Sunday, May 25, 2014
The Muslim Brotherhood Report: Why was it written?
The report is under embargo until 0001 EDT, Tuesday, 27 May 2014
1. Why was this report written? What is the expected outcome?
We need a discussion in Canada and the United States on the role of the Muslim Brotherhood. Should they be allowed government accreditation? Should they get public grant money and should they be allowed to have charity status for their multiple organizations? It is, or should be, the role of the federal government to frame these questions and answer them.
2. What is the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood in North America?
Simple. Look at the current 2014 Young Muslims in Canada website which says Our aim is the establishment of Islam in North America in its entirety and comprehensiveness. Or you can look at the repeated statements of Yusuf Qaradawi when he says: Conquest through dawah, that is what we hope for….We will conquer Europe, we will conquer America, not through the sword but through dawah.
This is the same general goal that was expressed in their 1981 report (Switzerland) and in the 1991 Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America (5/22/1991). In the 1991 Memorandum, they made it clear that:
The process of settlement is a "Civilization-Jihadist Process" with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions.
It should be noted that the 1991 memorandum was the result of five years of policy review and discussion that followed a similar 1987 statement. The 1987 statement came about after two five year organizational plans that lasted from 1975 to 1980 and 1981 to 1986. The individual who compiled and released the report (Mohamed Akram) is now working at the Al Quds Foundation, run by Youssef Qaradawi.
3. But isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood a moderate/non-violent group?
This may be the wrong question. Extremism in political thought can be either violent or non-violent. The simple aim of the Muslim Brotherhood is the elimination of existing political and religious structures with the aim of replacing it with their own. The Brotherhood has used social organization and outreach to do this and they have used political violence and terrorism at other times.