Islamists and “The New Way”

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Wed 19 October / Oct 2016. 12:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Wed 19 October / Oct 2016. 09:15 PM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

A group of former Islamic Action Front (IAF) technocratic youth in the Muslim Brotherhood, along with prominent leaders of the movement; Salem Falahat and Dr Abdul Majid Qudah, among other known independent politicians, like Dr Mohammad Hammouri, are about to submit for the establishment of a new political party, following their resignation from the IAF at a previous time.

This new party, says Falahat, the former General Monitor for the Muslim Brotherhood, who now is the director of “Al Umma” Research Centre, will not target IAF and Muslim Brotherhood audience exclusively, and will not be concerned with baffling the Front. Contrarily, the new party will uncloak from the attires of political Islam in an attempt to establish a civil party experiment that addresses the generality of the Jordanian public. Additionally, Falahat explains, the party will not be an ideological one, but a programme-driven political body, with a focus on policy, planning, and public concerns.

This party was supposed to represent the “Wisemen” current inside the Muslim Brotherhood, and the movement’s historic leaders. But three of its main leaders; Abdullatif Arabiyat, Hamza Mansour, and Jamil Abu Baker, along with other youth leaderships, had disdained at a later stage from joining in the establishment of the new party, even though some of them had actually resigned from the Islamic Action Front, and prepped for the new venture; which could have aggregated a massive popular weight their way, and filled their decks with a magnitude of good cards that previous experimental ventures lacked, like the “Zamzam Initiative”; variety in their populace.

So, why are they not partaking in the establishment of the party, while they are the ones who refrained from participating in these recent elections, even though a number of them had resigned from the IAF? This is an important question. Some of them, who happen to be a major cornerstone leader in the Islamist movement, do not want to be known for violating the rules of the mother Muslim Brotherhood, or for rebelling against it in a later stage, have been calling for members of the Brotherhood to abide by the Brotherhood’s rules and laws, and follow leadership commands, in spite of all and any differences they might have; even disparities among historic and current leaders, and their momentary lapse out of organised political activity!

This is a load of blanks, and is intended only to dilute inquiry from the real reasons, which include fear of failure again. Which is both uncalled for, irrational, and inaccurate! The presence of leaders like Abdullatif Arabiyat, Hamza Mansour, Jamil Abu Baker, and others, in the new experiment, will in its own be an advantage to access a concrete populace, one they had forfeited for unconvincing reasons, honestly.

One of the former Islamist leaders challenged me when I first wrote a previous article on the preparations for the current newborn, and said to me: I bet you those leaders will never participate in a new part! And this challenge; I leave for them to address, explain, and answer for. Nonetheless, I would say they now feel suspended between their practical exodus from the new, and their reluctance to enter the new! Therefore, I hope of them that they would reconsider their position regarding the new party, which bears the seeds for a crucial successful futuristic experiment, with a segment of learned youth among them, and the capacity to actually overcome the traditional frameworks of political Islam, and make it into a vaster, more inclusive national sphere!

In general, looking into the variety of Islamist experiments; the National Coalition — IAF, Zamzam, the Islamic Centre Party, and the awaited new one, would find that everybody has to some extent overcome the earlier limbo, and is looking for new ways to reconstruct the dialect for the separation of the political and missionary aspects, to give primacy to public policy and reformation, and the transformation to civil democratic parties. And that is a new, vital mentality that is reflective of holistic shifts in Islamist ideology and thought.

What guarantees does the new party have that it will not popularly fail? And how is it different from Zamzam? This is the inquiry posed for all parties to address. Nonetheless, this experiment reflects the livelihood and persistence in the journey for reformation and political action.