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Egyptian Cleric: “Democracy is Heresy”

September 16, 2011

Talk about a target-rich interview.  The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report has provided a MEMRI translation of an Al Jazeera interview with Egyptian cleric Wagdi Ghoneim.  I’ll provide a few highlights, and you can read the whole translation here.

On thing I know: A Muslim loves and exalts his religion, and he wants to be ruled by Islam, because he is a Muslim.

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Someone who hates his own religion is a heretic. Someone who tells you that he doesn’t want Islam is a heretic. If he tells you he doesn’t love Islam, he is a heretic. If he tells you that God does not rule us, he is a heretic. If he tells you that we do not need Islam today, he is a heretic.

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All I know is that Islam rules, and a Muslim should instate the law of Allah.

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There is no such thing as democracy. Democracy is founded on principles of heresy. The ten principles of democracy constitute utter heresy: the freedom of religion, the freedom of belief – we have a punishment for apostasy – the rule of the people by the people and not by Allah, the capital belongs to the people.

Here is a short, but key, biographical note on Msr. Ghoneim:

In July, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that Mr. Ghoneim was added by Egyptian authorities to a list of 90 leaders of the “International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood” [emphasis mine – ed.]

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  1. September 16, 2011 18:53

    You’re on fire, TreeClimberG…keep the great posts coming!

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