Suppression and prohibition have been two permanent aspects of the Muslim Brotherhood. For more than 80 years, the Brotherhood continued to exist and to be influential despite the fact that many of its leaders have been imprisoned and that the interior ministry and state security have frequently pursued its members.
The current legal ban imposed on the Brotherhood has not really influenced their interaction with society and does not really affect the ordinary citizens’ view of the group. On the contrary, many sympathize with the Brotherhood, either because they want to take a stance opposing the interior ministry or because they believe that the Brotherhood does not deserve all this injustice against it or maybe because of the manner in which the Brotherhood dealt with the people.
We all remember Brotherhood fraternities at university and how they used to sweep the students poll. We all remember their efforts to organize trips and print pamphlets and exam questions.
The Brotherhood’s political activity at university did not bother anyone. Their gatherings opposing American intervention in Iraq and condemning Israeli violations in Palestine did not represent a threat to anyone and did not upset anyone. On the contrary, we all sympathized with these principles which supported our brothers in Iraq and Palestine.
The Brotherhood was united and balanced despite acts persecuting it and pursuing its members. You actually used to sense that this group possesses experiences. Even the groups’ fiercest opponents used to admit that the Brotherhood’s youths are moral and well-raised people.
After the revolution
The polite and moderate Brotherhood youths vanished and were replaced by youths who insult people via social networking pages, obstruct traffic and education and publicly insult the republic’s muftiBassem Youseff