Salafi leader: Brotherhood agrees Sharia, not principles, to be legislative source

News article, posted 06.30.2012, from Egypt, in:
Salafi leader: Brotherhood agrees Sharia, not principles, to be legislative source (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Prominent Salafi leader and preacher Yasser Borhamy has said that the Muslim Brotherhood has agreed with the Salafi vision to have a constitution that cites Sharia as the main source for the legislation, rather than the principles of Sharia.

Article II of 1971 Constitution, which is copied into the current Constitutional Declaration, reads "Islam is the religion of the state. Arabic is its official language, and principles of Islamic jurisprudence (Sharia) are the main source of legislation." A 1979 amendment had replaced "a main source" with "the main source."

According to legal experts, deleting the word "principles“ means that Sharia will play a bigger role in drafting legislation.

In an interview with Al-Shorouk newspaper on Saturday, Borhamy said, “we insist that the article states that 'Islamic Sharia law is the main source of legislation,’ not ‘the principles of Sharia.'

We will not give up on this matter. The Muslim Brotherhood assured us that they agree with us on the formula of Islamic Sharia law without [mentioning] ‘principles.'”

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