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Ninth month Islamic calendar. Muslims fast from sunrise - sunset.
Sa‘d al-Dīn Ibrāhīm is a “perambulatory exile.” The international press and political leadership support the cause of Ibrāhīm who is facing eight claims filed against him by influential members of the ruling National Democratic Party in Egypt. More details in the following lines.
The author talks about the concept of ‘endowments’ in Egypt where he suggests it could be a solution for many economic problems if it is developed to become economically efficient.
Fādī Ḥabashī reports on the statements of Bishop Maximus I, bishop of the first St. Athanasius Church in Egypt, about his church’s plan to organize the celebration of the ’relative day.’
The phenomenon of Christians organizing Iftār banquets for Muslims during the month of Ramaḍān spreads not only throughout Egypt, but also worldwide. However, political observers believe that such banquets became opportunities for public flatteries, and political considerations became the main motivations behind them.
The author points out the comportments that ignite sectarian sedition in Egypt. He refers to a number of Coptic and Muslim Web sites that attack the other religion.
Ḥasan ‘Allām interviews Dr. Maḥmūd Ḥamdī Zaqzūq, Egyptian minister of religious endowments, who speaks about important issues of concern to Muslims.
Pope Shenouda bade Muslims good tidings for the upcoming Ramaḍān and asserted the unity of Muslims and Christians in Egypt during the patriotic union Iftār.
The U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2007 has strongly criticized the Egyptian government for engaging in procedures that stifle the religious freedom of its religious minorities.
Youssef Sidhom considers the rumors about President Mubārak’s health, and questions why Egyptians were so ready to listen to and acknowledge them.
Archpriest Father Athanasius Butrus of Mar Girgis Church in Manshīyat al-Sadr district, Cairo, recalls his memories of Ramaḍān.