A Civil Kind of Islam!

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Thu 8 June / Jun 2017. 12:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Fri 9 June / Jun 2017. 12:08 AM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

In general, pacifist Islamist movements face an unprecedented strangulation, the noose is tightening around their necks, and the widows are closing.

The recent Gulf Crisis and the staggering intensification of the dispute with Qatar, for allegedly supporting these movements is only one example on this.

The official conservative Arab position, Saudi Arabia’s and the UAE’s, on the Muslim Brotherhood, is identical to the far-right’s stance in the West.

It is also aligns well with US President Donald Trump’s position against the Brotherhood and Islamist movements.

Gulf Countries, especially Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, like Europe, have always been more of a sanctuary for members of these movements.

The regional turmoil and rapid fluctuation in alignments gave these movements more wiggle room to manoeuvre and play ball.

Today, even with the Qatari and Turkish support evident, Islamist movements are facing the overwhelming tide of prosecution, excommunication, and isolation.

A regional move is underway to place these movements in a quasi-siege situation, and pressure them into giving in.

This hurdle could have been tackled with patience and secrecy, had the Brotherhood gone underground, something they’re accustomed to doing when under threat or faced with sedition.

However, this may not be the answer to the current situation.

The Muslim Brother has been suffering from recurrent splintering, divisions, and internal dispute in the face of uncertainty.

There is a conflict within the organisation between currents striving to sustain the status-quo and others working towards completely redefining the Brotherhood, to make it look like the Turkish model.

Naturally, reformist currents within the Brotherhood have openly declared their faith in the democratic process and readiness to participate in its dynamics.

Attempts to reconstruct the entirety of the Islamist political ideology are met with fierce resistance by the conventionalists of the movement.

This is especially true as the reformists seek to completely relinquish the ideological premise and ideals of the traditional Muslim Brotherhood’s rhetoric.

Mindfully, this is a deeper and more precise issue.

It declares the end of justifications and conditions of the conditions which governed the objectives of the Brotherhood since its establishment and the challenges it faced.

The tasks that it devoted itself to doing, the sociological-social aspect, are centred around preserving the Islamist identity of society, in the face of spreading secularism and Westernisation.

Societies today have overcome the religiosity of the Muslim Brotherhood.

As a result, the very core of their mission is no longer central to their societal operation.

More so, the mass of the political scene is vastly distributed.

In the meantime, the Brotherhood’s acceptance of the principles of democracy and pluralism has stripped it of its dogmatic premise and slogans, which are the pillar of their popularity.

Typically, the Brotherhood has turned away from its original mission to economic, political agendas.

So, what are these agendas?

Change in the Muslim Brotherhood is not exclusive to its political agenda.

It extends to its innermost dynamics and rigid organisational structure, which are based on secrecy and utter obedience.

The rise of modern telecommunication media, social media included, as a far more effective medium of propagation, has also affected the Brotherhood’s operation.

That said, Islamist movements are undergoing a critical transformation.

Denying internal, structural transmutation, as well as surrounding changes, means only that the Brotherhood has fallen behind in the political race, led by many of its splinter cells.

Its members will soon find themselves facing unfathomable challenges, and an abundance of internal contradictions.

What is required of Islamist movements around our world?

These movements need to approach its reality critically and effort an all-encompassing redirection, from redefining missions, roles, tasks, ideologies, to agendas.

The best they can offer societies today, perhaps, is a civil kind of Islam, in light of the staggering deterioration of Arab societies, by focusing on the values of civility, democracy, citizenship, and religious reformism.

In short, the Brotherhood must focus on reforming the political Islamist narrative, as opposed to the current revivalism.

This article is an edited translation of the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.