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Biography for Muhammad Mahdi Akif

First Name: Muhammad Mahdi
Last Name: Akif
Organization: Muslim Brotherhood
Country: Egypt
Date of Birth: 12/07/1928
Place of Birth: Kafr Awad Al Seneita, Daqhiliya Governorate, Egypt
Contacts: Muhammad Mursi; Muhammad al-Mamun al-Hudaybi; Muhammad al-Mahdi Akif; Hamdi Hassan; Abd-al-Munim Abu al-Futuh; Issam al-Aryan; Mahmud Izzat; Mohammad Khayrat al-Shatir; Mohammad al-Sayyid Habib; Yusuf al-Qaradawi; Muhammad Habib;
Education: Obtained his Primary Certificate of Education at Al Mansoura Primary School, Obtained his Secondary Certificate of Education at Cairo- Fuad 1st Secondary School. He then joined the Higher Institute of Physical Education and graduated in May 1950  
Languages: Arabic
CV: January 2004 Elected supreme guide of Muslim Brotherhood1974 Moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to work as an advisor for the World Forum of Muslim Youth and was in charge of its camps and conferences. He took part in organizing the biggest camps for the Muslim youth on the world arena; in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey, Australia, Mali, Kenya, Cyprus, Germany, Britain and America.he has worked as Director of the Islamic Centre in Munich, Germany.He has been a member of the Steering Bureau (Guidance Bureau) of the Muslim Brotherhood, since 1987.He was elected Member of Parliament in 1987 for the East Cairo electoral constituency.Akef joined the Faculty of Law and assumed the responsibility of the camps in Ibrahim University (currently Ain Shams University) This was during the war against the British occupation in the Canal until the 1952 Revolution, after which he left responsibility to Kamaleddin Hussein , the then National Guard Chief. The last Sections he headed in the Muslim Brotherhood before 1954 were both the Students Section and the PE Section at the Groups HQ
Quotes: "Being imprisoned in the cells of the tyrants increased my faith. It was never an obstacle in the path of working for the religion of God."
Misc: Akif is from the old school, but relatively open to the ideas of the middle generation. He has accepted Copts as members of the group and is willing to forge alliances with Nasserists and communists as needed. Akif, while faithful to the MB old ways, is open to new thinking. Akif underwent the strict discipline of the MB Special Outfit (al-nizam al-khas), of which he was one of the founders in the 1930s. He is also one of the founders of the MB international organization (al-tanzim al-dawli).Akif spent 23 years in jail, 20 of which were in one stretch from 1954 to 1974. His time in jail only reinforced his commitment, he once told the press
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"Being imprisoned in the cells of the tyrants increased my faith. It was never an obstacle in the path of working for the religion of God."

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