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Coalition formed to ensure sharia-friendly Egyptian constitution

The FJP, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, and other Islamist groups plan to unite forces to ensure that Egypt's new constitution conforms with 'Islamic law'

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Oct 2012
Coalition formed to ensure sharia-friendly constitution
A protester from a Salafist Islamic group shouts Koranic verses as he holds an Egyptian flag (Photo: Reuters)
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Several Islamist political groups, including Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, the Freedom and Justice Party and Al-Dawa Al-Salafiya have announced that they will form a coalition of political parties and Islamic forces to ensure that Egypt's new constitution is shaped in accordance with Islamic sharia (law).

They aim to coordinate with the Constituent Assembly in order to do so, stating that they will not accept the takeover of the drafting process by a "minority of liberals", according to statements made during a meeting at the headquarters of the Islamist Building and Development Party on Tuesday.

The group announced that they will not accept a constitution that contradicts sharia, and they plan to organise popular movements to support their cause. They are also calling for sharia to become the "only source" of legislation.

However, the Islamist coalition agreed to postpone Friday's planned protests, which had been planned under the slogan "demanding the application of sharia in the constitution," until they are able to mobilise more people for their cause.

The drafting of the new constitution is being hindered by conflicts between liberals and Islamists over the issue of applying sharia. Several articles in the proposed constitution related to the issue have been rejected by liberal forces and human rights advocates.

The fate of the constitution-drafting body remains unknown, however, as it remains at the centre of a legal battle regarding the possible unconstitutionality of its formation. A case against the body was referred by the Administrative Court to the High Constitutional Court last Tuesday, and if successful could lead to the dissolution of the current assembly.

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31-10-2012 06:31pm
Move Away
If they are so adamant about applying the Islamic sharia law, they should just move to Saudi and enjoy it there.
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Mahad El Hassawi
30-10-2012 10:12pm
Compromise Please
Look everybody polarization will destroy egypt i mean we are all the sons of egypt and our love for our motherland means that we should all make compromises by meeting at the middle which is a civil state with an islamic reference - basically sharia will be one of the sources of law and will be applied into fields that are not contentious Peace, Unity, Dignity and Love People
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01-11-2012 05:41pm
I agree
The right way for the Egyptian government is the middle way, and if people would understand the deeper meaning of sharia (which many Salafis don't) that is also what sharia would call for. The general objective of sharia is to protect the essential needs of people, which are the preservation of life, religion, mind, progeny, and property. If the government gives in to either the liberal or conservative extreme then conflict is certain. We can let the extremes shout and protest, but ultimately I believe that whoever comes with a more persuasive message will steer the country in that direction. That is how a healthy democracy should function.
31-10-2012 07:27am
But that’s what it is all about!
The Islamist coalition knows no compromises whatsoever. The "Islamic reference" you mention is not sufficient to them. They fight (and if necessary by force) to turn Egypt into a totalitarian repressive sharia state (like Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan) without any freedoms (of expression, of arts etc – they even want to destroy the statues, the cultural heritage of the country, erasing all its glorious history), without respecting even the most basic human rights – contradicting all international conventions Egypt is signatory to). Thus, the country is at crossroads now. If the progressive forces give in NOW, darkness will descend over Egypt. Was it that what the “revolution” was fought for?

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