07 January, 2009

While Gaza is burning, MB parlamentarian voices concern about re-printing of work by sufi mystic

According to a report in al-badeel today, Muslim Brotherhood parliamentarian Ali Laban is raising objections to the printing of a new edition of "The Meccan Illuminations" (Al-Futuhat Al-Makkiyya), a work by 13th century Sufi mystic and philosopher Ibn Arabi. The MP also criticized the fact that a conference about the author was organized in cooperation with the Spanish embassy (Ibn Arabi was born in Andalusia), saying it had received "dubious" foreign financing, "an attempt to further Zionist-American goals" by spreading the thinking of a "Sufi extremist."

Is this the explanation behind the absence of a major MB mobilization against the invasion of Gaza - they are too busy fighting the more serious threat of Sufi philosophy?

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