The guest of this week’s episode of Point of Order is Iraqi Cleric and politician Ayad Jamal al-Din, who wished for an Iraqi “Ataturk” who would impose law by force and restore the unity of Iraq. Jamal al-Din believes that the state is a legal institution and we “may not say that it is or is not sectarian.” He says that “considering the Sharia as a source of legislation is disastrous for the Sharia and the law,” calling for the implementation of civil laws in the countries as they “are the solution to the Sharia and the individuals.” Jamal al-Din defined the Dawa party as the “Iraqi version of the Muslim Brotherhood.” He added that toppling Saddam Hussein happened because of his successive wars and not because of his secularism, noting that “Saddam did not target Shiites as a community but all those whom he believed were dangerous to him.”
Point of Order is a live, weekly socio-political hard-talk show. Its guests have included figures such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy and the president of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani. The show, presented by Hasan Muawad, is known for its bold questions and sometimes controversial guests and discussions.