A pro-Ikhwani Sheikh (name withheld) in Western part of Nigeria who had left the shore of Nigeria to study in Saudi Arabia returned after a decade with a PhD in Islamic jurisprudence but with a confused mind.
Why? He came back to be rather apologetic about the Islamic work and propagation, feeling rather too cautious to cooperate with his other colleagues of his on his return. Other dua’t who had been elated about the return of the Sheikh virtually felt disappointment, having believed that his return with a Doctorate degree would rather boost their effort.
On inquiry, the Sheikh narrated how critics of Ikhwanul muslimeen had heaped humongous blame on the door step of the global organisation and how several Salafi scholars, particularly of Saudi origin, had condemned their methodology. The Ikhwan critics among other things, posited that rather than subscribe to ‘Islamic secularism’ (which tends to separate politics from Islam and kufrutise anyone who believe to the contrary), the Brotherhood embraces politics and are always interested to be in control of power, influence and authority in any society where they exist.
But beyond mere preachings and teachings of the creed, the question arose, ‘what platform is left to engage in an organised and comprehensive Daw’ah that embraces societal reform in all ramifications – social, economic, political and what have you?’
This poser lead to a thorough analysis of all available Islamic organisations and movements (including salafiyyah groups). At the end of the day, a sincere analysis left them with no option than to settle for and adopt pro-Ikhwani approach, if they must combat the complicated Jahiliyyah of this age and survive the challenges of the New World Order. They came to the conclusion that irrespective of its acclaimed deficiencies, Ikhwan remains the most standard of organisations that lay claim to organising Daw’ah activities globally. The Sheikh and his colleagues also realised that most of the criticisms were sourced from the writings of the critics and not from the Ikhwan sources.
Deep perusal of recent altercations between Ustadh Abu Mazeedatilkhayr Bn Sa’eed and Ustadh Abdul Ghaniy Jumah presented similar scenario. While Bn Sa’eed was accused of citing incomplete information on one hand, deliberate distortion of information and an attempt to be economical with facts was noticed on the part of Ustadh Abdul Ghaniy Jumah relating to the truth about Ikhwan.
From many commentators on Facebook, is quite obvious to many critics of Abu Mazeedatilkhayr’s epistle: “Threat and Phobia” are not aware that, unlike Ikhwan’s comprehensive syllabus, many Muslim ideologues and revivers only concentrate on selective revival of Islam’s principle or practices. And more often than not, there exists a curtain between them and the spirit of the modern times. This parochialism inadvertently either brings them near Islam or throws them away from it by the tide of events – generally about Islamic reawakening and especially as it affects the Islamic political system. This is key to understanding the scholars our dear Ustaz Jumah referred to as “evil shuyukh”.
It is obvious that no matter how high the status of our Ustaz, no matter the level of scholarship he must have attained and irrespective of his erudition, he is not in any way close to those who have recognised that Shaykh Hassan Al Banna indeed laid the foundation of a movement which is best suited to take all the necessary steps for the renaissance of Islam in the modern times, despite his imperfections and his frailties as human. No man is infallible. For instance, none of the great clerics like Shaykh Abdullahi ibn Jibril, Shaykh Ibn Baz, Shaykh Bakr Abu Zaid, etc. ever said such words as “EVIL SHUYUKH”.
Such bogus claim that Ikhwanul Muslimeen is only concerned about politics is not only defective and untrue; it is a deliberate alteration and falsification of history, and only a die-hard madkhali will view Ikhwan from such window, since to them the world can be viewed only as black and white.
For the pure, unblemished and sincerely inquisitive souls, this is what, the founder himself, Shahid Hassan Al Banna has this to say in ‘Fi Afaaqi Ta’lim…’ by Sa’eed Hawwa, and ‘Fi Rihabi Usul ‘Ashireen…’ by Muhammad Sa’eed Mursi.
“We are not a political association, even if politics according to the tenets of Islam is deeply rooted in our fikra (thought or world view). We are not a social reformist party, even if engaging in social work of reformation is part of our intention. We are not a sport group. even if physical exercise of the body and soul is an important part of our method.
“But, oh the entire mankind, we are an ideological group, an organisation, and our methodology is neither limited by time and space, nor by geographical boundaries. And this matter (the spreading of the message of Islam) will not end, until Allah inherits the earth and it’s content. This is so, because, it is the organisation of Allah and the methodology of His Prophet.
“Oh mankind, we are without arrogance, the followers of the Rasul, and the carrier and convener of his lofty goals after his demise; raising the banner as he had done, spreading his methodology as he had done, guarding the Qur’an as he had done and giving glad tidings about his Daw’ah as he had done. We equally hold that he (Muhammadu Rasulullahi) is a mercy to the entire world.”
Al Banna continued to explain his mission in his statements:
“We are a new spirit making its way into the heart of this Ummah and reviving it with the Qur’an. We are new light damning and dispelling the darkness of materialism through the Qur’an of Allah, a resounding voice rising high – echoing the message of the Rasul, (May the peace of Allah be upon him). We believe in its truthfulness without being excessive/extremists and we are the bearers of the burden the rest of mankind has shrugged off.”
These are the sayings of Shahid Hassan al-Banna from the direct sources. But today, many critics peddle falsehood arising from critics, detractors and enemies of Ikhwan either out of laziness to dig out the truth from the right source or out of mere mischief by those who feel threatened by the popularity, acceptability and elevation of the Ikhwan’s world view in the ever vibrant and dynamic world.
In conclusion, that Ustadh AbdulGhaniy Jumat made those allegations isn’t a surprise as such allegations had began since the days of the first Murshid of the Muslim Brotherhood.
In his treatise, “What Do We Summon Mankind To”, Hassan Al-Banna stated “Some people say that the Muslim Brotherhood is a political group, and their call is a political one, and they have veiled desires. And I do not know when our nation will stop throwing us with the charges and allegations. And when they will stop leaving the certified truth for the uncertain doubts?”.
Allah Akbar wa lillahi -il hamd.
Abdul Hakeem Adejokun