Majdī Khalīl reviews the proposed platform of the Muslim Brotherhood in order to refute their claims that they support democracy and citizenship.
Although the banned Muslim Brotherhood claim they are being politically eliminated and not receiving the full rights of citizenship, they are actually endeavoring to bring about a coup against society by having all of its basic norms changed in favor of a religious state, the author argues.
He admits that there is a bitterly-contested political conflict between the banned group and the current regime over reaching power. The state stringently targets the group to curb their attempts to gain power; however, it does not mind Islamizing the face of life in Egypt as long as it is still in power.
In the article, Khalīl reviews the main points of the proposed platform of the Brotherhood’s political party in order to prove that they seek to establish a form of Islamic khilāfah [caliphate] where non-Muslims would be treated as second class citizens.
The platform states: “The aim is to establish as Islamic state...which is necessarily a civil state.” The author responds that there is a huge difference between the two concepts. “Even the name ‘Islamic state’ indicates its sole religious basis.”
They also regard, the author adds, the notion of shūrá to be an Islamic form of ‘democracy,’ despite the fact that shūrá implicitly means consultation without obligation when democracy gives people power for execution. Furthermore, the Islamic shūrá has as of yet been unable to build a real democratic system throughout the entire Islamic period, which has, thus far, lasted from the 7th to 20th century.
“The aim of the state is to promote and deepen the true values and morals of the Islamic principles,” the platform says.
The author points to how the Brotherhood are calling for a merely religious state. Moreover, they want to form a superior board of Islamic scholars which would supervise the executive authority, including the president. Furthermore, members of this board would not necessarily be Egyptians but elected by Egyptian citizens.
“They simply want to resign Egypt to international Islamism,” Majdī Khalīl states.
The author then discusses details of this Islamic state in Egypt as the platform shows;
-as for education, it says: “educational reform is a patriotic duty toward our religion – Islam – and our home;”
-regarding culture, it states: “The culture of society must emerge from the Islamic identity and civilization;”
-about economy, the platform stipulates, “The economic system must be based on the Islamic framework;”
-it also says: “Confronting crimes should come either through a system of Islamic upbringing or the Islamic punishment method;”
The author sums up that the platform only addresses Muslims and that it is in favor of the establishment of a nominal Islamic ummah and non-Muslim citizens, thereby, are only tools to help them achieve their aims.
Simply, this platform calls to erase the identity of Copts as well as that of Egypt in favor of the formation of a Taliban-style state, Majdī Khalīl says