Posted by Joshua on Monday, October 29th, 2007
Ali Sadraddin Bayanouni, the head of Syria's Muslim Brotherhood, has declared that the MB's embrace of democracy means that it will accept a woman or Christian becoming president of Syria if they are elected to the position.
This is an important step forward for the Brotherhood.
What is next? Will Bayanouni and the Muslim Brothers say that they recognize Alawites, Druze and Ismailis as People of the Book and ligitimate presidents?
Traditionally, these three minority communities have not been accepted as Muslim by Islamic scholars. Bayanouni has never said explicitly that he recognizes members of Syria's Shiite off-shoots to be Muslims. He has said that the Alawite dominated presidency is opposed by the MB for political reasons. Recently, he has also begun to claim that the Syrian regime is a "family" dominated regime and not an "Alawite" dominated regime, thus clarifying that the MB is anti Asad-family-rule and not anti-Alawite, per se.
The problem with the minority sects from an Islamic point of view is that they do not embrace a revealed religion and are not part of the legitimate Abrahamic tradition, which makes them inferior to women or Christians. They are classified as pagans. In Syrian school texts on Islam, it is stated that anyone who does not embrace one of the Abrahamic religions "must convert to Islam or be killed." (9th Grade text on Islamic Religion, page 128.) See my article on Islamic Education in Syria.
موقع أخبار الشرق – الاثنين 29 تشرين الأول/ أكتوبر 2007
لندن – أخبار الشرق (خاص)
حث المحامي علي صدر الدين البيانوني المراقب العام لجماعة الإخوان المسلمين في سورية الحركات الإسلامية في العالم العربي على القبول بنتائج الانتخابات الديمقراطية في بلادها، حتى عندما تفرز امرأة أو مسيحياً رئيساً للجمهورية، ما دامت قد قبلت الدخول في اللعبة الديمقراطية.