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Downfall of the first martyr in Sohag with the bullets of Al-Sisi’s interior ministry

14/8/2013

Radwan Abdel Mohsen

Groups of Nazarene* thugs under the protection of police tried to disperse demonstrators at the time in which a large number of protesters were flocking to the square, while a group of revolutionaries cut off Ikhmim Bridge and the governorate offices, where interior ministry thugs fired live ammunition and birdshot at them.

* 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”.

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

12/7/2013

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

13/7/2013

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 

9/7/2013

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.

Tamarod thugs close Menoufia governorate building in Al-Ganazeer 

19/6/2013

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.

AFP publishes a photo of a young Nazarene* man raising the fingers of victory after burning buses they thought belonged to the Brotherhood 

23/3/2013

Ahmed Abdel Ghany

A photo was restored from AFP of a young Christian man after the burning of a Brotherhood bus at its headquarters in Moqattam, and a question that has been hidden in people’s chests for several months was asked.

Is it a war on creed?

Is it a renewed version of the crusade against Islam?

Is it a secular alliance with the Church to skin Egyptian society of the Islamic religion?

What does mean for a man who looks like a Salafi to be apprehended only for it to be revealed that he is actually a Nazarene within the ranks of Islamist protesters (this incident happened a few months ago)?

An isolated incident?

Well…why did that Christian lady wear a Muslim hijab and chant in demonstrations against the Egyptian president with Islamic ideology and affiliation?

Finally, was this young man who raises fingers in victory for burning buses told they belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood?

Is there anyone else other than them that have been uncovered through God’s will?

Is it time for vigilance before the nation is stripped of its identity?

Or is it time for sleep…it will take time.

* 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”.

The nuns of Cairo flock to vote “no” on the constitution 

15/12/2012

A church delegation comprising a number of priests, monks, and nuns from monasteries gathered in front Al-Rashid National School in eastern Cairo to vote “no” on the constitution.

The Church intensified mobilizing and channeling their followers to reject the constitution in the referendum, when priests launched so-called “visitation groups” in order to distribute leaflets urging Christians to vote “no” in the referendum, claiming that “a Brotherhood and Salafist constitution does not represent all the Egyptian people,” and that, “the text defining Islamic law will be applied on Copts later,” according to the publication.

The Church paid hundreds of priests and monks to vote “no” in the referendum in accordance with an agreement between Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II, National Salvation Front leaders, and diaspora Copts to unite against the adoption of the constitution.