Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How Brotherhood changes its colours

Khaleej Times
February 26, 2013



Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, shares the stage with Dr Salem Humaid, Tharwat Al Kherbawy, Guinan Al Gamdi, Dr Ali Bin Tamim, and Mohammad Nafadi during the symposium titled `Challenges and threats posed by the Muslim Brotherhood to UAE and countries of the Region`



The scheme of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE since the 1970s ended in a fiasco due to the instinctive awareness of the Emirati people, and the efforts made by the UAE government in nipping the menace in the bud, said chairman of Al Mezmaah Studies and Research Centre Dr Salem Humaid.

He was speaking at a lecture series, held under the theme `The Challenges and Dangers of the Muslim Brotherhood to the UAE and the Countries in the Region` at Zayed University on Sunday.

It was attended by Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of Zayed University.

Former leading figure of the Muslim Brotherhood Tharwat Al Kharabawi answered a question on how dangerous the allegiance system in the group was. He said the concept of `allegiance` was the brain child of the founder of the group, Hassan Al Banna.

Al Kharabawi said there was a serious need to study the history of Al Banna, as articles and notes written about him were written by his disciples and followers, who portrayed him as infallible.

He quoted the son of Al Banna as saying that his late father was inspired, and had never made a mistake in his lifetime.

This is misleading, according to Al Kharabawi, as all companions of even Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had made mistakes at some point in their lifetime.

Rewinding the history of Al Banna will show that he addressed the simple-mined Muslims and considered himself to be the caliph of Muslims and called for the setting up of a caliphate.

Al Banna, he said, had founded the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1939, and the allegiance evolved and became weird, according to the available books and references.

The presence of the elements of Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE began in the mid-1960s.

Former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser strongly encountered them which gave them the image of victims. Hence, people in many countries including the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia welcomed them. Al Kharabawi said, “When I was part of the Muslim Brotherhood, I realised that the group eyed the ministries of education and information, which controled the media, to be able, through them, to control the mind of the nation. The group flourished in Egypt in the 1980s when former Egyptian president Mohammed Hosni Mubarak provided them the opportunity to practise their activities.”

“But they soon dishonoured their promises and pledges with shame, and set up many schools during that period under Islamic names such as Al Farooq, Al Maqatam and New Generation in all governorates in the country and attracted and raised children on the basis of their own thoughts and doctrines.”

Qanan Al Ghamdi, former chief editor of Saudi daily Asharq Al Awasat, spoke shed light on the threats posed by the clandestine organisation in the GCC.

Dr Ali bin Tamim, editor-in-chief of Akhbar 24, confirmed that the Muslim Brotherhood represents a group of people who try to influence others by convincing them that Islam is practised perfectly only by them.

Bin Tamim pointed out that the Brotherhood has the ability and “magic” to give people “misleading proofs and pretexts”.

Mahmoud Nafadi, founder of `Journalists Against Muslim Brotherhood` movement, said: “We have come to the UAE to reply to a certain question, which is “Does the Muslim Brotherhood, who came to power after 80 years, pose a danger to the UAE as well as other adjacent countries especially the GCC states or not?

“Brotherhood now wants to control the reins of the press, media and judiciary and control the whole of Egypt especially the renowned newspapers mostly read in the entire MENA region.

“I witnessed Mohamed Mursi, incumbent president of Egypt, when he was a member of Egypt`s lower house, people`s assembly, in 2000 and 2005. He was calling for freedom of the press and protection of journalists, but after coming to power, he rejected a draft law we presented which bans imprisonment of journalists for carrying out their duty. “Now, 3,600 Egyptian journalists are being sued over allegations that they offended the president.” There is a great difference between the Brotherhood in the opposition and those in power, he noted.

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