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Religious minorities…Reality and truth

2/6/2008

Sayyed Nazeely

On 16 May 2008 newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published an article by writer Amir Tahry which discussed the tragedy of the Uighur Muslims under the headline, “the Forgotten People of China”.

It is the Muslims of China and not Tibetans who are most excluded and banished from the human spirit and most deprived of their human rights according to the standards discussed by the United Nations and international civil society organisations. It is known that the Muslims of Uighur live in an area that used to be called “East Turkestan”. Islam entered it early on, and they were powerful, obstinate and of pure character.

They are of Turkish origins and under the pressure of Chinese murder and terrorisation many Muslim tribes fled to central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran. Small groups stayed to wage war, and they are the reason why China was unable to take control over the region until the middle of the 1960s.

The Chinese frequently attacked this Muslim people and killed millions of them. In 1863 more than one million Uighur Muslims were killed. More than a million Muslims were also killed in the clashes of 1949 when the Chinese Communist regime led by Mao Zedong took over and the province’s independence was abrogated and it was forcibly incorporated into the Republic of China and the following took place:

1. The province was cleared of its Muslim inhabitants who were distributed in other provinces so that they formed a minority in these new areas.

2. An attempt to crush the Muslim’s identity and restrict their acts of devotion and signs of Islam. Mosques were destroyed and schools demolished so that new generations would be formed completely removed from Islam.

3. The Cultural Revolution led by Mao Zedong in the late 1960s was merely a fire whose flames burnt any display of Islam on the pretext of democracy and freedom. How many barbaric crimes have been committed in their name of these false claims across the course of history and until the present day in the era of the American emperor “Bush” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Somalia…etc

Amnesty International published a document in 1999 while Canadian MPs prepared another in 1998 accusing “Peking” of fabricating terrorism charges against the Muslim “Uighur” people and falsely accusing them of being “Islamist fundamentalists” and “Islamist terrorists” and “separatists”. The document affirmed that the “Uighur” were not responsible for any of these terrorist acts. Rather, it is them that are living under dangerous and terrorising domination by the Chinese government. “They had nothing against them, except that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise” (Surah Al-Borooj, 8)

This Muslim minority is living under the control of an atheist, communist regime that deprives it of its rights to education, health, dignified work and to participate in managing its own affairs, as well as depriving it of the modern, democratic life that most advanced countries boast about while concealing a simmering hatred of Islam and Muslims and who work on pulling it out at the roots.

Islam protects minority rights

Yes, we say it proudly because over the course of the centuries only Islam has protected minority rights, preserved their humanity and respected their independence, both in the past and in the modern age. Because they are brothers to Muslims and have the same rights and duties, there is no objection to their acts of devotion, rituals, churches and houses of worship, nor their systems, codes, laws, crosses or priests. “Allâh does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion nor drove you out of your homes. Verily, Allâh loves those who deal with equity”. (Surah el-Mumtahina, 8) “It is only as regards those who fought against you on account of religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and helped to drive you out, that Allâh forbids you to befriend them. And whosoever will befriend them, then such are the Zâlimûn (wrong-doers those who disobey Allâh)” (Surah el-Mumtahina, 9)

This is the true understanding and practical application of real “citizenship”, commendable neighbourliness and fair and kind treatment.

Far removed from that, in fact in contradiction to it, is the insanity, nonsense and chaos called for by many so-called secularists, atheists, leftists and individuals who are supposedly calling for progress and science and the vestiges of Communists who altered their “compass” and “loyalty” towards America when the Communist Party became bankrupt and ended after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

These individuals represent the hypocrites’ army in Muslim countries. “They hide within themselves what they dare not reveal to you” (Surah Aal-Imran, extract from verse 154).

They know very well that any minority living under Islamic Sharia rule is without doubt a lucky minority, and that its members enjoy privileges and rights, security and wellbeing and respect and freedom – what no Muslim minority living in the finest modern democracy in Europe or America enjoys.

Our Coptic brothers in Egypt know that their safety and security lies in Islamic Sharia, and that Sharia has been applied for more than thirteen centuries without oppression, repression, coercion or aggression against their blood, wealth, honour or beliefs.

Some of them feel that there is religious discrimination and hold conferences in Egypt and abroad, and spend suspect millions on them, and recruit various media agencies for PR purposes and to make a din. And gifts and presents rain down on the self-declared leftists and intellectuals who attend them. They try to throw oil on the fire of strife not out of love for our Coptic brothers or a concern for their interests and rights as they claim, but ultimately out of hatred for Islam and Sharia after they sold themselves to the devil.

The question here poses itself: does “citizenship” and “non-discrimination” mean wiping out the identity of the majority of inhabitants and separating between practicing their religion and applying their Sharia in a way that doesn’t harm the rights or feelings of our brothers in the homeland?!! Is there a Muslim minority anywhere in the world able to govern the majority and prevent it from practicing its religion and say to them don’t practice the religion you believe in because it constitutes aggression against our existence or our rights!!

The situation of some Muslim minorities in the world:

– India has the world’s largest Muslim minority in the world. It numbers more than 200 million and constitutes 20% of the population. Despite living in a relatively democratic society they are subject to murder, arson and destruction every now and again and cannot freely practice their religious rites such as slaughtering cows during Eid Al-Adha; anyone who does so has committed an unforgiveable sin and is attacked by Hindus, the cow worshippers. They kill whoever the kill and burn their houses before withdrawing in complete safety without being subject to any kind of punishment. Where is citizenship here? And where is democracy? And where are so-called human rights?!!

– Since Megellan and the Nazarenes* set foot in the Philippines the Muslims have left their rich land and been forced onto the overworked, barren land. Up until this day they haven’t been content with harassing Muslims, natives of this country (even the capital’s name Manila is a corruption of its Islamic name, aman Allah, “security of God”) and the state’s organised armies, supported by American military aid lay siege to the Muslims in the extreme south of the Philippine islands and refuse to legitimise their existence or accord them self-rule.

–       In “Thailand” and “Myanmar” there are a large number of Muslims who embraced Islam centuries ago and who are now controlled by “Buddhists” treating them to a taste of exclusion, abuse and deprivation of freedom and citizenship rights, education and administrative positions in the managing of their own affairs. They are considered second or third class citizens and have no international Islamic backers to defend them against this oppression.

–       In Ethiopia Muslims form the majority (65% of the population) and yet they are completely deprived of their political rights. They don’t have a minister in power nor anyone in a key position. They do not attend state schools which are in the hands of Nazarenes. Even Kottabs are put under the strain of taxes by the state so that they close and are forbidden from receiving financial aid from abroad. It is known that the Ethiopian army is currently killing Muslims in Somalia on behalf of America.

–       And do you remember “Zanzibar” and “Tanganyika” where a third of the Muslim population were ethnically cleansed and the two entities were combined into one state governed by Nazarenes under the name “Tanzania”!!

–       In France, in the free world: there are calls to expel Muslims, and they and their property are fair game in the most brutal way, even though the enemies [sic “Number” is probably what was meant here] of Muslims stands at seven million Muslims deprived of all their rights.

And so…

We cannot continue to the end of this course because we are running out of breath, our tears are falling and our hearts are shaken by pain, grief and sadness.

But we can say:

  • Muslim minorities everywhere in the world, rather the majority of them, suffer oppression, dominion, subjugation and deprivation from the most basic human rights in a way that no one could imagine and not in conformity with any standards or protocol.
  • Non-Muslim minorities in all Muslim countries, and in particular our Coptic brothers in Egypt, enjoy all their rights, respect, kindness and justice. And it is them who are most aware of this and the wise among them comprehend this very well.
  • Beware of secularists, leftists and those who call for creative chaos, and of the strife people, who don’t necessarily love Copts but rather hate Islam and loathe Sharia and eschew a world governed by morals, virtue, justice and equity.

* النصارى el-nasaara loosely translated as “of Nazareth”, is an arguably linguistically neutral term which has acquired a derogatory meaning by the fact that firstly, Egyptian Christians rarely, if ever, use the term to describe themselves and secondly, it has come to be associated with sectarian rhetoric used by some Islamists. We have chosen to translate the term as “Nazarenes”.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwanonline.com 

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A big surprise: Gamal Sultan uncovers the secret behind the withdrawal by the Church and some members from the Constitutional Assembly

17/12/2012

Gamal Sultan: the Constitutional Assembly as an auction for blackmail

The Constitutional Assembly has been transformed into a big market for political, economic and sectarian one-upmanship. Anyone who wants to push through an economic, sectarian or political interest plays the game, “you leave it and I’ll leave it”.

I don’t know of any logical reason for the announcement by Coptic Orthodox Church officials yesterday that they are thinking of withdrawing from the Constitutional Assembly because they have discovered – six months in – that it is unbalanced and doesn’t represent all factions of the population. Pope Tawadros said a week ago that the Church “will not play politics” and it seems that he considers the constitution a “card game”. In short, the Church wanted to take illegal possession 10,000 feddan of natural protectorate land and ancient antiquities in Fayoum in addition to an attempt to seize thousands of feddans – suddenly and in a premeditated manner – in other areas. This scared state bodies after there was widespread grumbling by many popular and nationalist currents, and walls were demolished, attacks stopped and the land was restored to the state.

Three days later the Church hinted that it would withdraw from the Constituent Assembly without a single logical reason or objection to a single article, because it had previously agreed to all that. In the same context, a “big lawyer” who is a former minister tried to whip up artificial controversy about his withdrawal from the Constituent Assembly. He said that he had “discovered” that it is unbalanced and that the Assembly head runs things according to his whims.

On another occasion, this “intellectual” – who could be described as a mercenary – discovered, six months later, that the head of the Assembly wasn’t running it correctly. He discovered this truth a week after the Presidency refused to agree to his offer of settling the “crime” of the company, an Egyptian-“Gulf” company, to which he is a legal consultant. Settling would mean that the state loses LE 45 billion. When the Presidency refused this he intimated that he would be withdrawing from the Assembly. This lawyer/intellectual is the godfather of most public sector selloff deals, deals that lost Egypt more than LE 120 billion. If Egypt had revolutionary trials after the January revolution this man’s head would have been the first of ten to be hung up in Tahrir Square.

In the same context, a former presidential candidate and Assembly member revealed that the Assembly had deviated from its course and that he had suspended his activities in it and would end his connection with the Assembly the following week without providing any clear reason that could be discussed. He discovered this truth after negotiations on the quota and which will be left to his “new” party in the next parliament.

There are other secular figures who have threatened to withdraw, and haven’t. They are connected or rather stuck to a number of whales from the Mubarak era who are currently suffering wide-ranging institutional movement to reclaim the land they falsely seized and squandered amounts sufficient to settle Egypt’s debts. The committees – formed of more than one ministry and government body – are now earnestly working in several areas, and in particular on desert roads and areas close to urban buildup. Every time arguments intensify we hear about threats to withdraw from the Assembly or the tone of attacks on satellite channels – a number of which are owned by these people – intensifies.

Take for example the blackmail of politicians who lost the presidential race and who think that they had it in the bag or that it is beneath them. Some of them still behave as if they are president and are trying all possible ways of completely destroying the Assembly no matter what amendments are made. They do not want the constitution to be completed in the first place so that the message is sent that Islamists are stalling the country and have failed.

Some of the objections are nauseating, such as the protest against provisions that enable civil society activity on the pretext that they open the door to religious vice squads – despite the fact that those opposing are the ones who called for civil society to be strengthened. Some of the objections are completely meaningless, whether because they are motivated by attempts by some to preserve the “path back” amidst a hubbub of blackmail and intimidation. It is for this reason that these objections are extremely contradictory, and are reminiscent of the situation of actor Adel Imam in the “Cold Drink” play when the court responded to his demand and he replied, “cold?” and they said, “yes”, and he replied, “but I wanted something hot!”

This was originally posted in Arabic on the Qalyoubeyya Muslim Brotherhood portal.

Dangerous…Dr. Yasser Negm: Church militias attacked protesters today wearing “Black Bloc” outfits

19/4/2013

Dr. Yasser Negm:

Church militias popularly known as the Maspero Youth Group announced the end of their protests because of a lack of confrontation with Islamists and left…They then returned wearing masks and attacked them using weapons while wearing Black Bloc outfits…While carrying the same black cross…And were only outdone by pictures of Abdel-Nasser carried by El-Tayar El-Sha’aby [the Popular Current]…Also behind masks.

This was originally published in Arabic on “Ansar Port Said” which describes itself as the Media Centre of the Muslim Brotherhood in Port Said and which is linked to from the Muslim Brotherhood’s main website, www.ikhwanweb.com 

Amer Shamakh writes: an American “scenario” for toppling the regime

24/4/2013

A friend sent me a report that he said had been leaked from Congress – and responsibility for this [claim] lies with him of course – containing details about an American plot to remove President Mohamed Morsy from power and do away with various aspects of Islam. We are publishing this in order to reaffirm that God has full control over His affairs and that the proud Egyptian Muslim people’s will is above the American’s will and above that of their protector – that is if the report was issued by the American administration. If it wasn’t, then we present – without any embarrassment – the opinion of the person who slyly released this report, which I believe contains many expectations sounded these days.

In its introduction the report affirms that the opposition, led by the National Salvation Front, has completely failed to market itself as a suitable alternative to the elected president, despite possessing tools (Mubarak’s media and businessmen, a large security apparatus, intelligence services, united Copts, huge numbers of thugs and a corrupt, bloated administration that is sympathetic to the former president).

The report describes this failure as: their lack of success in selling the idea of election forgery, their failure to corner the president through widespread protests, the rapid failure of the idea of civil disobedience and, finally, the failure to sell the idea of complete chaos coinciding with big events (the Rafah funeral, the events at the Presidential Palace…etc)

The report relies on Mubarak’s judiciary, who might be the hero of the next stage, and succeed in doing what the opposition failed to do in the past period.

The report outlines a basic plan that relies on:

1. A deluge of judicial verdicts affecting all decisions by the president and his supporters.

2. Interference by the judicial branch in the executive branch and prevention of the executive branch interfering in the judicial branch.

3. Acquittal of anyone who took part in building corruption or killing revolutionaries. This is aimed at making a space within Egyptian minds for the question: who killed them then?

4. Prevention of any funds returning [to Egypt] so that state coffers are not refreshed. “Financial siege”.

Probable occurrences in this scenario (which is expected to last three months):

– Continuing adherence to the Pakistani model. “The judicial weapon”.

– Sending a message to unimportant killers that they will not be held to account while at the same time sending another message to funders and the important killers that the end is near and the money spent will be reimbursed after Morsy’s toppling. “The Adnan Menderes model”.

– Finishing off the president through a judicial verdict or several verdicts during the three months or overturning his legitimacy at the end of June 2013.

– Issuing one or more judicial verdicts ruling that the elections were forged in Morsy’s interest.

– A Supreme Constitutional Court verdict immediately following this dismissing the president.

– These verdicts will convince both the west and the people that the president has lost legitimacy and must be deprived of his position and indeed his life together with his Islamist supporters who caused all these disturbances.

– Creation of complete chaos beginning with the assassination of several famous media and judicial personalities and accusing Islamists of being behind them.

– After the Pakistani model has ended the Turkish one begins – “the execution of Adnan Menderes” – accompanied by a powerful media wave.

– The Algerian model then begins for ten years during which Islamists are totally annihilated.

– A call for national reconciliation (which is refused by Islamists under siege in caves) and an end to the existence of Islamic manifestations and the wiping out of its features.

The report also contains the following two remarks:

– The creation of complete chaos by the opposition now will break it, and its members will appear as rebels to the people and the west. In contrast, chaos after the verdict dismissing the president will make both the people and the west feel that it is Islamists who planned this chaos.

– These verdicts will destroy Islamist morale and make them feel that the president misled them by failing to deliver a pre-emptive strike in order to avoid their slaughter.

The report ends here. We are waiting to see what the coming days bring, and whether they will prove the report’s veracity. In any case everyone must be on their guard, because we do not doubt that there are conspiracies against this ancient country carried out – alas – by a group of its disrespectful sons…We ask God for protection.

This was originally published in Arabic on the Freedom and Justice Party portal.

Legal experts: the death penalty for those involved in the events at Maspero

10/10/2011

Hassan Mahmoud

A number of prominent legal experts have confirmed that a number of those involved in the bloody events at Maspero on Sunday 9 October will face the death penalty, particularly because there was criminal intent and some participants were armed with weapons used with fatal results.

Gamal Tag Eddin, the secretary general of the Lawyers Syndicate’ Freedoms Committee made clear that those involved in the Maspero events will face the death penalty because of a premeditated intention and intention to kill – particularly given that civilians were armed with weapons at the scene of events.

Tag Eddin demanded that the Public Prosecution Office summon lawyer Naguib Gobrail, who led protesters yesterday, for investigation because he has persistently stoked up strife recently. [Tag Eddin] emphasised the importance of respecting the law and state institutions during the transitional period.

Tag Eddin indicated that the events reveal clear defiance of the law and transgression of the peaceful rules [sic] of protest and determination to do away with the foundations that will lead to a solution for the problems. The situation must be resolved and the state of law and institutions consolidated.

Counsellor Fouad Rashed, head of the Appeals court and one of the leaders of the Judicial Independence Current said that the events fall within the scope of serious crimes. The punishment for them is according to criminal intent. For individuals who wanted to kill and killed, this is murder, and the death penalty is handed down to anyone with premeditated intent or who killed more than one civilian or who killed and caused disabilities to others.

He emphasised that people directly involved in acts of strife must be given the harshest punishments, because these individuals are playing a dangerous game; not just a game of revolution enemies but a game of Egypt’s historical enemies. He affirmed that overlooking crime opens the door to strife and destruction.

He added that hesitation in taking decisions will give the revolution’s enemies their historical chance to swoop, because they have money and most of it is begotten illegally. They are capable of spreading strife and therefore must be punished decisively.

He asks, “Why is there hesitation in issuing a political isolation law? And why are regime figures not being held to account politically? And why hasn’t a political accountability law been issued and a political court formed of personalities with a proven track record of probity to try Mubarak and his gang and retinue, given that Mubarak’s crimes are a policy in of themselves?

Counsellor Rashed called for calm, saying, “To all Egyptians…I say, were we patient about afflictions for decades only for us to find it too hard to deal with our thorny issues calmly during the transitional period? And is there a force on Egyptian land capable of finding solutions to Egypt’s problems and deal with the legacy of the long, black years in a day and a night? Is it true that the naked man is only annoyed by his nakedness when his robe is being made at the weaver, even though he was naked for years before that time? Is it not befitting for us to remember that there are countless issues requiring sound management and calm suggestions not delivered via swords, gunshots and blocking road!?”

Amr Ali Eddin, a member of the Committee for the Defence of January 25 Martyrs and Wounded added that the events fall within the scope of the Penal Code and are punishable by the strongest penalty because of an aggravating circumstance and because [the perpetrators took] advantage of the country’s critical condition with the aim of causing strife and disturbance. He pointed out that those involved in the events should be charged with murder and incitement to kill and the death penalty handed down to them.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online.

Crime – Breaking..Murder of two Muslims by a Christian in El-Khosous

Friday April 5 2013

Ayman Sayyed El-Sissy

A fight that broke out a short while ago between a group of Muslims and Christians in the town of El-Khosous, El-Qalyoubeyya, has resulted in the death of two Muslims.

Muslim youths are currently trying to set fire to the house of the murderer but Christian youths standing on top of the roof are protecting it and firing live rounds to prevent any Muslims from approaching the house.

Sectarian strife between Muslims and Christians in the town is currently being stoked up.

Abdallah Eleiwa, a former member of parliament, called on security bodies to act quickly so that sectarian strife doesn’t break out, especially since El-Khosous has a large community of Christian brothers.

This was originally published in Arabic on the Qalyoubeyya Muslim Brotherhood portal.

The return of military trials!!

8/2/2007

The decision to send a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders – including deputy supreme guide Khairat al-Shater – to a military court is not the first in the regime’s list of numerous crimes, it is the lastest entry on this list.

While corrupt businessmen and senior regime figures plunder the country’s capital and hoard it in European and American banks without any opposition from the various relevant authorities, the regime, which has grown old and bloated and is afflicted with political Alzheimers insults the Egyptian people’s intelligence and directs obsolete charges against the nation’s best. These charges remain only in history books as examples of oppressive, corrupt regimes, the place where they deserve to be.

It has become clear that the ruling Egyptian regime cannot bear to hear a single opposition voice now that it is content to make do with fake political parties that understand political opposition as “handouts and wages” and “making a living” rather than political programmes that they seek to implement to save society from the abyss of crises and problems that threaten its present and future.

And when the virtuous sons of the country put forward their programme and vision of how to solve the nation’s problems they are shoved in the depths of prisons and sent for military trial while at the same time the person who made this decision doesn’t dare to send spies, traitors and the country’s enemies to these courts.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwan Online.