A series of Twitter posts attributed to Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohammed Badie claimed on Monday that protesters against the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi may break the fast of Ramadan, since they were in a “state of jihad” and would soon wage a battle for control of Egypt.
The tweets, sent from an account purporting to be managed by the media department of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance department “under direct guidance from Muslim Brotherhood General Guide Mohammed Badie,” compared the struggle against the June 30 military coup — centered around a sit-in at Cairo’s Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque — to the Battle of Badr, a decisive battle waged between the Prophet Muhammad and his adversaries from the tribe of Quraish in the year 624.
“The ruling against those who leave Rabia al-Adawiya Square is akin to the ruling against those who flee the battle and jihad against the infidels,” read one message on Sunday. A meeting between Badie and a number of Muslim Brotherhood officials led to a decision to prepare for “the second Battle of Badr” on the battle’s anniversary, 17 Ramadan (July 26), the message added.
Muslim tradition holds that the followers of Islam suspended their Ramadan fast during the Battle of Badr to be combat ready.
Egyptian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Badie on July 10, and he has made no public appearances since the military coup against…