A Liberal Islamic Scholar Speaks Up in Egypt
January 31, 2012
The fight between the humane Egyptian opposition and the Islamists (both Muslim Brothers and Salafists) is not quite underway yet. The struggle between the religious fundamentalists and the military is still at the center of the city square. But there are shades of opinion even among the ultra-pious. Here is the voice of Sheikh Yousuf al-Qaradhawi, one of the learned men of Egyptian Islam: “I think [the shari’a] should be implemented gradually. This is a law of the shari’a and a law of nature. […] “We should do things gradually. We should prepare the people, teach them.