“It is for the good of the Islamists to be a partner” in government, Adailah said. “Being alone would give us responsibilities beyond our capabilities.”
Still, the group faces suspicion.
“It is not true that what they are doing is defending the demands of the people,” said Labib Kamhawi, a political analyst and staunch critic of the monarchy. “They are using this slogan for their own political aims.”
That was not the view among celebrants at a Brotherhood-sponsored wedding celebration for 25 poor couples on a recent Friday in Amman, an example of the charity that has earned the group a following. Couples qualified by responding to a newspaper ad, and the Brotherhood paid for their dresses and suits, professional photographs and furniture for their first home. No religious or political credentials were required.
The men danced to Islamic music in a parking lot, the women in a tent. Political talk was oblique; one Brotherhood figure chided Jordanian leaders who flaunt wealth and urged grooms to become the opposite.
“I couldn’t have gotten married if not for the Muslim Brotherhood,” said Mamoun Dadas, 30. “If they boycott the election, I’ll boycott with them.”
But many in the crowd swore loyalty to Abdullah. “I’ve always voted for the Brotherhood,” said laborer Amad Moussa, 54, whose cousin was getting married. “But my priority is the king.”
Some strains within the Brotherhood favor a more aggressive approach. Jamal Abdulsalam Mansour, a leader of the student wing at Jordan University, said he firmly believes that Islam can right a wayward society and that the Brotherhood’s efforts to do that in Jordan were being weakened as leaders “turn a blind eye” to negative rumors about Islamists.
Mansour, 21, said he cried with joy when he learned that Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, a former political prisoner, had won the presidency in Egypt. But Jordan is not yet fertile ground for such rapid change, he said.
“The Jordanian people are not one. We cannot hold hands to push the regime,” he said.
“All I think about is working on the same method as Morsi,” Mansour said, referring to the Egyptian Brotherhood’s eight-decade wait for political power. “The rise of political Islam is inevitable.”