After one year of Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi’s presidency, millions of Egyptians – in an unprecedented scene – poured into the streets of Cairo to say “NO!” to Political Islam. This is probably the first time since 9/11 that Egyptians have dared to publicly reject Political and Radical Islam in such huge numbers. “This […]
Category: Tawfik Hamid
Dr. Tawfik Hamid (aka Tarek Abdelhamid), is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a terrorist Islamic organization Jammaa Islameia (Egypt) with Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who became later on the second in command of Al-Qaeda.
Dr. Hamid is currently a Senior Fellow and Chair of the study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in the United States.
His website can be found at www.TawfikHamid.com.
By Tawfik Hamid www.tawfikhamid.com The recent violence that erupted in Cairo was an inevitable result of the recent illegal declaration by President Morsi. This declaration essentially concentrated all governmental powers (executive, legislative, and judicial) in his own hands. This dictatorial act, which is eerily reminiscent of the Nazi power grab in 1930s Germany, has created […]
(Note that Dr. Tawfik Hamid is an Egyptian American who was involved in “radical” Islam in Egypt but who has since renounced that path. He remains a devoted Muslim – and a good friend of Freethought Nation. His work here is reproduced by permission.) Fighting Sharia Law MUST be a Strategic Objective for the US […]
Using the Quran to Control Afghan Anger By Dr. Tawfik Hamid www.tawfikhamid.com Troops on the U.S.’s largest base in Afghanistan have unintentionally burned Qurans and other religious materials, triggering angry protests and fears of even larger demonstrations as news of the burning spreads. The books were mistakenly thrown out with the trash at Bagram Air […]
Do U.S. courts justify Sharia-based Crimes? By Dr. Tawfik Hamid www.tawfikhamid.com A federal appeals court has blocked an Oklahoma voter-approved measure barring state judges from considering Islamic and international law in their decisions. Muneer Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Oklahoma, sued to block the law from taking effect, […]
By Tawfik Hamid Recently a well-known Egyptian TV show host, Wael El-Abrashi, invited a leading Islamic scholar Sheick Yasser Burhani to discuss the future of tourism in Egypt after the Jan 25th Revolution. The discussion that appeared on one of the mainstream TV channels in the country was titled: “This is the Halal Tourism that […]
By Tawfik Hamid www.tawfikhamid.com The Muslim Brotherhood and how to deal with it is a political dilemma for decision makers in the U.S. Recently, Rep. Sue Myrick held her House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence hearing to examine the history, beliefs and positions of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood does not […]
Last Friday, at least seven United Nations workers were killed (including two who were beheaded) and several more were injured after officials said a protest in Afghanistan against a Florida pastor’s burning of the Quran turned violent. On Saturday, the deadly attacks extended to Kandahar. Nine have been killed and several were also injured. The […]
Why, as a Muslim, I support the congressional hearings about Radical Islam By Tawfik Hamid www.tawfikhamid.com House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Republican Peter King, of New York, opens hearings on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism in Washington, DC, on Thursday 10 March. Congressman Keith Ellison, a Muslim, objected to Rep. Peter King saying that, […]
How Further Radicalization of Egypt in Post-Mubarak Era Can be Prevented By Tawfik Hamid www.tawfikhamid.com The revolution in Egypt can take one of two more likely directions. On one hand, the values of liberty and freedom may prevail and on the other hand, Islamic radicals may hijack the revolution and create a theocratic state. The […]
Finally, The First True Reformation of Islam is startingby Dr. Tawfik Hamid A historic and potentially momentous event occurred on January 24, 2011 impacting the teachings and understanding of Islam. To put that event in perspective, we have seen over the last few decades problems related to Islamism, including terrorism, suicide bombings, but also suppression […]