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'Islam's Savior' or Muslim Brotherhood's Heir?

Tariq Ramadan's grandfather founded the Muslim Brotherhood. While he denies ties to the group, he also claims there's "nothing in his heritage" he rejects. Read Transcript


[YELLING]

Reporter: AS THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD TIGHTENS ITS

GRIP ON EGYPT, WESTERN

GOVERNMENTS ARE TRYING TO

GET A HANDLE ON THIS

POWERFUL GROUP.

IS IT A RADICAL JIHADIST

MOVEMENT OR A VOICE FOR

REFORM THAT OPPOSES

VIOLENCE.

TERIK RAMADAN FACES THOSE

SAME QUESTIONS.

I'M THE GRANDSON OF THE

FOUNDER OF THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD.

Reporter: HIS FAMILY

LINEAGE GIVES RAMADAN AN

INSTANT CREDIBILITY.

WHILE HIS GRANDFATHER

FOUNDED THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD, HIS FATHER DID,

TOO.

IN A RECENT INTERVIEW WITH

CBN NEWS, HE DENIED ANY

INVOLVEMENT WITH THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD.

I'M NOT A MEMBER.

Reporter: STILL, HE

PRAISES HIS FOREFATHER'S

WORK AND SAYS, QUOTE,"THERE

IS NOTHING IN HIS HERITAGE

HE REJECTS."

IT IS THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD'S FIRST BEACH

HEAD IN THE WEST.

NOW HIS SON, TERIK RAMADAN,

IS CARRYING ON THAT LEGACY

HERE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY.

Reporter: HE TEACHES

ISLAMIC STUDIES AT OXFORD.

IN WRITINGS AND SPEECHES, HE

PROMOTES WHAT HE CALLS A

MODERN, EUROPEAN VERSION OF

ISLAM.

HE HAS ADVISED THE BRITISH

GOVERNMENT ON TERRORISM

ISSUES AND SAYS SHARI'A LAW

IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE U.S.

CONSTITUTION AND THE LAW.

Reporter: DO YOU THINK

THERE IS A PLACE FOR SHARI'A

IN THE LAW?

SHARI'A IS A WAY, IT IS A

PATH, FOR EXAMPLE.

WHEN I AM BASED IN MY

COUNTRY, OR IN THE WEST, AND

THE LAW OF THE COUNTRY IS

SAYING THAT WE ARE EQUAL

BEFORE LAW, THAT IS

SHARI'A.

SO MY UNDERSTANDING OF

SHARI'A IS NOT THE CLOSED

SYSTEM.

IT IS AN OPEN SYSTEM.

Reporter: RAMADAN

PACKAGES CONCEPTS LIE

SHARI'A IN A BENIGN WAY FOR

NON-MUSLIM AUDIENCE.

HIS CRITICS CHARGE IT IS A

DIFFERENT STORY WHEN HE

SPEAKS TO MUSLIMS.

BROTHER TERIK, THE

PROFESSORS CEREMONIES HAVE

RADICALIZED COUNTLESS YOUNG

PEOPLE.

IN 2003, A FRENCH COURT

FOUND THAT LANGUAGE USED BY

PREACHERS LIKE RAMADAN CAN

INFLUENCE YOUNG MUSLIMS, AND

INCITING THEM AS A FACTOR.

HE ALSO CAUSED AN UP ROAR

WITH NICOLAS SARKOZY WHEN HE

REFUSED TO CALL FOR A BAN ON

STONING.

[SPEAKING FRENCH]

Reporter: CONTROVERSY

CONTINUED TO FOLLOW RAMADAN

IN 2004, WHEN THE BUSH

ADMINISTRATION REVOKED HIS

VISA AND REFUSED TO LET HIM

ENTER THE COUNTRY JUST DAYS

BEFORE HE WAS TO BEGIN

TEACHING AT NOTRE-DAME.

HE USED THE PATRIOT ACT

BECAUSE I WAS SUPPORTING

PALESTINIAN ORGANIZATIONS.

HE SAID THIS PALESTINIAN

ORGANIZATION WAS LIKELY TO

BE HAMAS.

CONNECTED TO HAMAS OR GIVING

MONEY TO HAMAS.

THIS ORGANIZATION WAS, AT

LEAST IN 2003, AND I GAVE

THE MONEY BETWEEN '98 AND

200 2002, SO I STOPPED ONE

YEAR BEFORE.

Reporter: HAMAS IS A

U.S. DESIGNATED TERRORIST

ORGANIZATION, AND SERVES AS

THE PALESTINIAN WING OF THE

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.

THE POSITION IS

LEGITIMATE RESISTANCE ON

OCCUPATION.

Reporter: SO THE

VIOLENCE IS LEGITIMATE,

THOUGH, WHEN HAMAS DOES FIRE

ROCKETS?

NO, NO, NO.

WHAT I'M SAYING IS WHAT THEY

ARE SAYING.

THEY ARE SAYING THAT TO

RESIST THE VIOLENCE OF THE

ISRAELI ARMY IS LEGITIMATE.

Reporter: OVER THE

YEARS, AT LEAST EIGHT

COUNTRIES, INCLUDING EGYPT

AND SAUDI ARABIA, HAVE

BARRED RAMADAN FROM

ENTERING.

FRANCE BANNED IN FOR SIX

MONTHS IN THE 1990s FOR

ALLEGED LINKS TO TERRORIST

ORGANIZATION.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

LIFTED THE AMERICAN BAN ON

RAMADAN ON 2010.

HE NOW TRAVELS FREELY INSIDE

THE UNITED STATES, GIVING

LECTURES AND ATTENDING

CONFERENCES.

I'M A EUROPEAN BY

CULTURE.

AND THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT

I'M NOT GOING TO RESPECT THE

PRINCIPLES OF MY RELIGION.

Reporter: IT IS

BALANCING THOSE ISLAMIC

PRINCIPLES WITH THOSE OF THE

WEST THAT HAS PROVEN A MORE

COMPLICATED MATTER.

ERIC STACKELBACH, CBN NEWS,

REPORTING FROM OXFORD,

UNIVERSITY.

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