Egyptian security forces came under attack Monday by members of the radical Islamic group, Takfir wal-Hijra, an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. A police officer and a civilian were injured during the two hour battle in the Ahrash neighborhood of Rafah. Several rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the security forces.
Muhammad Nabil, an Egyptian policeman, was injured as a result of gunfire which struck him in the leg. A local Bedouin, 20-year-old Muhammad Ahmad Mahmoud, also sustained a gunshot wound in the chest.
Members of this same group on Friday abducted three Egyptian police officers as their car left the Al-Arish district on patrol.
Takfir wal-Hijra was founded in 1971 by Shukri Mustafa, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who had been in prison with Sayyid Qutb, the leading Islamic theologian of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and '60s, who advocated armed struggle to impose Islamic law. Mustafa become one of Qutb's radical disciples. The current leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, also spent time in jail with Sayyid Qutb. Badie was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in 1965 in the military case that included among the sentenced, Mr. Qutb. Mohammed Baidie, like Shukri Mustafa, also became a loyal disciple of Sayyid Qutb.
Mr. Badie is seen as "one of the most loyal leaders to the organization of Sayyid Qutb," according to the London-based pan-Arab daily Al-Hayah.
The Longwar Journal notes: "Qutb is widely, and correctly, described as the intellectual forefather of al Qaeda, which still references his writings to this day...
"Ayatollah Khameini, the current supreme leader of the Iranian revolution, translated two of Qutb's most important volumes into Persian. Those two translated volumes have been widely read inside Iran and some say they are the most circulated Islamist tracts."
In June of 2009, various Arab news sources reported that the Obama administration had insisted that at least 10 members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood be allowed to attend Obama's speech [to the Muslim world] in Cairo.
In April of 2009, the Egyptian daily newspaper, Almasry Alyoum, reported that President Obama had met with members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood who live in the U.S. and Europe, and that the members requested that news of the meeting not be publicized.
And now, Mohammed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood leader - who, like Shukri Mustafa, the founder of Takfir wal-Hijra, was a disciple of the intellectual forefather of al Qaeda, Sayyid Qutb - is paving the way for the formation of a new Egyptian government.