”

The Muslim Brotherhood opposition movement on Sunday afternoon rejected the appointments announced by Mubarak on Saturday. “This is an attempt to evade the people’s demands and prevent this revolution,” the party said in a statement.,7340,L-4021178,00.html

Because of the lack of police in Egypt (many are in hiding) and increased confidence because of the protesters real, as well as political, criminals are being let out of jail:

At least 34 members of Egypt’s banned Muslim Brotherhood political party walked out of prison Sunday after protesters overpowered guards at detention centers.

A spokesman for the party made the announcement Sunday.  The Muslim Brotherhood members were among thousands of prisoners set free during the violent protests that have rocked Cairo, Alexandria, and other Egyptian cities since Tuesday…

On Saturday, Mr. Mubarak named intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as vice president – the first time the post has been filled in 30 years.

Egyptian opposition activist Mohamed ElBaradei reacted to Mr. Mubarak’s moves by saying new appointments were not enough.  In an interview with Al Jazeera, the Nobel laureate said protesters want a regime change and an end to what he called a dictatorship.

Mohamed ElBaradei continues to make public statements and may be considered one of the more “moderate” opposition public spokespersons.  He also said:

US ‘losing credibility by the day’ on Egypt
AFP – Jan 30, 2011
The United States is “losing credibility by the day” in calling for democracy in Egypt while continuing to support President Hosni Mubarak, leading dissident Mohamed ElBaradei said Sunday.

Americans often do not understand Arabs as many in Egypt seem to be saying (including some I saw on CNN last night).

For the past couple of years I personally have wondered how a pan-Arabic entity would form–and I never considered that US-style democracy was the way.  And over the past couple of years at least two pan-Arabic unions have somewhat formed.  One is the Union of Mediterranean States which includes nearly all the Arab nations in somewhat of a pack with Europe.  The other is the monetary union that the Gulf-oil states have been working on (on December 15, 2009 Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar announced the creation of a Monetary Council to come up essentially with their own currency and to get away from the US dollar).

The tie of religion, which has existed for centuries among most of the Arabs, has always been in the back of my mind.  There have been supranational groups like the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood, but the time was not right for any of them to bring about pan-Arabic unity.  The first three groups have tended to be considered too radical, while many have considered that the Muslim Brotherhood was not radical enough (though this seems to be changing).  The Muslim Brotherhood, which was formed in Egypt in 1928, has long been banned in Egypt (which is why its members/leaders are sometimes jailed there).

As far as what the Muslim Brotherhood wants to accomplish, Wikipedia reports:

In the group’s belief, the Quran and Sunnah constitute a perfect way of life and social and political organization that God has set out for man. Islamic governments must be based on this system and eventually unified in a Caliphate. The Muslim Brotherhood’s goal, as stated by Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna was to reclaim Islam’s manifest destiny, an empire, stretching from Spain to Indonesia.

To bring enough Arab nations together, I have felt that some type of “strongman” needed to rise up.  One who Arabs would tend to respect.  The time may be now and the Muslim Brotherhood may play an important role.  The Muslim Brotherhood is is the world’s oldest and largest Islamic political group and has been called the “world’s most influential Islamist movement” (–though some other group could emerge or form.

We in the Living Church of God have long expected such a leader, as have many Arabs:

The supreme office of caliph, originally elective, became hereditary…Eventually…caliphs became figurehead or “puppet” leaders…Many Arabs…seek to re-create the political and theological unity of the early Islamic caliphate (The Arab World in Prophecy. Plain Truth, December 1979, pp. 9-10).

Al Qaeda named its Internet newscast, which debuted in September, ‘The Voice of the Caliphate.’…Kerem Acar, a tailor in central Istanbul {said} ‘…one day maybe my children’s children will see someone declare himself the caliph, like the pope, and have an impact’” (January 14, 2006).  Indeed, a coming “Mahdi” whose arrival Muslims are expecting—in Bible prophecy known as the “King of the South” (Daniel 11:40–45)—will soon arise and have a dramatic impact on world events. This powerful Muslim religious leader will unite many of the more than one billion Muslims. He will pose a genuine threat to the coming European Empire, which will have to crush that threat in order to continue exploiting Middle Eastern oil to further its military ambitions. (Meredith RC. Prophecy Fulfilled: God’s Hand in World Affairs. LCG Booklet, 2007, pp. 16-17)

The timing seems to be right for such a leader to start rising up.  The events in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere seem to be setting the stage of the Arabic peoples to be willing to consider some type of confederation with a strong leader to represent them.

If protests continue in the Middle East, this could trigger other events which will lead to the King of the South gaining power (though Iran/Israel may play a major role).

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?
Africa: Its Biblical Past and Prophesied Future What does the Bible teach about Africa and its future? Did the early Church reach Africa? Will God call all the Africans?
Is There an Islamic Antichrist?Is Joel Richardson correct that the final Antichrist will be Islamic and not European? Find out.
Barack Obama in Islamic Prophecy? There is actually a 17th century Shiite prophecy that some believe that Barack Obama will fulfill that will lead to a rising up of Islam.

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