Egypt: does democracy mean imposing Islamic rule on the people?

Of course it does.

“To Hell with Anyone who Does Not Accept Islamic Rule”

 Former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi ‘Akef: To Hell with Anyone who Does Not Accept Islamic Rule

Former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi ‘Akef: To Hell with Anyone who Does Not Accept Islamic Rule--MEMRI

Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian cleric Mahdi ‘Akef, former General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, which aired on Al-Kahera Wal-Nas TV on August 11, 2012.


Mahdi ‘Akef: To hell with anyone who does not accept the Islamic rule that the people want. Why? Because the people should… We are a people who talk about democracy and the rule of the people…
Interviewer: Does democracy mean the imposing of Islamic rule on the people?
Mahdi ‘Akef: No! It is the people that are imposing it, not us.
Interviewer: When the people elected Dr. Morsi, they were not electing Islamic rule.
Mahdi ‘Akef: They elected Dr. Morsi for the cultural enterprise that he declared, which is based upon Islam.
Interviewer: … It is a national enterprise, not the establishment of an Islamic state…
Mahdi ‘Akef: With your permission… I don’t want to beat around the bush. I’m a straightforward man. When Morsi presented his cultural enterprise for the revival of Egypt, he did so from an Islamic perspective, not a secular one.
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