Egypt’s new Islamic-leaning constitution has been signed into law by Egyptian president Morsi, a day after it was approved by voters. The constitution was approved by about 64% of the 33% of the voters who turned up to vote. An english translation of the draft version of the constitution is available here.
This is a major event in the ongoing process of getting Egypt ready for its role in the Third Signpost. Because the four-nation confederacy, of which Egypt will be a part, must attack in an embittered manner (Daniel 8:7) these nations must be converted from having secular governments to having Islamist ones.
The process began in January 2011 with demonstrations in Cairo as part of the Arab Spring. Mubarak was then ousted, and Mohammad Morsi was elected the new president. And now this new Islamic-leaning constitution is the law of the land.
If there was any doubt about this new constitution, Article 2 says,
“Islam is the religion of the state and Arabic its official language. Principles of Islamic Sharia are the principal source of legislation.”
Therefore Sharia will ultimately shape and mold and affect Egyptian society, and people’s freedoms. Sharia overshadows all the grand talk in the document describing how the government and society will function. I even found a slip in the constitution itself – there seems to be a contradiction between Article 45 which says,
“Freedom of thought and opinion shall be guaranteed,”
and Article 44 which says,
“Insult or abuse of all religious messengers and prophets shall be prohibited.”
And there you have it.