Walking the tightrope

From Misry al Youm, 18/4 (Arabic here)

Subhi Saleh: What’s the problem when we say Islamic rule? Those with an allergy to the Quran should say so.

Subhi Saleh, the leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and member of the Constitutional Amendment Committee, said, “What’s the problem when we say Islamic rule?.. Egypt is an Islamic country according to the constitution going back to 1923, i.e. five years before the founding of the Brotherhood. What’s the problem if it’s said that Islamic sharia includes criminal provisions among which are the four hudoud  stipulated in the Quran… Those who are allergic to the Quran should say so without tarring the Brotherhood.”

He added in a conversation with al-Masry al-Youm: “The Brotherhood are asking for a civil state whose philosophical underpinings are Islamic sharia. The hudoud are the criminal law aspect of sharia, and anyone fearful that his hand will be cut off should stop stealing.

[…] “I don’t believe that any Muslim would object to the application of the Quran. The hudoud are God’s law in the text of the Quran. Any Muslim who doesn’t like what God says, that’s his problem […]

Sadly, the tightrope being walked by the religious trends isn’t the one that really concerns me. The praises of the Almighty seem to be on everyone’s lips on the TV screen but the voices that question the role of a 7th century Arabian constitution are (understandably) muted. Do free speech and democracy extend to the religious domain?

A backdated article by Fahmi Huweidi forthcoming إن شاء الله

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One Response to Walking the tightrope

  1. Assalamo 3alaykom w ra7matollahi wa barakatuh

    The “problem” with Islamic rule, is that it involves Islam – submission to God. As such, implementing it in a political setting – namely the Egyptian constitution/government, causes problems when you have a divided populace. Over a tenth of the population is Christian, and will disagree (to put it mildly) with the Qur’anic interpretation of ‘submitting to God’, while a huge portion of the 87% Muslim population are nominal Muslims, more interested in imitating postmodern, western, atheistic societies, then in truly submitting to God. Anyone will tell you that submission to God, practicing Islam as dictated by the Qur’an and the sunnah, on an individual level, cannot be forced; daily salat and dhikr, modest dress and behaviour, fasting and generosity, all the individual acts of obedience to God can only come from real internal faith and submission to God. As such, when a government seeks to implement – “force” – Islamic law on people, though it may only be with regards to criminals, the nominal and non-Muslims will naturally jump to protest, fearing present criticism from the societies they seek to imitate, and fearing future extension of the law, to “force” more personal Islamic practices on them. Subi Saleh is right – true Muslims should never fear properly implemented Islamic law, no matter how far it extends, because their hearts are already in submission to God, in a state of Islam. W Allahu 3alem.

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