Brotherhood opposes adding ‘when not against God’s law’ to constitution

A Muslim Brotherhood leader said that the group is against adding the phrase “when not against God’s law” to the new constitution.

Abdel Khaleq al-Sherif, the Brotherhood’s publicity head, said that the phrase does not add any meaning.

Ezzedine Thabet, a member of the Executive Bureau of the Freedom and Justice Party in Assiut, said that he prefers that the second article, which states that “the principles of Islamic Sharia are the main source of legislation,” remain as it is without addition, explaining that it this article ensures that God’s law would not be violated.

 “The second article with its current wording can remain as it is, and all matters can be cleared through interpretation, provided that senior scholars do the interpretation, and we are confident they will not violate the law of God, so there is no importance in adding the phrase, ‘when not against God's law’ to the Constitution,” he said.

Endowments Minister Talaat Mohamed Afify Salem had said in a press statement that he prefers adding the phrase to Article 36 concerning issues between men and women, “because that is in the interest of both women and men.”

He said that if equality is absolute, this would result in problems relating to inheritance, the guardianship of men over women and other matters.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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