Report: Sudan Doesn’t Consider the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Movement

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Head of the political and justice committee at the Shura Council of the National Assembly, Mohamed Al Hassan Al Amin, said Sudan does not consider the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist movement. He pointed out that the regime has an Islamic background.

Speaking at the parliament on Sunday, Al Amin confirmed that the country rejects terrorism in all its forms, saying “we don’t consider the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist movement”.

He said the Islamic work is available to any one even Muslim Brotherhood, adding president Al Bashir exerts great effort to solve the Gulf crisis, pointing to the desire of Sudan to Gulf Unity, and that for his close ties with the Gulf States.

He also pointed to Qatar’s great support of peace in Sudan and Saudi Arabia’s support to Sudan to repair its relations with US.

Al Amin stressed Sudan’s long-standing positions toward Palestinian issues, and it doesn’t interfere in the other choices.

In the other context Al Amin consider that the demands of Sudanese parties, whether inside or abroad, to keep the US sanctions on Sudan a major betrayal, pointing out that their damage is being imposed on the Sudanese people. He said that such demands are a historic fall, pointing out that Sudan is now in a phase of harmony and such statements aim to damage peace efforts.

Muslim Brotherhood

The Society of the Muslim Brothers , shortened to the Muslim Brotherhood, is a transnational Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt by Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928. The organisation gained supporters throughout the Arab world and influenced other Islamist groups such as Hamas with its “model of political activism combined with Islamic charity work.

It is financed by members, who are required to allocate a portion of their income to the movement, and was for many years financed by Saudi Arabia, with which it shared some enemies and some points of doctrine. As a Pan-Islamic, religious, and social movement, it preached Islam, taught the illiterate, and set up hospitals and business enterprises.

The Brotherhood is a peaceful, democratic organization, and its leader “condemns violence and violent acts”.

Brotherhood in Sudan

The Muslim Brotherhood, although originated in Egypt, has been active in Sudan since its formation there in 1949. It emerged from Muslim student groups that first began organizing in the universities during the 1940s, and its main support base has remained the college educated.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s objective in Sudan has been to institutionalize Islamic law throughout the country. Hassan Abd Allah at Turabi, former dean of the School of Law at the University of Khartoum, had been the Muslim Brotherhood’s secretary general since 1964 until his death in 2016.

The Sudanese branch has remained independent from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, with a unique Sudanese version of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology and political conduct. For several decades the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan has taken an active role in the country’s political life, both within the parliament and in support of the coups staged by Jaafar Nimeiri and Omar al-Bashir. Its involvement occasionally gave the movement power to influence Sudan’s regimes and the officers who led the revolutions.

However, due to political changes in Sudan and in the region at other times, the movement lost its influence, faced persecution from the authorities and saw its leaders imprisoned for lengthy sentences.

Photo: The HQ  of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt