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Somewhere else I mentioned that I had the bad feeling that Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Islamic supremacist and jihad-loving unofficial spiritual guide for the Muslim Brotherhood, would soon be making a triumphant return to his Egyptian homeland in a scene reminiscent of Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 return to Iran. And we all know how well that turned out.
But, frankly, I didn’t expect it this soon:
For the first time since he was banned from leading weekly friday prayers in Egypt 30 years ago, prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi will lead thousands in the weekly prayers from Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday.
Sources told Al Arabiya that a military force will accompany the head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars from his home to Tahrir Square, provide security for the prayers and accompany him back to his residence.
Al-Qaradawi last delivered a Friday prayer sermon in Egypt in 1981 after the assassination of former President Anwar el-Sadat.
Background on Qaradawi.
My estimation of the chances for any flowering of liberal democracy in Egypt just went from “slim” to “less than a snowball’s chance in the Sahara.”
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(Crossposted at Public Secrets)