The Islamist Winter continues.
(Al Arabiya) — An ultra-conservative Egyptian presidential hopeful has said that if he is elected as head of state he would force women to wear the hijab (veil) or “change creed,” adding that Islam provides no guarantees of personal freedom.
“If you claim that Allah considers it your personal freedom, show me your reference. Nobody has ever said that – except for people who have no understanding of the Shariah,” Hazem Saleh Abu Ismail, a long-time supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, said in a recent interview with the Egypt’s Tahrir TV.
He said that if he is elected president he would enforce the hijab on women and that if they do not want to wear it, they have to change their “creed.”
He did not elaborate on what he meant by changing their “creed” and whether this meant changing their religion, knowing that such a move is strictly forbidden under the Shariah law and could result in capital punishment.
Ismail, who was previously charged under the regime of Hosni Mubarak for “endangering national security,” said that by seeking to enforce the veil on women he was only obeying Allah’s commands.