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Despite unclear stance, Brotherhood mobilises for pro-Sharia Friday
Without stating official position, Muslim Brotherhood calls on supporters to take part in planned Friday rallies to demand that Islamic Law be enshrined in Egypt's next constitution
Ahram Online, Wednesday 7 Nov 2012
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File photo: Egyptian protester holds the Egyptian flag with "God you are all we have" written on it in Arabic, during Islamist protests in Tahrir square on Friday 4 November 2012(Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has called on members and supporters to participate in mass rallies planned for Friday by a number of Islamist parties and groups to demand a constitutional article calling for the application of Islamic Law.

Leading Brotherhood figures in the north-eastern Sharqiya governorate staged a demonstration on Tuesday evening at which they called on the public to participate in the planned rallies.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest Islamist group, distributed flyers calling on Egyptians to participate in the Friday rallies so as to "thwart the attempts" of those aiming to sabotage the work of Egypt's Islamist-led Constituent Assembly, currently in the process of reviewing a draft constitution.

Although the Brotherhood has yet to issue an official position on the planned Friday rallies, Tuesday's demonstration in Sharqiya suggested that the group would make an appearance at the event.

Other Egyptian Islamist groups, meanwhile, including Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and the Salafist Calling, have formed a coalition of political parties and Islamist forces to demand that Egypt's new constitution is shaped in accordance with Islamic Law. These groups are spearheading calls for the planned Friday rallies.  

Upon its establishment last month, the coalition declared that it would not accept the takeover of the constitution-drafting process by a "handful of liberals."

The coalition calls for the amendment of the draft constitution so that the "precepts" of Islamic Law become the "only source" of Egyptian legislation. This contrasts with what is stated in Article 2 of the current draft constitution, which states that the "principles of Islamic Law" should represent the "main source" of legislation.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, which holds a majority of seats in the Constituent Assembly, has issued calls to "protect Egypt's Islamic identity," but the party has not formally objected to the current text of Article 2, leading to a growing rift with its more conservative Islamist counterparts.

The drafting of Egypt's new national charter has been hindered by conflicts between the country's liberal and Islamist camps over the constitutional role of Islamic Law. Several articles in the proposed charter related to the issue have been rejected by liberal forces and human rights advocates.

The fate of the Constituent Assembly itself, meanwhile, is uncertain, as it remains at the centre of a legal battle over the constitutionality – or lack of thereof – of the mechanisms employed to select its members.

On Tuesday, a lawsuit against the constitution-drafting body was referred to Egypt's High Constitutional Court, which, if successful, could lead to the assembly's dissolution.





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Niome
07-11-2012 05:41pm
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I see the truth
It seems the Media got hijacked by the radical Islamist and the Muslim brother, so they don't allow the truth out. Well guess what? It will go out in most of Europe Countries and the US and if you want Egypt to become like Iran, this won't happen radical Islamist.
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Niome
07-11-2012 05:30pm
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Ignorance radicals
The Egyptian media needs to refrain from promoting these idiocy because it is getting no where. You're ruining the true Islamic figure and how the entire world look at it. If you want the entire world to respect Islam as a religion of piece, don't prompt these ignorant radicals brotherhood and Salafist and wake up to the true Egyptian Identify. Egypt ancient civilization were Phahros. WAKE UP! And stop moderating comments you don't like.
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Amourah Idris, Aswan
07-11-2012 03:46pm
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Praying for ALlah
Instead, you should pray for ALlah SWT to save Muslims in Syria. Assad have killed so far 36,000 of the Sunni Muslims. I pray every day for Allah justice. Brotherhood is a cult hiding under Islam.
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Aladin, Egypt
07-11-2012 03:41pm
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Non-Islamic Behavior
Egypt is under Shareha laws for centeries. I was married as Malki, divorced under Hanafi and inhereted a motel in Bakous from my Shafee uncle. What else do you want? What law do you want to apply out of known 45 Shareha? Naqbashandee (Afghanistan) or SHafee of Gaza? It is non-Islamic behavior.
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Guest
07-11-2012 06:21pm
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No, not for centuries,
Sadat introduced article 2 (sharia law) in 1971 to get the communists under control. And the Islamists thanked him by killing him.

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