The Jasmine Revolution from the perspective of the Islamist Moroccans
1. Justice and Charity Organization:
Any political reformist movement is supposed to carry out the effective reformist process it calls for, for real reformation is a comprehensive social movement that expresses people’s will, and conveys their demands for a better future. Thus, reformation is not achieved through slogans and provocative speeches, but through the practical application of effective reformation, and constructive political thinking, in order to relieve citizens from their daily suffering, achieve their objectives, and ensure their rights.
However, the JCO refused to engage in the reformation process, and thus chose to fuel protests, and encourage hatred against the monarchy, through convincing the public that reform or change can never be accomplished without overthrowing the current system, and establishing a system in which the Movement takes over authority. Hence, the Movement’s positions and strategic objectives never changed over the last three decades, for their objectives revolve around overthrowing the regime either through democratic elections that bestow upon the winning party the power to change the system, or through a popular revolution, as happened in Iran in 1979, and Tunisia and Egypt, without resorting to the use of arms.
Moreover, according to the stated strategy, the group plans to overthrow the system through taking advantage of the political demands of different parties, as well as the protests led by civilian agencies. Accordingly, the group encouraged the parties that called for reform and change, to engage in “The Islamic Charter,” which the group launched under the purport of changing the system. Even more, the group plans to undertake major efforts to take advantage of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolution in order to internally strengthen the organization of the group, and to promote the following political objectives:
1. To convince the public that all the leaders of Islamic countries, rule people against their will. thus, the group tried to imply to the public that the leaders are tyrants, who must be eradicated and said, “All Moroccan organizations and individuals need to create an atmosphere of mutual respect, to identify the objectives that would help save our country from deterioration, for overlooking the tyranny that became exposed in all countries, would only lead to more devastation. Also, the public will be no longer misled by the fabricated speeches that try to convince them that Morocco is an exception.
2. To convince the Public that revolution waged by the group against the monarchy in Morocco derives its legitimacy from the religious teachings, which makes the opponents of the regime part of the Mujahideen or the martyrs that were killed for the sake of their cause, for it was narrated from Tariq bin Shihab that a man asked the Prophet, when he had put his leg in the stirrup: “Which kind of Jihad is best?'” He said: “A word of truth spoken before an unjust ruler.”
3. The group renews its call to the king to repent “Omar’s repentance”, which Sheikh Yassin called the late King Hassan II to, in 1974 in his letter “Islam or the Flood”,and renewed the call to King Mohammed VI, in the letter “A Note to Whom It May Concern,”, in 1999, which states, ” The caliphate Omar bin Abdul Aziz began his rule with returning the nation’s money to the nation, and ordered the royals to returns their property to the House of Funds, thus this is what I suggested to the late King, and suggest again to his son today.”
Also, what the Sheikh suggested to the king is as follows:
A. To pledge alliance to citizens, so that citizens can pledge alliance to him.
B. To prevent all political parties.
C. To allow the council of Army officials to guide and supervise the king.
D. To return all his wealth to the state treasury
4. The Movement is keen on motivating its followers through indicating that the revolution is the flood that washes away the unjust systems. Accordingly, the Movement tried to take advantage of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, to provoke its followers to overthrow the system and carryout the decisive stage of the three stages set by the Sheikh, and they are:
A. The educational stage, which implements and spreads the Movement’s ideologies and objectives among its followers.
B. The organizational stage, which works on the preparation of organized manpower that would have the ability to ignite a successful revolution.
5. The Movement uses the two revolutions to incite a similar revolution in Morocco by offering promises, just like what Nadia Yassine stated in an interview published “El Pais” Spanish newspaper, that any Moroccan revolution would be supported by the Movement. Also, the group calls for the cancelation of the current constitution and the establishment of an Assembly that would formulate a democratic constitution that opposes all forms of tyranny and national wealth monopolizing. However, the group’s call doesn’t aim to ensure the peaceful transfer of power to the political parties participating in the elections, nor to ensure citizens’ freedom and dignity, but instead aims to root out monarchy in Morocco through igniting a revolution that would overthrow the royal family and replace the current regime with a theocratic religiously system that would help the Movement dominate the state and establish a society, in which the absolute power of the leader lies in the hands of a jurist, just like Iran.
Even more, the Movement claimed that the Moroccan people demanded a peaceful transition of the tyrant and unjust system; although the Moroccan people are fully aware that monarchy is the only political system that provides the Moroccan people with security, stability and unity. Also, the group suggested two options, to reduce the gap between the ruler and the ruled, and that is to undertake fundamental democratic change that would achieve the needs and demands of the people, or ignite a revolution that would peacefully eradicate despotism.
6. The group renewed its call for parties to engage in “The Islamic Charter”, for the formation of the power that would bring about the change, for change has the ability to overthrow the system in a democratic and peaceful way. Thus, we call all parties to engage in the national dialogue, to working on setting the founding principles of the national political action, in order to eliminate all forms of tyranny and to ensure the peaceful transfer of power.
Undoubtedly, the group refuses monarchy no matter how democratic and transparent it may be, because it only seeks to monopolize power, which is quite evident in its leader’s statement, “It is about time for our corrupt authority to withdraw.” [p. 320 Islam and modernity]. Also, the leader suggests the three following options for his Movement:
1. To become a party and stand for elections and this requires flexibility and patience.
2. The second dominant political stage, is the stage of excellence, power, and rejection
3. The third stage is the use of force in executing our objectives, just like Imam Khomeini did, when he carried out the revolution after fully preparing his Soldiers. [P. 412, 418, The Prophet’s approach]
Moreover, the Justice and Charity Movement claims that it is the only movement qualified to lead the process of change, as its leader said, “The change which we seek, cannot be carried out by current policies that only seek power, or short-term reformation that is based on the same thought of the current corrupt system, for we seek profound change which can only be achieved through our movement. Undoubtedly, political parties are only motivated to undertake active action through winning elections, unlike our Movement which has unwavering visions and objectives. [p. 324 325 Islam and modernity].
To conclude, the group is keen on taking advantage of any opportunity and any occasion to incite the public against the regime, and convince them about the need to change this system through engaging in a revolution raged by the group, in order to create conditions for the organized Movement to take over the rule.