Books

Muslim Brotherhood

Book: Ikhwanul Muslimoon (Urdu)
 
Author: Ubaidullah Fahad Falahi
 
Publisher: Al-Qalam Publications, Truck Yard, Baramulla, Kashmir-193101 - distributed by Urdu Book Review, 1739/3 (Basement), New Kohinoor Hotel, Pataudi House, Darya Ganj, New Delhi 110002
 
Pages: 312. Price: Rs 210. Year: 2011

The twentieth century was marked by the emergence of many Muslim revival movements. One of these was the Muslim Brotherhood founded in 1928 by a young teacher and reformer, Hasan Al-Banna. Though widely maligned since its inception, in the East and West alike, this movement has been a nursery of heroes, which produced a galaxy of capable, pious, bold and daring intellectuals and personalities of a high moral and spiritual standard, like Sayyid Qutb, Hasan Al-Hudaibi, Said Ramadan, Muhammad Al-Ghazali, Bahi Al-Khouli, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.

Ubaidullah Fahad, a regular writer on modern Islamic revival movements, has authored this book Ikhwanul Muslimun to introduce it in a comprehensive way. The book, comprising of 7 chapters, studies in the first chapter the lives, characteristics and achievements of all Murshids (heads) of the Ikhwan, right from Hasan Al-Banna, the founder, to its eighth and current Murshid Dr. Muhammad Al-Badie.

The second chapter deals with combination of spirituality and politics, the third deals with Ikhwan’s complete abstinence from violence. The fourth chapter deals with the biographies of some of Ikhwan’s leaders. The fifth mentions some writers and intellectuals of the  movement. The sixth chapter is about the everlasting impression of its training system. The seventh and the last chapter is about demonstration of brotherliness and sincerity  among its rank and file.

The Ikhwan had been a victim of constant and unparalleled state terrorism. It was banned in Egypt right from the time of King Farooq’s government to Hosni Mubarak’s regime and has faced killings, unlawfull detention and torture. Its only crime is that it stands for the establishment of a true Islamic rule and also to serve selflessly, the people of the country, which resulted in its tremendous popularity. This book is a short story of Ikhwan’s unflinching faith, patience and complete trust in Allah, narrated with enthusiasm and emotion.

MG Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2011 on page no. 7

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