Sharia Law: Egypt’s Main Presidential Candidates’ Focus

“The Quran is our constitution; the Prophet is our leader; jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal,” Mohamed Mursi, leader of the Freedom and Justice Party and Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, said in his election speech to students at Cairo University on Saturday.

“Today, Egypt is as close as never before to the triumph of Islam at all state levels,” he declared.

“Today, we can establish Sharia law because our nation will acquire well-being only by Islam and Sharia. The Muslim Brothers and the Freedom and Justice Party will be the conductors of these goals,” Mursi added.

During Mursi’s electoral Ain Shams conference, held in Cairo on May 13, Sheikh Fawzy al-Saeed repeatedly urged the faithful to “kill all those who do not agree with you or with Islam’s law,” supporting his call by verses from the Quran. “How do you consider yourselves Muslims if you listen to them?” he added. The conference was aired on Egyptian satellite station Rotana Masriya.

Former Muslim Brotherhood deputy supreme guide Mohammed Habib stated in an interview with the newspaper Al Nahda that the Muslim Brotherhood plans to make a new Iran out of Egypt, praising Iran’s aggressive stance on the US and Israel.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which leads the Freedom and Justice Party, had said that it would not nominate its own candidate for president and that it did not plan to support an Islamist president either. However, the Brotherhood has now endorsed Mursi after their initial candidate, Khairat El-Shater, was disqualified as a result of criminal convictions.

The Brotherhood organization had been outlawed in the country for decades until President Hosni Mubarak was removed from office. It has now become a great political influence in the nation. The group has controlled both houses of parliament since a sweeping victory in the country’s election that was reportedly marked by violations blamed on Islamists groups. Violation complaints varied from plastering posters on car windshields, alleyway walls and lamp posts to illegally solicit votes inside polling stations.

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According to Al Ahram, the state’s official newspaper, the Islamist group distributed meat for free during their campaigns in the Egyptian province of Assiut with their photos pasted on the beef bags, and offered cash gifts to children in Beni Sueif, another province in southern Egypt. They also arranged raffles in which winners received valuable prizes including sheep.

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