Abu El-Fotouh: Caliphate is a Political Concept
|Sunday, April 16,2006 00:00|
Dr. Abdel-Moneim Abu el-Fotouh, member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Executive Bureau, in an interview aired on the satellite Dream T.V. channel, stated that the Islamic Caliphate, is a political and not a religious concept. It is a sort of a federation of Muslim States in a system of integration and cooperation in economic and political fields. All Muslim peoples, and not the MB alone, seek to achieve this kind of integration and federation.
On the question of "citizenship", it is very clear in the thought of Muslim Brothers. Citizenship, he said, is the basis for rights and duties in the country and Copts are part of Egypt. Indeed, the first Copt to enter the People’s Assembly (Egypt’s parliament) on party lists was included on the list of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in the 1987 legislative elections.
Muslim Brothers, Abu el-Fotouh stressed, are against an aggression by a Muslim State against another Muslim State and they were the first to condemn the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.
Election of the General Guide of the MB, he emphasized, takes place every six years and is conducted in free, fair and democratic elections.