The article is based on a dialogue with the key leader of the Islamic Group Dr. Nājiḥ Ibrāhīm, where he discusses issues like the group’s recent initiative to cease its violent approaches toward the regime.
The author said that Dr. Nājiḥ Ibrāhīm is a member of the Islamic Group’s Consultative Council and the architect of the ‘Cease of Violence Initiative’ that the group adopted in July, 1997.
The author asked Ibrāhīm about the credibility of the initiative, and Ibrāhīm said that the initiative has been credible since the first day of its launch, and that all members of the group have been instructed to abide by an unconditioned unilateral cease of all forms of violence. The initiative was not merely an administrative decision, but rather a strategic choice that the group has been abiding by for eight years now, without a single act of violence taking place, which strongly supports its credibility.
The author inquired what Ibrāhīm thinks of the release of many of the group’s detained leaders and grassroots, to which Ibrāhīm replied that 12,000 detainees have been released after 16 years of detention, and that all leaders have been set free except for ‘Abbūd al-Zumur and Ṭāriq al-Zumur, whom he hopes will be released soon.
The author asked why the group announced that it will dismantle its military wing, without this statement being confirmed by the group’s Consultative Council. Ibrāhīm replied that it is impossible to cease violence while retaining a military wing, and that the Muslim Brotherhood had to dismantle this wing because they sometimes carry out missions without consulting the group.
The author asked Ibrāhīm about his opinion regarding al-Qā‘idah’s accusation that the group had failed to support Islām. Ibrāhīm said that the group will never let Islam down, but the group has decided to direct its Jihād against occupiers, such as those occupying Palestine, but that the killing of civilians is not right and fighting police forces in Egypt is not Jihād. al-Qā‘idah advocates violence in Egypt, and we are against internal clashes.
The author asked Ibrāhīm about the group’s stance concerning Copts and the empowerment of women. Ibrāhīm explained that Copts are respected by Islām, and that if any violence has been committed against them it must have been an individual, and not an Islām-induced act. Concerning women, they are respected by Islām, but the group does not agree with them becoming judges or presidents of the Republic.