18. AWR Daily Overview, May 8, 2012: The Muslim Brotherhood's bay'ah

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The bay'ah, or pledge of allegiance, inside the Muslim Brotherhood is not just a traditional ritual but rather a covenant and commitment. One of the most important means of going up the ladder of ranks in the group, the oath is not easy to be broken. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 8, p. 16] Read original text in Arabic

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Brotherhood Murshid (Guide) Muhammad Badī', by unbinding Dr. Muhammad Mursī, the presidential candidate from the group's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), from his pledge, opened a wide spectrum for contemplation about the nature of the pledge Mursī has committed himself to.

Kārim Radwān, a member of the Brotherhood's shūrá council, said there is no punishment for breaking the bay'ah. "A Brother would pledge that he would work in the service of Islam through the Muslim Brotherhood because he believes in their approach". [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 8, p. 16] Read original text in Arabic

Dr. Mirvat al-Tillāwī, president of the National Council for Women (NCW), warned against the recent setback in the position and rights of Egyptian women in a way that threatens their roles in the development of the society during the critical stage Egypt is going through.

"There is no prominent place for women on the presidential candidates' platforms and agendas. All of them focus on the political and economic issues but they ignored women and means to activate their role," Tillāwī said during a symposium held on Monday (May 7) under the title "Women…before and after the revolution," under the auspices of the European Union (EU) Commission in Cairo. [Dīnā Kamāl, al-Ahrām, May 8, p. 6] read original text in Arabic

The administrative judiciary court on Tuesday (May 8) is sitting on a case obliging the minister of interior and public prosecutor to arrest and investigate the persons who set up the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) page on the social networking media Facebook and to detect the resources of their finance. [Sālih al-Sālhī, al-Akhbār, May 8, p. 8] Read text in Arabic

Copts in al-Thaghr in Alexandria, up to 900,000 in number, are still undecided about supporting 'Amr Mūsá or 'Abd al-Mun'im Abū al-Futūh in the presidential elections but the final decision will be by next week in a bid to unify their voting trends. [Fikrī 'Abd al-Salām, al-Ahrām, May 8, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic

Meanwhile, the committee on the registration of voters in the election of a new pope in succession of Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III resumed its activities on Monday (May 7) in the presence of Chairman Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah.

"The committee decided to extend the deadline for the registration of voters to be two months, approved by the Holy Synod," said Bishop Marqus in statements. [Ashraf Sādiq, al-Ahrām, May 8, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic

According to an application for the papal chair of the Coptic Orthodox Church, candidates must meet 22 conditions including his life before and after monasticism. The eight-page application also includes candidates’ relations to other churches as well as activities in their community and the society. [‘Abd al-Wahāb Sha’bān, al-Wafd, May 8, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic

Meanwhile, Dr. Husayn al-Shāf’ī, chief advisor of to the Grand Shaykh of the Azhar and Chairman of the Arabic Language Academy, rejected a draft law on the re-organization of the top Sunnī establishment.

“The person who submitted the draft law wants to have the appointment of the grand shaykh through election, which would damage the Azhar,” Shāf’ī said.

Muhammad ‘Abd al-Salām, a legal advisor for the grand shaykh, also objected to the 2nd article of the draft that strips the Azhar of its right to be the ultimate reference on all issues related to the Muslim faith.

However, MP ‘Alī Qatāmish of the Salafī al-Nūr Party said the draft seeks the independence of the Azhar, adding the draft also seeks the election of the Muftī of the Republic after the post becomes vacant. [Khālid Idrīs, al-Wafd, May 8, p. 4] Read text in Arabic

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