Days after a law banning trial of civilians before military courts was passed, Egypt's Justice Minister ‘Ādil ‘Abd al-Hamīd on Wednesday (June 13) gave the country's military police and intelligence agents the right to arrest civilians over wide range of suspected crimes. [Samar al-Jamal, ‘Alyā’ Hāmid and Mustafá ‘Īd, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, June 14, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic
The Islamic Jihād leader Yāsir Sa'd announced that a number of Islamic Jīhad members support presidential hopeful Ahmad Shafīq, former Prime Minister, in the coming presidential elections.
He said that voters have a choice between a civil state represented by Shafīq and a religious state represented by his rival Muhammad Mursī, the Freedom and Justice Party's candidate.
Moreover, Sa'd warned that giving power to the MB would mean abandonement of the principle of separation of powers and the handover of power to the MB's Supreme Guide.
"The MB is more dangerous than Shī'ah rule in Iran, because they would rule without fiqh (knowledge),” says Sa'd. "Whoever opposes them would be religiously charged as a 'sinner' rather than just a political opponent."
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Shaykh Yāsir Burhāmī, the deputy leader of the al-Da’wah al-Salafīyah group, said the appointment of a Copt as vice president runs counter to the sharī’ah because a vice president could represent the head of state in many of his powers, adding the president’s faith must be compatible with the state’s official religion in the constitution. [Mahmūd Muharram, Rose al-Yūsuf newspaper, June 7, p. 1] Read text in Arabic
The Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria said Copts’ votes went to Ahmad Shafīq, Hamdīn Sabbāhī and ‘Amr Mūsá, dismissing claims the church instructed its congregation to vote for a certain candidate. [Rajab Ramadān, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 28, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic
In an announcement, the Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb and a number of Muslim scholars of the Islamic Research Academy as well as Jamā´at Ansār al-Sunnah al-Muhammadiyyah, al-Jama´iyyah al-Shari´iyyah, members of different Islamic streams and al-Da´wah al-Salafiyyah spoke out against Shi´ite places of worship in Egypt.
Furthermore, the establishment of a commission was decided on at a conference at the Azhar. This commission, headed by al-Tayyīb, is devise plans for missionary work, media outlets and cultural work in order to address “the Shi´ite tide which triggers sectarian disputes and harms Egyptian unity.”
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The Muslim Brotherhood set Egyptian politics ablaze with their decision to nominate their chief financier, Khairat al-Shātir, for the presidency. All political groups recognize the right of the group to do so but many have criticized them harshly, recalling their promise from early in the revolution.
The Higher Elections Commission (HEC) will announce tomorrow (April 25, 2012) the regulations for the civil society organizations authorized to monitor the electoral process including voting and vote-counting in the presidential elections.
Signs of confrontation between the HEC and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) have started to emerge. The reason for the disagreement is about the MB's slogan “Islam is the solution” which the HEC has decided to ban.
The Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb stressed that the Azhar reinforces pluralism and dialogue.
"The Azhar is the only institution that preserves Islamic identity, its culture and features among other civilizations and nations," says Dr. al-Tayyīb.
Presidential hopeful Dr. Muhammad Salīm al-‘Awwā said the the Holy Qur’ān can not be a Constitution for the nation but for believers, adding he is neither Shiite nor backed by Shiites because "we're in a Sunnī country". [Ibtisām Ta’lab, Misbāh al-Hajar and ‘Abdullah al-‘Arīnī, Al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 25, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic