Muslim Brotherhood’s grave acts of violence

Muslim Brotherhood’s grave acts of violence

Founded in 1928 by Hasan al-Banna, the Muslim Brotherhood is widely considered the world’s most influential Islamist organization, with numerous branches and affiliates and Shadi Hamid calls it the mother of all Islamist movements,” 

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has more than 300,000 members and runs numerous institutions, including hospitals, schools, banks, businesses, foundations, day care centers, thrift shops, social clubs, and facilities for the disabled.

The organisation’s original mission was to Islamize society through the promotion of Islamic law, values, and morals. 

It adopted slogans such as “Islam is the solution” and “Jihad is our way.” 

The organisation played an important role in the fight against British colonial rule and was banned for a short time in 1948 (BBC) for orchestrating bombings inside Egypt and allegedly assassinating Prime Minister Mahmoud al-Nuqrashi. It then experienced a short spell of good relations with the government that came to power through a military coup, which ended British rule in 1952. But following a failed attempt to assassinate President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1954, the group was banned again.

Sayyid Qutb, a prominent member of the brotherhood, laid down the ideological grounds for the use of jihad, or armed struggle, against the regime in Egypt and beyond.

Some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists were former Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members, including Osama bin Laden’s top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

On August of 2018, A suicide bomber, who the local media linked to the Muslim Brotherhood foiled attack on the Virgin Mary Church in Mostorod. An eastern Cairo Security personnel outside the church stopped the intruder and the 29-year-old man set off a bomb outside of the church, killing himself. No casualties were reported just like the September 30th attack where Hasm, an Egyptian militant group aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood had bombed at the embassy of Myanmar in Cairo. The attack indicated that MB-aligned groups were acting on their past threats to strike foreign interests and improve their terrorist capabilities.

Soon after that in January 2015, an Istanbul-based, MB-aligned television network aired a communique ordering foreign nationals, foreign companies, diplomats, and tourists to leave Egypt or face “revolutionary retribution.” Shortly thereafter, an MB organ issued a report titled “The Jurisprudence of Popular Resistance to the Coup,” which endorsed violence against Christians and a wide range of government “collaborators.”

“The (Brotherhood) movement is still alive and able to pose serious threats to the security of our country,” said retired Egyptian General Gamal Eddin Mazloum. “We should not be deceived by the Brotherhood’s exit from politics or the ostensible weakening of its terrorist arms.”

“The (Brotherhood) movement is still alive and able to pose serious threats to the security of our country,” said retired Egyptian General Gamal Eddin Mazloum. “We should not be deceived by the Brotherhood’s exit from politics or the ostensible weakening of its terrorist arms.”

Since it’s earliest days the group has had no trouble reconciling clandestine violent action through its Secret Apparatus while its leader Hassan al-Banna engaged in politics and even ran for office. Though Egypt continuously battle to ban group it wasn’t until October 22nd that Egypt heard the loudest cries of vengeance rising from the funerals of those who were massacred by the Muslim Brotherhood. 55 -58 policemen were travelling in police convoy and were attacked while driving on the El-Wahat Highway from Cairo to Giza on its way to raid the secret hideout of the Muslim Brotherhood’s armed underground (Hasm) at the El-Bahariya Oasis in the Western Desert. Only 14 officials were known to survive this ambush.

This disastrous incident along with a string of deadly Islamist attacks in Sinai had raised tough questions about Egypt’s capacity to deal with the extremist terrorism plaguing the country. Hence, shortly after Egypt declared a three month state of emergency. 

Since these attacks the Egypt government has banned all the Brotherhood’s movements/ activities and froze all its assets, and the assets of its members, as the government accuses the movement of responsibility for the attacks which targeted security forces in the past five years, since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.