Apr 5 2011
Grab your headbags, ladies, soon it will against the law to go out in public without being covered from head to toe in a shroud.
JPOST –Despite the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper calling Egypt’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement “mostly secular.” , the Muslim Brotherhood is now calling for virtue/modesty police, which were prevalent in medieval Islamic societies to enforce public virtue and modesty.
Officials of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s leading Islamic group, have called for the establishment of aIranian/Saudi-style modesty police to combat “immoral” behavior in public areas in what observers say in another sign of a growing Islamic self-confidence in the post-Mubarak era.
In the political sphere, the Brotherhood led a successful drive to get voters to approve a package of constitutional amendments. On the street level, at least 20 attacks were perpetrated against the tombs of Muslim mystics (suffis), who are the subject of popular veneration but disparaged by Islamic fundamentalists, or salafis. After some initial hesitation, Islamic leaders have publicly praised the revolution.
“This is incredibly worrying to many Egyptians,” Maye Kassem, a political scientist at the American University in Cairo (AUC), told The Media Line. “The salafis were always undercover in Egypt and now they are emerging as a political force. They are getting too vocal.”
Newly freed from the political strictures of the Mubarak era, Egypt has turned into a battleground between those who envision a liberal, secular state and those who advocate various shades of Islam. (Goodbye secular)
“The new police must have a department with limited authorities to arrest those who commit immoral acts,” Durbala told the newspaper. Nevertheless, liberal, secular Egyptians, who led the protests that brought down President Hosni Mubarak and ushered in a new but as yet undefined era in Egypt, regard the proposal as the latest sign that Islamists are emerging as the dominant force in the country.
Sa’id Abd Al-Azim, a leader of the salafi movement in Alexandria, attacked Egyptian “liberals” for waging a media campaign against his movement. “Despite the attacks against the salafi movement, it is constantly advancing – untouched by the attack,” Abd Al-Azim told Al-Masry Al-Youm. “If the Christians want safety they should
submit to the rule of God and be confident that the Islamic sharia [law] will protect them.” (Buh Bye!)
But it was not only Islamic fundamentalists who foresaw a growing role for Islam in Egypt. In an editorial published in the New York Times April 1, Gomaa, the country’s leading religious figure, condemned the attacks saying they harmed Islamic unity. But he said the world must expect a more Islamic, albeit tolerant, Egypt. (HAH!)
“Egypt is a deeply religious society,” Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa wrote. “It is inevitable that Islam will have a place in our democratic political order … while religion cannot be completely separated from politics, we can ensure that it is not abused for political gain.”
Last Tuesday, Egypt’s foreign minister, Nabil Al-Arabi, said his country was interested in “opening a new page with all countries, including Iran,” which he said was “not an enemy state.” Egypt and Iran have not enjoyed full diplomatic relations since 1979.
Nagib Gibrail, a Coptic attorney and head of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights, said the Egyptian revolution had been kidnapped by Islamist radicals. (Nobody expected otherwise)
“There are areas in Egypt where Christian girls can’t walk outside after eight o’clock in the evening for fear of being kidnapped,” Gibrail told The Media Line. “Moderate Muslims should be more scared than Christians. It is very worrying that the military regime hasn’t issued a statement declaring Egypt a secular state.” (Don’t hold your breath)