Sharia Now Egypt’s Law of the Land

Sharia is now Egypt’s law of the land. The Islamist-written draft constitution was approved by about 64% of voters. The Muslim Brotherhood believes its time has come. At long last, it has overtaken the land where the group was founded in 1928. For them, this is a blessing from Allah for their years of discipline and patience. And that blessing will continue as it erects a bloc to eliminate Israel, restore Islamic dominion in Europe and wage “civilization jihad” against the West.

The Egyptian opposition, consolidated into the National Salvation Front, cried foul at the results of the first round of voting. It claimed that 66% voted against it in the first round and the result was skewed by mismanagement, vote rigging and election violations. The Front is demanding a formal investigation into the irregularities. The Islamists run the Egyptian government, so that will go nowhere.

Part of the Islamist victory can be attributed to the decision by many to simply not show up. Turnout was only 32%. Some in the opposition wanted to deny legitimacy to the process, while others voted to try to defeat the constitution. As Islamist firebrand Wael Ghoneim explained, “Out of every 100 Egyptians, 69 did not take [part] in the referendum, 18 said ‘yes’ and 13 said ‘no.’”

Article 2 of the constitution declares that “the principles” of Sharia are to be the main source of legislation. This is the same language as the previous constitution but that should give no comfort. This phrase is defined later in Article 219 as: “The principles of Islamic Sharia include general evidence and fundamentalist bases, rules and jurisprudence, as well as sources accepted by doctrines of Sunni Islam and the majority of Muslim scholars.”

The decision to retain the Mubarak-era language was nothing more than a shrewd attempt to disguise the monumental change. BBC observes that the passage that previously stated, “The political system is based on pluralism” has been changed to “The political system is based on principles of democracy and on Shura.”

Al-Azhar University, the most authoritative Sunni institution, is to be “consulted on all matters related to Sharia”—but Sharia encompasses virtually everything. The school has a reputation of being “moderate” but Brotherhood spiritual leader Yousef al-Qaradawi is a senior official. In one speech at Al-Azhar, Qaradawi said that an Islamic bloc is forming that will destroy Israel.

There are some at Al-Azhar who are uncomfortable with its role as described in the Egyptian constitution. An adviser to the Grand Sheikh said the school doesn’t want to be part of a government and “We don’t like to put the law in terms of a religious dogma that says ‘this is right’ or ‘this is wrong.’” The adviser said that they were forced to accept this position and accused the Salafists of seeking to overtake the institution. The Washington Post says, “[F]ar more hardline elements of Egypt’s Islamic mosaic [are staging] a rear-guard action for control.”

The constitution does not mandate Sharia Law’s hudud criminal punishments but that will come later. Qaradawi preached that Egypt should wait five years before cutting off hands. A Pew poll from 2010 shows the majority of Egyptians favor these criminal laws. About 82% favor stoning adulterers; 77% favor cutting off the hands of robbers and whippings and 84% favor executing those that leave Islam.

The Egyptian Coptic Christians should not relax because of the constitution’s kind language that promises freedom of religion and speech. Article 44 says that “insulting prophets and messengers is forbidden.” That means if a Christian contrasts his religion with that of Islam, he could very well end up arrested.

There are verses in the Quran that describe Christian beliefs as blasphemy. For example, 5:72 says, “They do blaspheme who say: ‘(Allah) is Christ the son of Mary.'” And again in 5:73: “They do blaspheme who say: ‘Allah is one of three in a Trinity': for there is no god except One Allah.” To an Islamist authority, the use of the word “blaspheme” could be equivalent to “insulting,” especially if the Christian is making the case for his religion by criticizing Islam and its founder.

Brotherhood preacher Safwat Hegazy, who declared that Morsi would resurrect the Caliphate as the presidential aspirant nodded, threatened violence against Christians. “We say and I say to the Church: Yes, you share this country with us; but there are red lines—and our red line is the legitimacy of Dr. Mohammed Morsi. Whoever splashes water on it, we will splash blood on him.”

The glimmer of hope is that Islamist popularity has taken a hit. President Mohammed Morsi only won his election by 3.4 percent. It’s fair to assume that anyone who voted for his secularist opponent remains against the Islamists. The Brotherhood’s popularity steeply declined after Morsi’s power grab and the proposal of the draft constitution, as evidenced in the hundreds of thousands who protested.

The opposition is coalescing and is considering forming a single political party, but it may be too late. With Sharia as the law of the land, the Islamists have plenty of tools to solidify their power with.

The vice chairman of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Essam Erian, said on December 16 that the Brotherhood is considering forming a militia under the authority of the president. “They would have defended themselves in front of the presidential palace and killed the others [anti-Morsi] protesters,” he said.

This weekend’s passing of the constitution is a bigger victory for the Brotherhood than the sweeping of parliament and taking of the presidency. Elected offices are won and lost but the constitution is here to stay. And that means that Sharia law in Egypt is here to stay.

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  • Coptic John

    The american president and his administration witnessing a new Islamic regime like Iran, you can't deal with one, now you have two, great!! that what any dunce would have done… I can assure you, you're fancy for Muslim Terroristhood will end up soon.
    "If you (Obama) then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal (Copts) and with his house this day, then rejoice you in Abimelech (MB), and let him also rejoice in you: 20 But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech." Judges 9:19-20

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The american president and his administration witnessing a new Islamic regime like Iran, you can't deal with one, now you have two, great!! that what any dunce would have done… I can assure you, you're fancy for Muslim Terroristhood will end up soon."

      There are many more than 2, unless you're talking about key divisions like Shia and Sunni. He can't handle the Saudi regime either, but then he went and created many more dangerous malicious jihadi regimes.

  • Energy Particle

    The day is coming when God, the Lord Jesus Christ, will eradicate every last Moslem off the face of the Earth. Jesus Christ Yeshua the JEWISH Messiah will destroy the Kaaba, He will destroy every koran, He will eradicate all Islam off the world. He will rule from Jerusalem and He will have the saved Jewish people rule and dominate the entire world. All of this comes from the Books of Isaiah, Zechariah, Micah, and other Biblical Jewish prophets. The Bible is a Jewish Book from cover to cover and was written by Jews.

    God hates Islam and will eradicate it and its followers in His time. In the mean time we have to live on this planet with these devils in human flesh and we must stand together and defend the US Constitution and universal Biblical based freedoms and rights. The Coptics are the true Egyptians and when Jesus returns He will eradicate the Moslem Muhammadan worshippers (Every Muslim who is a real Muslim worships a man named Muhammad and allah the devil moon god) and give the land of Egypt back to the Egyptian Christians and the entire Abrahamic land promise back to the Jews.

    • Abggian

      FYI, Jesus is not a politician when he was coming to this world so he never and does not ambitious for politic

      • JacksonPearson

        I suggest you read the Book of Daniel, and then Saint John of Patmos, the author of Revelation.

    • Emad

      You are dreaming! I would not destroy your dreams however I wanted to let u know that Quran (true none-touchable version book) stated a very nice words about Jesus as well as Mousse prophets without any discrimination. We as Muslim never deny Christianity, in fact the opposite is true, we as Muslims considering that believing in all prior books and prophets is root part of Islam religion and any Muslim mistreating any other prophet or religious followers we consider him an incomplete believer and greatest prophet Muhammad will be against that action on the division bell day.

      • Christian West

        Kuran…"stated very nice words about Jesus as well as Mousse…" says Emad in his comment above.

        "Very nice words"? Oh really?
        No, it did not because it could not without becoming totally incoherent. It does speak nicely of one Issa, who can not be the same as Jesus because the latter claimed to be God's incarnation, whereas the "Issa"-character is a muppet of allah invented for islamic proselytizing convenience. Besides, the followers of Jesus by definition reject the truth of kuran and allah and therefore are, by kuran, promised eternity of torture in islam's Hell. As for "Moussa" he can not possible be identical with Moses as the followers of the latter (the Jews) are, according to the kuran, descendants of pigs and monkeys and at the end of the world the moslems must slaughter every single one of them. So much for your "very nice words" in your, very revolting, kuran.

      • Sumtin Tusae

        Then answer this. Do they have the EXACT same rights as Muslims in majority Muslim populated areas/regions? Do they pay a different tax. Who's word would hold "truer" in a Islamic court? ; p

  • curmudgeon

    energy, you reveal that you really do not understand god. you can sit idly waiting for your god to slay the evildoers, and evil will win by default. muslims, on the other hand, do understand their god. they know he is as fake as the judeo-christian god, and will not slay their enemies, so muslims are very willing to take up allah's chores, and slay the infidel themselves. this is why islam is winning, and all other religions are losing. when infidels have as good an understanding of their idle god as muslims have of their evil god, then the infidels will have a chance. their first task will be to cleanse their own lands of the muslim conquerors that their own traitorous governments have invited to replace them.

    • bluffcreek1967

      What a confusing and semi-incoherent rant! I had to guess at times what you were driving at because you don't explain things in clear terms. I agreed partially with your comments and it was only after reading the same damn thing over and over that I finally got a sense of what you were trying to say! Please, some clarity in expression and whatever happened to the use of capital letters at the start of a sentence?!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "muslims, on the other hand, do understand their god. they know he is as fake as the judeo-christian god"

      Got any facts to back up your silly rhetoric? The Muslims that know their cheese god is fake are not the ones who do the killing, with rare exceptions like ultra-narcissistic evil politicians who exploit the sincere delusions of jihadis. Without widespread acute delusion, we'd have no problems with Islam.

      You seem like you know almost nothing, yet that doesn't stop you from striking the pose of an informed person. Welcome to the Internet age.

      • SumtinTusae

        Oh, but I do.. Been following this crap since the 90's. Around the same time that the document was captured. Google "civilization jihad pdf" and look for the Muslim Brotherhood's agenda from back in the 90's. To destroy the West from within. Without war. By placing Mosques and schools in our territories and moving Muslims into government positions. Stay "passive" and "peaceful" whilst in the foreign country, then BAM! There are "thousands" of these clips all over the place, so it doesn't seem this is some "minority Jihad" actions and considering the Brotherhood is finally in power and Egypt under Sharia now, add it up…..This IS how SHARIA works. WARNING "VERY" GRAPHIC CONTENT (Muslim turned Christian faces the punishment for apostasy ):

    • JacksonPearson

      From your post, it's evident you do not understand Islam, or Christianity, nor their differences.

  • Lady Liberty

    It will be the law of the land in Syria soon too thanks to obama and lawmakers. Al Qaeda rebels are already threatening to storm Christian towns

    Jabhat Al-Nursa’s plans for a new Syria under sharia


    Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels


    Some U.S. lawmakers, such as Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have criticized Obama for moving too slowly to assist the rebels and have suggested the U.S. government become directly involved in arming Assad’s opponents.

    Other lawmakers have suggested caution, saying too little is known about the many rebel groups.

    Recent news reports from the region have suggested that the influence and numbers of Islamist militants, some of them connected to al Qaeda or its affiliates, have been growing among Assad’s opponents.

    Reality Check: Is Al-Qaeda An Enemy Or Not.

    Ben Swann Reality Check looks at a new report that the U.S. Government is funding the opposition in Syria including al Qaeda fighters.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "It will be the law of the land in Syria soon too thanks to obama and lawmakers"

      Oh the blessings we've gained since the savior 0'Bama scammed his way up the polluted stream of politics in DC.

      Thank you so much, 0. 2009 will be seen as the watershed year for Muslim Brotherhood schemes thanks to the cheese god's favorite 21st century political fraud.

  • Ghostwriter

    I believe that when the full force of Sharia law is enforced,I doubt most Egyptians will like it.

    • kafir4life

      We should hope that the Egyptians with their new found constitutional religiosity, purge from amongst their ranks the "wrong types of muslim", and those "not quite muslim enough". If they concentrate on the bomb factories as they have in the past, eventually much of the problem will go away naturally.

  • Mal Capone (no relation)

    Doesn’t Sharia Law also forbid usury? And I think it says something about not being able to lend something that you don’t already own. Strange, but something inside keeps nagging me that this may have something to do with the unrest…. kind of has banking implications(?). Just a thought…..