Special Report: The Muslim Brotherhood- Goals and Strategies

The stated goals of the Muslim Brotherhood are as follows:11
1. Inform the world about Islam and spread its teachings
2. Unify the world under the banner of Islam
3. Raise the standard of living and achieve social justice
4. Fight disease, poverty, ignorance and hunger
5. Liberate the Ummah (Islamic nation) from foreign rule
6. Establish a worldwide Islamic state (caliphate)
7. Build a new world civilization based on sharia and Islam.
The ultimate goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is the establishment of a global caliphate (Islamic
state), in which a caliph (monarch) rules in accordance with sharia (Islamic law). Although their
operational goals change according to circumstances – i.e., the Brotherhood’s initial goal was to
liberate Egypt from the British12 – nevertheless, they still stay focused on their ultimate aim, and
all of their actions are undertaken in this context.13
They seek to realize their long-term goal initially by spreading the message of Islam (termed
dawa meaning proselytizing) and recruiting people into the organization. Later, this goal can be
achieved through violent means and jihad, if necessary.14
Slow and steady growth and a willingness to work within existing structural frameworks are
hallmarks of Muslim Brotherhood strategy. Their teachings go into detail about the importance of
establishing charitable organizations, educational establishments, sporting clubs and other such
institutions for the twin purposes of spreading the message of Islam and facilitating social justice.
Zakat (charity), in particular, is utilized for these purposes and is therefore a priority for the
Islamic education is given a key role. Most of the curriculum is textual study eg. the Quran and
the Hadiths – the recorded teachings deeds and sayings of Muhammed. Education is particularly focused on youth, which play an essential part in the Brotherhood’s overall strategy. Youth wings
dedicated to the Brotherhood’s ideology can be rapidly deployed to the streets when the
leadership deems it necessary to advance their interests.
Armed jihad remains an integral part of their overall Islamist ideology, although the group
officially renounces violence and members of the Brotherhood have not hesitated to use it when
they see fit. The founding bylaws explicitly state, “The Islamic nation must be fully prepared to
fight the tyrants and the enemies of Allah as a prelude to establishing an Islamic state.”15

202 http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/83375/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-army-chief-says-willcontinue-protecting-pe.aspx
203 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/01/egypt-muslim-brotherhood-offices-civil
204 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/11/egypt-court-upholds-muslim-brotherhood-ban-
205 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/12/egypts-new-proposed-constitution-sabry.html
206 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/27/egypt-muslim-brotherhood-morsi-supporterskilled?guni=Article:in%20body%20link
207 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/08/14/al-nahda-sit-in-dispersal-eyewitness-accounts/
208 Farid Zahran is sourced here, but other commentators have also discussed this issue.
Human Rights Watch has called for the army to halt the violence against Brotherhood supporters and
respect the rule of law. http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/07/08/egypt-halt-arbitrary-action-againstbrotherhood-media
209 http://www.onislam.net/english/news/global/464262-rabia-gives-muslim-world-new-hope.html

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