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Egypt's Nour Party agrees to omit article defining Sharia, with conditions

Salafist member of constitution panel says he will accept removal of Article 219 defining Sharia law if it is defined more strictly in Article Two

Ahram Online, Wednesday 30 Oct 2013
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Nour Party representative in constitution committee Salah Abd El-Maaboud (Photo: Ahram)
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The Salafist Nour Party's representative on the constitution panel has laid out his conditions for accepting changes to the status of Sharia law in the amended charter.

Salah Abdel-Maaboud told the privately-owned Al-Hayat channel on Tuesday that his party would agree to the removal of Article 219 if the word 'principles' is removed from Article Two.

Article Two currently says Islam is the state religion, Arabic is its official language and the principles of Islamic Sharia law form the main source of legislation.

If 'principles' is removed it would allow for the stricter application of Sharia law.

He said his party would take a firm stance if its suggestions are ignored and denied rumours he would not resign from the panel over the issue.

Article 219 defines Sharia broadly and serves as an explanatory article to interpret Article Two.

It says: "The principles of Islamic Sharia include its commonly accepted interpretations, its fundamental and jurisprudential rules and its widely considered sources, as stated by the schools of Sunna and Gamaa."

Critics have described the article as discriminatory against non-Sunni religious minorities.

Nour had been against removing the article because it would undermine "Egypt's Islamic identity."

Egypt's 2012 constitution was temporarily suspended when Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted on 3 July.

A 50-member committee is currently amending the constitution as part of a transitional roadmap. 

The amended charter will be presented to interim President Adly Mansour in early December for approval and will then be subject to a national referendum.

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Mahed Fathy
08-11-2013 09:19pm
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Corrections to Proposed Constitution
Definition of article two should not be included in mariage and divorce law. It shoud be according to family law applicable to muslims and non muslims
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Joe
30-10-2013 10:36pm
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article 2
Religion is a purely private affair. The removal of article 2 is a necessity. There should be NO reference to religion in a countries constitution. Too many Salafist whackos with too many ignorant opinions make religion in a constitution a total no no. You just have to look at the comments of John and Ayisha below to realise that Egypt must NOT be ruled or governed by ignorant whackos.
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Ibrahim
30-10-2013 05:54pm
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Article 2
Article 2 and any signs defining anything Religious must be removed from the constitution, we wand and need a true civil state with no reference to religion in the constitution
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Farhan
31-10-2013 08:03am
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What you want is not democracy
In Europe Christian parties are the top parties and their constitution have reference to Christian religion because those countries are democratic countries.
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Aisha
30-10-2013 05:26pm
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Nour is darkness
Nour does NOT speak on behalf of Salafis or Islam. Nour has sold themselves for a cheap price. And accepted to work with the likes of Hitler and Bashar. Shame! Make tauba. Hold onto tue rope of Allah fast. Fear Allah. Think of your situation on the last day infront of the One who knows ALL.
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Ervin
30-10-2013 06:43pm
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Why
Why should one fear of the last day and not caring why one does today?
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John
30-10-2013 01:43pm
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Shame
No more chance for Al nour. Coz he support bloody army. And he give more value to Christian. And came against real democracy. This party leadership made ak barely kabayer sins. They must make tuba. Egyptian love brotherhood not any hypocrisy
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Allen
31-10-2013 01:40am
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Chances are
Chances are you will run / crawl / hitch a fishing boat to a Christian country and expect far more rights then you ever dreamed of offering to the christans of Egypt . Your false name and weak English exposes you as a pretender.
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