This interview was published in The Washington Post on 14/05/2011
Banned for years under President Hosni Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood now functions openly in Egypt and is expected to win a sizable bloc of seats in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Washington Post Senior Associate Editor Lally Weymouth interviewed Essam El-Erian, a physician and senior member of the brotherhood’s ruling guidance council, in the organization’s new $11 million headquarters on May 4. Following are excerpts:
What did you think of the killing of Osama bin Laden?
For us, Osama bin Laden never represented Islam. Islam is a peaceful religion. Violent groups are a minority among Islamic groups. . . .
The idea is to resist foreign troops?
Sinai is Egyptian land, and it must be treated as any Egyptian land.
What does it say about the role of women?