The Supreme Guide: Christians and women are forbidden from being President of the Republic pursuant to jurisprudential preference

The Supreme Guide: Christians and women are forbidden from being President of the Republic pursuant to jurisprudential preference

6/11/2007

Ikhwan Online

Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood His Excellence Mr Mohamed Mehdy Akef said that the Muslim Brotherhood’s opinion that women and Christians may not hold the office of President of the Republic is based on jurisprudential preference agreed on by the group after lengthy discussions of the matter.

The Supreme Guide added in comments made to Australian newspaper “The Age” on Tuesday that the Muslim Brotherhood’s decision that no Copt or woman may hold presidential office is not a political decision, but rather based on jurisprudential priorities and the opinion of most clerics.

His Excellence added that America itself rejects that a Protestant or a Catholic hold the presidential office: John Kennedy, a Catholic, was shot. He was the only non-Evangelical president in America.

[Akef] affirmed that what has been said about the Association of Muslim Scholars in the press is completely untrue and that the Muslim Brotherhood regard the People’s Assembly as the legislative authority that may not be usurped. The Council of Clerics is an elected council concerned with issued reports used by the legislative assembly. Where there is a dispute the Supreme Constitutional Court and not the Association of Senior Clerics has the right to rule on it.

The Supreme Guide underlined that the primary motivation of the group in issuing such a programme is the good of the Ummah. The Muslim Brotherhood are presenting their programmes for the sake of Egypt’s renaissance and so that it joins the ranks of developed countries.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online.

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5 comments
  1. desert wanderer said:

    You might want to start posting the cached link to the original documents. You guys are doing a great job with this but I fear the powers that be might start to delete the webpages giving them the grounds to suggest your account is false.

    Wherever this leads… Great job all around!

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