Brotherhood and its forays in the Gulf region

Mashari Althaydi
Mashari Althaydi
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Those who have watched the wonderful Kuwaiti play – Protector of the House – in 1986 at the al-Dasma Theater will remember the remarkable scene involving Saad al-Faraj.

In one of the scenes, Saad al-Faraj played the character of the rich editor of a newspaper who had nothing to do with journalism. He gets involved in political conflicts in the country and receives a call from a religious group that he does not know, asking him to add a religious page to his newspaper.

He tells them that there is already a religious page but their answer was that the existing page was for Salafis and not for them. He then asks them who they were and they told him that they are the Muslim Brotherhood... Surprised, the caught up editor-in-chief asks them in the beautiful Kuwaiti dialect: “good… so how are the brothers?”

The relations between Qatar and the Brotherhood, the group’s funding and its media and political support, are all related to one person: the previous Emir Hamad bin Khalifa

Mashari Althayidi

Long history

The Muslim Brotherhood has a log story in the Gulf, mainly Kuwait. They have been there for so long. Their main existence now in the Gulf stems from Kuwait. The relations between Qatar and the Brotherhood, the group’s funding and its media and political support, are all related to one person: the previous Emir Hamad bin Khalifa, and perhaps 5 or 4 others, while the Brotherhood’s presence in Kuwait is deep and influential.

May God protect Kuwait from problems and its people. Hence, the Brotherhood emerged in Kuwait, along with opposition allies of leftist and nationalists, to defend the national policies and reprimand those who are against them, claiming that they are maintaining the “unity” of the Gulf.

For example, the famous Kuwaiti leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mubarak al-Duwailah, wrote in Kuwaiti al-Qabas newspaper a few days ago (June 6, 2017) an article about the fearsome brotherhood and its Qatari allies. He said:
*“The justifications given to boycott Qatar were not convincing.”
* “They got angry from Qatar because of its policy advocating “justice for oppressed peoples and defending public freedoms.”

Renewed focus

He also said that “the Gulf citizens are surprised to see this tremendous focus on the Muslim Brotherhood a group that did not fire a single shot during its long history.”

True that! The Muslim Brotherhood is supposed to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and they should put on the medal the image of Sayyid Qutb, Abdul Rahman al-Sindi, Abdul Hakim Belhadj, Saleh Sarria or Osama bin Laden.

Others have also reacted to the propaganda of the Brotherhood in Kuwait, under the pretext of maintaining the unity of the Gulf. Duwailah has suddenly become sensitive toward this issue and started to attack the UAE in December 2014 in an interview with the “Majlis” channel, accusing the UAE and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of targeting Sunni Islam, fabricating accusations against the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE and having hostile personal stances.

The dispute on serious issue is real, including the role of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Houthi, ISIS, Nusra and Libyan groups. Mubarak is worried about this issue and it is understandable from the Brotherhood but they just can’t understand why would anyone justify the stances of those who are calling to end the chaos?
So… how are the brothers?

This article is also available in Arabic.
Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
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