Despite FBI evidence presented in federal court, leaders of Islamic groups in the United States such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations have denied they are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, the supremacist movement that seeks to create a global Islamic state.
But CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad is among the U.S.-based leaders publicly mourning the death Friday of a former chief spiritual guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Akef, reports the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
Akef died in prison in Egypt.
Awad, writing on Twitter in Arabic, said: “What kind of tyrannical regime would imprison a sick 90 years old man?” Who resisted the colonizer, and raised generations on righteousness and the love of their country? #Mahdi_Akef, consider not Allah to be oblivious.”