President Morsi, time is up for appeasing 'secularists': Salafist sheikh

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Oct 2012

Marsa Matrouh preacher uses Eid sermon to demand Morsi take off the kid-gloves when dealing with those who want a secular constitution; declares that Egypt must become an Islamic state

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Salafist Sheikh Ali Ghaleb (Photo: Ahram's Arabic news website)

Egypt's new constitution must reflect "God's rule" or "we will put it under our shoes," a Salafist sheikh in northwest Egypt has said during Eid prayers.

Addressing worshippers at a mosque in the coastal city of Marsa Matrouh, Salafist Sheikh Ali Ghalab said that President Morsi should stop appeasing "secularists" and that he must now fight them head-on.
"Those who are fighting God's rule and are demanding a civil [secular] country have misunderstood gentle treatment [for weakness]," Ghalab said during his Friday sermon.
"The president has to support the application of God's rule -- Egypt is an Islamic state."
Ghalab added that a "certain group" was trying to control the process of writing Egypt's next constitution, but that Salafists were fighting back.
Liberals and Salafists are currently battling over articles in the draft charter which deal with the role of religion in society and government.
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