According to Al Arabiya, experts called on by the US Congress to testify regarding criminalizing the Muslim Brotherhood have praised the efforts made by Republican legislators for reviving a bill that designates the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. They also reaffirmed that a lot should be done in this respect to achieve the desired security objectives.
In my judgement, and according to my readings, terrorism first emerges as an ideology and secondly as a methodology from two main groups. The first is the Vilayat Al-Faqih state of Iran, which seeks to spread Shiism in the Muslim world by force. The other source, which has sectarian differences with the former but agrees with it in terms of the methods used, is the Muslim Brotherhood and its branches, which seeks to establish the so-called Islamic State or Caliphate.
Islam, as I have always said, is a religion and has nothing to do with politics. It is rationally impossible to import political solutions from the past to manage today’s crises. If you impose this on today’s world, there will be nothing left but terrorismMohammed Al Shaikh
In my opinion, today’s world cannot eliminate terrorism and besiege its culture if its groups are not criminalized. The world must also fight the aforementioned two sources. Only then can we fight the ideology and methodology employed by the forces of political Islam.
The US's rightful decision
For this reason, I felt quite optimistic while reading Al Arabiya’s report because the US’s move to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist movement will be a crucial step for monitoring and tracking down the organization’s activities, thus monitoring its funding. This will limit its ability to support other Islamist movements around the world, as after the failure of what Obama called the ‘Arab Spring,’ it turned out that it was the supporter of Islamist terrorists.
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The US has clearly understood that Iran’s Vilayat Al-Faqih regime is a terrorist state, which must be economically besieged. I am certain that the world will also realize that political Islam groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, are as big a threat as Iran.
For their part, the Qatari authorities are trying through their money and media outlets to cover up this villainous group’s ill reputation. Qatar has actually given refuge to leaders and important figures of the Muslim Brotherhood shortly after the failure of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ out of fear that Qatar’s rulers will be criminalized themselves as were a shield of protection for this group.
However, I assert that Qatar cannot resist the pressure that’s increasing by the day and cannot continue to defend the Brotherhood and other Sunni political Islam movements for long as their collapse in Egypt, Syria, and Libya makes Qatar’s bet on this failed group similar to he who bets on a donkey that’s racing horses!
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Islam, as I have always said, is a religion and has nothing to do with politics. It is rationally impossible to import political solutions from the past to manage today’s crises. If you impose this on today’s world, there will be nothing left but terrorism, as is evident from the situation in Afghanistan, Syria and Libya, where the common denominator among these cases is political Islam groups which kill innocent people and carry out terror operations to gain power.
Although the Muslim Brotherhood ruled the largest Arab country i.e. Egypt for a while, it failed dramatically so the Egyptians revolted and it was a real popular revolution then the army came to the rescue and reinstated the civilian state.
Some people might ask: What about Erdogan’s experience in Turkey? Turkey is a secular state that separates religion and state. Erdogan himself defends secularism. He even explicitly said: “Today, you cannot rule via a political formula you bring from history.” This Turkish leader’s Islamized approach only aims to fool the naïve.
Terrorism will not end, unless the world agrees on criminalizing political Islam movements, whether Sunni or Shiite.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Mohammed Al Shaikh is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah newspaper. He tweets @alshaikhmhmd.