Muslim Brotherhood & Democracy ( Petikan Daripada Ikhwan online)
We received a comment from Michael Topp, who opened discussion on very important issues that related to the MB and Hassan Al Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood who was assassinated in 1949.
It is clear that the Egyptian political environment during Hassan Albanna’s presence was very unclear. Most of the parties existing during this time were struggling against each other and working in favour of the British occupation. Hassan AlBanna did not criticize the “concept” of parties; he criticized the situations, attitudes and policies of the mainstream parties. In fact in 1994, the Muslim Brotherhood explained their attitude towards plurality (Link: Arabic).
One of the Muslim Brotherhood’s main goals is to promote moderate Islam. The Muslim Brotherhood perceives Islam as a sustainable source of ideas and policies. It believes that Islam has no identified shape of authority, Khilafah was the nature of its ages, and Muslims will develop their own style of leadership. When the Muslim Brotherhood calls for the return of the Khilafah, they are referring to their call for the concepts of justice, unity and equality.
Generally, Quran and Sunna offers some kind of life assurance. They have answers for millions of problems and issues, they dealt with the lives of Muslims throughout the last 14 centuries. Islam offers a lifestyle with no limitations. The holy texts simply manage the general guidelines of laws. The Muslim Brotherhood does not make its decisions solely from the Quran and Sunna; rather they are inspired by the “Maqased” or purposes of Sharia!
This is a very important point; the Muslim Brotherhood has a permanent stance in its call for promoting the freedom of expression. The Muslim Brotherhood may refuse some of the theses by intellectuals and academics, but they would never ban them from writing or publishing, especially since the Muslim Brotherhood understands well the effect of repression, being the most targeted opposition group.