Habib: MB Poses No Threat to Egypt’s Security
|Friday, January 12,2007 00:00|
Dr. Mohamed Habib said that president Mubarak did not accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of violence, terrorism or extremism in his latest statement and "this is a recognition from the president that we are not violent group".
In a statement to Ikhwanweb, Dr. Mohamed Habib, the first deputy chairman of Muslim Brotherhood said, commenting on president Mubarak’s statement to an Egyptian newspaper,:" President Mubarak did not accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of violence, terrorism or extremism and this is a recognition from the president that we are not violence group; however, his claim that the MB poses a danger to the security of Egypt and linking this claim with its adopting a religious method needs more explanation".
Habib pointed out that the Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly declared that it accepts a democracy based on a real political multiplicity, a peaceful transfer of power and considering the nation as the source of authorities.
"W also declared" Habib added "that the Muslim Brotherhood approves a country based on institutions; there should be legislative, executive and judicial authorities and that there should be a separation between authorities, and, definitely, there should be religious institutions which are only a consultative reference to the People’s Assembly that has the right of drafting laws which must be consistent and compatible with the Islamic Sharia.
The MB’s second deputy chairman added that:" when the Muslim Brotherhood speaks about a state, it means a civil state with an Islamic reference according to the Egyptian constitution that states in its second article that the Islamic Sharia is the main source of legislation, and according to the fact that Islam is a comprehensive religion that includes all aspects of life.
Habib pointed out that saying that the Muslim Brotherhood group is a religious movement is a wrong allegation; we- the Muslim Brotherhood- do not distinguish between a Muslim citizen and a non-Muslim citizen on the basis of law; this is because we are partners in homeland and fate and we recognize the principle of citizenship and we don’t believe in a theocratic rule.
Concerning president Mubarak’s claim that people would leave Egypt with their money, investment would stop and unemployment rise if the Brotherhood gained in influence, Habib said that the main reason for the departure of investment and businessmen are repressions and tyranny which are currently exercised by the Egyptian regime against people and opposition and continuing the state of emergency that has been enacted in Egypt, and also the financial and administrative corruption which is widespread in the state-controlled institutions; these are the real dangers- not MB win or rule- that pose threats to investments and businessmen.