Sadat’s widow: My Husabnd was member of the MB
In an interview on Al-Arabiyya channel Friday night on the occasion of the recent publication of her new book “My Hope for Peace,”
Jihan El-Sadat, widow of the late Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat, affirmed that her husband, during part of his lifetime, used to be a member of the MB which she described as “moderate.”
“Yes, El-Sadat was a member of the MB, and even I, in my childhood, greatly believed in them as they started out in Manyal El-Rawdah neighborhood in Cairo where I used to live and late MB Chair Hasan El-Hodeiby used to be our neighbor. They were ethical youth who enjoyed true faith and upheld the ideals and values of the Egyptian society,” Jihan said in response to a question on El-Sadat’s relation with the MB referred to in her book.
“I was so proud of them to the extent that I used to gather my allowance, go to El-Hodeiby’s and give him an envelope with a very little amount of money. He would laugh, thank me and pray for me, and I would be very happy and consider myself as having done something very patriotic,” El-Sadat’s wife added.
A few years after acceding to power in 1970, El-Sadat released MB leaders who had been detained during late Gamal Abdul-Nasser’s era and permitted them to practice political work with an aim. El-Sadat, however, faced severe criticism by the MB after signing the peace treaty with