UAE’s Fatwa Council denounces Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organisation

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Fatwa Council, a government body responsible for licensing Islamic authorities to issue rulings,on Monday denounced Egtyp’s Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, Abu Dhabi-based newspaper, the National reported.

The council has urged Muslims to steer clear of the group, in a statement that arrived during an online meeting of the council led by Mauritanian Islamic scholar Abdullah bin Bayyah, it said.

The UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have denounced the transnational Islamist organisation founded by Hassan al-Banna in 1928.

The group has played a role in the souring of relations between Turkey and the UAE.

Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) began supporting the pan-Islamist political group during the Arab Spring, a series of anti-government protests that spread across the Arab world that began 2010.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sought to provide a safe haven for persecuted members of the movement, following the July 2013 ousting of Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi as president of Egypt and the subsequent designation of the group as a terrorist organisation in the North African country.

Turkey is home to some 20,000 Muslim Brotherhood members, according to August report by U.S. think tank Century Foundation.