The invaluable MEMRI has produced and translated into English excerpts from the speech then-candidate, now–Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered to a like-minded throng on May 13, during the heat of the campaign. The highlights:
Morsi: [in the 1920’s (when Hassan al-Banna founded the Muslim Brotherhood) the Egyptians] said: “The constitution is our Koran.” They wanted to show that the constitution is a great thing. But Imam al-Banna, Allah’s mercy upon him, said to them: “No, the Koran is our constitution.”
The Koran was and will continue to be our constitution.
The Koran will continue to be our constitution.
The Koran is our constitution.
Crowd: The Koran is our constitution.
Morsi: The Prophet Muhammad is our leader.
Crowd: The Prophet Muhammad is our leader.
Morsi: Jihad is our path.
Crowd: Jihad is our path.
Morsi: And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.
Crowd: And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.
Morsi: Above all – Allah is our goal.
The sharia, then the sharia, and finally, the sharia. This nation will enjoy blessing and revival only through the Islamic sharia. I take an oath before Allah and before you all that regardless of the actual text [of the constitution]… Allah willing, the text will truly reflect [the shari’a], as will be agreed upon by the Egyptian people, by the Islamic scholars, and by legal and constitutional experts…
Rejoice and rest assured that this people will not accept a text that does not reflect the true meaning of the Islamic sharia as a text to be implemented and as a platform. The people will not agree to anything else.