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April 21, 2006

"Islamic democracy" in Egypt?

Topics: Islam And The War On Terror

In the Egyptian elections, the Muslim Brotherhood gained 88 seats.  The Copts and women, liberals, civil society supporters, leftists, and other advocates of democracy are all worried.  The Coptic people are the descendants of the ancient Egyptians, many of whom accepted Christianity and have been persecuted for that choice.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in Egypt in 1928, and is religious, social, and political in nature, calling for the return to 'original lslam" (surrender and obey).  An Islamic government would be disasterous for the lovers of individual freedoms in Egypt (and everywhere).  The Muslim Brotherhood is promising a "civil state with an Islamic framework" or an "Islamic democracy."

However, reading the Muslim Brotherhood's own words, I see the beginnings of a Sharia government/law:

• Mustafa Mashour, the former supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, was quoted as saying that "Whoever stands against the Muslim Brotherhood is also standing against God and His Prophet." The implication here is that Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood are on an equal standing or are one and the same.

• Essam Al Erian: "The Muslim Brotherhood believes that a comprehensive reform will not have the power to inspire real public participation unless it is resting on an Islamic foundation... We seek to build an Islamic civilization under an umbrella of faith in God and in the after-life, a civilization that would re-establish man's psychological balance and restore his lost soul." (Al-Hayat, 30 Nov 2005).

• The current supreme guide, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, responded to the civil society advocates' request for a constitutional amendment which would provide for a civil framework for the state by saying: "This is a futile and foolish request, and we will say no more about it,

• Mustafa Mashour's declaration: "For now we accept the principle of party plurality, but when we will have an Islamic rule we will either accept or reject this principle" (in Refaat Al-Said's Against Islamization).

• Mohammed Mahdi Akef's statement: "The public opinion is ruled by Shari'a. We should not forget that the Egyptian Constitution states that 'the Islamic law is the principal source of legislation'" (Akher Saa, 20 Jul 2005).

• According to Mohammed Habib, even the separation of powers should be guided and inspired by the rules of Islamic Shari'a (Asharq Al-Awsat, 27 Nov 2005).

• The Muslim Brotherhood's main slogan is "Islam is the Solution," a mysterious slogan that excludes "infidels" such as the Christians and the Jews. The Brotherhood's flag pictures two swords and the Qur'an and a Qur'anic verse which states: "Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies of Allah and your enemies." (Spoils of War Surah - El-Ghanaem: 60)

• Their proclaimed purpose is to "restore the Islamic Caliphate (Islamic political system and rule).Their former supreme guide, Mustafa Mashour, has frankly stated: "We will not give up our mission to restore the lost Islamic Caliphate." (Asharq Al-Awsat, 9 Aug 2002)  source

How would these statements and beliefs affect the country and the people?

- Regarding the media: "The media will be cleansed of anything that disagrees with the decrees of Islam."

- Regarding the economy: "We believe in an economic system that is derived from Islam... usury should be outlawed as a source of funding."

- Regarding politics: "The state should have a democratic system that is compatible with Islam, and within Islamic boundaries."

- Regarding the social system: "The zakah (alms) institutions should be in charge of the distribution of income."

- Regarding education: "To increase the number of kuttab (a rudimentary religious school) and nurseries, and the focus of education should be on learning the Qur'an by heart."

- Regarding women: "Women should only hold the kind of posts that would preserve their virtue."

- Regarding culture: "Our culture has to be derived from Islamic sources." This would also impact television: "Improper drama and offensive TV shows should be banned."  source

A 1980 Fatwa was issued against the Copts, against the building of new churches, and that Fatwa is still recognized by the Muslim Brotherhood today.  They refer to the Copts/Christians as dhimmi (servants, second class citizens, only good for paying the jizya).  This is Egypt, but one day it could be any other country, it could be Europe and even eventually America. 

Just this week Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi said, "Muslims don't need "the sword or the bomb to spread Islam," and expected Europe to become Muslim with a few dozen years"

Be on guard Americans.  Each day Islam is creeping into our society more and more, and our own government is being tolerant to it.

Cross posted at Right Truth

Posted by Debbie at April 21, 2006 3:38 PM

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