Muslim Brotherhood has lived through its worst crises since mid-2006. The group has been at the receiving end of criticism and has suffered from divisions that have led to a breakdown of its fabric.
Moderate Arab countries have succeeded in raising awareness about the threat that Muslim Brotherhood’s political ideology poses to peace in the world. They did so after western organizations and other groups provided certificates of good conduct about the Brotherhood in Britain, France and the US.
Since the Obama administration and those revolving in its orbit used to consider the Brotherhood as a “model of moderate Islam,” it took the Brotherhood a long time before it could acknowledge its defeat and political bankruptcy. However, the plan changed with the Trump administration and his current administration, which fully believes in Brotherhood’s threats.
Trump’s consultants are discussing “terrorism” of the Brotherhood group and the possibility of blacklisting it. During his first phone call with President Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz warned him of the group’s plans to harm US-Saudi relations. This conversation marked a transformation as it indicated that the Arab and the Muslim world will no longer keep silent over the group’s ideology.
‘A look at the past’
The Brotherhood has realized that enough was enough and that remaining silent is not an option. The group admitted all its disastrous failures when it published a review entitled “Pre-vision evaluations, a look at the past,” few days ago.
The review was drafted by the group’s office of guidance and it consisted of 3,500 words and divided into four main parts – the absence of organizing priorities in public work and its effects on the revolution, relation with the revolution, relation with the state and Muslim Brotherhood’s partisan practices.
This review reflects the difficult situation the Brotherhood finds itself in. It addressed the group’s performance since 2011 and up until 2017. The organization has acknowledged that many things such as the absence of balanced relations with other social entities on the integrative, competitive and friendly levels, the absence of a comprehensive political projects for change and management of the state and the absence of academic work in terms of managing and analyzing information.
This is in addition to the absence of anything that indicates practical political ambitions or ambitions to develop political ideology or discourse on it and not seizing opportunities to build openness. It also touched on not seriously working to build public opinion on the Brotherhood members working in state institutions.
Moderate Arab countries have succeeded in raising awareness about the threat that Muslim Brotherhood’s political ideology poses to peace in the worldTurki Aldakhil
What’s more important is that this review exposed the Brotherhood’s secret agenda and offered insights about how they infiltrate societies. They clearly noted the weakness of current ideological symbols, which preach young men and contribute to enhancing the level of followers. They also lamented the small number of thorough academic studies that support their political work.
By doing so, they are comparing their current situation to the ancient preaching by Hassan al-Banna, the Qutb brothers, Abul A’la Maududi, Abul Hasan Nadwi and others.
Recruitment and support
Another disaster highlighted by this review is the organization’s acceptance of the means it adopts in order to recruit and gain the support of people from different classes of the society.
The Brotherhood’s guidance office criticized “the mix up between symbols which offer services and preach and their later engagement in the arenas of political work. Many of them excelled in political work and competed with skilled politicians. Our criticism of the work’s mechanism does not mean squandering the individual’s capabilities and achievements.”
The review did not conceal the need to intensify activities to evolve political symbols. Of course, the aim here is to perform revolutionary roles in Arab and Muslim countries.
The group’s office clearly said: “It’s a duty to strengthen intellectual aspects which are related to political aspects and create an appropriate environment to graduate political symbols which the Brotherhood has needed when the revolution erupted.”
This is not a review but a revelation that shows how the Brotherhood works in Muslim countries. They begin with the society, from the fields of education and then go on to implement “academic,” “social services” and “dawaa” activities.
They have several schemes and all of them serve political purposes linked to their public war on armies and crowns. Whoever read the review and looked thoroughly into it can clearly see that.
The article was first published in Al Sharq al-Awsat on April 04, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.