Saudi Council of Senior Scholars said on Tuesday the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group that does not represent the approach of Islam, reported Saudi Press Agency.
“The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group having personal goals that contradict with Islam principles and spread violence and strife,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the Council saying.
“The group showed no interest in the Islamic beliefs, but rather it is striving to reach power, no one should belong to it or sympathize with it.” It added.
In a statement they said that the Muslim Brotherhood is a is a deviant group that undermines coexistence in a single nation and stirs up sedition, violence and terrorism.
The statement said that the group pursues their partisan goals to reach power and they cover up behind religion.
Riyadh fears the Brotherhood, whose Sunni Islamist doctrines challenge the Saudi principle of dynastic rule, has tried to build support inside the kingdom since the Arab Spring revolutions.
It added that the Muslim Brotherhood’s history is full of evils and strife and extremist terrorist groups have emerged from the “womb.”
The Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928, says it is a non-violent movement and denies any relationship to violent insurgencies waged by al Qaeda and Islamic State militants.