Quranists: Saudi influence still strong in Egypt
Tuesday, 07 July 2009
President of the International Quranic Center Ahmed
Sobhy Mansour demanded
to write-off Article II of the Constitution, which stipulates that the
Islamic Shariah is the main source of legislation, and called for the
international human rights conventions to be the only and main source
of legislation in Egypt and the Islamic world if possible
According to BBC, he said that “the human texts closest to the essence of Islam are the international human rights conventions”
On his opinion about the phrase ‘Islam is the Solution’, Mansour said: “The Islam of the Quran is the solution, not the Islam of the Wahabis or the Muslim Brotherhood.
And speaking of Wahabis, I think that Saudi influence is still strong in Egypt. I am talking about the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak regime, as it was he who made an alliance with the Saudis. It is known that Egypt follows Saudi Arabia when it comes to politics”
On the new preachers, he said “they are but singers in an arena that repeats what has been said before at the time of the Abbasids.”
Mansour again denied the Hadith, saying “if the Prophet had said it, I would be the first to defend it, but research proved that it had nothing to do with Islam or with the Prophet. It was mere talk in the Abbasid era that was falsely attributed to the Prophet, centuries after he died”
He added “the main problem between me and others is that I believe in what was written in the Holy Quran, that Islam was completed with the completion of the Quran that was revealed to Prophet Mohamed, the last of all prophets. Anything other than that is not of Islam, but of Muslims”
On the internal politics of Egypt, Mansour did not object to the nomination of Gamal Mubarak for the presidency, on the condition that he should establish a democratic and secular State that respects human rights.
Mansour refused to consider a Muslim turned Christian as an apostate. He said “Islam has no punishment for those who convert from it. A man has the right to choose what he wants, as long as he will be responsible for it before God.”
On attempts to spread Shiism among the Sunnis, he said “They are political attempts disguised in religion,” pointing out that change must come from within with support from abroad.
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