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Constitutional expert Dr. Muhammad Nūr Farahāt reiterated rejection of the draft law on Hadd al-Hirābah (punishment for brigandage) forwarded by Salafī Member of Parliament ‘Ādil al-‘Azzāzī of al-Nūr Party, saying the law will cause discrimination among the sons of one nation. ['Abīr Mursī, al-...
Coptic leaders rejected the draft law on Hadd al-Hirābah (punishment for brigandage) forwarded by Salafī member of parliament ‘Ādil al-‘Azzāzī, criticized it as “relapse to the Medieval Ages” and affirmed that they will not allow to have it passed at the People’s Assembly. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī...
Possible presidential candidate Muhammad Salīm al-‘Awwā said if he ever became president of the republic he will apply the Islamic sharī’ah on everyone, adding he will never allow a religion in Egypt other than the three divine ones – Islam, Christianity and Judaism. [Sarhān Sinnārah, Umnīyah Karīm...
Dr. ‘Isām Dirbālah, the chairman of the al-Jamā’ah al-Islāmīyah’s shūrá council, has set six key principles he said would be governing the new constitution, including the rights of non-Muslims to have recourse to their own religious laws. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 13, p. 3]...
A state of disgruntlement was sparked among a number of Coptic Orthodox bishops who were absent from last week’s meeting at the Saint Mark Cathedral to discuss names of possible presidential hopefuls and others to represent the church in the constitutional assembly, according to a source inside the...
Dr. Sharīf Dūs, the chairman of the General Coptic Organization in Egypt (GCOE), embarked on collecting approvals from Copts nationwide to back the candidacy of Dr. 'Abd al-Mun'im Abū al-Futūh for the presidency. ['Abd al-Wahāb Sha'bān, al-Wafd, March 11, p. 16] Read original text in Arabic
Bishop Yu'annis, Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III's secretary, said the visit by Dr. Muhammad Badī', the Murshid (Guide) of the Muslim Brotherhood, to the pope after the weekly sermon on Wednesday (March 7) at St. Mark Cathedral was one paid by a "venerated personality we highly respect and...
Christians are partners in the nation and must enjoy their rights and do their duty toward Egypt, rejecting quotas for Christians in parliament and public positions and calling for efficiency to be the criteria regardless of religion. [‘Abd Ilāh Muhammad, al-Akhbār, March 8, p. 6] Read text in...
Differences between the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists over the constitution have taken a new turn after al-Nūr Party and the Building & Development Party called for amending Article II of the Constitution to clearly indicate that the Islamic sharī’ah is the main source of legislation while...
The Coptic Orthodox Church would choose Coptic men of law to participate in the constituent assembly that would write a new constitution for Egypt but would exclude the clergy, a source at the papal office said on condition of anonymity. ['Abd al-Wahāb Sha'bān, al-Wafd, March 5, p. 3] Read text in...
Presidential hopeful ‘Amr Mūsá has said that the constituent assembly [charged with drafting a new constitution] should include all sectors of the community, such as men, women, Copts, Nubians, liberals and Islamists. Mūsá specifically mentioned that there should be representatives from Sinai in...
Dr. Nājih Ibrāhīm, a key founder of the Jamā’ah Islāmīyah in Egypt and the first chairman of its shūrá (consultative) council, offered an apology to Copts for “what has befallen them as a result of the Jamā’ah’s mistakes during the 1970s and 1980s”. [Robeir al-Fāris, Watanī, March 4, p. 5] Read...
Dr. Munīr Hannā Anīs, the head of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, said Christians of Egypt are for keeping Article 2 of the constitution that reads Islam is the official religion of the state and principles of the sharī’ah are the main source of...
The Azhar’s Academy of Islamic Research approved that a Christian family may have custody of and bring up Christian orphans in Egypt. [Michael ‘Ādil, Rose al-Yūsuf newspaper, March 1, p, 3] Read text in Arabic
Strict Islam infected restaurants and cafés after demands to allow beard growing were raised inside the army, interior ministry and judiciary. [Rānyā Nabīl, al-Ahālī, Feb. 29, p. 3] Read text in Arabic
Head of the Coptic Evangelical Church Dr. Safwat al-Bayyādī revealed that he would lead a church delegation today to meet with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) at the MB’s headquarters to have discussions on several issues, including the position of...
The People’s Assembly Religious Committee under Shaykh Sayyīd ‘Askar on Sunday (February 26) recommended that one of the lawmakers in the committee would propose a draft law to punish any person offending Islam. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, Feb. 27, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic
Participants in a conference organized recently by the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC) in the Lebanese capital Beirut called for all governments and organizations concerned to work hard to detect facts about what is going in the Middle East countries and enlighten the world...
Tharwat Hammād, the judge mandated by the justice ministry to investigate the incidents that took place outside the state radio & TV building in the Cairo district of Maspero on October 9, ordered the release of political activist Michael Meunier. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, Feb. 22, p. 5...
Egypt's Copts coalition is organizing protests Tuesday outside the Supreme Court to reject investigations with Coptic activist and leader of the al-Haya Party, over charges that he was involved in the October 9, 2011 incidents outside the state radio and TV building in the area of Maspero that left...
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