Today President Erdogan Presents The “Rabba Salute” – Affirming Ideological Alignment With Muslim Brotherhood…
Political Islam is fraught with coded messaging used to convey intention to Islamic audiences while simultaneously presenting a false face to the West. When you know what signals to look for you are able to fully understand the ideology behind the message.
When Mohammed Morsi rose to power in Egypt his rise was on the back of the Muslim Brotherhood. The “Islamist Spring” brought forth a more radical version of Islamic sentiment – The Muslim Brotherhood, or just “Brotherhood”, is the political branch of various hardline Islamic ideologies.
The foundational ideological block under ISIS, al-Qaeda and Al Nusra, is the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has its own signature; and when you know what to look for you can identify its appearance.
Islamist activists, and demonstrators hold four fingers in the air to display a hand sign referring to the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, the site of a violent confrontation between Morsi’s followers and the Egyptian army.
Reported deaths from the clash range from hundreds to thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters. In Arabic, “Rabba” means “four” or “the fourth;” hence the Rabaa symbol.
Showing the Rabaa hand signal indicates an ideological following with “the Brotherhood”, in the extremist vein of Mohamed Morsi. Unless you follow the intricacies of the extremist views held by pro-Morsi demonstrators, the four fingers mean nothing to you. The word “Rabaa” itself is foreign to Westerners, and the hand sign has no pre-existing connotations.
The use of the Rabaa means the Brotherhood cares about building political support in their own region – and has written off Western political opinion as less important.