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The denier of the Sunna, Ismail Mansour, accused Al-Shafi’i of being a deceitful person. He used to misinterpret the Hadiths. He (Mansour) declared that he rejected the Hadiths. By denying the Sunna, he said that he was following the teachings of the Prophet.
As President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood slowly appropriate power, they consistently issue an unspoken theme: Trust us. They do not say so, of course; that no one should be trusted is a platitude in politics. Rather, at each step from the revolution through the transition to the...
Today's overview highlights the issue of Dahshūr, where calm has been restored and local residents have appealed to Coptic families who left their houses after unrest in the troubled area to return home. The al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah (Islamic Group) said the Dahshūr clashes did not amount to a...
Mu’āz Muhammad breathed his last breath affected by his wounds after a dispute broke out between a Coptic ironing man and a Muslim client in which Mu’āz was hit by a Molotov Cocktail passing by the area coincidently. [Ahmad ‘Abdullah and Muhammad al-Bahrāwī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, August 1, p. 3] Read...
The United States of America welcomed the democratic transitions occurring in North Africa and the Middle East, especially in Egypt, Libya and Tunis. However, in the Department of State annual report, the U.S. expressed its concerns over religious minorities in these countries, including...
The salafī al-Asālah and al-Nūr parties excoriated the Azhar over the top Sunni establishment’s reiterated calls to keep Article II as stated in the 1971 Constitution. [Muhammad ‘Anaz, al-Ahrām, July 22, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic
Representatives of Christian denominations and some Sufi Muslim leaders met several times to discuss ways to promote moderate ideologies in the society, disseminate the culture of acceptance of others and advance the rule of law, lawyer Amīr Ramzī revealed. [Ahmad al-Sa’dāwī, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd,...
Muhammad Mursī was declared president Sunday after several days of uncertainty that resulted from a presidential election that exposed deep polarization in Egyptian society - those who favor an Islamist civilian president and oppose a member of the Mubarak regime were pitted against those who fear...
Copts’ concerns about the growing power of Islamists brought them to back candidates from the former regime like Ahmad Shafīq, the last prime minister in the Husnī Mubārak tenure, and ‘Amr Mūsá, the former minister of foreign affairs and former secretary-general of the Arab League, according to a...
Presidential candidate Khālid ‘Alī said he is not in favor of a unified law regulating construction of houses of worship due to conditions that might be proper for churches and improper for mosques, adding this law could give rise to sectarian troubles. [Shādyah Yūsuf, al-Ahrām, May 9, p. 4] Read...
Anti-riot police forces reinforced presence around the Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah, where renewed clashes erupted between protesters and thugs on Wednesday (May 2) as nine armored vehicles parked outside the cathedral that closed its gates. [‘Imān Ibrāhīm and...
Acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Pachomius pledged the church will not interfere in Christians’ votes to elect a president of the republic, adding Copts demand that the clear mention of civil state be included in the constitution. [Khayr Rāghib, Yāsir Shimīs, Hamdī Qāsim,...
The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedoms report grilled the ruling authorities in Egypt, which, it said, caused religious freedom violations, adding Egypt, the heart of the Arab Spring, has seen hope turning into panic after human rights deteriorations under the Supreme Council...
The Maspero Youth Union (MYU) held the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and police "entirely responsible" for any loss of life, property or that Copts besieged inside a church in the village of Mīt Bashār in al-Zaqāzīq, al-Sharqia governorate, or the Muslims trying to protect the church...
Subhī Sālih, a member of parliament from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said there are some attempts to spark a falling out between youths in al-Tahrīr Square and parliament on one hand and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on the other. [Fātimah ‘Abd al-...
Under the title Documented, Accurate Figure – Census of Copts is 18.565.484 million, Mājid 'Attīyah writes in a column in Watanī newspaper of January 15 that Dr. Tharwat Basīlī has said he has a documented, accurate figure of the Coptic population in Egypt and that he challenges anyone who would...
An ultra-rightist member of the Dutch parliament plans to present parliamentary questioning of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands as soon as she returns from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where she put on a headscarf before entering a mosque there. ['Abd Allāh Mustafá from Brussels, al-Misrī al-...
Lex Runderkamp, the journalist responsible for the “news report” of NOS-TV on the tensions surrounding a church under construction in Mārīnāb, responded to the commentary about his film in Arab-West Report in a text I promptly translated for Arab-West Report and gave to Lamīs Yahyá, author of our...
From before the revolution, many Copts have realized their community suffers from a dearth of political and civic participation. The Coptic Orthodox Church’s Bishopric of Youth, for example, has an area of focus entitled ‘Promoting Coptic Participation in Society’, which I encountered when a...
As an American Christian in Egypt I find that I instinctively view events here through the following lens: Liberals are the good guys, Islamists are the bad guys, and the army is somewhere in between, perhaps neutral, perhaps not. Complicated times beg for simplistic narratives, and this one...
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