by PETER FARMER:
From its humble beginnings in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has grown into a global Pan-Islamic movement. The group is riding a wave of successes as it moves into the 21st century. Despite many setbacks, the “Brethren” have been remarkably successful in advancing their agenda not only in the Middle East but around the world. What factors can account for their success? The following analysis considers some of the most-critical ones.
1. The Muslim Brotherhood has sharply-defined its mission and core values in its motto, “Allah is our objective; the Quran is our law, the Prophet is our leader; Jihad is our way; and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.“ Members know what the group stands for, and the goals for which it is striving. In military terms, the motto functions as a set of mission orders which set forth the objectives for which the individual believer is striving.
2. The Muslim Brotherhood functions, in part, according to the “leaderless movement” model and functions as a distributed network. Although the group has a leadership hierarchy and bureaucracy, it pushes much operational responsibility down to the local level. Local groups are compartmentalized cells or “franchises,” which are capable of independent operation as well as coordinated action. By using small cells as the basic unit of organization, the Brotherhood enhances its resiliency and also makes infiltration and penetration by outsiders and enemies more difficult.
3. The bureaucracy of the movement is divided into a General Organizational Council, composed of delegates from individual chapters of the Brotherhood; the Shura Council, which formulates the general goals of the organization; and an Executive Office, which implements the directives of the Shura and GOC. Within this bureaucracy are found offices devoted to executive leadership, education, fund-raising, political action, finance, and affairs of the Muslim Sisterhood.
4. The Muslim Brotherhood has links to a vast number of international, national, regional and local organizations, including Islamic charities, madrasas and schools, clinics/hospitals, newspapers/publishing houses, and electronic media outlets. The movement also has an office devoted to propaganda and public relations, and maintains websites in Arabic, English and many other languages. This network functions to cultivate new followers, collect donations and funds, and also to provide services to Muslims around the globe. These groups are also part-and-parcel of the civilizational jihad project of the Brotherhood – whose aim is to spread Islam into the non-Muslim world. Moreover, this web of services assures the continued good will – and financial support - of existing members. Patrons of the group include many fabulously-wealthy members of the royal families of the Middle East.
5. Like many of today’s most-successful crime syndicates, the Muslim Brotherhood goes to great lengths to present a “respectable” face to the world at large, while hiding the often-brutal and violent means it uses to advance its agenda. Since the 1960s, the organization has publicly-disavowed violence - while continuing its clandestine support of the PLO-Fatah, Black September, Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and other terrorist and direct-action groups. The dual nature of the group functions offers a degree of protection from retaliation by its enemies. Using proxies for direct-action also provides the organization a degree of plausible deniability and helps maintain its cover as a “legitimate” organization.
6. The Muslim Brotherhood have proven to be skilled manipulators of the western, left-leaning press. The movement’s tactics include a heavy reliance on disinformation, psychological operations and propaganda to advance its agenda in the non-Islamic world, and obscure its intentions. This objective is accomplished via multiple means, but one of the most common is through non-profit organizations such as CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), the MSA (Muslim Student Association), and other front groups, which promote Pan-Islamic views in their respective spheres of influence. The Ikhwan also have a significant presence at Al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language cable TV network. These initiatives are funded by petrodollars flowing from Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Arab Gulf States.
7. Consistent with its goal of civilizational jihad and stealth sharia, the Brotherhood has targeted schools and universities as focal points of its efforts to advance Islam into the western world. In Texas, independent researchers discovered that a wealthy Muslim was trying to influence the textbook and the lesson plans used in public schools. Many universities have received extremely generous gifts from Muslim benefactors in return for opening Centers for the Study of Islam or similar initiatives. Naturally, these centers are staffed by academicians sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood and Pan-Islamism in general.
8. As shown by the recent controversy involving Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her senior aide, Huma Abedin - a member of the Muslim Sisterhood - the movement has also been very active at infiltrating the government and the military. The notorious Ft. Hood shooter and mass murderer, psychiatrist Nidal Hasan (who had the inscription “SoA” or “Soldier of Allah” on his U.S. Army business cards) and U.S. Army Sergeant Hasan Akbar (who killed two fellow soldiers in a grenade attack in Kuwait in 2003) attest to the degree of penetration by Islamists into government and the military.
9. The Muslim Brothers have made a concerted effort to reach out to disaffected blacks; the movement has also recruited extensively from the U.S. prison population. The preferred method of the Brotherhood is to sponsor imams who then go into prisons and recruit/convert inmates. Of course, these outreach efforts omit or hide the historical crimes committed by Muslims against blacks, such as the role of Islamic slave-traders in the capture and sale of Africans into bondage during the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade – and the continued , wide-spread existence of illicit slavery within the Islamic world today.
10. The communications strategy of the group has been to tone-down or dilute statements made to the non-Islamic or western press, while continuing to preach jihad, sharia and Islamic supremacy to Muslim audiences. This same strategy is followed by imams in mosques across the western world. Thereby, western audiences are presented with an image of Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood utterly at-odds with the one Muslims themselves are seeing, hearing and reading.
11. Spearheaded by such groups as the Organization of Islamic Conference and supported by the Muslim Brotherhood, attempts are now-underway at the United Nations to criminalize criticism of Islam.
Read more: Family Security Matters
- Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within(counterjihadreport.com)
- The Muslim Brotherhood’s US Network (counterjihadreport.com)
- Home Grown Jihad in the USA (counterjihadreport.com)
- THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD’S ”GLOBAL PROJECT FOR PALESTINE” (discoverthenetworks.org)
- The Muslim Brotherhood (investigativeproject.org)