Egypt: Ex-Brotherhood members to launch new organization
13/01/2013 By Mahmud El Shafey
London, Asharq Al-Awsat - A number of former Muslim Brotherhood leaders in
Egypt, who have defected from the group, have announced the beginning of
procedures to establish a new Dawa organization to compensate for the
Brotherhood’s neglect of Islamic advocacy due to their involvement in
In a statement to Asharq Al-Awsat yesterday, Sheikh Dr. Kamal Helbawy, a
former spokesman for the “Muslim Brotherhood in the West” and Secretary
General of the Islamic Unity Forum, said that a number of dissident leaders
have held intensive meetings to agree on the establishment of the group, and
have settled on the name “Rehabilitation, Construction and Development”. He
pointed out that among the leaders of the new organization is Dr. Mohammed
Habib, a former Deputy General Guide, along with the dissident Brotherhood
leader Mukhtar Noah and the UN war crimes expert Mahmoud Bassiouni. Dr.
Helbawy denied that Dr. Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh had been listed as a
member of the new organization in order to give it weight on the Egyptian
street in the face of what he called “political conflicts with the
Brotherhood”, because he is too busy heading the “Strong Egypt Party”. Dr.
Helbawy confirmed that the new organization will be financed through
membership subscriptions and contributions from those enthusiastic about the
idea, and that it would be public and accessible to all.
Dr. Helbawy confirmed that the trend of Islamist groups and movements
heading in the direction of politics, and his and other Brotherhood leaders’
concern for Dawa work, were the reasons behind the establishment of this
organization, seeking to restore the Dawa role to prominence.
Dr. Helbawy said that the Muslim Brotherhood has been preoccupied with
politics and forgotten its commitment to Dawa, pointing out that the new
organization “will be tasked with Dawa, Islam and education, and will not
interfere in politics”. He called on President Mohammed Mursi to be the
president of all Egyptians, not just one group. He clarified that the new
organization “will not be parallel to the Brotherhood and will be concerned
only with Dawa affairs and religious issues that have been neglected at the
expense of politics". He added that the organization will not be limited to
a single approach; rather it will adopt its methods based on a variety of
Islamic sources, whilst maintaining that each member of the new organization
has the right to join any party. Dr. Helbawy concluded by saying that the
“Rehabilitation, Construction and Development” publicity drive will end
soon, so that real work can begin.