Friday, October 21, 2005

Egyptian Scholars Warn Against Removing Shari`ah

Egyptian Scholars Warn Against Removing Shari`ah

Following growing calls by "certain quarters" for removing the Constitutional Article about Shari`ah as a source of legislation in Egypt, some 110 Egyptian scholars and men of thought warned such a move could violate societal harmony, considering Shari`ah a red line never to be crossed. “Such calls put at stake social peace in Egypt,” warned a statement signed by the intellectuals and circulated Wednesday, October 19, a copy of which was obtained by “At a stage of significant developments both on the local and international arenas, and amid calls for real reform in Egypt, a foray of groundless criticism of Islam and Islamic Shari`ah is taking place, under foreign interference, in a bid to cancel article 2 of the Constitution,” the statement reads. The Egyptian Constitution’s second article reads: “Islam is the official religion of Egypt and Islamic Shari`ah is a main source of legislation.” Calls by some parties to scrap the constitutional article on Islamic Shari`ah have come to the surface recently, coinciding with calls for change and reform in the Arab country. The calls have mainly been championed by secular, leftist and Coptic thinkers. In a separately related matter, some Egyptians, hopeful of forming new political parties, declared they would apply to the political parties committee at the Shura Council. These included a Coptic and Pharaonic parties. The representative of the Mother Egypt Party, Mohsen Lotfi Al-Sayed, a nephew of renowned late writer and thinker Ahmed Lotfi Al-Sayed, said his party champions Pharaonic Egypt, rather than Arab or Islamic affiliations. The party calls for reviving Egypt’s Pharaonic heritage and character rather than any reference in the constitution to Arab or religious backgrounds.

"The Egyptian Constitution Should be Amended to Remove Islam as the Official Religion"

The Egyptian author Dr. Nawal Al-Sa'dawi called for amending the Egyptian constitution and eliminating the article that declares Islam to be the official state religion, 'because we have among us Copts, and because religion is a matter between man and God and no one has the right to impose his faith, his God and his rituals on others. Therefore, I am one of the die-hard opponents of a religious state, because our God should not be involved in politics in any fashion.


At October 21, 2005 1:38 PM, Blogger John Sobieski said...

I didn't know Egypt has clauses remarkably similar to the Iraq constitution. I'm glad someone is acting to remove them, but isn't this an omen for the Iraq constitution's turmoil in the future. You can bet the Islamists are pissed.

At October 21, 2005 6:19 PM, Blogger tefta said...

Egyptian Muslims, like all Muslims everywhere, can obey the law of sharia without having it codified in their constitutions and forcing their non-Muslim citizens to disobey the law of the land when following the dictates of their own faith.

There's no alternative universe where Muslims will force their will on the rest of the world, so they'll just have to figure out how much pain they want to endure and inflict on others before they adjust to 21st century life on planet earth where all religions and points of view are permitted to co-exist in peace.

At October 21, 2005 10:59 PM, Blogger PD111 said...

Speaking of books - Pres Bush is now proud to have the Koran in the White House library.

After September 11, Mr. Bush declared "Islam is peace." Now, he insists that "extremists" "distort the idea of jihad" into a rationale for terrorism. Maybe Mr. Bush will read his new Koran and discover that the idea of jihad is itself extreme. Better still, maybe Mr. Bush will go so far as to add another book to the White House collection: "The Legacy of Jihad" by Andrew G. Bostom. This extraordinary compendium of primary and secondary source material, much of it translated into English for the first time, elucidates the theory and practice of jihad over 1,400 years. With its chronological span across the centuries, "The Legacy of Jihad" goes a long way toward bridging the void in Western understanding of the institutional role of jihad within Islam.

Twisting history

By Diana West

It is hard to avoid the thought that Bush has been completelt taken in by Taqqiya masters he has appointed as advisors, and the Saudi royal family.


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