Not real shots, of course. But I was on the Hezb Al-Nour Facebook page for Mansoura (don’t ask) and I came across this:
Starting from the top, it lists all the parties that are part of the Muslim Brotherhood Alliance, or the Democratic Alliance. In parenthesis next to each party, it helps its readers by pointing out whether each party is secular, liberal, or socialist – here listed in order of which ones god hates the most (bad joke, sorry).
Below the list, the main point here is made clear: “My Muslim brother, on judgement day you will be asked about your vote, so do you want to give your voice to this list which includes secularists, liberals and socialists?”
Quite a change from the days when the two Islamic heavy hitters were working together. Now we’ve hit the other end of the spectrum: it’s even a bad religious move to vote for the Muslim Brotherhood.
But this is more about local politics than anything else. As of a few weeks ago, Hezb Al Nour of Mansoura was supporting the Brotherhood’s professional seat candidate in the race – he’s an extremely well-liked, nearly sure-shot candidate for the seat – but recently the Brotherhood has campaigned against Nour by pointing out their labor candidate, Mohamed Shabara, is a former NDP member. He is, by the way.
As the above Facebook post suggests, this doesn’t seem to have gone over so well with Hezb Al-Nour. And thus, it’s now, according to Nour, a bad religious move to vote for MB, and Mansoura’s tenuous Nour-Brotherhood alliance has devolved to pure opposition.
But what’s better, or worse, is the below song. This is Shabara’s 2010 parliamentary campaign anthem from when he was still running with the NDP, and before this musical sort of campaigning was, well, haram. It’s unclear whether people should be appreciative of Shabara’s decision to align with Hezb Al-Nour, since he’s now forbidden from releasing songs like this.