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'Alī al-Silmī, the deputy prime minister for political affairs, in a meeting on Friday, presented a document entitled "Basic Constitutional Principles" to a number of Egyptian political parties, seeking their views on the document's contents.
“During Mūbarak’s regime there were many restrictions on mosques that prevented them from performing many summer activities, while churches had greater freedom,” says Muhammad ‘Abd al-Qudūs, author of the article.
“Through the past years, Copts faced many problems in practicing their religious rites due to the minimal number of churches in many places” says Īhab Ramzī, the author of the article.
To be pious and religious is a wonderful thing but the problems begin when this devoutness turns into fanaticism or extremism, writes Yūḥannā Qultah Sa‘īd, Deputy Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church and former vice president of the World Council of Churches (WCC), in an opinion article....
By paying a little attention to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ constitutional declaration, and noting the time required for both the People’s Assembly and Shura Council elections which require drafting and agreeing on a new constitution, we will notice clearly that Egypt will remain...
In the immediate aftermath of the tragic attack against the Copts in Imbabāh a fortnight ago—the latest in a series of episodes by salafis and thugs aimed at hijacking the 25 January Revolution—the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) dispatched a fact-finding commission to Imbabāh. The...
“Islam doesn’t need anyone, most of the girls who convert to Islam convert just to marry a Muslim man and not because of the religion itself” says Yūssif Sakr, Dr ‘Amr Abd al Rahman’s lawyer.
Najīb Gibrael, Kāmīliyā Shihātah's lawyer, says that Kāmīliyā has not decided yet if she will show up in the public prosecutor's office, asserting that he is authorized to represent her in the court of law.
In his first sermon after the salafists' attacks on the Cathedral, Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III ignored talking on the Kāmīliyā Shihātah issue, although there were many speculations that he would settle this issue during the sermon. Pope Shenouda asked all Copts to forgive all those who...
Dr. 'Abd Allah Husaynī, the Minister of Awqāf, says that many extremist movements appeared after January the January 25 revolution due to the misunderstanding of the meaning of freedom. “This doesn't mean that those extremists are a majority. They are only a minority and are rejected by many...
A number of Copts are against the report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), asserting that the United States is trying to spark fitnah between Muslims and Copts in Egypt. The report condemned Egypt’s lack of religious freedom; recommending Egypt be added...
'Abd al-Mun'īm al-Shahāt, a salafī spokesperson, says that democracy is dangerous and has many defects like vote buying and powerful candidates' exploitation of the media for their own interests in their election campaigns. Shahāt added that Islamic shūra (consultation) is better than democracy as...
Max Michel Hanna, a Coptic bishop who founded the St. Athanasius Church separately from the Coptic Orthodox Church, demands the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to recognize his legitimacy and his new church as an independent one.
Dr. Mustafá Rashīd, professor of Islamic Sharī‘ah, asserts that he is a Layman, and blames the dictatorial former regime for distorting the image of secularism.
Salafists in Kafr el-Sheikh distributed thousands of flyers demanding that people not celebrate Shām al Nīsim, saying that it is considered polytheism.
"What is the problem of Islamic rule ?? Egypt is a Muslim country according to the constitution of the year 1923 which is 5 years before  the Muslim Brotherhood group was established" says Subhī Salīh, Muslim Brotherhood figure and a member in the constitutional amendments committee.
A Coptic source, who preferred to remain anonymous, accuses Dr. 'Isām al-'Iryān , Member of Muslim Brotherhood's council and Spokesperson of the Muslim Brotherhood Group for the failure of talks between Copts and the Muslim Brotherhood group.
'Alī Jum'ah, Muftī of the Republic, and Dr. Ahmad ‘Umar Hāshim, former President of the Azhar University, condemned attackers of shrines, asserting that it is against religion.
The Coptic Orthodox Church calls on all people to seek good ethics and bring anyone who commits mistakes before justice irrespective of their religion, according to Archpriest Ṣalīb Sawirus, a member of the Church's al-Majlis al-Millī (Community Council). Jamal As'ad, a Coptic activist, said that...
Dr. Andrea Zakī, Vice President of Egypt's Evangelical denomination, states that one of the objectives of the January 25 Revolution is making Egypt a civil state, one that respects all religions in an atmosphere of equality and justice. He added that Egypt will not be a civil state unless...
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