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The review deals with a fatwa by Muftī of the
Republic Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘a on the right of a non-Muslim mother to retain custody of
children in the case of her husband’s conversion to Islam in light of a lawsuit filed by a Christian
to Islam who claimed the right to custody of his children.
The article gives an outline of the terrorists that the Egyptian courts convicted but who were offered asylum by foreign countries, among which was America. It sheds light on their crimes and the judgments made against them. The author points out that America, which once hosted some of these terrorists was attacked by terrorism on September 11.
Copts have asked the minister of awqāf [endowments] to give back the endowments of the Coptic Orthodox Church with the money the land would have gained in rent.
Students at Upper Egypt universities who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood distributed leaflets inviting Muslim students to wear a Ḥijāb as an aspect of their Islamic faith and warned against wearing perfumed clothes.
Sawt al-Umma presents a special report on the economic and social conditions of Upper Egyptians. The report clearly accuses the Egyptian regime of neglecting the grievances of these people and of being unjust in dealing with Upper Egypt’s governorates.
Jennifer Drago, an American Christian volunteer who is living with her family in Upper Egyptian provincial town Banī Suwayf (Beni Suef), reflects on her experiences at a beach camp with Coptic orphan girls. Her article shows that the mentality of Egyptian Muslims and Christians is often strikingly similar, for example when it comes to hospitality, dealing with authorities or envisioning gender relations and family models.
Soraya Hoppe writes about her experiences working as an intern at the Center for Arab-West Understanding.
The writer gives a brief description of Bishop Musa, the Bishop of Youth, and his achievements. Bishop Musa rejects the use of the word ‘minority´ with regards to Copts. In his writings, he always calls for national unity, stressing that Copts and Muslims are one people living in one homeland.
After seven years of examination, the Administrative Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Rev. Samuel Mishriqi of the Pentecostal Church against Rev. Safwat Al-Bayadi, head of the Evangelical Maglis el-Mili [Community Council]. Mishriqi asked for not enforcing the decision of the council concerning the appointment of Rev. Edward Nathan as pastor of the Pentecostal Church of Beni Suef and Maghagha.
Dr. Selim Naguib and Pastor McNeely have been writing inflammatory letters falsely claiming that Muslims do kidnap Christian girls in Egypt. There is no reason to doubt their sincerity but they have followed their sentiments without checking facts. The consequences of such false claims are severe since they increase the already strong feeling among Muslims that they are unfairly attacked by Christians which in turn creates very negative feelings about Christians. That hardly affects Christians in the West but it does affect Christians in Muslim countries. The comment provides background information provided by several Christian leaders in Egypt and asks Western Christians to refrain from making emotional statements on issues without checking them.