MB Responds to Mubarak’s Warn of Mixing Religion, Politics
|Monday, March 19,2007 00:00|
|By S. Abbady, Ikhwanweb|
MB Responds to Mubarak’s Warn of Mixing Religion, Politics: We Reject Theocratic State
The Muslim Brotherhood responds to Mubarak’s warning of mixing between religion and politics saying Islam embraces all aspects of life and that the group doesn’t seek a theocratic state.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned, in an interview with the Egyptian daily Rose Al Youssef of the dangers of mixing religion with politics and politics with religion and manipulating religious beliefs .
Asked about the doctrinal conflict between the Sunnis and the Shiites, President Mubarak said:" I hop that this won’t happen and I always warn against the sectarian and doctrinal divisions inside the same country and between counties in the Islamic and Arab world; I also warn of the similar bad consequences of mixing religion with politics and politics with religion and of manipulating beliefs."
For his part, Dr. Mohamed Habib, the deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, told Ikhwanweb that president Mubarak’s statements might be taking a wrong direction.
Islam is an inclusive religion that embraces all aspects of human life; it is politics, economy and sociology and other sciences; it is illegal to separate between religion and politics, according to confirmations of Islamic scholars throughout ages .
Habib confirmed Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t seek a theocratic state according to the Western concept that dominated the West during the Middle Ages when the church and clerics were ruling people according to the absolute divine rule.
Habib stressed that the Muslim Brotherhood rejects any control from clerics over state bodies.
The Deputy Chairman pointed out that the Islamic state according to the Muslim Brotherhood’s writings is a civil country that respects democracy, public freedoms, citizenship rights, women’s rights and there is no power from the clerics over it.
Habib added that the Islamic state is a state of institutions based on democracy, respecting constitution and law, power transition, peaceful transfer of power, that the nation is the source of authorities, and that the people are the only one party having the right to put the bases of a social contract between the ruler and ruled.