Is Moderate Islam Showing Cracks With Fall of Political Islam?

Article Summary
The fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt could signal the start of an 'Arab Summer' marked by divisions in moderate Islam movements.

To understand Egypt, we must start from Qatar. Did the former emir of Qatar have a dream while he was in Britain and suddenly decide he was abdicating? Was this a gift from a generous heart? I don’t think so.

The former emir of Qatar took the throne by overthrowing his father. He is not the type to make a gift of it to his son. Those invisible powers must have told him, “Announce you are handing power over to your son and stay as our guest for some more time.” But with his money under watch. Why?

Is it because he was supporting former President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and giving them money? It looks that way.

It was the former emir of Qatar who was also helping the Muslim Brotherhood fight President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, alongside Turkey.

After Qatar, it was the Muslim Brotherhood's turn, under Morsi. The "domino theory" …  could be the harbinger of a change (of season) ... in the Middle East. The Arab Spring prevailed with the winds of the Muslim Brotherhood. Is the Arab Summer now aimed at wiping out the Muslim Brotherhood? If that is the case, which will be the third domino to fall?

Predictions focus on Tunisia. In the meantime, in Syria, we note that Assad is slowly recovering the ground he had lost to the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated opposition.

Winds are changing directions in the Middle East. Winds are now blowing against the Muslim Brotherhood. The question now is whether fault lines are emerging in moderate Islam.

To oppose coups, and the toppling of the democratically elected Morsi, is a principled and democratic attitude. But you have to think of what will ensue.

There is a thin line between opposing the coup in Egypt and standing by the Muslim Brotherhood. Following this point, Turkey’s priority must be on ensuring that elections are held as soon as possible in Egypt. Of course, supporting democracy in every country, including Egypt, must be our permanent stance.

Don’t forget that Morsi was elected by a majority, among the 34% who voted. Nearly 66% of people did not vote. I am not arguing about legitimacy here, but reminding you to take note of the majority who did not vote.

I wish there was no coup. I wish Morsi could have been changed at the ballot box.

But the road to democracy — embracing all Egyptians instead of a segment of them — is open. Turkey must join this road trip with all Egyptians.

Found in: egyptian-qatari relations, turkish-egyptian relations, salafist, protests, muslim brotherhood, mohammad morsi, islamists, egyptian coup, egypt

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