Sunday, June 5, 2011

Islam in Egypt: demand for sharia grows

Not the protesters the media showed us back in February, but the real face of Egypt showed up at Tahrir Square, chanting Islamist, Islamist.  They want a pure Islam in Egypt, they also demand that tourists conform to Muslim norms while visiting. 

The one way street appears, whereby non-Muslims must abide by Islamic norms while visiting a Muslim country, and abide by Muslim norms in non-Muslim countries.  I can only imagine how this will play out for the millions of tourists who come to Egypt to see the great wonders of the ancient civilizations.

From AlMasry AlYoum June 6

Protesters demand Sharia Law implementation, tourism that respects Islam
Around 300 individuals gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday, chanting “Islamist, Islamist,” and calling for the implementation of Sharia Law in Egypt. Protesters also raised objections regarding tourists who “violate the people’s traditions,” and demanded closer scrutiny of those who receive permission to enter the country for tourism purposes.

The protesters, who held the banner of the “Development and Renaissance Party”, refused a civil state and attacked secularism, arguing that it does not suit the Egyptian people. They stressed that Egypt is a strictly Islamic country. A number of protesters had set up a stage at the same spot that Tahrir revolutionaries used to spread their message. A number of passers-by and street vendors gathered around the group.

The protesters called for tourism that respects cultural norms, saying Gulf tourists visit to violate Egyptian women. Foreign tourists who do not respect the Islamic traditions should also be more strictly regulated, they said.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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