JERUSALEM, Israel - The denial of sharia (Islamic law) in Egypt and other Arab countries is at the root of the unrest in the region, Saudi religious scholar Ayed bin Abdullah al-Qarni said.
In an article in the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, al-Qarni said the Egyptian people wanted Islam as their "means of reform" when leaders of the 1952 revolution cast sharia aside, choosing instead to rule according to a constitution based on English and French law.
Similarly, al-Qarni contends that revolutions in Yemen, Algeria, Sudan, Libya, Iraq and Syria were hijacked by Western-oriented groups that marginalized Islam and cast aside sharia.
In Iraq and Syria, where the populations were 100 percent Muslim, the Baath Party denounced sharia and diminished Islam's place when it came to power, he said.
According to al-Qarni, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the Middle East that succeeded in establishing an Islamic state governed according to the Koran.
This came about when the revolution led by King Abdul Aziz on the Arabian Peninsula declared Saudi Arabia to be an Islamic state. The Saudi flag declares, "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his messenger."
The Tunisian people are Sunni Muslims, most of whom want Islamic governance. But their revolution has been hijacked as it has in other Arab countries, al-Qarni said.
Meanwhile in Egypt, senior Muslim Brotherhood member Rashad al-Bayumi said on Japanese television that the democratic process can be used to establish an Islamic regime in Egypt.
Al-Bayumi said the Muslim Brotherhood would join a transitional government to help bring about the cancellation of the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, which he said "offends Arab dignity."
In 2007, Muslim Brotherhood "supreme guide" Muhammad Mahdi 'Akef told Egypt's al-Karama daily that "Islam and its values antedated the West by founding true democracy, exemplified by the Shura [the advisory council under the Caliphs]."