North Sinai rises up after Tarawih prayers: ‘we got a president through elections, Al-Sisi removed him with tanks’


Mahmoud Abdel Aziz

Political Islamist parties, forces and movements organized demonstrations and a mass march yesterday evening in Al-Nasr Mosque Square after Tarawih prayers in Al-Arish in support of President Morsy with the participation of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Labor Party, Al-Wasat Party, the Muslim Brotherhood, Ahl Al-Sunna, Al-Jamaa, Al-Salafiya Al-Daaweya, the Salafist Front, revolutionary forces, and the youth of the governorate.

The demonstrators chanted slogans including, “say it strongly, people of Sinai…Morsy is the president of the republic,” “we got a president through elections, Al-Sisi removed him with tanks,” “military rule again is difficult, Morsy is the authority and we are the people,” “lock your door, Al-Sisi became a butcher,” “kill one, kill one hundred, we won’t leave it for thieves,” and “Oh God, the all-loving, they killed our sisters in prostration.”

The demonstrators raised Egyptian flags along with pictures of President Mohamed Morsy and banners with messages supporting legitimacy.

The demonstrators stressed those who undertook the coup are trying to kill the revolution and drown the country in a quagmire of violence and blood, noting that they would prefer to expose their chests to bullets, but continue their peaceful demonstrations and marches, and that in Iran they have a lesson where they opened their chests to bullets until the army finally surrendered.

They added that violence delays the Islamic project, and that they are not against the army and do not antagonize it, but the military leaders are in one camp while 90 million Egyptians are in another camp.

They also announced that the reasons behind the coup against President Morsy were that he was preparing to make three important decisions. They are: to purge the judiciary, to purge the police, and to purge the army.

They denounced Sheikh Al-Azhar’s alliance with the Nazarenes* to topple the president-elect and said that Islam would be victorious in the end, and that the first sign of victory will be the Friday march, confirming that the revolution continues until the will of the people is fulfilled.

* 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”.


A Christian man, after his conversion to Islam, heralds the return of President Morsy


Sayed Al-Tayeb

Anwar Bashir, who announced his conversion to Islam, took part in the sit-in in Hurghada rejecting the military coup holding two shrouds demanding the return of President Morsy and the trial of Tawadros, Al-Sisi, and ElBaradei. He confidently said: God willing Mohamed Morsy will return before 17 Ramadan and Islam will triumph.

About the incident of his conversion to Islam he said: In a dream I heard a call saying in a loud voice: “Pray”- So I got up to pray the prayer of the Christians and slept, but it would return and say “not this prayer. Pray” and this continued for days until I went to Al-Safwa Mosque where the brothers taught me ablutions and prayer, and they told me: “When [the call] comes to you, do this,” and when the dawn came I got up and did as they said: I did the ablutions, prayed two rakats, and slept and the call did not return again. So, I went to them and they said to me “the choice is yours” so I converted to Isam without telling anyone for a year.

I once went to Al-Shaheed Abdel Moneim Riyad Mosque and one of the worshippers noted the cross on my hand and advised me to go to Al-Azhar, and indeed, praise God, I declared that I was Muslim and I surgically removed the cross and got married here in Hurghada after I left my last wife who rejected Islam.

The stage at Rabaa: A Christian women in Sohag announces her conversion to Islam after the massacre of the [Republican] Guards 


Tareq Ali, Khaled Afify, and Magdy Essam

It was announced on the main stage at Rabaa Al-Adaweya that a Christian girl named Mary from Sohag announced her conversion to Islam to condemn what happened to peaceful demonstrators in front of the Republican Guard headquarters.

Activity on the stage began a short while ago, where slogans in favor of legitimacy and in support of Dr. Mohamed Morsy were chanted.

Dr. Salah Sultan, secretary-general of the High Council for Islamic Affairs, said, “I felt very sad for what the army did in firing live ammunition on peaceful protesters, noting that there was excessive violence from the police and army.”

He stressed that the press conference of the Armed Forces and police spread many lies, and sarcastically told the protesters to take out all the alcohol and whiskey from the tents.

Commenting on the killing of Shias in Abo Nomros…Doctor El-Barr: Unjust killing is prohibited


Doctor Abdel-Rahman El-Barr, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guidance Bureau said that it is not permitted to kill anyone without justification, pointing out that Islam considers blood sacred and it may not be spilt whatever the mistake committed.

He added, in press statements commenting on the Shia killings in the Abo Mosallem area of Giza, “we have a system and law for holding to account wrongdoers and those who incite strife. They may not be killed outside the framework of the law”.

El-Barr made clear that the individuals who committed this act are not Islamists who truly know the sanctity of Muslim blood, pointing out that students of knowledge know with conviction the sanctity of blood and the prohibition on killing a Muslim whatever mistake he committed.

He added, “Maybe it was [the Shia victims] who provoked the people by what they were doing and so the people wanted to kill them, but they had a duty to present him [sic] to the relevant authorities who would hold him to account for his actions within the framework of the law”.

This was originally published in Arabic on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Port Said portal.

Religious endowments in Assiut denies presence of Imam in Sodfa preaching Shia Islam


Sheikh Ahmed Shehata, head of the Religious Endowments Authority in Sodfa, Assiut denied reports carried by some satellite channels and news websites that an Endowments imam is spreading Amidi Shia Islam in one of Sodfa’s biggest mosques.

“This has no basis in fact and is completely untrue. The matter is no more than bitter rancour and animosity between Sufi sects in competition for leadership of Sufi sects,” Shehata said.

He added, “there is no such thing as Amidi Shia Islam amongst the various Shia sects. The intention was to spread confusion about the mosque’s imam for purposes of this animosity and which are unconnected with the Endowments.”

“This Imam that they are talking about is one of the most disciplined in his sermons: the sermon from last Friday that they are talking about dealt with the extent of the danger posed to Islam and Egypt by the spread of Shia Islam,” Shehata added.

The Endowments head stressed that Sufis must distance their mosques and imams from disputes because we are fully aware of what goes in mosques and we are Sunnis and could never allow anyone to preach anything but Sunni Islam.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwanonline.

Doctor Wahdan: Al-Azhar is the fortress of Sunni Islam and there is no place for Shiism in Egypt


El-Sharqeyya, Ahmed Mahmoud

Doctor Mohamed Taha, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau and head of the Brotherhood’s pedagogy department affirmed that the Egyptian people and government will not accept the existence of the spread of Shia Islam in Egypt under any circumstances.

During his speech – given at a forum organised by the Muslim Brotherhood and Freedom and Justice Party in the town of Awlad Saqr, El-Sharqeyya, to clarify the vision of current events – Wahdan added that Jewish tourists, people without a religion and cow worshippers come to Egypt…Thus is it logical that a tourist would come for two days to spread his creed?!

He also added that Al-Azhar was founded in order to spread the Shia faith but has become a lighthouse and fortress of Sunni doctrine, and will remain so with God’s will.

He concluded his comments by mentioning the necessity of the Muslim Brotherhood immersing themselves in community work and fulfilling people’s needs, saying, “We want people to see our beneficence, and our motto in the current stage is, ‘a strong will untouched by weakness’”.

The forum was also attended by Al-Azhar University professor Doctor Mostafa Abdel-Halim, former MP El-Sayyed El-Atweel and Doctor Ali Salama Amin, secretary general of the Freedom and Justice Party in Awlad Saqr.

This was originally published in Arabic on

Tamarod thugs close Menoufia governorate building in Al-Ganazeer 


Ahmed Al-Agouz

A short while ago, thugs of the Tamarod Movement closed the Menoufia Governorate building in Al-Ganazeer, and prevented staff from entering amidst inactive police forces.

Fady Zayed, the director of the governorate’s media center, said: While the staff was entering, the protesters prevented them from entering and assaulted them. Some of the staff tried to forcefully open the door and managed to enter, but members of Tamarod kicked them out and shut the gates in Al-Ganazeer.

It should be noted that the participants in the sit-in in front of the governorate building were 6 April members, the Tagammu Party, remnants of the NDP, and some youth from the Church.