Dubai/Doha: – The Saudi Arabian religious organisation has declared that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organisation. Whereas, the Fatwah Council of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has supported Saudi Arabia’s decision and given a message to keep a distance from the Muslim Brotherhood, who are inciting terrorist activities. The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) from Doha has criticised the decision taken by Saudi Arabia and UAE and has accused that this is a politically motivated decision. Council of Senior Scholars (CSS), the Saudi Arabian organisation responsible for taking important religious decisions in Saudi Arabia, made an important announcement a few days ago. The CSS Chief and the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, announced, ‘Muslim Brotherhood is a strayed group having no connection with Islam’. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz criticised, ‘Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda poison the minds of the youth, overstep the limits and extort money. All those who have joined these organisations have digressed from the righteous path and have committed a blunder.’
Following this, the CSS announced Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation in the next few hours. CSS accused that the Muslim Brotherhood incites people to revolt against the governments of the concerned countries, creating instability by perpetrating violence. CSS noted that this organisation has nothing to do with the religion, and the sole objective is acquiring power in the concerned countries. Going further, the Saudi foreign ministry posted the CSS appeal on social media. UAE welcomed Saudi Arabia’s stand.
The UAE religious group also, like Saudi Arabia, said that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organisation. The UAE Fatwah Council clarified that the Muslim Brotherhood’s support for the terrorist organisations and the disputable position of the organisation is enough to declare this organisation as a terrorist organisation. The Fatwah Council also warned that the people of UAE should maintain a distance and not keep any connections with the Muslim Brotherhood. Israel too welcomed Saudi Arabia’s decision to include the Muslim Brotherhood in the list of terrorist organisations. Before this, in 2014, Saudi Arabia had included the Muslim Brotherhood in the blacklist.
Qatar-based IUMS criticised the decision announced by Saudi Arabia and UAE. IUMS criticised that this decision is only to malign the image of the organisation. At the same time, IUMS claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood is in no way connected with terrorism, and there is no evidence to prove any links. IUMS is considered to be an affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood. The IUMS analysts have justified the suicide attacks launched by the Muslim Brotherhood in the past. Saudi, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have declared even the IUMS as a terrorist organisation.