|Biographical detail : ||Politician, scholar and writer.
Shaikh Mashhour was the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party that was founded by Shaikh Hassan al-Banna in 1928 but has been outlawed since 1954 by the State Administrative Court in Egypt. He had a life-long commitment to the Islamic movement for which he made enormous sacrifice. Since 1996, under his leadership, the party had gained political ground as shown in the parliamentary elections of 2000.
In 1948, Mashhour was sentenced to three years for “unlawful arms possession” and was released in time for the “Great Fire” of 1952 that burnt most of the central Cairo – the same year in July when Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser’s military coup took place. Mashhour was again arrested in 1965 until he was released in an amnesty given by President Anwar Sadat in 1971.
Shaikh Mashhour authored over 20 short books including Bayna Al-Qiyada wa al-Jundva (Between leadership and members or soldiers) and advocating to call for Islamic super-state recognising no national borders and he believed in the implementation of Sharia law. He believed that the path of da’wah is the right way because we are followers of the Prophet, peace be upon him.
Mustafa Mashhour was born in the village of Saadieen, 80 miles north-east of Cairo. The leader of Egypt’s outlawed Islamic opposition party suffered a stroke and died in Cairo.