The journey started in 1928 when he founded the Muslim Brotherhood on the desert land of Cairo. He knew well beforehand that revolutions are usually not consummated by its founders: Human beings sometimes sweat in order that somebody else other than themselves may reap the fruit of their labour.
The Prophet (May Allah’s mercy and benedictions be on his soul) dreamt of and worked for a time in future when Makkah would flow with milk and honey for all Muslims. He knew he was not going to be around today. In 1928 when Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt was under the jackboot of neo-liberal, neo-colonial and neo -Islamist order. Face to face with such spiritual-social, econo-political malaise in which Egyptians were steeped, Hassan al-Bana began to campaign for an alternative.
Thus al-Banna began his vocation, which was destined to be the reason for his liquidation. He began to give sermons and write treatises. The giving of sermons in the mosques on the necessity for good governance in Egypt was combined with the establishment of charitable outfits. Street campaigns were merged with talks in the coffee shops. The Muslim Brotherhood took the path the Prophet bequeathed to the Muslims; of peaceful and non-violent da’wah; of da’wah laced with wisdom and good admonition.
But the authorities in Cairo, enmeshed as it was in profanity, engrossed as it was in materialism, could not imagine the possibility of the emergence of an alternative to the established profaned order. Thus it began a campaign of systematic elimination of members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Face to face with the possibility of complete extermination, the Brotherhood invariably and equally resorted to armed resistance. The group was consequently accused of assassinating the Egyptian Prime Minister Muhammad Al-Nuqrashi.
In retaliation, Al-Banna was equally assassinated reportedly by a member of the Egyptian security forces by killing Al-Banna, the Egyptian authorities had hoped that the Muslim Brotherhood would experience dissolution. Yes. When an idea is hinged on the illusion of an individual, when people pretend as if they are working for the public weal not their personal ego, when we mask our iniquitous intention with a façade of spirituality, it is natural that such ideas and projects should die immediately we kiss the world goodbye. But that was not the case with reference to Al-Banna. His vision was ingrained on the pure intention to seek Divine favour; he was martyred not on the altar of perfidious search for the ephemeral glories of this world but in defense of eternal lofty ideals such as welfarism, piety, accountability and honesty.