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Elections violate Islamic Law: Egypt's Mohamed El-Zawahiri

A former leader of Islamic Jihad and brother of 'Al-Qaeda' leader Ayman El-Zawahiri tells Turkish news agency Anadolu elections do not lead to implementation of sharia

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Mar 2013
Mohamed El-Zawahiri
Salafist lead Mohamed El-Zawahiri presents his views on the compatibility of Islam and Islamic Sharia law (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Mohamed El-Zawahiri, prominent Jihadist-Salafist leader and brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman El-Zawahiri, said on Monday that democratic elections violated Islamic Law since they put "sovereignty in the hands of the people and not God."

In an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu, El-Zawahiri repeated his rejection of "the secular system and its mechanisms." He went on to call for the implementation of "true Sharia [Islamic Law] as based on genuine religious texts."

The 60-year-old Islamist who spent many years in jail under the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak added that he would not "give in to current political realities or abandon his principles."

"Based on past experience, and as seen in several countries, elections do not lead to the application of Islamic Law," he asserted.

He noted, however, that Egypt's current system of governance under President Mohamed Morsi was "much better than before," as there was now much greater scope for preaching and expressing one's opinion than there was under the former regime.

"But the current situation is still far from what we dream of," El-Zawahiri added.

El-Zawahiri's statements come ahead of Egypt's second post-revolution parliamentary elections, slated to kick off on 22 April, with the candidacy registration period set to begin on Saturday.

The country's first post-revolution People's Assembly (the lower, legislative house of parliament) was dissolved last year by Egypt's then-ruling Supreme Military Council based on a controversial court ruling.

In 1999, Mohamed El-Zawahiri was sentenced to death in absentia for a handful of terrorist attacks in Egypt, including the 1997 killing of 62 foreign tourists in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor.

In June 2011, a military court accepted El-Zawahiri's appeal against the death verdict and the case was closed.

Last September, in an interview with American news broadcaster CNN, El-Zawahiri proposed a truce – or hudna – between the West and the Islamist current, asserting that he was in a "unique position to help end the violence." 

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05-03-2013 01:19am
Tried and discarded
As no election is allowed, the enlightened must elect themselves. El-Zawahiri is so much smarter than you and me - and he certainly has a special hotline to God - so we should let him decide in all matters. Oh, forgive me, sorry: That would be tantamount to an election. And elections are unislamic. I am so sorry. No, to be truly Islamic, El-Zawahiri cannot come to power with the approval of the majority. In order to be Islamic ourselves, we must vehemently oppose El-Zawahiri rule and let him wage jihad upon us, force us and oppress us. Only in this way, we can have truly Islamic state.
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04-03-2013 08:15pm
Mohamed El-Zawahiri join your brother!
The words of this fanatical criminal parading under the guise of Islam, almost incited me to damage my pc monitor instead I just screamed! Unfortunately, if Egyptians are not wary and loudly voice their dismay, we may very soon, end up with many such 'thinkers' in our society! Examples of this are now evident, such as the 'morality' police, certainly 'approved' of by the Mohamed El-Zawahiri's of this world. He would be well advised to join his brother, Ayman and keep his mouth tightly closed, his words are damaging and inciting our citizens, adding to the demise of tourism and investment. His 'vision' to implement strict sharia law into Egypt with a tourist based economy will lead us to be cave dwellers!
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04-03-2013 05:02pm
Elections don't lead to Islamic Law
I wonder why not - could it be because the people don't want to be told how to live their lives by a bunch of people who have appointed themselves with no mandate? And if it was in place just who would be running the show? Let me think - a bunch of self appointed 'religious' men who think they know best. What he means is 'I want to be in charge'!
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04-03-2013 09:54pm
You can say the same about secularist
In fact you can say all you said about secularist too. And everybody is getting told how to live by Hollywood and in ten Years probably by Bejing. Whats your point. You can easily say self appointed secular Intellectual.

04-03-2013 04:26pm
So, he killed people in Egypt... and now wants to comment on life in Egypt... And HE wants to broker a truce between the west and the Islamic current after HE is found guilty in MANY countries of terrorism? LOL! We really don't need people like him to help us!
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04-03-2013 09:05pm
@Shakeel... Has been exonerated where? In Egypt?? LOL! You are talking about a man, whose brother has killed many innocent people (including muslims) in the name of Religion, My version of Islam does not allow this... or do you expect us to believe that Al Qaeda is a peaceful and loving group? This is not liberalism, just place intelligence! He and his family's actions have hurt Egypt in the past... we will not allow them to do so again!!!
04-03-2013 05:00pm
liberal fascism
he was accused falsely under political motives and has been exonerated by the courts and he has every right to preach peacefully what he believes so please dont vent your fascism here under the grab of liberalism

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