We will sit-in at the various squares starting from today until these demands are achieved, until we reach a solution for all of our national problems—the majority of which originate from legal issues, and until the elected head of the Supreme Constitutional Court commissioned with the administration of the country’s affairs cooperates with the Supreme Judicial Council…
a foundational collective to draft
a new Constitution
The general sentiment right now among many citizens is the following: it is as though they are sitting in lines of onlookers, or on the reserve bench during an important game, waiting for whoever will score the first goal.
A compilation of all the constitutional provisions has been put into one complete book in order to facilitate their consultation, to provide the opportunity for others to become well acquainted with the constitution’s content, and to be available for whomever seeks recourse to it – including politicians, judges, lawyers, university professors, members of labor and trade unions, and generally known factions and sects of society interested in preparing and shaping a new Constitution for the country.
These proposed principles aim to contribute to overseeing human rights in the ongoing societal dialogue about the constitution of “25 January Revolution.” Specifically, they aim to crystallize guarantees of protecting what is referred to in this dialogue as the “secular state” or the “secular nature of the state,” as inspired by the values of the January 25 Revolution.
If the Islamists were to proceed rationally and in a logical order —i.e., “The Constitution First” — then they would be elected.
The reaction of the political-religious forces in refusing the decision of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces—in particular the Council’s “Constitutional Declaration Defining Principles and Foundations for the Formation of a Committee to Prepare a New Constitution Following Upon the Agreement of Political Forces and Parties”— shocked the forces of the revolution.
To the free nationalists …
To those whom God called “Men of Understanding” 16 times in the Holy Qur’an, and to those to whom He said “Do you not understand?” who were mentioned 49 times in the Holy Qur’an.
I invite reason and understanding, that the immediate call for a Constitution meets the third of the demands of the 25 January Revolution, which came directly after the demand for the departure of the President and the demand to dissolve the People’s Assembly and the Shura Council.
The Egyptian people, since the 1952 revolution, have been exposed to deception and deceit at the hands of an authoritarian rule that continued until the blessed revolution of January 25th. Likewise, the media machine was a joke serving the advantage of the rulers, and thus everything that happened inside their country was hidden from this people, and most of them continue to subscribe to the same ideas that were spoon-fed to them. The evidence of this is their crying after the tyrant Hosni Mubarak’s speech, when he said “I want to die on Egyptian soil.” Is there naïveté and geniality greater than this?!
When the “National Constitution” Party decided on Friday, the 1st of July, to announce this white revolution, it did so to avert two imminent catastrophes. The first is the preparations for a conference to spread secularism amongst citizens, which means a disastrous collision between secularists and Salafis. The second is the announcement by a group of youth that the seventh of July will be a final warning to realize the demands of the revolution, which means a disastrous collision between them and the military council.
In accordance with this, the Grand Shaykh of al-Azhar, Dr. ‘Abd al-Halim Mahmud, the Shaykh of al-Azhar and President of the Academy for Islamic Research assembled a High Committee separate from the membership of the Academy’s Committee for Islamic Constitutional Research. He chose the very best people working in Islamic and constitutional law so that he could delegate this task to them.