Who is the ‘closet’ Brotherhood affiliate and why is he a threat to the security of society? Before answering this question, I need to clarify that those who infiltrate some important posts belong to this deceitful type.
Their aim behind doing so is to serve the Brotherhood’s principles and goals. The threat of closet Brotherhood members is that they look like ordinary people and do not dress like conservative Islamists.
Their behaviour and style of conversation does not belie their religious orientation. These figures alter their character according to circumstances as they can pose as patriots, enlightened intellectuals or mentors. Deep within, however, they remain true members of the Brotherhood, who serve the group’s agenda and abide by its orders.
Many may be surprised when I use the term ‘closet-Brotherhood’. People associate commitment to any religious group with outward appearance. This is not true with these ‘closet’ members, who do not appear religious and dress like ordinary people.
They master the role of the patriot and only those who understand the reality of political Islam well or who’ve had a bitter experience of them can figure them out.
One of the benefits of social media is that it helps expose this category of partisans. If we take a look at these peoples’ social media activity, we can see their obvious contradictions which they cannot deny or hide. Before, social media existed, their deceit remained concealed as it is their nature to keep silent and act differently when needed.
The Brotherhood has been in trouble lately and it cannot publicly defend the Qatari regime, which is actually its official sponsorDr. Ahmad al-Farraj
Authors as mercenaries
The boycott of the Qatari regime was an important development that has exposed the truth of these intelligencers to many as they took the lead in opposing the boycott. Some went as far as describing the patriotic journalists and authors as mercenaries!
The media, however, stood up to them and tried to show us their true colours. The Brotherhood has been in trouble lately and it cannot publicly defend the Qatari regime, which is actually its official sponsor.
It tried to sway the media and patriotic writers to prevent them from exposing its true nature and schemes. If it hadn’t been for the efforts made to expose these closet Brotherhood members, they would have continued to serve the organization and the Qatari regime.
Now that the influence of political Islam groups, mainly the Muslim Brotherhood, has retreated, we are in a dire need of figuring out the threats posed by its affiliate organizations, of which the most dangerous is this hideous ‘closet’ branch. Will we do so?
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Dr Ahmad al-Farraj is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah daily. He holds a Masters degree in literature from the University of Indiana and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. He was the Dean of the Arabic Language Institute in King Saud University and a member of the university’s council. He tweets under @amhfarraj.