Report: Brotherhood Has Egyptian Caliphate Plans
by IPT News • Jun 24, 2012 at 10:49 am
And that's only the start of it.
According to an Arabic-language report last Tuesday of a closed-door senior-level Brotherhood confab, the Islamist group intends to get rid of film and "artistic heritage," replace police uniforms with "Islamic garb," and make memorization of Islam's holy book a pre-condition for advancement in school. These sweeping changes—dubbed the "Jazira Plan"—are to "be put into execution on the first day Dr. [Mohamed] Morsi assumes the presidency."
The first step in the plan is to "replace the national anthem with the so-called anthem of the Islamic Caliphate," soon after followed by "the abolition of the Ministry of Information and replacing it with an Islamic media organization" whose sole aim would be to "publish Islamic heritage only."
The plan speaks to the Brotherhood's deep-seated, and oft-referenced, "dream" of reinstating the Caliphate. Yet, when pressed to expound upon its goals by an unfriendly audience or in the West, the group instead turns ambiguous, speaking in terms of Western concepts of freedom, dignity, and justice.
Even for the Brotherhood, the meeting's take-aways as reported by Rose al-Yusuf appear over the top. The group certainly has its own ideal for how the world should work, but tends to skew toward the pragmatic, insisting that change must be applied gradually. As with all news coming out of the Egyptian press—known for its often wild, un-sourced conspiracy theories—reports of this meeting should be read with a healthy dose of skepticism.
If the reports prove true, the Brotherhood may have little say in implementing its grand plan anyway. Tension with the military and uncertainty over the fate and composition of a new Parliament endure despite the presidential outcome.
Reader comments on this item
Restoration of the Caliphate TWO THUMBS UP!!
Submitted by Anglo Egyptian, Jul 5, 2012 12:32
Can't wait, been waiting for it all my life... Why should Christians who have a Pope deny us a Caliph? Bit selfish isn't it. Just like the role of Pope has evolved so can the role of a Caliph, being more symbolic in this day and age. Nevertheless a Capliphate is a must for all Muslims.
Submitted by An Egyptian man, Jun 29, 2012 16:45
We will reestablish our state whether you like it or not. Look at Egypts borders, they are straight lines at a right angle. Our khilafah was sliced up into arbitrary states which have no real historic or cultural significance. We have every right to undo the harm that was done to our regions through colonialism. Before we were the most advanced, in terms of science, technology, justice, society, culture, you name it. Now we are plagued by dictators and corruption. We choose the former, you want to force the latter on us. It is even in your interests as individuals, you aren't the ones who benefit from our stolen resources, but you are the ones who suffer because of political instability in our regions. Remove the instability, you don't have to worry about so called "Islamic" terrorist groups any more.