This is an opinion piece that I submitted to roadside2islam. Regardless if they run it or not, just thought I would throw my two cents in there.
Bismillah hir Rahman hir Raheem,
Since I have been living in Cairo as of February 24, 2012, and the induction of President Morsy a few months after that, I had heard a lot about the Muslim Brotherhood, also known as “al-Ikhwaan el-Muslimeen”, which I will be referring to them as “Ikhwaan”. Their credo is: "Allah is our objective; the Qur’an is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations."
A lot of Muslims that I met, at first, praised them because they really thought ex-President Morsy was going to help the Egyptian people. Morsy gave them hope and comfort, but unfortunately, he did not follow through. After working at one job, I learned that a lot of Christians, and other Muslims alike, began to dislike them. This turned to fear, and eventually hate.
During the revolution of June 25 – July 03 of this year, I have grown a deep disliking of Ikhwaan. Their actions during the planned, peaceful protests to impeach ex-President Morsy turned into a blood bath.
On July 02, many anti-Morsy protesters volunteered, or basically bombarded, the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters which they burned down and also found explosives and guns of all types to go to war with people not Ikhwaan. Ikhwaan have also been known to state: “If you do not support Ikhwaan, you are a kafir.” You can be a Muslim, and you were still called a kafir. They disliked and even hated anyone who is a Christian, Jew, atheist, and so forth. They took their “jihad” in the terms of how Americans coin the term jihad; one of a religious, which is now becoming a political, war.
On July 03, around 300 or so Muslim Brotherhood leaders and head honchos were arrested and taken into custody.
Since my time here in Egypt, and insha’Allah, more time to come by Allah’s will, I have learned a lot about Ikhwaan. Originally known as pure Salafi, which you can see a lot here on the streets of Cairo, known for their calluses on their foreheads and growing of the beards, not to mention sisters in niqab or at least in khimar, they are supposed to be men and women of the Sunnah. By what I have seen on the news and from articles, they are not abiding by the Sunnah what-so-ever.
These Ikhwaan members, men and women alike, have been known to harass and humiliate others on the street. They will look down on other Muslimahs, objectify and make fun of other Muslim men, threaten to kill Christians and Copts in the middle of the street. They have tried to scare people who are walking on the streets by “jokingly” driving right in their direction. Is this supposed to be of the Qur’an and Sunnah? Is calling other Muslimeen a “kafir” of the Qur’an and Sunnah?
On one of my work days, I learned that morning that 30 people had been killed and 40 people were injured. All before 9 AM in Nasr City, one of the highest running places for Ikhwaan. That night, on the news, I saw horrific video feeds of Ikhwaan storming shops with batons and metal pipes, destroying things. I saw a news feed where Ikhwaan were throwing innocent people off the roofs of buildings. This is not Islam. This is not how we are supposed to show who we are as Muslimeen.
In the Qur’an, it states in Surah al-Ma’idah 5:32: “If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people.”
Ikhwaan were not saving anyone’s lives. Ikhwaan were causing trouble at a rally that was peaceful in the first place. Even the military did not interfere until Ikhwaan started the trouble. Ikhwaan blocked off one of the entryways into Tahrir Square on 6th of October Bridge. They had set a car on fire with people in it and were abusing, hurting, and killing what were once peaceful protesters, in the middle of the street on that bridge, and even in Tahrir itself.
I do not know what Ikhwaan are like in other places, such as London or Qatar, but I do know here in Egypt that Ikhwaan are very misleading in how they treat others. We all know that politics and religion should never mix. Ikhwaan is supposed to be a movement, something for Salafis to practise upon and grow by Islam. However, they have created political parties, specifically Hamas in Gaza, Palestine and the Freedom and Justice Party in Egypt. Unfortunately, ex-President Morsy did just that. He took the support from Ikhwaan and was a puppet under their control. He embezzled in money, catered it to his sons, took away the rights of reporters and journalists, shut down TV stations, and never helped the economy grow. The ratio of the US dollar to the Egyptian pound sky rocketed. There was no income into Egypt at all.
Thanks to Ikhwaan, they have tarnished the name of Islam in Egypt. They went against all that was supposed to be right in the eyes of Allah azza wa jal. Certain sub-cities in Cairo are unsafe to go into, such as all of Nasr City, where my friend and her husband live, but cannot go there for fear of attacks. We, as Muslims, are not supposed to be feared. We are supposed to be some sort of pathway for Islam and for people who are interested. Why are Ikhwaan living up to the name of “Jihad” and mindlessly associating it with terrorism? They have no idea what kind of image they are bringing about to people that have no clue about Islam.
Brothers and sisters, I urge you to make du’a for not just the Egyptian state and against a people who are subjugating others, but for other places around the world that are being terrorised by any kind of people, be it al-Ikhwaan el-Muslimeen, or by leaders who are not treating their people with respect and help. We need to show the world that we are better than those who tarnish the name of Islam. We have heard the saying, “Do not look at Muslims for Islam, look at Islam, for it is perfection.” The only way we can do that is to try to reflect that perfection outwardly to show others that we are not like Ikhwaan. We are slaves of Allah azza wa jal, not slaves to those who are misled.