BY JIM KOURI
An estimated 30,000 Salafists, a radical Islamist sect, gathered at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, over the weekend demanding a constitution containing provisions with strict adherence to the Prophet Mohammed’s Islamic laws known as Shariah, according to an Israeli intelligence source.
The country’s first civilian president, Mohamed Morsi, took office a mere 100 days ago with the hope of a peaceful and stable Egypt, but is now faced with a conflict over formulating the nation’s founding legal document — a constitution.
Gaining absolute power through last year’s massive demonstration that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak who reigned for decades, the so-called conservative Muslims are attempting the total Islamization of Egypt.
Some of them, mainly the violence-prone Salafists, are calling for the full application of Shariah, known as regulations and rulings of their Holy Prophet Mohammed, in every political and social area of Egyptian living.
Even Muslims themselves are divided on to what extend they should be governed by the rulings of their Prophet, according to the intelligence source.
The Salafists called for a constitution based on the “rulings” of Shariah, which suggest a society abiding by the strict letter of what clerics say is meant in Islamic law.
Other Muslims, including some but not all the members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the best organized Islamic organization in Egypt, prefer a constitution based on the “principles” of Shariah, which allows greater leeway and is also favored by some liberals.
The Moral Liberal Contributing Editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is the fifth Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Contact Jim.