Only a matter of time at this point.

(MEMRI)Following are excerpts from Egyptian presidential candidate Bassem Khafaji, which aired on Al-Nas TV on March 7, 2012:

We Egyptians — both Muslims and non-Muslims — refer to the shari’a in many things. I often ask people: How did you get married? Wasn’t it according to the shari’a, regardless of whether you are Muslim or not? Weren’t you married in accordance with your religion? When somebody in our family dies, how we inherit him? Not in accordance with the shari’a?

No [candidate] should say that he is coming to implement the shari’a, because part of it has already been implemented. What the Egyptian people want is to complete this implementation. As president, I will personally assist in the completion of the correct implementation of the shari’a, by consulting the experts [in Islamic law].

Update: Via Patrick Poole.

It bears worth mentioning that Khafagi was deported from the US in 2003 after pleading guilty to immigration and bank fraud charges. At the time, he was community affairs director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as the Washington Times noted following his guilty plea.

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