Al-Shater: Cooperation Is Necessary for the Renaissance Project
Khairat Al-Shater, deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, stressed that throughout history the MB has been concerned with the nation’s renaissance, unlike the image the former regime made of the MB of being an opposition group seeking power.
He gave a speech at Dr. Saeed’s Salon on Thursday evening, saying that the MB’s vision for the renaissance project is based on an Islamic background and the MB will only achieve this project with the help of all those who love their country. He ascertained that the MB calls on everyone to work together to achieve this aim.
He added that the renaissance will be carried out according to a government which puts the interests of the individual before groups and vice versa. He stressed that the MB believes that an Islamic background balances between the interests of all parties.
He stressed that the background is neither a general motto nor a theory but it is about the relationship between the individual and his Creator, society and him/herself and is organized by specific guidelines. He noted that the nation is the source of executive authority and is part of the legislative authority.
He pointed out that there are difficulties and challenges facing the project for being based on an Islamic background, lacking a complete draft of the project, and lacking application of this project for a period not less than 200 years, following the fall of the Islamic Caliphate.
Al-Shater stressed that the end of Islamic governance led to the lack of intellectual production in sciences, and the nation needs research institutions to bring back the study of humanities from an Islamic perspective.
He also stressed the need to differentiate between the three phases when preparing for the project; the first is the one Egypt has been going through for a year, which requires cooperation and coordination of efforts in order to draft the renaissance project. The second is a five-year phase after electing a president and a government to apply the project for a period between thirty to forty years.
Al-Shater stressed on the need to work together and realize the different roles of the people and the government, and to restore the culture of the Egyptian people and educate them about the importance of participating in the development of their country.
Al-Shater pointed out that the MB has 3 strategic ways of working in the next phase: to participate in developing the Egyptian and Muslim nation, to protect the spirit of the revolution, to form coalitions and to coordinate for the achievement of the first two goals, as the MB believes that it alone cannot achieve the renaissance project.
Dr. Saeed Ismail, professor at Ain Shams University, welcomed the participation of the deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood in his intellectual salon, after the MB had been banned from being invited for many long years.