Interesting Fact: The founder of Ikhwaan-ul-Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood) was a Sufi

As for the Da’wah of Ikhwaan-ul-Muslimeen, we must ask:

Did its founder or any of his followers, up to this day, write even one book on Tawheed in which they clarified the Correct Creed?

Did Hasan Al-Bannaa call to the sincere worship of Allaah and the elimination of Shirk in all of its various forms?

Did he put an end to the shrines at the gravesites?

Did he level (i.e. flatten) the tombs and prevent the graves of the righteous people from being used as means of getting near to Allaah – as people claim?

Did he establish the Sunnah?

All of these questions have no answer. But the answer lies with the one who knows the Creed of the Salaf and compares it to the call of the Ikhwaan-ul-Muslimeen, which is embodied in its founder, Hasan al-Bannaa. This answer can also be found with the one who reads his books. And this answer is that he had no clear and firm call when it came to fighting against Shirk and innovations.

Hasan Al-Bannaa said: “I accompanied the brothers of the Husaafee (Sufi) Order in Damanhour (Egypt) and devoted myself to the hadrah (gathering seeking presence of the Prophet) in Masjid At-Tawbah every night.” [Mudhakkiraat ad-Da’wah wad-Daa’iyah (pg. 24) of the Daar at-Tawzeeh Edition]

He also said in the same book (pg. 24): “Sayyid ‘Abdul-Wahhaab, the one who grants Ijaazah for the Husaafee (Sufi) Order, attended, and I learned the Husaafee Shadhlee (beliefs) from him. He granted me permission of its roles and duties.” He also said (pg. 28): “The days of Damanhour…were days of complete captivation within the Sufi mentality…So it was a period of time in which we were immersed in acts of worship and tasawwuf (i.e. Sufi Mysticism).” He also said (pg. 30): “During the many Fridays that we spent in Damanhour, we would choose to go on a journey to visit (the graves of) one of the deceased righteous (awliyaa) from Damanhour. Sometimes we would go visit ad-Dasooqee, walking by foot right after the Morning Prayer until we would reach the site by about eight in the morning. So we would cover this distance, which was almost twenty kilometers, in three hours. And we would visit (the grave), pray Jumu’ah (Friday Prayer) there and then rest…And we would retrace our steps back to Damanhour.”

He also said (pg. 30): “And sometimes we would visit ‘Azbat-un-Nawaam, the place in whose cemetery is buried Shaikh Sayyid Sinjar, from the elite members of the Husaafee Order who were known for their piety and righteousness. We would spend an entire day there, and then head back (home).”

And he said (pg. 52): “I remember that it was from our customs that we would go out during the celebratory processions of the Prophet’s birthday after the hadrah every night from the first to the twelfth day of Rabee’-ul-Awwal and while we would be walking in the procession, we would chant the customary hymns with complete happiness and total joy!!!” One of the hymns he would chant was:

“This beloved one (i.e. Muhammad) along with his loved ones has attended
And pardoned everyone of what they did and will do (of sins).”

Taken from the book “Beneficial Answers to Questions on Innovated Methodologies&quot”, Questions answered by Shaikh Saalih bin Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan, Compiled and Commented on by: Jamaal bin Furayhaan Al-Haarithee, pp.104-105.

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