Al-Khamīs

42. 'Abīr, Salwá, Kāmīliyā, 3 stories lack honor

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42. 'Abīr, Salwá, Kāmīliyā, 3 stories lack honor
Article pages: 
18
Date of source: 
May 18, 2011
Author: 
'Ādil Sa'd
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
Article summary: 

'Ādil Sa'd wrote that salafists had decided to turn over churches and monasteries for three women.

He added that 'Abīr was married, then she left and married an ill reputed Muslim man. She lived in Cairo and her ill reputation had reached her village in Asyut.

Salwá, another Christian women who converted to Islam, had converted and lived with her husband and children. Her five brothers killed both her, her husband, and children. He described her brothers as Christian salafists [Watch video of last words about Salwá's murder by her husband].

Kāmīliya, on the other hand. Why did the state not interfere to oblige her to appear on television to resolve the issue?

 

49. Minya Copts accuse salafists of preventing them from entering Qamādīr church

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49. Minya Copts accuse salafists of preventing them from entering Qamādīr church
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6
Date of source: 
April 14, 2011
Author: 
Islām Fahmī
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
Article summary: 

Copts of al-Qamādīr village, al-Minya governorate, gathered in front of Minya's local administration building, protesting their prevention by Muslims from entering the church.

Some Copts in the village accused salafists of sealing off the church to prevent Copts from entering it, but Shaykh Ibrāhīm Zakarīyā, the spokesperson of salafists in Minya, denied.

That was not the first incident between salafists and Copts, in Banī Ahmad village of Minya, salafists filed a report against the priest of Saint George Coptic Orthodox Church, for building three houses next to the church, preparing to annex them to the church without permit.

48. Million-man funerary rally by Christians starts from Shubrā to Maspero

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48. Million-man funerary rally by Christians starts from Shubrā to Maspero
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6
Date of source: 
April 14, 2011
Author: 
Mariyan Samīr
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
Article summary: 

A number of Copts and political powers call for a million-man funerary rally on April 15, 2011, starts from Shubrā to Maspero, protesting the government's failure to meet their demands.

Rāmī Kāmil, Coptic president of the Maspero revolution coalition, said that dealing with sectarian incidents did not differ from the former regime [reconciliatory sessions] and the perpetrators in recent sectarian incidents are not not brought to justice yet.

'Imād Jād, expert in the al-Ahrām Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said that the new generation of Copts are rebelling against the church policies in dealing with Coptic issues.

47. Joining Friday of Purging, MB plans to reconcile with other groups

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47. Joining Friday of Purging, MB plans to reconcile with other groups
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2
Date of source: 
April 14, 2011
Author: 
Al-Sayīd al-Sa'danī
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
Article summary: 

After being criticized by different people for having their own agenda of interests, Muslim Brotherhood members handed fliers within all Egypt's groups [policemen, judges, army, and the public]; praising the Egyptian people, Muslims and Christians, in all situations.

40. Zumur and his 'civilized' project for Takfīr!

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40. Zumur and his 'civilized' project for Takfīr!
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2
Date of source: 
April 14, 2011
Author: 
'Ātif Bishay
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
Article summary: 

'Abūd al-Zumur, after his release from prison, announced his new "civilized" project to establish ad hoc committees on takfīr, because, according to him, takfīr should not be practiced by any person but rather should be exclusive to religious scholars.

41. Coptic youths press Cathedral not to take action against priests

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41. Coptic youths press Cathedral not to take action against priests
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6
Date of source: 
April 14, 2011
Author: 
Not mentioned
Reviewer: 
Sara Mandil
Article summary: 

Masperos revolution youths thwarted an attempt by the church to keep away priests from protesting.

Church leaders have issued several decisions against priests before, and even relocated one of them to Australia.

38. Cleric urges canceling Dār al-Iftā', awqāf ministry

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38. Cleric urges canceling Dār al-Iftā', awqāf ministry
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2
Date of source: 
April 14, 2011
Author: 
al-Sayīd al-Sa'danī
Reviewer: 
Diana Ghali
Article summary: 

Shaykh Jamāl Qutb, a Muslim preacher, believes that Dār al-Iftā' (Ifta House) should be canceled or changing it to be a department affiliated to the Azhar.

He added that all religious institutions should be under the Azhar University.

He severely criticized the former regime and the State Security Agency. "In order for imāms to obtain better positions, they had to cooperate with the agency."

45. Thursday Press Review: Reports on the Bombing of the Church of the Two Saints

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45. Thursday Press Review: Reports on the Bombing of the Church of the Two Saints
Date of source: 
January 20, 2011
Author: 
Hānī Hamdī
Reviewer: 
Hānī H&#803amdī
Article summary: 
Nearly three weeks after the attack, AWR's Hānī Hamdī gives a roundup of the Thursday stories in Egyptian newspapers dealing with the explosion at the Church of the Two Saints in Alexandria, Egypt...

44. Bahā’īs Complain to Human Rights Council

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44. Bahā’īs Complain to Human Rights Council
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2
Date of source: 
January 19, 2011
Author: 
Āmāl al-Bindarī
Reviewer: 
Hānī H&#803amdī
Article summary: 
Weekly al-Khamīs reports on page two on Thursday that the National Council for Human Rights is currently discussing a number of complaints submitted by many Bahā’īs, in which they ask for pressure to be applied to the government to allow them to document their marriages and provide them with official papers.
 
Some of the complaints dealt with difficulties Bahā’ī widows have in obtaining pensions, as well as the hardships that that Bahā’ī couples allegedly face in registering their children.
 
According to Dr. Ra’ūf Hindī, a spokesman for the Bahā’īs in Egypt, “Until this moment, and despite the issuing of a court ruling on the writing [of our religion] in the space reserved for religion [in official papers], Bahā’īs are still suffering greatly because they are in a state of civil death and are ‘suspended citizens.’”
 
[Reviewer: Egypt officially recognizes only the three ‘Abrahamite’ religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam].

72. The Egyptian People, not the Church People

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72. The Egyptian People, not the Church People
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20
Date of source: 
December 23, 2010
Author: 
‘Abd Allāh Kamāl
Reviewer: 
H&#257n&#299 H&#803amd&#299
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Kamāl writes: "Some Brother Copts, as part of their repeated, angry discussion of the al-‘Umrāniyyah events, say, 'How could Copts be killed, while there were no deaths among the Brotherhood in the election demonstrations in Alexandria? Why did the police use live ammunition in al-‘Umrāniyyah and not in Alexandria?'"

The writer comments, "This is not a nation of Copts versus the Brotherhood. It is a nation for all Egyptians. Every citizen...should observe the law."

Kamāl continues, "The Brotherhood demonstration was for electoral reasons and even though they organized various planned processions...they are cunning enough not to get too violent. They used stones against the police, not Molotov cocktails."

The author claims, "It was different at al-‘Umrāniyyah; matters developed to the point of stoning a state building and the governorate headquarters, as well as the use of Molotov cocktails. A number of policemen were injured. In such situations, religion does not protect its adherent, whether Muslim or Christian. The perpetrator of the crime has to be dealt with appropriately, especially if matters are headed towards a Fitnah Ṭā’ifīya that threatens national security."

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