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Coptic leaders expressed their thanks to their Muslim brothers, political and religious bodies, and several parties for the vast amount of congratulations for Easter.
Mukhtār Nūh, Islamic thinker [former member of the Muslim Brotherhood], said that the upcoming period supports the Islamic mainstreams whether we wanted or not.
He added that the Islamic mainstreams found freedom and they failed to interact with it.
Dr. Sālim 'Abd al-Jalīl, Deputy Minister of Awqaf [Endowments] for da'wah affairs, criticized salafists attempt to take over the Ministry's pulpits, represented in mosques affiliated to the ministry, adding that it would defame Islam.
Shaykh 'Abd al-Mun'im al-Shahāt, spokesperson of salafīyah call, said that despite salafists' refusal of shrines, they did not demolish any of the shrines or incite to torch them.
He added that salafists refuse to take matters into their own hands because they believe that this is the duty of the ruler.
Muḥammad Mahdī ‘Ākif, the 7th Murshid (Guide) of the Muslim Brotherhood, has stated that membership in the group's Freedom and Justice Party is open to all Egyptians even to a dancer who repented and wore hijāb.
'Alī Jum'ah, Muftī of the Republic, and Dr. Ahmad ‘Umar Hāshim, former President of the Azhar University, condemned attackers of shrines, asserting that it is against religion.
Islamists movements in Qena threatened to resort to violence if their demands to have the new governor sacked were not met.
Their demands is overthrowing the new Qena governor Maj. General 'Imād Mikhael, a Copt, who succeeded Majdī Ayūb, also a Copt.
On Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, churches were filled with sellers of flowers, palm branches and wheat ears.
The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) group warned in a statement against attempts to ignite fitnah in Qena governorate, after a number of protesters set up barricades along the railway, demonstrating against Maj. General 'Imād Shihātah Mikhail as Qena's new governor.
The newspaper relates a story that was not verified, a Muslim young-man rescued a Coptic young-woman from being kidnapped in al-Muqattam incidents. Thugs slaughtered him when he tried to prevent them.
The family of the deceased and wounded in the incident of Muqattam said that their wish was that everything returns to normal.