Prominent leader of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood has Canadian background


Abdul Razak Abdul Salam Al-Aradi (عبدالرزاق عبد السلام العرادي) is a Libyan politician and one of the prominent leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Al-Aradi joined in 1982 the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood movement that was part of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا), an umbrella organization of Libyan opposition groups. At that time he underwent military training under the command of Ahmed Hawas (أحمد حواص).

Later he arrived in the US and was granted asylum. In 1988 he returned to Libya and operated clandestinely for the Muslim Brotherhood. After a while he moved to Canada and there he was granted refugee status before heading back to Libya in 2004.

In late 2000s he worked behind the scenes as an adviser for Libyan Muslim scholar Dr. Ali Muhammad al-Salabi (علي محمد الصلابي) who spearheaded the successful reconciliation initiative that brought about the release of operatives of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (الجماعة الإسلامية المقاتلة بليبيا) from the Libyan jail and the return of others to Libya. In 2005 The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was designated by Britain as a terrorist organization.

Since its inception Al-Aradi played a leading role in the armed revolution against Muammar Gaddafi, serving as the deputy chairman of the security committee in Tripoli. In May 2011 he was appointed to a member of The National Transitional Council of Libya (المجلس الوطني الإنتقالي) and took part in founding the front party of Muslim Brotherhood “The Justice and Construction Party” (حزب العدالة والبناء).

In this regard see also: Canadian appointed to the chief of the political bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria