Muslim Brotherhood & Hitler
The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 by a 22-year old Muslim named Hassan al-Banna, who admired Adolf Hitler's hatred of the Jews and persistently wrote to Hitler to express his admiration for Hitler and desire for collaboration with Hitler's Nazi Party.
When Hitler rose to power, his Nazis supported al-Banna, who was a school teacher, to grow Muslim Brotherhood into its ally in the Middle East; by 1938, membership of the Muslim Brotherhood topped 200,000.
During World War II, members of the Muslim Brotherhood spied for Hitler's Nazis in the Middle East and fought as Hitler's Nazi troops in two specially formed Muslim Waffen-SS Handschar Divisions (handschar is the German for scimitar, the curved saber used by the Muslim troops of the Ottoman empire).
Above is Hitler with Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and a close ally of al-Banna, in Berlin, where he lived as Hitler's VIP guest from 1941 to 1945, before joining al-Banna in Egypt in 1946. Muslim Nazi troops of Waffen-SS Handschar Divisions are being reviewed by Haj Amin al-Husseini (right) and by the SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler (below).
Due to the number of Muslim volunteers, the Handschar Divisions were the largest of Hitler's 38 Waffen-SS divisions.
After World War II, the Muslim Brotherhood continued to grow, supported this time by the West, which saw it as a counterweight to the threat of Soviet-backed Communism in the Middle East. By the late 1940s, Muslim Brotherhoodnumbered 500,000 members.
While some of them built schools and medical clinics, other continued to engage in violence, including bombings, arsons and murders. In 1948, members of the Muslim Brotherhood assassinated the Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud Fahmi al-Nuqrashi and joined the invasion of the newly re-created nation of Israel.
The Muslim Brotherhood's violent conflict with the Egyptian government, which also included the government's assassination of al-Hanna and two failed Muslim Brotherhood assassination attempts on the Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, eventually led to many of its leaders being jailed while others fled and set up branches abroad, mostly in the other Middle Eastern Arab nations but also inEurope, UK and USA.
Concluding that it did not yet have the muscle to spread Islam by force, Muslim Brotherhood 'officially' renounced violence in the 1970s, and switched to more cunning strategies detailed in a secret manifesto: "The Project".
In 1979, the Western powers supported the Muslim Brotherhood to form the Mujahedeen army and fight the Soviet army in Afghanistan.
In 1987, Muslim Brotherhood in Israel created Hamas, whose members still use the Nazi salute (above) and read Hitler's Mein Kampf, which the Muslim Brotherhood titled My Jihadand translated into Arabic in the 1930s (Mein Kampf remains the #6 best-seller today in the Muslim world and a favorite among the members of the Muslim Brotherhood).
In 1989, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mujahedeen army pushed the Soviet army out of Afghanistan, and then split. One of the factions became Al Qaeda, led by a Muslim Brotherhood-schooled Saudi named Osama bin Laden.