Al-Azhar University Professor Muhammad Anwar Al-Bayoumi said that the goal in establishing an Islamic state was "to establish servitude to Allah throughout the land," rather than the implementation of justice and equality, as the Al-Rafidein TV interviewer had suggested. Al-Bayoumi further said that "contemporary, modern humanity has not produced a single sound value that did not already exist in the Quran and the Sunna" and that "all they did was to steal our stuff and then dress it in their own garb." According to Al-Bayoumi, the only freedom modern humanity has given people is "the freedom to be atheists and to act on their urges." The interview aired on August 26, 2018.
Following are excerpts:
Al-Azhar Professor Muhammad Anwar Al-Bayoumi: Islam is not about justice. We do not strive to instate justice. We strive to instate Islam.
Saying that we want to establish a just state is an Americanization of Islam. No! We want to establish an Islamic state. If Islam is implemented, justice, freedom, and all those lofty values will be implemented as well. Some say: "We want to instate freedom." No! We want to instate Islam.
Host: Aren't you confusing the actual rulings with their underlying meaning?
Muhammad Anwar Al-Bayoumi: No!
Host: What is the goal behind the establishment of an Islamic state? Isn't it the implementation of justice and equality among people?
Muhammad Anwar Al-Bayoumi: No, no. The goal is to instate servitude to Allah throughout the land. That's the ultimate goal. Everything that follows is governed by that goal – freedom, moral values, social justice… All these are governed by the establishment of servitude to Allah.
A few months ago, some lunatic wrote: "[Is it conceivable that] a Muslim garbage collector goes to Paradise, whereas a [non-Muslim] scientist, who has benefited humanity so much, goes to Hell?" Someone sent me this and asked me to answer this. I told him to say just one thing: "When you become the owner of Paradise, you can let in whoever you want and reject whoever you want. But Paradise still belongs to Allah, who said that infidels shall not enter it." That's it. End of story.
Contemporary modern humanity has not produced a single sound value that did not already exist in the Quran and the Sunna. It has not produced anything new. All they did was to steal our stuff, and then dress it in their own garb.
The only freedom they gave people is the freedom to be atheists, and to act on their urges. That's it.