A number of U.S.-based Muslim group leaders who vehemently reject evidence connecting them to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in public made a point of publicly mourning the group's former spiritual guide, who died in prison Friday.
Mohamed Akef was praised as the "Sheikh of the Mujahidin" and received prayers that Allah place him "in the higher paradise with the prophets, the pious, and the martyrs."
"What kind of tyrannical regime would imprison a sick 90 years old man?" Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) co-founder and Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote Saturday after Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Akef's death. "Who resisted the colonizer, and raised generations on righteousness and the love of their country? #Mahdi_Akef, consider not Allah to be oblivious." His Twitter post was in Arabic, so many of Awad's U.S. followers may not have appreciated its significance.