A week after British Prime Minister David Cameron announced an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood’s terror ties, leaders of the Islamist group warned that banning the organization would have dire repercussions for the UK
The leader of the Brotherhood in the United Kingdom, Ibrahim Mounir, said a ban on the Islamist organization would alienate moderate Muslims, open the door for radicalization and incite Muslims against the United Kingdom, The Sunday Times reported.
A ban would “make a lot of people in Muslim communities think that Muslim Brotherhood values . . . didn’t work and now they are designated a terrorist group, which would make the doors open for all options” – including violence, Mounir warned in his first statement since Cameron announced the probe.
The group has already been declared a terrorist organization in Egypt, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Mounir, 77, stressed the Brotherhood held a “peaceful” ideology, and that banning it would create “problems” for similar peaceful Muslim organizations around the world.
“If the UK makes this option, you can’t predict [what would happen] with Muslims around the globe, especially the big Muslim organizations close to the Muslim Brotherhood and sharing its ideology,” he said.