Al-Azhar Bans Muslims from Joining the Muslim Brotherhood – Al Marsad

Following the blacklisting of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group by the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, the Azhar issues the first fatwa ban the joining of the Muslim Brotherhood.

(Libya, 22 December 2020) – The fatwa issued by Al-Azhar, the highest authority in Sunni Islamic jurisprudence in Egypt, showed in detail that joining the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist groups in light of the escalating growth of terrorism around the world is forbidden according to the Shari’a. The fatwa was issued in response to a question posed by Al-Watan Egyptian newspaper to Al-Azhar on the topic.

Al-Azhar University, Cairo

According to the fatwa, God forbids people from pursuing any path that distracts them from following the truth. It said keeping to the Qur’an, the Sunna of His Prophet Muhammed and correct understanding of them in accordance with the Shari’a. It said Muslims must stay away from sedition.

The fatwa said, “It is clear to the public what these groups have done in distorting some texts, cutting them out of their context, and using them to achieve personal goals or interests and corrupting the land.”

The fatwa concluded that “membership in these extremist groups is considered forbidden by the Shari’a.”

Saudi Arabia and UAE officially designated the group as a terrorist organisation in 2014, with both Bahrain and Egypt also doing the same.

In November this year, the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars blacklisted the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. The Council said: “The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group and [does not] represent the method of Islam, rather it blindly follows its partisan objectives that are running contrary to the guidance of our graceful religion, while taking religion as a mask to disguise its purposes in order to practice the opposite such as sedition, wreaking havoc, committing violence, and terrorism.”

In May 2019, Libya’s House of Representatives (HoR) also banned the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood and classified it as a terrorist group

© AlMarsad English (2020)

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