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Debates continue over article two of the Egyptian constitution, which makes Islam the religion of state and Islamic jurisprudence the principle source of legislation.
The Brotherhood’s insistence on using the slogan "Islam is the Solution" mainly aims to garner as many votes in the elections as possible, proving that they do in fact seek to establish a religious-based state.
Jordan’s capital, Amman, hosted a four-day conference organized by the Arab Team for Islamic-Christian Dialogue.
In an interview with al Arabiya satellite news channel, ‘Umar al-Sharīf said he is against applying the Islamic sharī‘a in Egypt.
The most disturbing matter is the state’s two-faced position, opting for the state-religion combination in defense of its power, and calling for separation when it addresses political opposition.
There are many pieces of evidence that prove that Islam is a state and a foundation for rule. There are verses in the Qur’an that many scholars believe are the basis of legitimate rule in Islam. One of the verses calls for just rule and the second verse calls on people to obey the rulers. Similar...
We have never heard from the Muslims of former days the slogan "Qur’xn is our constitution", which in its very essence a stratagem that only aims at reaching the corridors of power and then bring Muslims to an apocalyptic end.
As Zionism is not Judaism, political Islam does not represent Islam. Both Zionism and political Islam are political ideologies that have nothing to do with religion. The author refutes the slogans of political Islam, in the hope that this refutation may mark the beginning of the age of...
The tragedy of Muslim societies is that religion is not separated from life, in a way that serves human progress nor is it part of life, in a way that makes of religion an intellectual and enlightened energy against whatever suppresses man, whether political or economic or religious authorities.
The English word “secularism” was incorrectly translated into Arabic as “ilmaniya” while it should be “almaniya.” The first is derived from “ilm” which means “science” and thus indicated a contradiction between religion and science –which is not true. The latter is derived from “alam” which means “...
I would like to express my gratitude for all the positive feedback by intellectuals in universities, scientific research, political studies and human rights centers on my book "al-Islām Wa al-Dawla al-Madanīya" [Islam and the Civil State].
In his new book al-Islām wa al-Dawla al-Madanīya [Islam and the civil state], Dr. cAbd al-Muctī Bayyoumī totally opposes the notion of a religious state and regards it as a big contradiction with the spirit of Islam. Moreover, he assures that the state of Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) was absolutely a...
The so-called TV preachers are not in fact quite conversant with the Sharī‘a like the preachers of earlier times. Their religious knowledge is limited to a few books and biographies of the Companions of the Prophet. They approach vital issues of the everyday life relying on their communication...
The early days of Islam did not witness any conflict between religion and state. Islam does not give anyone religious authority over human beings. Islam is not similar to Christian theology that is based on priesthood that granted itself a religious sacredness.
The pillar on which a society stands is the principle of citizenship, which means that duties and rights should emanate exclusively from affiliation to the nation. The society, likewise, can never be considered civilian without the state itself being civilian, body and soul.
Religious fatwas are being aired everywhere on both local and satellite channels to the extent that the Muftī of the Republic Shaykh ‘Alī Jum‘a termed the whole thing as “an unhealthy phenomenon” that is threatening the very well-being of the society.
Any state as a political innovation is primarily a state and follows a certain religion secondarily. The misunderstanding of this dichotomy is the prime reason for the emergence of traditional extremism and the active extremists (terrorists) in the Arab region.
In an interview with Al-Qahira newspaper, Dr. ‘Abd al-Wahhāb al-Musayyarī, an eminent Muslim scholar, reveals his thoughts on separating religion from government.
What I fear most is the potential for Muslims, the majority of the nation, to feel that they are being humiliated because two women are being deprived of their right to choose their religion.
Islam agrees with secularism in that it does not acknowledge the theological state and in granting life and man’s activities in life their rights. In Europe where the values of Christianity are opposite to the values of secularism, there has been a kind of controversial interaction between...

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