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