Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimoon 
(The Muslim Brotherhood) 

Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun (The Muslim Brotherhood) was founded in Egypt in 1928 by 
Hasan al-Banna (1906-1949), a Sufi revivalist thinker and activist. A group 
founded by Hassan al-Banna and which serves as an umbrella organisation to 
accommodate all and sundry, regardless of deviation in creed and methodology. 

Following Britain's military occupation of Egypt, al-Banna's sensitivity 
towards Western imperialism was heightened due to his country's economic 
exploitation and cultural domination. Consequently, al-Banna saw fit to create 
an Islamic group which would oppose the secularist tendencies and corruption of 
state and society which existed by asserting a return to Islamic values and 
ways of life. He introduced this organization into Egyptian society by relying 
on pre-existing social networks. The group consistently attracted new recruits 
and established numerous businesses, clinics and schools. Appealing to a 
variety of constituencies, al-Banna recruited followers from a vast 
cross-section of Egyptian society by addressing issues such as colonialism, 
public health, educational policy, natural resources' management, Marxism, 
social inequalities, Arab nationalism, the weakness of the Islamic world and 
the growing conflict in Palestine.

Al-Banna did not begin or end his call with the basic tenet of Islam, tawhid 
(singling out Allah in all forms of worship), as was the way of the Prophets. 
Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun have consistently overlooked the principal aspect of 
calling their followers to tawhid and forbidding them from polytheism, because 
these are matters which require time and effort to change, matters which people 
do not find easy to accept. Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun were more concerned with 
amassing groups of people together rather than calling the people to the way of 
the Prophet (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace). 

Consequently, they accommodate every kind of religious innovator in their 
ranks, giving them a platform to openly call to their various contradicting 
beliefs. Amongst al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun can be found followers of Sufism, the 
Jahmiyyah (those who deny that Allah has any Attributes), the Shee'ah, the 
Mu'tazilah (a philosophical school of thought that also denies Allah's 
Attributes), the Khawarij (those who expel people from the fold of Islam due to 
their sins), modernists, and many others. This methodology of political 
expediency results in Islam's clarity being replaced with something that is 
bewildering and blurred. Allah has said, 

"You consider them to be united, but their hearts are divided. That is because 
they are a people who understand not." Quran 59:14

As the group expanded during the 1930s, it quickly transformed into an entity 
which would become directly active in the Egyptian political scene. Directly 
confronting the rulers, the organization became highly clandestine. This 
religious innovation of secrecy can now be found in the other more dangerous 
sects such as al-Qaeda and Jamaa'atul-Jihaad. After a series of back and forth 
assassinations between group members and the government, Prime Minister 
Nuqrashi Pasha disbanded al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun in December 1948. Although it 
has pursued a considerably more peaceful approach to its call since the 1970s, 
they set the stage for the other Qutbist groups that would take up where they 
had left off.

It is from the fundamental principles of al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun that they 
consider the lands, possessions and blood of the Muslim nations to be theirs, 
as if these nations which they preside in were places of experimentation. 
Accordingly, they sacrifice generations and generations of people for the 
attainment of rule. They believe that they can attempt to search for different 
ways to establish the religion of Islam, as if the texts of Islam do not 
actually contain an outline and divinely set method in which to do this. 
Directly contravening the methodology of the Prophets in calling to Allah, they 
have yet to experience anything resembling success.

Hassan al-Banna 
A Soofee and a Mufawwidh (rejecter of the Attributes of Allaah). As he himself 
narrates, he would visit the shrines and indulge in many innovatory practices.

Sayyid Qutb 
More of a literary writer than scholar, Sayyid Qutb made very many serious 
mistakes in creed and introduced ideas that have led to the birth of 
destructive political movements. 

Abu A`la Maududi 
A man who reviled many of the Prophets of Allaah and the Companions of Allaah's 
Messenger  as well as promoting un-Islamic revolutionary modes of thought.


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