Tale of Saeed Ra­madan

How the plot un­winds?

Arab Times - - LOCAL - By Ah­mad Al Sar­raf email: habibi.enta1@gmail.com

In my ar­ti­cle of last Mon­day, I was pon­der­ing about the bi­og­ra­phy of Tariq Ra­madan and the se­cret be­hind the strength and abil­ity of his father, who was work­ing for Has­san Al-Banna (founder of the Mus­lim Brother­hood), who had man­aged to mi­grate to Switzer­land and ac­quire the Swiss cit­i­zen­ship, which was and is still the most dif­fi­cult to ac­quire among the na­tions of the world.

Yes­ter­day, one of my friends who read the ar­ti­cle helped me with the an­swer.

Saeed Ra­madan – the father of Tariq – was 2 years old when Has­san Al-Banna es­tab­lished the move­ment in 1928. Tariq’s father be­came a mem­ber of the move­ment dur­ing his prime youth and over time be­came the per­sonal sec­re­tary of AlBanna.

This en­abled him to have con­tacts with the fam­ily of AlBanna and the girl Wafaa Al-Banna fell in love with the hand­some and am­bi­tious young man.

That mar­riage opened the doors of heaven and lay bare the world’s trea­sures in front of Saeed. With time, it was but nor­mal and a for­mal­ity be­fore he went on to be­come one of the lead­ers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

He chose to be one of the mem­bers of the in­ner cir­cle of the or­ga­ni­za­tion in Europe and chose to live in Geneva, Switzer­land and from there to Europe. He founded the Is­lamic So­ci­ety of Mu­nich in Ger­many and headed it from 1958 to 1968. He also par­tic­i­pated in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Mus­lim World League, which is cur­rently headed by Al-Qaradawi.

In his doc­u­men­tary, MI6 Fifty Years of Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions, the fa­mous Bri­tish his­to­rian and author, Stephen Dor­ril, men­tioned ac­cu­rate de­tails about Saeed Ra­madan’s work for the world’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vices.

He said af­ter the out­break of the con­flict be­tween Muham­mad Na­jib and Ja­mal Ab­dul­nasser in 1954, which re­sulted in Nasser’s vic­tory, and the suc­cess of the lat­ter in the evac­u­a­tion of the Bri­tish from Egypt, the Bri­tish in­tel­li­gence be­gan to think of a coup d’état to over­throw Nasser and thought the Mus­lim Brother­hood or­ga­ni­za­tion was the best task force to im­ple­ment this scheme.

Here, the name of Saeed Ra­madan, who joined the or­ga­ni­za­tion in 1940 popped up and later be­came an agent of the Bri­tish, the Amer­i­cans and the Swiss in­tel­li­gence.

From Geneva, the counter-move­ment was launched. There was also co­or­di­na­tion with a num­ber of other mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion who sought refuge in Saudi Ara­bia to or­ga­nize a coup against the regime in Egypt. Ab­dul­nasser had learned some of what Saeed Ra­madan was do­ing, as the book says, so he with­drew his Egyp­tian na­tion­al­ity.

Af­ter mov­ing to live in Switzer­land, the Swiss in­tel­li­gence was aware of what Saeed was do­ing for the Western in­tel­li­gence and that their ac­tiv­i­ties and co­or­di­na­tion were di­rected against the Nasser regime.

There­fore, ac­cord­ing to the book, based on the Swiss archives, their in­tel­li­gence ser­vices al­lowed him to op­er­ate in the be­lief his group was not hos­tile to the West, but is fight­ing against the regime of Nasser which was hos­tile to the West.

The writer says Saeed co­or­di­nated with Has­san Al-Hud­haibi, the new Mus­lim Brother­hood leader, through Trevor Evans, the Bri­tish em­bassy’s eastern ad­viser, to plot the as­sas­si­na­tion of Nasser on Oct 26, 1954, while de­liv­er­ing a speech in Alexan­dria to cel­e­brate the sign­ing of the Agree­ment of the Bri­tish Evac­u­a­tion.

Mah­moud Ab­dul Latif, a mem­ber of the group, fired sev­eral bul­lets at Nasser but failed to hit the tar­get, ac­cord­ing to Stephen Dur­ril, the first clash be­tween Nasser and the Brother­hood.

The writer goes on to say Saeed Ra­madan was not a lay­man af­ter mov­ing to Europe. He be­came the Mus­lim Brother­hood’s link with the Western in­tel­li­gence ser­vices.

He has worked with Yusuf Nada, the owner of Al Taqwa Bank, and be­came the strong fi­nan­cial arm of the Brother­hood, and the global fi­nan­cial strength of the Group.

Thus, we see that our ques­tion in our pre­vi­ous ar­ti­cle was nec­es­sary to get to know some of the bi­og­ra­phy of the father of preach­ers Tariq Ra­madan and I was won­der­ing about is laid to rest.


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