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Egyptian Islamist groups have called for a million-man march on Friday to defend Shariah, calling for the ruling Muslim Brotherhood to "return to God" because it has strayed from its focus on implementing Islamic law, Al-Khaleej reports.Publisher: Al-Khaleej (U.A.E.)
Warning of Plans to Reproduce the Former Regime Islamists Forces Organize a Million-man march to Support the Shariah And Call the Brotherhood to Return To God
Published on: Wed, Nov 7, 2012
Translated on: Wed, Nov 7, 2012
Translated by: Joelle El-Khoury
Categories : Egypt
Participants in the meeting said that the march is calling on the Muslim Brotherhood to return to God, “after the group were sidetracked in the application of God’s Shariah,” according to Hazem Khater, spokesman of the million-man march. He said that Islamist forces agreed to deliver a strong message to the Brotherhood, adding that “we call on the Brotherhood to return to God, because you are the ones most affected by the non-application of Islamic Shariah law.” The march’s organizers have decided to call on the Brotherhood to once again participate in the million-man march.
Tariq al-Zamer, a leader of the Building and Development Party, said that the million-man march is designed to deliver a message that [not implementing] Shariah law is a red line, and getting around this implementation cannot be allowed. The march represents a call made to all Islamic forces to defend their Shariah. He asserted that the coalition “Defending Shariah Law,” which consists of 16 political parties and movements, formed a delegation to meet with members of the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting the constitution. The meetings’ objective is to stress the need that Article 2 stipulate that Islamic Shariah law is the main source of legislation and the addition of a new article stipulating that any of the present constitutional provisions cannot be interpreted in a way that contradicts Shariah law.
On the other hand, the Islamist Gamaa Islamiya group and its political wing the Development and Construction Party warned of what they described as plans of the former regime’s remnants to abort the Jan. 25 revolution, “against a backdrop of attempts to reproduce this regime.” In a statement issued yesterday [Nov. 6], the group stressed the need to protect Egypt from corruption, for the general attorney to resign, reprisal for martyrs, to combat corruption and purify the country of corrupt individuals. The group called upon the Egyptian people to take part in the organized events in order to confront “the old regime’s movements” — as the group described them — and to join the coalition “Defending Shariah Law” in public events in Tahrir square in downtown Cairo on Friday [Nov. 9].