"Shari’ah and the religion are the supreme source of authority for legislation and law" says top PA official
Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: "We [the Palestinians] have our source of religious authority, and we have a constitution and law that govern. Even the Palestinian basic law has a clear and unambiguous clause that Shari’ah and the religion are the supreme source of authority for legislation and law, and this matter removes all controversy and leaves no room for any claim… Our source of authority and constitution are ruled by the Quran and the Sunna (i.e., Islamic tradition)… There are [political] controversies… but for the foundations, for the principles, for the important matters – the source of authority is the Quran and the Sunna."
The Palestinian Basic Law, clause 4, only states that Shari’ah is "a main source" of authority, not "the supreme source" as Al-Habbash stated:
"1. Islam is the official religion in Palestine…
2. The principles of the Islamic Shari’ah are a main source of authority…"
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