Egyptian Presidential Candidate Says No Freedom in Islam

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


In a recent TV interview, Hazim Abu Ismail, a candidate for Egypt’s presidency with affiliations to both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, made clear that the hijab, or veil for women, would be enforced under his leadership. More importantly, along the way he exposed his general views—that there is little freedom under Islam. Especially telling is the military analogy he used: being a Muslim is like being a member of the military; you must obey all its dictates, including dress codes. He fails to add, however, that, whereas much military service is voluntary, in Islam, if you are simply born to Muslim parents, then you have joined Islam—whether you like it or not. Hence, all the persecution of Muslim apostates. But, as Abu Ismail puts it, “This is Islam.” Translated excerpts of the interview follow:

Host: You have already begun to try to impose a particular dress code for us.

Abu Ismail: I’ve begun to? It’s the Lord of the Worlds [Allah] who said so. I have nothing to do with it!

Host: Allah left it for me to decide as a personal freedom.

Abu Ismail: Who said that? Where’d you get that from. See, that’s the whole point: If you claim that Allah considers it your personal freedom, show me your reference? Nobody has ever said that—except for people who have no understanding of Sharia.

Host: There is “no coercion in religion” [Koran 2:256].

Abu Ismail: This is concerning the creed, you don’t force someone to convert to Islam.

Host: So when Allah in the Koran mentions “religion,” it is synonymous with “creed”?

Abu Ismail: Exactly.

Host: So when He says “today I have perfected your religion for you” [Koran 5:3], He is only talking about the “creed.”

Abu Ismail: Yes; for example, when you say “no coercion to join the Military Academy,” it means that you are free to join or not—but if you do join, then you are obliged to wear their uniform, to attend their classes, to attend the training with them, and to obey their leader.

Host: There is a problem here—shall I say to the unveiled woman who wants to avoid hijab that she should change her creed?

Abu Ismail: Exactly, bravo. If she is a Muslim. You see, this is the difficulty; this is Islam. Does she want to be a Muslim and not obey Allah’s rules? Let them say so; that’s all I ask; let them be honorable and just speak up.

A bold challenge, considering that “speaking up” about not wanting to follow “Allah’s rules” in Muslim countries can get one attacked, hounded, imprisoned, and killed.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Especially telling is the military analogy he used: being a Muslim is like being a member of the military; you must obey all its dictates, including dress codes. He fails to add, however, that, whereas much military service is voluntary, in Islam, if you are simply born to Muslim parents, then you have joined Islam—whether you like it or not.

    Indeed, one of the dictates of Islam is that the sixth and most important pillar of Islam makes it an obligatory duty for all Muslims on earth to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, and jihad consists of virtually anything and everything, violent or non-violent, that can be construed as being in the cause of Allah. In other words, 9/11 was a violent jihad attack, and mass Muslim immigration for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest, which today occurs completely uncontested and unopposed throughout the West, is covert non-violent jihad.

    Indeed, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS ON EARTH are jihadists. A tiny minority of them are violent jihadists, while the vast overwhelming majority of them are covert non-violent jihadists, and the ones that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX ISLAM must be executed.

    • khaled

      You presented the case, debated it and made the judgement. You are the prosecutor and the judge. Where are the muslims rights here? or you think they are not human and have no right. If you do not stop and review your beliefs I hope other readers will see the hatred you have deep in your heart as it is so clear from your words. Humanity is not in your heart for us even if you disagree with us. I feel sorry for you

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Where are the muslims rights here?

        Where does it say that people that are under obligation to make Islam supreme via any and all means have rights? Do murderers and thieves also get rights, or do they forfeit their rights? Indeed, out of the 57 Islamic states that comprise the OIC, exactly how many of them are not totalitarian hellholes? In fact, mass Muslim immigration to the West is taking place full speed ahead, however, just like clockwork in time it always inevitably turns into an unmitigated disaster in every case. Why? Because Muslims never ever migrate to the West or anywhere else for that matter to assimilate and integrate, but instead to subjugate and dominate via the eventual imposition of Sharia for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme.

        or you think they are not human and have no right.

        I'm sorry but humans that are under obligation to either subjugate or murder other humans to make Islam supreme forfeit there rights.

        If you do not stop and review your beliefs I hope other readers will see the hatred you have deep in your heart as it is so clear from your words.

        Dude, you are ignorant, naïve, and gullible to the extreme. Meanwhile, I couldn't be more positive or more confident of my beliefs.

        Humanity is not in your heart for us even if you disagree with us.

        Humanity is doing whatever it takes to maintain freedom and liberty, while there is no humanity in Islam. There is only draconian totalitarianism, zero humanity, and lots and lots of misery. Indeed, how incredibly narrow-minded can you be.

        I feel sorry for you

        Please don't feel sorry for me, instead I feel sorry for you because you are so dumb, so mentally incompetent, and so gullible. Indeed, leftism is a mental disease.

  • StephenD

    Can this small article be disseminated to our High Schools and Colleges, our Talk Shows, our loud mouth Politically Correct Politicians? I'd love to see them squirm their way around this. The Egyptian, Hazim Abu Ismail, could not have been any more clear (Keep in mind he isn’t where he is by accident. He’s got plenty of support). Islam is diametrically opposed to our way of life. It is beyond a "religion" and is in fact a Totalitarian way of life vowed to conquering all of the world.

    • khaled

      You are right Islam is conquering the world because it conquers the hearts first.
      Hazem is going to be the next Egyptian president either you like it or not and he is supported by thousands of christians who help him in his election propaganda. See his tour of Asyouit when he was met by a congragation from the Egyptian church who support him.

  • Zena

    The sad truth is, human beings, are easily brainwashed, easily coerced, or easily killed for disobeying others more aggressive and violent. There is no way to stop this sort of belief other than destroying the seeds that are now scattered everywhere. First, those seeds will send out shoots that destroy the west. Then, in time, could be this century or next, they will face the Chinese. That will be the end of that story. The Chinese will not tolerate such nonsense, certainly not welcome it into their midst like the West foolishly did. Non Asians will be rare, then nonexistent, like Neanderthals. The only way to avoid this is to stop Islam — soon. Later will be too late. Alas, tiny Israel is that one little finger holding back the water in the dam….

    • khaled

      when Islam went to china. china did not fight it but allowed them to preach and whoever converted converted and whoever rejected rejected. Read history and do not mislead the readers.

  • kblink45

    Islam is the mother's milk of sociopaths. It legitimizes every psychosexual urge and control compulsion which we in the west associate with serial killers.

    • Whatsinaname

      This is one of the reasons why Islam is so popular in prisons. It says to angry, violent criminals, "Do whatever you want: rape, steal, murder — it's all okay if you do it "for Islam."

  • Ghostwriter

    Somehow,I'm not surprised at this.

  • jewdog

    Islam did not become the powerhouse it is without good reason. Part of the allure must be the liberating feeling that comes with being allowed to behave like a criminal as long as your victim is a Kaffir. After all, wasn't that what Mohammad did? Didn't he rob, rape and pillage and then rationalize his barbarity by claiming his prey were unbelievers?
    Let's face it, being civilized can be a drag at times. The pirate's life for me!

    • khaled

      your name is enough to show your motifs to write these unjust words about the greatest man of all time as described by one of the western writer.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Man I do not know where you get all this hate from?

    From the Koran, the Hadith, and the Sira and from simple observation. For instance, out of the 57 Islamic countries that make up the OIC, how many of them are not draconian Islamic totalitarian hellholes? How many of of those draconian Islamic totalitarian hellholes don't violently oppress and systematically persecute when not outright slaughtering them altogether all Christians and other non-Muslim unbelievers unfortunate enough to live in those draconian Islamic totalitarian hellholes as less than second-class citizens? How many draconian Islamic totalitarian hellholes don't abuse females and treat them worse than animals? How many non-Muslim countries border draconian Islamic totalitarian hellholes that don't have very bloody borders with those draconian Islamic totalitarian hellholes? How many countries have successfully assimilated and integrated Muslim immigrants? How many Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia as fifth columns and as tiny independent statelets within states are sprinkled throughout Europe? Who perpetrated the 9/11 violent jihad attack, the Madrid Train Bombings, the London Bombings etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum? Who is waging a covert global jihad primarily via mass Muslim immigration for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest against the West and all non-Muslim unbelievers?

    Obviously you are a Muslim taqiyya artist and a piss poor one or otherwise a mentally handicapped self-hating delusional leftist worshiping at the altar of PC multiculturalism.