Islamists say constitution should be more specific about ‘non-Muslims’

Islamists on Thursday questioned the use of the term "non-Muslims" in Article II of the supra-constitutional principles document prepared by Deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Selmy, suggesting that the term is too vague and might be interpretted as including non-Abrahamic faiths.

“The term 'non-Muslims' allows unrecognized sects like the Baha’is and others to demand their own laws,” said Adel Afify, president of the Salafi Asala Party.

Mohamed al-Shahawy, president of the International Sufi Council, said the term would incite sectarian strife against followers of unrecognized religions like Baha’ism and Buddhism who are "against Islam", as he put it.

Islamist presidential hopeful Mohamed Selim al-Awa said the military council has no right to impose supra-constitutional principles on the people. “The new parliament can abolish those principles in its first meeting,” he said.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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