About this iReport
  • Not verified by CNN

  • Click to view TWHOfficial's profile
    Posted August 15, 2013 by
    Cairo, Egypt
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Protests in Egypt: Your experiences

    More from TWHOfficial

    The Egyptian Maze - What are we looking at?


    What's happening:

    When Egypt's first democratically elected president was tossed out earlier this year, the White House stopped short of calling it a coup. After the recent crackdown of the demonstration hailed by The Muslim Brotherhood & Pro-Morsy protesters many things have polarized in a dramatic way. More than 525 people were killed and 3,717 wounded in the bloodiest day in Egypt's recent history, officials there said.


    What is the Muslim Brotherhood:

    The Muslim Brotherhood is a religious and political group founded on the belief that Islam is not simply a religion, but a way of life. It advocates a move away from secularism, and a return to the rules of the Quran as a basis for healthy families, communities, and states.

    The movement officially rejects the use of violent means to secure its goals. However, offshoots of the group have been linked to attacks in the past, and critics blame the Brotherhood for sparking troubles elsewhere in the Middle East. Many consider it the forerunner of modern militant Islamism.

    In a 1997 study for Harvard International Review, Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Chairman Mohammad Ma'mun El-Hudaibi said the Brotherhood was based on two "key pillars."

    They are: the introduction of the Islamic Sharia (way of life or principles) as the basis controlling the affairs of state and society and working "to achieve unification among the Islamic countries and states, mainly among the Arab states, and liberating them from foreign imperialism."


    How influential is the Brotherhood elsewhere:

    There are branches of the Muslim Brotherhood in countries across the Middle East and North and East Africa, including Sudan, Syria and Saudi Arabia. There is also a branch in the U.S.

    Its offshoots outside Egypt are markedly more conservative in their views: The Kuwaiti branch is said to oppose the right of women to vote.

    Sayyid Qutb, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s, developed the doctrine of jihad, and the radical group Hamas is believed to be an offshoot of the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood.


    Are they the same as they claim:

    The Muslim Brotherhood as many of the Radical Conservative groups were taking the side of Religion and claiming that they're the representative of Religion and claim they do everything for religion in a peaceful way. Which brings us to the question.


    Are They Really Peaceful?

    Not so long after the crackdown numerous attacks erupted all over the country, from attacking the Country Official buildings to attacking Churches and Shops. Many attacks also erupted in Sinai. They've been known by their strive for what they call Al Sharia except under their own terms without any attention to the changes and the environment around them. They burned down nearly 17 Churches according to many sources.

    Attack on a Church in Sohag

    Militants using weapons during the Crackdown

    To get in image of what they are you have to understand the nature of extremist groups, They're against anyone who's not following their laws or ideas, Al Qaeda & many other groups has been known to use violence and still claim they're fighting for the sake of their religion, finding no irony using anything even if it's innocent children.


    What did the Government do:

    In the period of 47 days the government was taking no security specific actions in favor of diplomatic solutions and peace talks without any outcome, homicides were rising, militants were attacking in different areas specially in Sinai. The government found no reason to keep on waiting for more homicides & unrest for the country, The citizens of Rabea Al Adwea were already complaining about the unrest and insecurity they suffer. Which lead to only one tough decision, which is to end the demonstration. The Security Forces arrived at Approx 5AM Wednesday Morning having nothing but teargas. Talking to the demonstrators to ask them to peacefully end the demonstration and go back to their homes assuring that nobody's going to be traced or hunted. After their denial the clashes took more than 8 hours to come to an end.

    Security Forces During The Clashes


    Why does the Muslim Brotherhood attack churches:

    The Muslim Brotherhood is attacking churches even though there's no relation between the crackdown and the churches, their problem is with the interim government and security forces. They burned down nearly 17 Churches according to many sources. if they're really peaceful why are they attacking churches?


    This again brings us down that they are nothing more than two groups:

    1. People who are brain washed by radical falthy.

    2. Leaders who are in command and who truly know what they really work for.


    What we are seeing here is nothing more than an Extreme Terrorist Group who are fighting back to control what they've lost, like they've done in a lot of places.

    Al Qaeda Leader and Democracy?

    What's gonna happen next is still uncertain, but there's a lot of mazes to be solved.

    Add your Story Add your Story