The Muslim Brotherhood has decided to hold meetings with tribal elders in the Sinai regarding the intellectual and jurisprudential ideas of the jihadist and takfir (Muslims declaring other Muslims infidels) movements in the peninsula. The Muslim Brotherhood will be sending a delegation of leaders to meet with all parties in the Sinai to end the bloodshed following the latest incident in the town of Rafah.
The growing number of extremist Islamist groups in the Sinai has prompted the more moderate Muslim Brotherhood to embark on an educational mission in the peninsula. Mahmoud Chaaban Bayoumi reports on the party's work to convince Egyptian Jihadis to consider other interpretions of Islamic teachings.
Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt)
The Brotherhood Hold Juristic Revisions to Takfir Groups In The Sinai
Mahmoud Chaaban Bayoumi
August 17, 2012
August 17 2012
Abdel Rahman al-Sherbini, secretary of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party in the northern Sinai, said that the party’s guidance bureau has decided to form a delegation of the Brotherhood leaders in Cairo and northern Sinai to meet with tribal elders and leaders of Islamic movements to discuss ways to resolve the security crisis.
Al-Sherbini told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the delegation would meet with all parties in the Sinai and hold public meetings to listen to their complaints and suggestions related to the current security crisis.
He noted that the Brotherhood, in cooperation with tribal elders, would consult with jihadist and takfir movements in the northern and southern Sinai. They will encourage intellectual and jurisprudential revisions to interpretations of the religious doctrine of these extremists, who rely on fatwas that have nothing to do with Islam to kill innocent people and commit offenses against state-owned property.
Sherbini said that these changes in interpretation would be made by Brotherhood scholars, who would give a correct explanation of Islam and the importance of jihad for the sake of God. He added that the killing of Egyptian soldiers in Rafah was an attack against innocent Muslims who should not be attacked under any conditions. Sherbini mentioned that the Brotherhood would lead a campaign to adopt a law decreasing the amount of weapons in the Sinai after these crimes, which were a result of increased weapon licensing in the peninsula. The legislation would also forbid the proliferation of unlicensed weapons that could potentially create a catastrophe.