Egypt working on another constitution, Muslim Brotherhood wants to talk

Muslim Brotherhood


The situation in Egypt is still tense.  The supporters of the military coup that ousted President Morsi  (who was part of the Muslim Brotherhood) are working on their version of another constitution supporter and the Muslim Brotherhood wants to talk:

November 16, 2013

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—The final version of Egypt’s new draft constitution will be confirmed in a vote taken by the drafting committee and set to begin on November 24, sources in the 50-member constitutional committee told Asharq Al-Awsat.

A member of the 50-member constitution-drafting committee speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity said, “The committee has completed 90 percent of the constitution’s articles,” adding that the final vote on the draft constitution could take place over three or four sessions…

Once the 50-member committee has voted on the final draft of the constitution, it will be confirmed or rejected by the Egyptian people in a national referendum expected to take place in late December or early January.

For his part, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, called on Egyptians to preserve the 2012 constitution, adding that the 50-member constitution committee tasked with amending the Islamist-drafted 2012 constitution is removing all of its “great” articles.

Speaking during a Friday sermon in Qatar, Qaradawi said: “They want to get rid of all the great articles contained in the 2012 constitution . . . things that promote morals, religion and patriotism.”

“The Egyptian people must preserve their constitution, president, and democratic regime,” Qaradawi added in reference to deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.

Egypt Prepares 4th Constitution Since 2010

Egypt is rewriting its constitution, with a small group appointed by the military-backed government overhauling the previous, Islamist driven charter.

November 16, 2013

Cairo: An Islamist coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday offered negotiations to end the deadly tumult since Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi’s overthrow, without explicitly insisting on his reinstatement.

The coalition “calls on all revolutionary forces and political parties and patriotic figures to enter a deep dialogue on exiting the current crisis,” it said in a statement.

The coalition, which has organised weekly protests despite a harsh police crackdown, insisted on keeping up “peaceful opposition” but said it wanted a “consensus for the public good of the country.”

It proposed conditions to enter the dialogue, including the release of Islamist prisoners and the reopening of Islamist TV channels shut down after Mursi’s July 3 overthrow by the military.

Egypt will not continue the way the more secular government hopes. The situation in Egypt is more tense than most realize.

On July 3, 2013, the military removed the elected president of Egypt, Dr. Morsi (also spelled Mursi in English).  On September 23, 2013, an Egyptian court outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood (Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood!).

So in July and since, the Muslim Brotherhood has called for protests. The military-backed government decided to not tolerate certain protests and helped kill and/or injure thousands of people, as well as arrest many associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, like it has been for much of its history, the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned.  Dr. Morsi recently referred to his removal as treason (Egypt’s Morsi calls his removal treason).

Notice a translation of what some in the Muslim Brotherhood say they want:

…the Islamic Ummah [nation] can regain its power and be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men, as the leaders of humanity…

He [Hassan al-Banna] felt the grave danger overshadowing the Muslims and the urgent need and obligation which Islam places on every Muslim, man and woman, to act in order to restore the Islamic Caliphate and to reestablish the Islamic State on strong foundations and to liberate the Muslims and defend them from any attack, and to spread the Da’wa (Islamic missionary activity) of Islam in the world and to establish this great religion, which Allah wanted for his servants…

Some think that Shahada (Martyrdom) causes loss and damages the [Muslim Brotherhood] Society, since it has lost influential people in action and Jihad. This is wrong, since the fall of the Shahid (Martyr) for the sake of Da’wa (Islamic missionary activity) is [seen as] provisions and fuel for the [next] generations, and as a symbol of self sacrifice in the way of the Da’wa until realization of the goals which the [Muslim Brotherhood] Society was established for, that is, establishing the State of Islam, headed by the Islamic Caliphate, in order to establish Allah religion on Allah’s land…(Source: The Muslim Brotherhood – in its own words Translation of “Jihad is the way” by Mustafa Mashhur Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, 1996-2002 by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik. viewed 04/30/11)

The goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is a confederation of states in North Africa and the Middle East with a leader, sometimes called a Caliph and sometimes the Imam Mahdi.  Caliph is a shortened version of the expression “Khalifah rasul Allah” meaning “Successor to the Messenger of God.” To bring enough Arab nations together, I have felt that some type of “strongman” needed to rise up.  One who Arabs would tend to respect.  The title Caliph has been given to the head of state in Muslim-governed countries in the past.

What will biblically happen to Egypt?

The Bible shows that Egypt will end up in some type of end type confederation, there will be a leader of it, and that others will support this confederation:

40 At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. (Daniel 11:40-42).

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

“‘Wail and say, “Alas for that day!” 3 For the day is near, the day of the LORD is near- a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. 4 A sword will come against Egypt, and anguish will come upon Cush. When the slain fall in Egypt, her wealth will be carried away and her foundations torn down.

5 Cush and Put, Lydia and all Arabia, Libya and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt.

6 “‘This is what the LORD says:

“‘The allies of Egypt will fall and her proud strength will fail. From Migdol to Aswan they will fall by the sword within her, declares the Sovereign LORD. 7 “‘They will be desolate among desolate lands, and their cities will lie among ruined cities. 8 Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I set fire to Egypt and all her helpers are crushed.

9 “‘On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush out of her complacency. Anguish will take hold of them on the day of Egypt’s doom, for it is sure to come (Ezekiel 30:1-9, NIV).

Thus, a confederation will form, Egypt will be part of it, it will be destroyed, and many of the nations that enter into a confederation with Egypt will suffer. Egypt will have involvement with the biblical King of the South.

So, while some in Egypt apparently hope that another constitution may prevent an Islamic confederation from happening, biblically, the lands in North Africa and the Middle East that are currently dominated by Islam will get together.  Despite supporters of the military coup against Egypt’s elected (and currently jailed) President Morsi, it will come to pass (Daniel 11:40-43; Ezekiel 30:1-9).

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Egypt in Prophecy Does Egypt have a special role in end time prophecy? Will Egypt rise up and then be defeated. What does God teach will happen to those in Egypt? Here is a link to a YouTube video titled Egypt and End Time Prophecy.
The Future King of the South is Rising Does the Bible teach that there will be a future King of the South in Daniel 11? Is this kingdom rising up now? Did the old Worldwide Church of God (WCG) teach that there would be another one? And who is the King of the South? How will this involve Egypt? Is the final King of the South some type of Arab-Muslim confederation? Can Iran be involved? Is there a group that seems to be supporting the goals of the King of the South? Has the Obama Administration supported the rise of this power? This sermon video answers those questions.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Rise of the King of the South The Bible tells of the formation of a power of nations that are in the Middle East and North Africa that are part of the final “King of the South” (Daniel 11:40-43) The Muslim Brotherhood wishes to have an Islamic empire with basically the same nations. This YouTube video explains what to expect from such a confederation.
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?
What Should You Know About Turkey in Prophecy Do you know the Turkish people descended from? Did the Ottoman Empire possibly fulfill a promise in Genesis? Will Turkey support the European King of the North or Arabic King of the South? Will it betray one of them? Will Turkey be involved in the encouraging the destruction of Israel? Is Turkey going to become Catholic? Is Turkey mentioned in Psalm 83, Daniel 11, and elsewhere in the Bible? This video provides answers.
Damascus and Syria in Prophecy Will Bashar Assad hold power as he has it? Does the Bible show that Damascus, the capital of Syria, will be destroyed? What will happen to Syria? Will the Syrians support the final King of the South that the Bible tells will rise up? Which scriptures discuss the rise and fall of an Arabic confederation? Does Islamic prophecy predict the destruction of Syria. This is a YouTube video.
Is There an Islamic Antichrist? Is Joel Richardson correct that the final Antichrist will be Islamic and not European? Find out.
Barack Obama in Islamic Prophecy? There is actually a 17th century Shiite prophecy that some believe that Barack Obama will fulfill that will lead to a rising up of Islam.
Arabic Nazarenes May Have Kept Original Christian Practices Were their faithful Arabs who held to original Christianity?
Nazarene Christianity: Were the Original Christians Nazarenes? Should Christians be Nazarenes today? What were the practices of the Nazarenes.

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