Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohamed Mursi vows to apply Islamic Law as Egypt’s next president; Prominent cleric Safwat Hegazi throws weight behind Mursi campaign
“Egyptian presidential contender Mohamed Mursi on Monday announced his intention to apply Islamic Law in Egypt in the event he became Egypt’s next head of state,” Ahram Online reports.
5/8/2012 Egypt (Ahram Online) – Egyptian presidential contender Mohamed Mursi on Monday announced his intention to apply Islamic Law in Egypt in the event he became Egypt’s next head of state.
Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate, declared that the application of Islamic Law represented the sole means by which Egyptians might “restore their dignity.” Mursi went on to stress that Islamic Law also represented the best means of guaranteeing the rights of Egypt’s Christian minority.
In a related development, prominent Egyptian cleric Safwat Hegazi threw his weight behind Mursi’s presidential campaign, comparing the Brotherhood candidate to celebrated medieval Muslim leader Salah Al-Din, who united the Muslim world, vanquished the crusaders and liberated Jerusalem from the foreign invaders.
Mursi, Hegazi declared, “is the one who will lead us to Jerusalem.”
Hegazi, a member of Egypt’s Islamic Legitimate Body of Rights and Reform, said his organisation would back Mursi’s presidential bid because Mursi represented “the only candidate who has promised to apply Islamic Law.”
Mursi is currently vying with renegade Islamist candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh for the hotly-contested Islamist vote. Recent weeks have seen several major Islamist parties and movements come out in support of Abul-Fotouh’s presidential bid, including the moderate-Islamist Wasat Party, Al-Jamaaa Al-Islamiya, Alexandria’s Salafist Calling and the Salafist Nour Party.