Patience Is a Virtue: A Muslim Brotherhood Primer

 

Head’s up, confused Western punditocracy! 

There’s a critical cultural dissonance that I believe explains a lot of the blithering nonsense being spewed by long-distance observers about the Muslim Brotherhood and its purported move away from a violent ideology and towards moderation. 

The Western world — particularly Americans — and the Arab world have completely different approaches to the idea of time. Americans think in four-year cycles, eight years on the outside. The Arab world — particularly the ideologically driven Arab world — thinks in centuries. The Muslim Brotherhood (the Ikhwan) was founded eighty-three years ago, and is continuing apace toward the same goals it had when it was founded. Its tactics have altered to ensure its survival, but its ultimate strategy remains the same.

How can we know this for sure? Read what they write for their own constituency. Yesterday, Palestine Media Watch released a new translation of Jihad is the Way, the final installment of a five-volume work called The Laws of Da’wa by Mustafa Mashhur. Mashhur ran the Brotherhood in Egypt from 1996 through 2002. In it, Mashhur lays out the Ikhwan agenda as follows:

  • The goal of Islam is global conquest and the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate: ”The Islamic ummah [the international community of Muslims] can regain its power and be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men, as the leaders of humanity…you [Muslims] are the masters of the world, even if your enemies desire your degradation.”
  • The means of conquest must be jihad: ”[J]ihad and preparation towards jihad are not only for the purpose of fending off assaults and attacks of Allah’s enemies from Muslims, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state and strengthening the religion and spreading it around the world…there is no other option but jihad for Allah…”
  • Jihad must be waged everywhere: ”Jihad for Allah is not limited to the specific region of the Islamic countries, since the Muslim homeland is one and is not divided, and the banner of Jihad has already been raised in some of its parts, and shall continue to be raised, with the help of Allah, until every inch of the land of Islam will be liberated, and the State of Islam established.”
  • It is the duty of every Muslim to wage jihad: “[Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna] felt the grave danger overshadowing the Muslims and the urgent need and obligation which Islam places on every Muslim, man and woman, to act in order to restore the Islamic Caliphate and to reestablish the Islamic state on strong foundations.”
  • Muslims must be patient: ““The Brotherhood is not rushed by youth’s enthusiasm into immature and unplanned action which will not alter the bad reality and may even harm the Islamic activity, and will benefit the people of falsehood…it is not necessary that the Muslims repel every attack or damage caused by the enemies of Allah immediately, but [only] when ability and the circumstances are fit to it.”

I call your attention particularly to that last point. Americans are eager to believe that because the Brotherhood is not using jihadist language or imagery now, its goals must have changed. If you fall in with this view, you are, quite frankly, allowing yourself to be played. Take a look, as Big Peace has done, at the different messages the Brotherhood puts forward on its English-language and Arabic-language websites. (Cute little girls play a lot better in Peoria than crossed sabers.) Consider the tactics of the Brotherhood’s Palestinian offshoot, Hamas, which has offered its Gaza constituency nothing but a culture of violence. Above all, read their own writings. They’re in full view.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been waiting for its moment since 1928. We’re talking eternity here. Come on. What’s another ten, fifteen years? 

There are 11 comments.

  1. John Marzan Inactive

    the obama admin have invited muslim brotherhood affiliates in america to the white house, and he invited the MB to attend his speech in cairo. CAIR at this point is part of the Left/Democrat coalition for obama along with Big Labor, and Environmentalists.

    it has come to the point that being skeptical of the MB means “islamophobia” in some quarters.

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    • February 9, 2011, at 4:59 AM PDT
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  2. Kennedy Smith Inactive

    Perhaps they can get together for bookclub meetings with the Fabian Society. Before disemboweling them.

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    • February 9, 2011, at 6:00 AM PDT
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  3. Liver Pate Inactive

    Judith,

    The only thing that will wake the West up is satire. If someone created a Youtube (or other non PC provider) video of a reading of this text along with a Bee Gees soundtrack (say Love is the Way) and various violent images that might get the message across that we’re getting played.

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    • February 9, 2011, at 6:36 AM PDT
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  4. Profile Photo Member

    So, Glenn Beck is right?

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    • February 9, 2011, at 7:34 AM PDT
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  5. Margaret Ball Inactive
    John Marzan: it has come to the point that being skeptical of the MB means “islamophobia” in some quarters. · Feb 9 at 3:59am

    All but one of my acquaintances in this extremely blue town are at that point, and that one has only caved because I keep sending him quotations from Ikhwanweb. (sigh.) None of them will even be aware that this translation has been published. I wonder how many copies I can afford to buy…oh well, they wouldn’t read it anyway.

    Does it count as invoking Godwin’s law if I mention that nobody paid attention to Mein Kampf either?

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    • February 9, 2011, at 8:17 AM PDT
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  6. Liver Pate Inactive

    For you sunny optimists out there who find this topic too depressing, just remember that if you squint hard enough the logo in Judith’s post looks like the Buffalo Sabres’ team emblem.

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    • February 9, 2011, at 8:27 AM PDT
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  7. Jerry the Bastage Inactive
    Johanna Egan: So, Glenn Beck is right? · Feb 9 at 6:34am

    Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.

    I freely admit to being Islamophobic. Not on a one to one basis as the sobriquet implies, but as a civilization killer.

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    • February 9, 2011, at 8:49 AM PDT
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    Jerry Broaddus
    Johanna Egan: So, Glenn Beck is right? · Feb 9 at 6:34am

    Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.

    I freely admit to being Islamophobic. Not on a one to one basis as the sobriquet implies, but as a civilization killer. · Feb 9 at 7:49am

    Edited on Feb 09 at 07:50 am

    Oh, well thank goodness. As long as its not on a one to one basis.

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    • February 9, 2011, at 10:38 AM PDT
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  9. Nickolas Inactive
    Margaret Bal: Does it count as invoking Godwin’s law if I mention that nobody paid attention to Mein Kampf either?

    FWIW, Godwins’ Law is not invoked or broken. It is an observation that the longer a discussion goes on the more likely it is a comparison to Nazis or Hitler will be made.

    Given their immense impact on modern history that is understandable. When the comparison is valid, as yours is, it should be stated.

    The problem is the comparison is too often made when it is inappropriate, usually by Leftists disparaging conservatives and anyone else that disagrees with them or obstructs their agenda.

    From the link.

    It states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1″…

    The rule does not make any statement about whether any particular reference or comparison to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that the likelihood of such a reference or comparison arising increases as the discussion progresses. Godwin has argued

    that overuse of Nazi and Hitler comparisons should be avoided, because it robs the valid comparisons of their impact.

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    • February 9, 2011, at 11:08 AM PDT
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  10. Stuart Creque Member
    Pseudodionysius: Judith,

    The only thing that will wake the West up is satire. If someone created a Youtube (or other non PC provider) video of a reading of this text along with a Bee Gees soundtrack (say Love is the Way) and various violent images that might get the message across that we’re getting played. · Feb 9 at 5:36am

    Did someone say satire?

    Apologies to Tom Lehrer:

    Oh the protesters hate Mubarak,And Mubarak hates the protesters,And Islamists hate the Coptics,And everybody hates the Jews! But during Muslim Brotherhood Week,Muslim Brotherhood Week,Practice-taqqiya-on-one-another-hood week,We’ll all sound moderateAbout the folks we hateAnd be reasonable in all of our demands,At least until the government’s in our hands!
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    • February 10, 2011, at 12:38 PM PDT
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  11. Margaret Ball Inactive
    Nickolas
    Margaret Bal: Does it count as invoking Godwin’s law if I mention that nobody paid attention to Mein Kampf either?
    FWIW, Godwins’ Law is not invoked or broken. It is an observation that the longer a discussion goes on the more likely it is a comparison to Nazis or Hitler will be made.

    Feb 9 at 10:08am

    Thanks for the clarification. I had been under the impression that Godwin’s Law was, “The first one to bring up Nazis or Hitler in an argument loses.”

    Always look things up. Always look things up, especially if you want to play on Ricochet…..<wanders away, bashing self on forehead>

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    • February 11, 2011, at 3:12 AM PDT
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