Muhammad Badie

 
Muhammad Badie (Arabic: محمد بديعMuḥammad Badīʿ, IPA: [mæˈħæmmæd bæˈdiːʕ]; born 1943) is the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood.[1] He has headed the Egyptian branch of the international Islamist organization since 2010. Before becoming general guide, Badi’e had been a member of the group’s governing council, the Guidance Bureau, since 1996. His arrest was ordered on 10 July 2013 for inciting the killing of protesters.[2]

Biography

Badi’e was born in the industrial city of Mahalla al-Kubra on August 7, 1943. He took a degree in veterinary medicine at Cairo in 1965.[3]
The same year, he was arrested for the first time for his political activity in the Muslim Brotherhood, during a nationwide roundup of activists; he was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a military tribunal.[3]
Paroled along with almost all other Brotherhood prisoners in 1974 by the new Egyptian president, Anwar al-Sadat, Badi’e went on to continue his studies and begin a teaching career at various Egyptian universities.
Badi’e continues to work part time as a professor of pathology at the veterinary school of Beni Suef University.

Muslim Brotherhood Involvement

In 1965, Badie was arrested for his political activities, along with Muslim Brotherhood leader Sayyed Qutb, and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He served 9 years and was released in 1974 by President Anwar Sadat. Badie became a member of the Brotherhood’s al-Mahalla al-Kubra administrative office the following year and was eventually named chief of that branch. From 1986 to 1990, he served as a member of the Brotherhood’s administrative office in Beni Suef. In 1993, he became a member of the group’s Guidance Office. In 1998, he was imprisoned for 75 days as a result of his participation in the Islamic Dawa Society in Beni Suef. In 2010, Badie was named supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, replacing Muhammad Mahdi Akef.[4] In July 2013, a travel ban was put on Badie as well as Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and Badie’s deputy Khairat el-Shater.[5]

Statements on Israel

In a weekly sermon, titled “How Islam Confronts the Oppression and Tyranny [against the Muslims],” Mohammed Badie accused the Arab and Muslim regimes of avoiding confrontation with “the Zionist entity” and the United States, and also of disregarding “Allah’s commandment to wage jihad for His sake with [their] money and [their] lives, so that Allah’s word will reign supreme and the infidels’ word will be inferior.” Badie stated that the U.S. is immoral and doomed to collapse. He accused the Palestinian Authority of “selling out” the Palestinian cause, adding that a third intifada was about to erupt. Badie also stated that “Resistance is the only solution against the Zio-American arrogance and tyranny, and all we need is for the Arab and Muslim peoples to stand behind it and support it.” [6][7][8]
In July 2012, during his weekly sermon, Mohammed Badi stated that Israelis are “rapists” of Jerusalem, and called on all Muslims to “wage jihad with their money and their selves to free al-Quds.” He described the creation of Israel in international law as an “alleged, illusory right.”[7][9][10]
In October 2012, Badie alleged that “The Jews have dominated the land, spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profaned holy places, including their own.” As such, he demanded that the Arab world reject negotiations with Israel in favor of “holy Jihad,” saying that “the Zionists only understand force” and while alleging that allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, would result in the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.[10]

Statements on Operation Pillar of Defense 

Badei denounced peace efforts with Israel, urging holy war to liberate Palestinian territories, on Thursday, November 22, 2012—just a day after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi succeeded in brokering a truce to end eight days of Israel-Hamas fighting. Badei says “jihad is obligatory” for Muslims and that peace deals with Israel are a “game of grand deception.” He says there’s been enough negotiations, the “enemy knows nothing but language of force.”[11]
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