The Muslim Brotherhood (Al-Ikhwān Al-Muslimūn), founded in Egypt in 1928 CE by Hasan Al-Banna established for themselves a principle that was intended to unite the Muslims overlooking differences for the sake of reaching a “greater goal”, which was political power for the Ikhwān (Brotherhood) in Egypt and then the rest of the Middle-East, North Africa and elsewhere. By enacting this principle, the Muslim masses would be united under one banner and then mobilized to act against the established regimes/ rulers. Hasan Al-Banna said- “We cooperate with one another in that which we agree upon — and we excuse (and overlook) one another in that which we differ.”
The above principle has been adopted by a large body of proselytizers among the Muslims including Popular Front of India (PFI) who call to unity through ignoring differences while focusing on the “end goal” as they see it. This is exactly the intent behind the principle of Hasan Al-Banna, reinforced by Yusuf Al-Qardawi and propagated by Popular Front of India, which has become the mantra of the various extremist organisations over the last 85 years. This is a tactic of assimilation employed by the thinkers and ideologues of PFI to infiltrate the Sufi ranks (representing the peace loving Muslims) in order to cause dissension among its followers and to pluck out as many youths as possible. And to a degree, the tactic has proven successful, especially among those raised on a constant diet of YouTube, Facebook and other forms of social media.
The scholar of Hadīth and Sunnah, Al-’Allāmah Muqbil Ibn Hādi Al-Wādi’ī once said- do not cooperate with the Ikhwān Al-Muflisūn (i.e. the Brotherhood of Hasan Al-Banna) because they only work for the benefit of their parties and organizations. The same is applicable to the proponents of Popular front of India. They work for the benefit of their own organisation and not for the Ummah. Their end goal is to achieve political power by creating unrest amongst the masses. Muslims must not get confused by the Urdu-Arabic names of the PFI leadership. Just as Muslim Brotherhood destroyed Egypt and is still causing unrest in majority of the Middle-Eastern countries, PFI is hell bent on destroying the Unity and integrity of India by propagating their own selfish definition of unity.
Both Al-Ikhwān Al-Muslimūn and Popular Front of India devised a clever strategy to gain the support of Christians to grab power. To lure the Christians, they used the word ‘faith’. when they use the word ‘faith’, the Christian, and others will come and participate and not feel embarrassed or annoyed. So, stating, ‘faith in Allah, faith in the Last Day’, would convince the Christian to accept the PFI ideology without getting angry. However, based upon Islamic teachings, if PFI leadership were to say to the Christians that ‘Jesus is the servant of God and His Messenger and not the son of God’ than they would get upset and angry with PFI and subsequently break the unity. Likewise, PFI deals with the Sufis in a different way. They often use the word ‘Ēmān, ēmān’, and avoid saying things like ‘Don’t sacrifice to Al-Badawi or Ar-Rifā’ī (deceased Sufi sheikhs). And don’t call upon them. And don’t make vows to them’ then the Sufis would never fall into the trap of PFI. To avoid these misadventure, PFI follows the principle of Hasan al Banna and assimilates all to strengthen their position. However, in reality, all they want is to gain power by befooling the masses.
When a person ponders over this principle of excusing and overlooking unrestrictedly, he will find that it only increases splitting and differing in the Ummah because newly-innovated groups with foreign and alien ideologies are given room to flourish and call to misguidance without censure — this results in more sects, more groups, more division, and even more deviation. Abu Hurairah (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “There will appear in the last part of my Ummah people who will narrate to you narrations that you have never heard and neither your ancestors, so be warned from them and beware of them.”
This principle of Al-Ikhwān Al-Muslimūn and their offshoots like Popular Front of India is one clear example of what this Prophetic narration foretold. Those who speak with it have no proof to support them, yet they make it binding upon the Muslims to overlook innovations, oppositions, deviations, and sectarianism because they claim this principle of theirs calls to a greater good. However, one must keep in mind that, if there was any good in this principle and its application unrestrictedly, then the Sahābah and those who followed them would have preceded the present day Muslims in mentioning it and applying it.