Voting in Egypt as ‘Holy War’ to Empower Sharia

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Yusuf al-Qaradawi: One of many Muslims who see democracy as a gateway to Sharia.

The following article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute.

Despite the fact that some in the West portray Islam and democracy as being perfectly compatible, evidence continues to emerge that, for many countries in the Middle East, democracy and elections are various means to one end: the establishment of a decidedly undemocratic form of law—Islamic, or Sharia Law.

Thus, Egyptian cleric Dr. Talat Zahran proclaimed that it is “obligatory to cheat at elections, a beautiful thing,” his logic being that voting is a tool, an instrument, the only value of which is to empower Sharia. Likewise, Hazim Shuman, a cleric who has his own TV program, issued a fatwa likening the voting for Islamist candidates who will implement Sharia as a “jihad,” adding that paradise awaits whoever is “martyred” during the electoral campaign.

Most recently, according to Al Wafd, last Friday, May 18, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of if not the most authoritative clerics in the Islamic world, “called on all Egyptians to vote for one of the Islamist candidates,” specifically naming the three Islamists, Muhammad Mursi (candidate of the Salafist party), Abd al-Mun’im Abu al-Futuh (candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing), and Muhammad al-Salim al-Awwa (who contributed to making Coptic life miserable in Egypt). Qaradawi described them as “best for Egypt” because they will “apply the Islamic Sharia and achieve justice.” Moreover, during his Friday sermon, Qaradawi said that it is “mandatory for every Egyptian to go and vote at the presidential elections,” calling it a form of “obligatory testimony” on behalf of Islam, and quoting Koran 2:283 as proof: “And do not conceal testimony, and whoever conceals it, his heart is surely sinful; and Allah knows what you do.”  In short, Egypt’s Muslims are being threatened with hell fire if they don’t vote for the Sharia-pushing candidates.

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  • Larry

    Anybody who really believes that voting in the muslim world is going to produce a viable democracy is a sure fire candidate for buying bridges, you could probably sell them every single bridge and tunnel linking Manhattan to the mainland.

  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: Voting in Egypt as ‘Holy War’ to Empower

    ~ ~Egyptian cleric Dr. Talat Zahran proclaimed , –
    "it is “obligatory to cheat at elections, a beautiful thing,” "

    ……a construct shared with, The New Black Panthers, Eric Hold-Himself – & – Barack Obama.

  • Tictac

    How long before demonstrations in the future for Egypt will be forbidden?

  • StephenD

    Egypt is food for a Tyrant. When the waters dry up and there is no work, when the food gets scarce and even the cotton dies off, all that will be left is to try and take what they need from their neighbor. I feel bad for the innocent people that are in Egypt. They will suffer along with their foolish leaders.

  • oldtimer

    A democracy is a government by the people, through elections, majority rule. Well guess what! That doesn't make it free or right, by our way of thinking. The majority want Sharia in Egypt and all Arab nations.

    • StephenD

      Oldtimer, that is why we value our Democratic REPUBLIC. There is a huge difference in majority rule and the rule of law via a Constitution, hence a Republic. The majority cannot force the minority to conform. We have representatives but regardless, they are subject to the Constitution…though you wouldn't know it by what our current administration attempts to do.

      • oldtimer

        my point exactly…

  • Looking4Sanity

    "Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue? "
    George Washington

    For those NOT already familiar with "Founder-speak":

    Definition of PROVIDENCE
    a often capitalized : divine guidance or care b capitalized : God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny

    Definition of FELICITY
    a : the quality or state of being happy; especially : great happiness <marital felicity> b : an instance of happiness
    : something that causes happiness

    Definition of VIRTUE
    a : conformity to a standard of right : morality b : a particular moral excellence
    plural : an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy
    : a beneficial quality or power of a thing
    : manly strength or courage : valor
    : a commendable quality or trait : merit
    : a capacity to act : potency
    : chastity especially in a woman