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More to the point, his Brotherhood colleague, Sheikh Sayyid Abdul Karim, asserted: “Those who do not wish to see Islam [Sharia] applied are drunks, druggies, adulterers, and brothel-owners.”
While such talk is commonplace from Egypt’s self-styled Salafists, here is yet another indicator that the Brotherhood, which has long mastered the art of dissembling, is beginning to feel comfortable enough to let snippets of the truth come out.
Popular Egyptian Presidential Candidate: ‘Sharia Must be Applied’
At a recent conference, Dr. Abd al-Mun’im Abu al-Futuh—one of the most popular presidential candidates in Egypt, of the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Freedom and Justice” party—declared that “Islam must be upheld and Sharia must be applied; nor shall we permit the methods of the former regime—imprisoning our sons simply because they are committed to religion [Islam] and because they go and pray at mosques—to ever return again.”
To the average Western reader, this smacks of religious freedom—until one realizes why the former regime, and all secular Arab regimes, are wary of those Muslims “committed to religion,” who “pray at mosques”: the more zealous they are of Islam’s teachings, the more likely they are to espouse violence, even terror (under the banner of “jihad”), the more likely they are to target anyone and everyone who stands in their way, including the “near enemy” (the state, if it is secular), the “far enemy” (the Western infidel), and everyone in between (“dhimmi” minorities such as Egypt’s Christian Copts).
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