“The Muslim Brotherhood claims that Egyptians voted for them in support of their Islamic State project, but in reality, it lacked any solutions to Egyptian citizens’ economic or social problems,” said political sociology professor Dr. Ammar Ali Hassan to Youm7.
Dr. Hassan, who formerly defended the Muslim Brotherhood’s right to rule as elected government, opposed them after former President Mohamed Morsi issued a controversial constitutional declaration in November 2012. The declaration gave him a wide range of powers, resulting in anger and fears of a new fascist dictatorship.
Dr. Hassan said there were three reasons for the initial electoral success of the Brotherhood: “The first was the conception that they had an integrated project for development. The second was the Mubarak regime’s failures and the belief of some citizens that the Brotherhood was a well-organized religious faction that would rescue them from corruption. The third reason was the Brotherhood’s alliance with the military council for a year and a half. This has caused many Egyptians to perceive them as a reliable power backing the Egyptian.”
“Egyptians quickly found out that the MB circumvented them,” he said, blaming the MB’s “administrative corruption” for angering many segments of society, as well as state authorities. The anger of the people “which led to ousting them… has nothing to do with Islam,” added Hassan.
He explained that the Brotherhood lost its moderate thinkers, including Kamal El Helbawi and Tharwat Kherbawy, and said that the group now referenced the writings of Sayyid Qutb’s “intolerant” books of the 60s.
This, he said, prompted a state of alienation between the Brotherhood; the people who revolted against their rule in turn caused MB youth and supporters to perceive the revolution as a coup against Islam.
“At the moment, some Muslim Brotherhood members, including youth, who were not involved in bloodshed or violence, are living in a state of isolation from society,” he said, and cautioned that civil society and political parties must intervene quickly engage with them, and convince them to join in the execution of the road map.
This , he said, would be essential to “eliminate those poisons and diseases that are ingrained in Egyptian society,” Hassan concluded.