PREPARE [Wa-a-iddou] is a single Arabic word that appears on the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood’s logo written under the sign of the two swords, the symbol of Islamic Jihad. “Prepare” actually comes from the Quranic verse:
“Prepare against them as you are able of force and cavalry to terrorize Allah’s enemy and yours. …” (Al-Anfal:60)
Warfare and terror is their motto. It started when many Egyptians were angered at Arabia’s collaboration with the West in the dismantling of the Ottoman Empire, especially since the Caliphate fell with it. That dismantling was the primary reason the Muslim Brotherhood was created four years later in 1928; its sole purpose was the resurrection of the Caliphate. They made inroads, especially after the failure of Arab Nationalism; the Brotherhood gave birth to the slogan “Al-Islam-Huwa-Alhal” (Islam is The Solution), which became their main slogan.
The Brotherhood even adapted and learned from the al-Qaida experience as well as the revolution in Iran, which contributed to a bad image of Islam in the West. Despite this, many Arabs envy Iran’s success, especially since it grew in influence, becoming a formidable power in the region after the fall of Iraq, influencing Syria, Lebanon and the Arab Gulf states, creating a Shiite horn that extended from Iran west through Iraq and Syria into Lebanon, with its tip pointing at Israel’s head. Iran wants to dominate the Middle East and emerge as a mini-super power in the region. What we now see forming as a result of the latest unrest in Tunisia and Egypt is the beginning pieces of another puzzle, another horn – the Sunni alliance.
But this one is different. Using new Western-style slogans of democracy, freedom and social justice, it comes across as a lamb while its inner soul speaks like a dragon. Soon, it will emerge with the two horns of a Shia base in Iran and a Sunni one based temporarily in Egypt; it will find its resting place somewhere else the West never expected. This Sunni horn sparked by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is currently seeking a non-Arab axis to represent it. To the West, this red dragon will come as a shocking surprise.
In order to find out which non-Arab nation they seek, we need to read the thoughts of the Arab-pro-Muslim-Brotherhood scholars in Arabic, not in English. Take the renowned Islamic scholar Louay Safi who served as the executive director of research for the International Institute of Islamic Thought in the U.S. (IIIT), who recently wrote:
The model for reform and the alternative to the Shiite Iranian model will rise again from outside the Arab region, namely from Turkey. The Turkish model, represented by the ruling Justice and Development Party, has Islamic roots. The AK Party seeks to restore the Republic of Turkey to its cultural context and cultural history, and represents the current phase of the advanced variety of the Islamic movement in Turkey. [Middle East Online, Feb. 1, 2011, Arabic translation mine]
Giving allegiance to the most powerful Sunni nation, Turkey will emerge from the Sunni alliance to supersede Iran’s Shiite horn. This leopard attempting to cover its spots has its feet sprouting in Iran while speaking through the spirit of Wahhabism in Arabia; its goal since 1928 has been to restore the wounded Caliphate that fell in Turkey and revive its deadly wound.
It is not a matter of if, but when the domino effect takes place, stemming from Tunisia throughout North Africa and Egypt; we will soon see the emergence of the Muslim Union. And the goal is clear via Safi’s words translated directly from Arabic:
“The war against the apostates [non-believers of Islam] is carried out not to force them to accept Islam, but to enforce the Islamic law and maintain order.”
Adapting Shariah is the agenda through aggressive Jihad:
“It is up to the Muslim leadership to assess the situation and weigh the circumstances as well as the capacity of the Muslim community before deciding the appropriate type of Jihad.”
But Jihad comes in stages:
“At one stage, Muslims may find that Jihad, through persuasion or peaceful resistance, is the best and most effective method to achieve just peace.”
On the one side you have “war” (Hamas, al-Qaida) and on the other you have a “peaceful resistance” (the uprising in Egypt and Tunisia) all going hand in hand, playing good-cop versus bad-cop. The plan is being executed, and the West, which sees freedom slogans in Egypt’s streets, is taking the bait – hook, line and sinker.
The Muslim influence is immense. The U.S. Defense Department even brought Louay Safi to Fort Hood, right after the massacre; he was invited to work as an instructor lecturing on Islamic sensitivities. Safi held a top official status at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim Brotherhood front. He also advocates direct talks between Washington and Iran’s leaders.
When one looks into Safi’s Arabic, it makes sense that he calls “peaceful resistance” as “the most effective method.” He calls for “change” to introduce modernization of thought by Muslims worldwide, not to adopt Western-style secularism but to use it in order to advance Shariah:
“The application of Shariah needs to build a public consensus and develop awareness and commitment to Islam before moving to the imposition of Shariah law.”
This is in line with the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda “First: The relationships are made to gain a goal.” What goal? “The emergence of the nation into existence, in the sense that the establishment of an Islamic state requires the emergence of a society committed to the principle and Islamists standard, as it requires the actual stability of the nation’s founding of the state carrying the aspirations of the Muslim community.”
In preparation for this Islamic nation, its proponents are demanding democratic elections and the introduction of their policies: “The invitation to establish an Islamic state in this era should proceed from the nations’ call to exercise their right to political management of their affairs and issues.”
Through “peace” this rising dragon will deceive many by trumpeting non-violence. It is this moderate form of Islam that the West needs to fear. “Political,” not religious management is what the Muslim Brotherhood seeks through the establishment of a “state” in addition to religious worship. While all Islamists bow toward Arabia, the very nation that they hate for wounding the Caliphate in Turkey, the West bows to Arabia’s addictive and intoxicating oil, the wine that causes the West to fornicate with a dragon.
Walid Shoebat is the author of “God’s War on Terror.” He is a former terrorist and Muslim Brotherhood activist. He was the first to translate from Arabic the goals of Feisal Abdul Rauf. He maintains a website at www.Shoebat.com.