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19. Memories of ‘Egyptian’ Ramadān!

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19. Memories of ‘Egyptian’ Ramadān!
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July 24, 2012
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Hānī Labīb
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Hanī Labīb Ishāq
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Does the holy month of Ramadān differ this year from previous years?!

This is a question one of my old friends asked me. When I inquired about the reason for asking the question in this way, he answered that he feels that the features and ‘flavor’ of Ramadan have changed as other things have changed in Egypt these days.

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41. AWR Daily Overview, June 14, 2012: Military police, intelligence authorized to arrest civilians

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41. AWR Daily Overview, June 14, 2012: Military police, intelligence authorized to arrest civilians
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June 14, 2012
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'Amr al-Misrī
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Days after a law banning trial of civilians before military courts was passed, Egypt's Justice Minister ‘Ādil ‘Abd al-Hamīd on Wednesday (June 13) gave the country's military police and intelligence agents the right to arrest civilians over wide range of suspected crimes. [Samar al-Jamal, ‘Alyā’ Hāmid and Mustafá ‘Īd, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd, June 14, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

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25. Islamic Jihād leader warns of Mursī victory, calling Muslim Brotherhood worse than Iran's Shī'ah

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25. Islamic Jihād leader warns of Mursī victory, calling Muslim Brotherhood worse than Iran's Shī'ah
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June 13
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Hānī 'Uthmān
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Fidel Bartholdy
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The Islamic Jihād leader Yāsir Sa'd announced that a number of Islamic Jīhad members support presidential hopeful Ahmad Shafīq, former Prime Minister, in the coming presidential elections.

He said that voters have a choice between a civil state represented by Shafīq and a religious state represented by his rival Muhammad Mursī, the Freedom and Justice Party's candidate.

Moreover, Sa'd warned that giving power to the MB would mean abandonement of the principle of separation of powers and the handover of power to the MB's Supreme Guide.

"The MB is more dangerous than Shī'ah rule in Iran, because they would rule without fiqh (knowledge),” says Sa'd. "Whoever opposes them would be  religiously charged as a 'sinner' rather than just a political opponent."

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29. AWR Daily Overview, June 7, 2012: Christian VP is against sharī’ah, senior Salafist warns MB

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29. AWR Daily Overview, June 7, 2012: Christian VP is against sharī’ah, senior Salafist warns MB
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June 7, 2012
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'Amr al-Misrī
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Shaykh Yāsir Burhāmī, the deputy leader of the al-Da’wah al-Salafīyah group, said the appointment of a Copt as vice president runs counter to the sharī’ah because a vice president could represent the head of state in many of his powers, adding the president’s faith must be compatible with the state’s official religion in the constitution. [Mahmūd Muharram, Rose al-Yūsuf newspaper, June 7, p. 1] Read text in Arabic

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72. Brotherhood Faces Both Ways as Egypt Votes for President

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72. Brotherhood Faces Both Ways as Egypt Votes for President
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May 28, 2012
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Jayson Casper
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18. AWR Daily Overview, May 28, 2012: Copts fend off alleged instructions for voting

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18. AWR Daily Overview, May 28, 2012: Copts fend off alleged instructions for voting
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May 28, 2012
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'Amr al-Misrī
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The Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria said Copts’ votes went to Ahmad Shafīq, Hamdīn Sabbāhī and ‘Amr Mūsá, dismissing claims the church instructed its congregation to vote for a certain candidate. [Rajab Ramadān, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 28, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic

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71. Azhar: Shi´ite mosques threaten Egypt’s stability

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71. Azhar: Shi´ite mosques threaten Egypt’s stability
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May 21, 2012
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Muhammad ‘Abd al-Khāliq
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Fidel Bartholdy
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In an announcement, the Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb and a number of Muslim scholars of the Islamic Research Academy as well as Jamā´at Ansār al-Sunnah al-Muhammadiyyah, al-Jama´iyyah al-Shari´iyyah, members of different Islamic streams and al-Da´wah al-Salafiyyah spoke out against Shi´ite places of worship in Egypt.

Furthermore, the establishment of a commission was decided on at a conference at the Azhar. This commission, headed by al-Tayyīb, is devise plans for missionary work, media outlets and cultural work in order to address “the Shi´ite tide which triggers sectarian disputes and harms Egyptian unity.”

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36. Does God Permit a Muslim to Break a Promise?

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36. Does God Permit a Muslim to Break a Promise?
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May 3, 2012
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Jayson Casper
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The Muslim Brotherhood set Egyptian politics ablaze with their decision to nominate their chief financier, Khairat al-Shātir, for the presidency. All political groups recognize the right of the group to do so but many have criticized them harshly, recalling their promise from early in the revolution.

 

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56. Signs of confrontation between Higher Election Commission, Muslim Brotherhood over "Islam is the solution" slogan

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56. Signs of confrontation between Higher Election Commission, Muslim Brotherhood over "Islam is the solution" slogan
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April 24, 2012
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Khālid Abū al-'Izz and Amānī Majid
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Fidel Bartholdy
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The Higher Elections Commission (HEC) will announce tomorrow (April 25, 2012) the regulations for the civil society organizations authorized to monitor the electoral process including voting and vote-counting in the presidential elections.

Signs of confrontation between the HEC and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) have started to emerge. The reason for the disagreement is about the MB's slogan “Islam is the solution” which the HEC has decided to ban.

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27. Azhar embodies moderation and tolerance, says al-Tayyīb

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27. Azhar embodies moderation and tolerance, says al-Tayyīb
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April 23, 2012
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Nādir Abū al-Futūh
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Fidel Bartholdy
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The Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb stressed that the Azhar reinforces pluralism and dialogue.

 

"The Azhar is the only institution that preserves Islamic identity, its culture and features among other civilizations and nations," says Dr. al-Tayyīb.

 

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