CAIRO (JWN and agencies)–The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for the Egyptian presidency promises to totally Islamicize Egyptian society if elected, according to newly uncovered footage of an address to supporters after his release from prison last year.
Candidate Khairat al-Shater’s 90- minute address was recently translated into English from the YouTube, where it has been available only in Arabic for the past year. Some highlights:
“Everywhere, the Brothers are working to restore Islam in its all-encompassing conception to the lives of people,” Shater says in the address. “Thus the mission is clear: restoring Islam in its all-encompassing conception, subjugating people to God, instituting the religion of God, the Islamicization of life, empowering of God’s religion, establishing the renaissance of the ummah [worldwide Muslim nation] on the basis of Islam… Every aspect of life is to be Islamicized.
“We call upon God Almighty to make this transformation the beginning of a new renaissance for the ummah and the shaking off of the state of backwardness from which it has suffered for decades,” Shater says in the clip. “As Muslim Brothers, it is imperative that we, as well as the entirety of the ummah, God willing, take advantage of this revolution which took place in Egypt and continues in the countries surrounding us.”