The Koran teaches peace, tolerance, and justice alert: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood MPs: The Koran Encourages Terrorism; “Bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri and Al-Zarqawi are Not Terrorists in the Sense Accepted by Some”
According to a report in the independent Egyptian weekly Roz Al-Yusouf, Egyptian MP Ragab Hilal Hamida, from the Muslim Brotherhood, said during a parliamentary session discussing the Inter-Arab Agreement on Combating Terrorism, that the Koran encourages terrorism, and that he supports the activities of Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi. The report also stated that another MP from the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Ahmad ‘Askar, supported Hamida’s statements, and that MPs from the governing National Democratic Party (NDP) did not denounce them, but instead joked with Ragab.
In a subsequent interview with MP Hamida, Roz Al-Yusouf gave him a chance to retract his statements; however, he reiterated his position.
The following are excerpts from the interview.
“‘Terrorism’ is Not a Curse When Given its True Meaning”
Question: “Does it make sense to you that a Muslim should claim that the Koran incites to terrorism?!”
Hamida: “I said these things in an [Egyptian] parliament session dealing with the Inter-Arab Agreement on Combating Terrorism. I noticed that the report of the [Parliamentary] Committee for Defense and National Security and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry were inaccurate when [they] dealt with terrorism, since [they] dealt with it in general [terms]. I specifically wanted to explain that [the term] ‘terrorism’ is not a curse when given its true meaning. [When interpreted accurately,] it means opposing occupation as it exists in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq!…
“From my point of view, bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri and Al-Zarqawi are not terrorists in the sense accepted by some. I support all their activities, since they are a thorn in the side of the Americans and the Zionists… [On the other hand,] he who kills Muslim citizens is neither a jihad fighter nor a terrorist, but a criminal and a murderer. We must call things by their proper names!”
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