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2010-07-20

Muslim Brotherhood of Libya launches Facebook page

By Jamel Arfaoui for Magharebia in Tunis – 20/07/10

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Libya's Muslim Brotherhood on July 5th unveiled a page on social networking website Facebook.

Libyan attorney and right activist Abdessalam El Mesmari told Magharebia that the step is "late on the part of the Muslim Brotherhood" and aims to "fill an online media gap... to introduce their ideas... as a political group with a political Islam-based line of thinking".

"The huge number of daily Facebook visitors is appealing to those who want to promote their ideas and vision, be they public figures such as media men, writers, or poets, or physical entities such as corporations, rights institutions and NGOs, or even heads of states, parties and political associations," El Mesmari added.

Blogger and rights activist Ghaida Touati said the page was the Brotherhood's attempt to "promote its ideas to attract proponents... at a time when the loyalty of the Libyan political scene is being divided into what is known as the 'old guard' and the 'new guard'".

"The social networking website attracts all strata of Libyan society, especially young people, the most important category in Libya," she added.

The Brotherhood's Facebook page says: "We denounce violence and will not resort to violence to settle disputes. We think that differences, while maintaining the main constants within the Libyan society, can be a healthy phenomenon, if all parties abide by the rules of dialogue and the ethics of debate."

"We regard the values of freedom, justice and human rights, provided they do not contradict the tenets of or religion, as part of the core of religion and one of its objectives... we also value science and scholars, since they are the means of achieving advancement in society, as well as scientific, technical progress and development", reads the page.

Young people contacted by Magharebia had negative reactions to the group's Facebook overture.

Salem Maatoug scorned the new page, "especially since Islamic leaders previously regarded Facebook as unlawful, and I don't think that [the Muslim Brotherhood] going back to it and using it... to voice their ideas through smooth talk would be a good idea".

Tarek El Ahmed told Magharebia that the mere name of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was established in the 1950s, "enrages" him.

"How can they call themselves Muslim brothers? Does that mean that those who don't follow them are the brothers of Satan?" he asked.

Yet the group's Facebook page reads: "Islam is the religion of all Libyans. It is not restricted to the [Muslim Brotherhood] or the Muslim trend. Nor do we claim to understand it better or to abide by it more strictly."

The page goes on to identify the brotherhood's goals as "partaking in forming a new generation of faithful believers in the teachings of Islam, a generation that seeks to impart a pure and ethical life to the Libyan society".

Cheker Chorfi, a professor of Islamic civilisation, said: "In my opinion, this isn't penetration or an attempt to spread extremist ideas. Rather, it's awareness of the need to open up to the 'other' now that they've given up their closed concept of religion."

"I've read that they've mended their ways based on discussions they had with moderate scholars who engaged in debate with those in prison," Chorfi added.

The Muslim Brotherhood Facebook page includes news about freedoms in Libya, as well as discussions with their leaders on the reform initiative launched by Saif al-Islam al-Kadhafi.

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    Anonymous 2011-9-20

    Moderation in Islam is the most suitable for all people. In my opinion, I think that we Libyans adopt a moderate Islam. We don’t need anyone to tell us how is Islam. I hope that Muslim brothers will follow the example of the messenger, peace and blessings of God be upon him. They shouldn’t be extremist and radical.

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    djordjevic 2011-2-24

    Al Fatah forever! NO DEMOCRACY WITHOUT POPULAR CONGRESS! AL FATAH IS AN ISLAMIC REVOLUTION!

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    مشتاق الي ليبيا الحبيبة 2011-2-3

    I see that you’re all Libyans but why don’t you speak Arabic? Or have you all forgotten Arabic? Thank you! Viva Libya!

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    محمد 2011-1-26

    In the name of God the Beneficent the Merciful. I would like to address my thanks to Muslim Brotherhood who wish us to express our opinion. In reality, it is very nice to see Arab society waking up from its deep sleep which has lasted for years and years. If this group follows Islam as its method, this is nice. But if it is just exploiting Islam to reach specific goals, I say life is ephemeral and we will be witnesses in front of God the Almighty.

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    خليل 2010-10-12

    It is a good book which I liked.

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    said 2010-9-17

    Hello- Please, I am trying to compile the history of Mullah Omar Abou Hafs’ Hafsis. Is there anyone online who can help me?

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    Essid 2010-8-10

    To فتحي المسلاتي- In response to your condemnation of the first commenter, Britncanada, you should be more careful to make sure that you understand a comment before ridiculing its author. Firstly, as I read it, Britncanada is complaining about religious institutionalism, not the belief that people have in the supernatural. To be more precise, religion for him is the veneration of an institution, of the functionaries in this institution and of these functionaries’ opportunistic interpretation of religious texts. Instead, Britncanada offers the option of simply loving God, all of God’s creation and all of humanity and enjoying the supernatural feeling that comes from understanding we are all connected. That is the definition of a spiritualist, and it is more true to the idea of a loving god than a bunch of fatwas from self-entitled clergy. Secondly, atheism is not spirituality. Atheism is the knowledge that there is no scientific evidence of the existence of anything supernatural and the conviction that without scientific evidence, we should not believe in something supernatural. Atheists are right that there is no scientific evidence of the existence of anything supernatural, including Yahweh, God, Allah, Zoro, Aster, Shiva, Bodhisattva, etc. (All religious texts were written by men, so a religious text is not verification.) The choice atheists make is that they will not believe in the supernatural without evidence. This is the same choice you make regarding all religions besides your own. (If you are Muslim, you are a Hindu atheist.) Atheists and spiritualists are both acting according to an understandable rationale (even if you do not agree with it), and thus do not require psychiatrists.

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    ليبي وافتخر 2010-8-8

    Peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you. A greeting to the great Fateh. There is a reality known to every Libyan citizen and every human who believes in the principle of freedom and democracy. The great revolution of Al Fateh in September emanated from this noble sublime principle which aims to achieve freedom and real democracy. In Libya, no one denies this human principle except the treacherous backward minority among those who are plotting with the West. This loser minority is the cause of emergence of this dissident movement aiming to disfigure the image of Islam and is principles in the minds of all youth.

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    عبدو ليبيا 2010-8-8

    This is all the result of depression and hard conditions. If they had found something to do, they wouldn't have joined Muslim Brothers, or go to achieve your dream, God doesn't want anything from you sick people!

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    فتحي المسلاتي 2010-8-4

    Things are mixed up for the author of the first comment who calls for relinquishing all religions and converting to what he calls spirituality. Which spirituality he means if religions are relinquished. Or does he mean atheism? I call him to look for a psychiatrist to treat him.

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    Essid 2010-8-4

    To المزوغي: The minds of Libya’s young people are not the weakest. Such weakness is seen in every population the world over. Contrary to popular belief, terrorism and incendiary behaviours are not limited to Muslim youth, let alone the Muslim youth of a single country. Lack of education plays a role in this, but that is an insufficient explanation. If lack of education were a sufficient explanation, then children would form the principle body of terrorists, not adults. Terrorism would look much more like the death squads formed of kidnapped children. Terrorists and those with incendiary behaviour are adults who are intelligent enough to understand there is a problem, but are unable to explain its type and source or to find a legitimate solution to it. The reason they fail to explain or resolve the problem is that the those who create the problems ban all access to any real analysis or criticism of their actions. As such, a large source of pseudo-analysis comes from extremists who have entered the underground. The extremists are no different than corrupt politicians: they will use any means possible to garner support and suppress criticism. The extremist propaganda is thus highly effective for many who were smart enough not to belief ‘official’ propaganda or fear ‘official’ suppression, but not educated enough to know how to bypass this suppression and find legitimate sources of information. This is how it is for Muslim terrorists, the Irish Republican Army and the “Tea Party” in the US.

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    اسير العرب 2010-8-3

    I think my brother you who say minds of Libyan young people are weak you have to reconsider and evaluate Libyan young people a proper evaluation. However, Libyan young people are educated, conscious and learned. But the most important thing is that Libyan young people hail from a conservative society. I am not saying this from my bias to Libyan young people. I know there are some weak my minds but as the proverb says "the smart and rotten are everywhere". God willing, most Libyan young people are conscious and know the meaning of stability of the country.

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    المزوغي 2010-7-31

    The minds of Libya's young people are the weakest minds, and can be exploited easily by the terrorist group. I'm one of the young people ruined by the policy of the state.

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    سالم الدرسى 2010-7-27

    Salam alikum. First of all the “Losers” Jamaat is a depraved group to a high extent. We have heard many times their fragile ideas which are contrary to values and moral. Let’s go back to the origins of the Jamaat. It was founded by Hassan El bena famous for his fatwas contradictory to the Book, Sunna and majority under the name “Ikhwane”, whether they are Muslims or not. Finally, Jamaat Al Ikhwane in Libya or others just want power whether by force or any other means. We shouldn’t be deceived by their claims of renouncing to violence because they are people of Takia and hypocrisy.

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    Essid 2010-7-22

    I wonder if the members of the Muslim Brotherhood of Libya actually understand what they are promoting. They have said elsewhere that they support the establishment of a state-based on the shariah, but do they understand what the shariah really is? Firstly, “shariah” is a word and concept never heard of in the Qur’an. Secondly, “shariah” is a concept that was invented after Mohamed’s death. Thirdly, “shariah” is generally comprised of five sources: interpretations of the Qur’an (tasfeer), jurisprudence (fiqh), the words and deeds of the Prophet (sunna), the deeds of the Prophet’s disciples, and the Qur’an. The problem arises when the wording of these texts, interpretation of this wording and the history of this interpretation contradict each other and themselves. The result of this contradiction is that the fickleness of the masses gives free rein to any demagogue who can sway this fickleness to do whatever he wants. According to the Qur’an, People of the Book (ahl al-kitab) such as Christians and Jews are to be permitted to continue to observe their faith. Clearly, Mohamed’s first disciple Abu Bakr had a different interpretation of the Qur’an, and began to murder the Christians and Jews of Persian and the Byzantine empires. Here, you already have two interpretations of the Qur’an that contradict each other. This contradiction quickly entered into jurisprudence and itself represents the deeds of the disciples contradicting the Qur’an and the words of the Prophet. So if the Muslim Brotherhood wants to establish a state based on the shariah, whose interpretation are they going to refer to? I'm guessing it will be their own. Forgive me if I have no interest in being subject to their whims supported by fanciful religious interpretations.

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    Ahmed 2010-7-21

    Well how come I cant find it on facebookÉ

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    britncanada 2010-7-21

    load of hypocrites..dangerous very dangerous..get rid of all religions best for everyone..get spiritual its the only way..don,t worship anything..it all brings grief to the believer..thats my point across..I guess it will not be published, because it is the truth !!

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