The Muslim Brotherhood

The Muslim Brotherhood is considered one of the oldest and most influential modern Islamic movements. Founded in 1928 by an Egyptian schoolteacher, the group sees Islam as a means for personal and social improvement and is widely involved in charitable works.

The Muslim Brotherhood spread rapidly around the Arab world and became largely political in that region early on, calling for the establishment of Islamic states based on Islamic law and for the reform of existing political systems. In the 1950s, the group was recognized in parts of the Arab region as a threat, causing many members to flee to Europe. In Europe, the Brotherhood influenced the formation of other organizations to represent local Muslim communities and to advocate for causes of interest to them.

Men protesting General Al-Sisi, the Egyption president, at a Muslim Brotherhood march | Photo by Alisdare Hickson via Flickr, Creative Commons

Some analysts believe the movement is in crisis in the Arab states, and particularly in Egypt, with conflict between older and younger members over ideological and strategic priorities creating greater uncertainty about its present aims and activities.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a controversial movement. It claims itself to be a peaceful, democratic organization which condemns violence. Yet it is considered a terrorist organization by a few Arab nations and Russia, though this designation is opposed by several human rights groups. They are considered too radical by some and not radical enough by others. Since the organization is large, loosely organized and has many affiliates, it is likely that all of the above could be found within it.

How to Pray

  1. Pray for members of the Muslim Brotherhood who have influence in Arab nations, that they would use their influence to promote peace, freedom and the well-being of their communities.
  2. Pray for Muslims who are motivated by their ideology to do good works, that they will be able to make a positive difference in their communities.
  3. One of the Muslim Brotherhood’s most popular slogans is “Islam is the solution.” Pray that its members would explore another way, in Jesus. (John 14:6)

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