CAIRO — The Muslim Brotherhood’s leader today made an unusually harsh attack on Egypt’s military chief, saying his ouster of President Mohammed Morsi was a worse crime than even destroying the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine.
Mohammed Badie’s comment, which came in his weekly message to followers, underlined the anger felt by Islamists over the July 3 coup by Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, which followed mass protests by millions demanding that Morsi step down. Morsi is a veteran figure from the Brotherhood.
His analogy between the coup and destroying the Kaaba takes to a new level the enmity between the camp of Islamists led by the Brotherhood and their opponents, including liberals, moderate Muslim and secular Egyptians and minority Christians.
It also appears designed to whip up religious sentiments against el-Sissi on the eve of mass rallies that the general called for as a show of support for planned action by the military and the police to stop “violence and terrorism” by Morsi’s supporters.