Last Friday, Yusuf al-Qaradawi — the most influential Muslim Brotherhood cleric in the world — returned triumphantly to Cairo from his exile in Qatar as the man chosen to lead Friday prayers at Tahrir Square. Given that the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned as an illegal organization in Egypt for decades and al-Qaradawi was banned from entering Egypt because of his support for jihad and his anti-Egyptian pronouncements, this is huge in its implications. Out of all the people in the world, secular or religious, that could have been invited to lead prayers at the epicenter of the Egyptian revolution, the man selected and embraced was the banned jihad-mongering leader of the illegal Salafi-Jihadi Muslim Brotherhood.
If that isn't bad enough, it just so happens that Yusuf al-Qaradawi — banned from entering the United States in 1999 because of his support for suicide bombings — is the esteemed chairman-in-absentia of the Muslim American Society's Islamic American University.
To anyone who has cared to know, this should not come as a surprise because the established links between the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the United States are substantial.