Secretary General of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Mahmoud Hossein has called for protests across Egypt Friday, according to Fars News Agency, the Iranian media outlet run by the Revolutionary Guards.
“This Friday, Egyptian Muslims will conduct peaceful protests outside of the main mosques in every province condemning the insult to Prophet Muhammad,” said Hossein.
Fars News reports the possibility of a widespread protest in the region and said American officials are warning their citizens in the Middle East to remain vigilant and alert.
Protests broke out yesterday in Egypt and Libya over an American film ridiculing Prophet Muhammad though the video has been out for several weeks.
In what seemed to be a coordinated effort, protesters attacked the U.S. embassy in Egypt and the U.S. consulate in Libya on Tuesday, killing the American ambassador and three staffers.
In scenes eerily similar to the U.S. embassy takeover in Tehran after the 1979 Islamic revolution, Egyptian protesters climbed the wall of the U.S. compound and tore down the American flag, replacing it with an Islamic flag.
It was reported yesterday that just last month, U.S. intelligence agencies monitored a meeting between officials of the Egyptian and Iranian intelligence ministries, raising the specter that the newly installed Muslim Brotherhood government in Cairo could be secretly backing terrorism worldwide. Members of the anti-Muslim Brotherhood opposition believe Barack Obama has signed off on a covert agreement to support the Morsi government.
At the same time the Organization of the Mobilization of the Oppressed – the Basij of the Islamic regime in Iran – put out a statement urging Muslims throughout the world to show their anger against America.
The statement declared that, in revenge, the “filthy regime of America” because of its repeated defeats from the great Islamic front, has insulted the sanctity of Islam, hurting the feelings of the Islamic world.
Referring to the video ridiculing Prophet Muhammad, the Basij called it an act of conspiracy to insult Muslims to incite a religious war in Egypt. The statement praised the Egyptian Muslims for understanding the motives of the “Great Satan,” and in showing their anger toward America.
Basij then warns America and Israel that their demise and destruction is definite and very soon and that nothing will stop their ultimate fate. The statement continues that these acts … will only raise awareness worldwide toward the truth about what it calls “The Islam of Muhammad” and the oppressors will unite under the flag of Islam to take revenge against the murderous regimes (Israel and America).
In conclusion the statement urges all Muslims to show their hatred and anger against America and urges God to hasten the coming of the last Islamic Messiah in defense of Islam.
The Basij organization has been charged by Human Rights Watch with widespread violations of human rights against the Iranian people. Its commander, Gen. Naghdi, is also on the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions list for human rights abuses in Iran.
It is important to note that these protests come after Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi’s recent visit to Iran on Aug. 30 when he attended the meeting of the None Aligned Movement.
Reza Kahlili translated this Iranian video about Islamic prophecies of a coming messiah and the destruction of Israel:
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray” (Simon & Schuster, 2010). He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).