Ahmed Diab, a member of the Executive Bureau of the Freedom and Justice party (FJP) and member of the Constituent Assembly, said that there is no justification for the million man protest planned on 9 November that is meant to call for the implementation of Sharia. He added that the party's decision on whether or not they will take part in the protest will be taken at the meeting of the Executive Bureau of the party next Saturday.
Some Islamic forces called for a protest on November 2 to call for the implementation of Sharia (Islamic law). These forces met on Tuesday in the presence of Azab Mustafa, member of the FJP's High Committee and representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, and decided to postpone the protest to Friday nine of November.
"Despite my deep belief in the full right of every faction to express his opinion freely within the boundaries of the law, I do not see justification for such a protest. Because the reality confirms that everyone has gained something in the new constitution, and there is no loser who should object through demonstrations," Diab said in a statement to Aswat Masriya.
"The Islamists won since Sharia now is present in the constitution more than ever, and at the same time the freedoms advocated by civil and liberal forces increased significantly compared to previous constitutions," Diab emphasized.
He stressed that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice party are innocent from the accusations made by some Islamic groups on the abandonment of their project to apply Sharia. He said that all Islamists have a single project, and "we should not disagree, even if we did not have the same views in regards to how we can achieve that goal."
Some Salafi Sheikhs launched a sharp attack on the Muslim Brotherhood during Eid al-Adha prayers. They accused the brotherhood of "abandoning the project of implementing Sharia to satisfy some liberals so as not to be accused of standing against a civil state."
Tariq El Zomor, leader of al-Jama'aa al-Islamiya, said at a press conference held on Tuesday that the Islamic parties decided to postpone the protest.
Mustafa stated that the Brotherhood does not want to cancel the protest but just wants to postpone it till the final draft of the constitution is issued.