'Brotherhood sowing subversion in Gulf states' [Excerpts]
Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states are often wary of subversion from their powerful Shi'ite neighbor Iran, but Dubai's veteran police chief reserves most of his wrath for the "dictators" of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Dhahi Khalfan's suspicions focus mostly on the Egyptian branch of the Sunni Islamist organization, propelled to power in the most populous Arab country in elections since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in 2011.
He reiterated charges that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood was linked to an alleged plot to topple the UAE government, saying the group's ultimate goal was Islamist rule in all Gulf states.
Khalfan complained that the West "sympathies, adopts and supports" the Brotherhood, saying he did not understand why.
His stance testifies to new tensions in the Arab world arising from two years of popular ferment that has unseated autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, although it has so far spared US-allied dynasties in the Gulf and elsewhere.
"These are dictators," he said of the Brotherhood, which is banned in the UAE, a wealthy, politically stable federation of seven emirates including free-wheeling global trade hub Dubai.
"They want to change regimes that have been ruling for a long time, but they also want to rule forever...We have evidence this group was planning to overthrow rulers in the Gulf region."
Foreign reporters and international human rights groups have not been allowed to attend the trial [of the alleged Muslim Broitherhood members] that began on March 4.
UAE newspapers have said the defendants belong to al-Islah, a local Islamist group. Al-Islah says it wants peaceful reforms and has no direct links to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, although it acknowledges that its ideology is similar.
The Brotherhood in Egypt, one of whose members, Mohamed Morsi, was elected head of state in June, rejected Khalfan's accusations that the group was involved in subversion abroad.
"We do not act outside the law in any country. We guard the preservation of the law," Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref said. "He (Khalfan) has no evidence of this, of any conspiracy."
[TBC: “The Laws of Da’wa” (a five volume work), written by Mustafa Mashhur (leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt from 1996 until 2002), published “Jihad is the Way,” the last volume. Excerpts from the book list the Brotherhood’s objectives,among which are the “global conquest of Islam,” “reestablishing the Islamic Caliphate, “public and private duties of jihad,” and the “struggles Muslims must wage against Israel.”
The book, known as “The Islamic ummah,” says, referring to the worldwide " community of Muslims," [they] “can regain its power and be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men, as the leaders of humanity.”
Muslims are encouraged to, “Know your status, and believe firmly that you are the masters of the world, even if your enemies desire your degradation.”]