- Middle East/North Africa
A former Muslim Brotherhood leader is seeking to establish an alternative organization since the Brotherhood “diverted from the path drawn up by the group’s founder, Hassan al-Banna.”
Tharwat al-Kharabawy said the group is now dominated by followers of Sayed Qutb, an influential Brotherhood member in the 1950s and '60s.
In a telephone interview on Mehwar satellite channel on Monday, Kharabawy said Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the chairman of the International Union for Muslim Scholars and a prominent television preacher, supports the fledgling group.
Kharabawy added that the group would include several members who have resigned from the Brotherhood, including Kamal al-Helbawy and Mokhtar Noah.
Planning to establish the new association began three years ago, with the idea first being brought up by former Brotherhood leader Sayed Abdel Sattar al-Meligy.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm