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Many would agree that the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) ideology and activities incite dissension between Muslim ranks, in addition to comprising a lethal and malevolent combination of religion and politics. To this day, the MB’s political project has brought nothing but fanaticism, divisions and extremism, and in some cases bloodshed and killings.

Presently, the MB movement seeks to ‘develop’ its political project by developing its publicly declared political program in Egypt as a general experiment. The brotherhood has displayed its readiness to set up an ‘assembly of experts’ to act as an advisory body to the parliament.

Many observers were quick to point out the similarities (if it’s not an exact replica) between that proposition and the Iranian Islamic revolution regime’s Assembly of Experts with its effective role and the impact it has upon the rest of the governmental institutions.

This aspiration towards reform and development within the MB movement is indicative of the severe confusion and disorder that has struck the heart of the movement after some among its leadership began to realize that the MB’s approach had become obsolete. This realization was accompanied by an awareness that the movement’s adopted discourse may be inconsistent and incompatible with the political, economic, social and cultural realities of states, societies and people.

Political projects affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood show clear signs of isolation and separation; such projects do no unite or reconcile between the diverse range of people; rather, they posit the traditional and outdated solution: With me or against me.

This approach is superficial, extreme and far removed from reality to say the least. Upon reviewing the failings of the MB and the manner in which it dealt with various events in Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Palestine, even the staunchest supporters of the movement and its political agenda will discover that the final outcome, most often, was the presentation of a ‘rebellious’ ideology for the sake of rebellion and no more.

It is no longer persuasive or acceptable to cast a religious cloak over political propositions as a means of making them more acceptable or inherently good. People are no longer naïve and they demand more. Perhaps the most blatantly manifesting sign of this demand for more is the need to establish coexistence between the diverse segments of society, and by extension the rest of the world.

Regardless of whether the Muslim Brotherhood project aspires to emulate the model in Iran or the Soviet Union, it still remains to be an extremist approach that isolates and we cannot except such exploitation launched under the banner of our noble religion.

Islam was, and still remains, subject to many detrimental campaigns by those who seek to exploit and manipulate people’s interest in the religion. The basic premise of the MB project commits a grave error since it assumes that it alone (like others before it) has exclusive ownership and rights to religion. This is an illusion that the movement will continue to pay a price for until it awakens to realize the sedition it has caused.

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi is a businessman and prominent columnist. Mr. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al-Takreer on Al-Arabiya, and in 1995 he was chosen as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. He received his BA in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa.

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