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Brotherhood leader: No prospect of Shia influence on Egypt

Essam El-Erian, a top Muslim Brotherhood leader, sees no threat from Shia tourists to Egypt's identity

Ahram Online , Sunday 31 Mar 2013
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Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood senior Essam el-Erian (Photo: AP)
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Leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood Essam El-Erian denied Sunday that Egypt could be affected by Shias if tourism to the country among them were expanded, underlining that Egypt’s Sunni identity "is stronger than that."

“Egypt is greater than to penetrated by any thought or current ... Egypt has refused all forms of secularism and welcomed nationalism mixed with Islamism,” said El-Erian on his Facebook page.

There had been loud criticism by Egypt’s Salafists regarding the return of diplomatic ties between Egypt and Iran, with fears expressed of the rising influence of the Shia sect in the country.

Mahmoud Ahmedinejad’s historic February visit to Egypt — the first visit of an Iranian leader to the country since the 1970s — met with severe criticism from Salafist groups who issued a statement warning Ahmedinejad not to visit Tahrir Square.

On Friday, Salafists protesters barred the Iranian envoy from attending a Sufi event at Al-Azhar.

“Egypt of Al-Azhar, Al-Awkaf [religious endowments], Salafists, Muslim Brotherhood and Sufis will preserve Sunni Egypt ...” added El-Erian.

Last Thursday, Egypt’s minister of tourism, Hisham Zazou, stated in interview with the Associated Press that Iranian tourists would help shore up Egypt's dilapidated tourism industry and would not pose a security challenge to the nation.

On Saturday, the first commercial flight to head to Iran from Egypt in 34 years took off from Cairo airport en route to Tehran.

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Ahmed
01-04-2013 11:53am
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Pampered...
Members of the Salafi movement in Egypt consider Shiites heretics, and fear Iran is trying to spread its faith in the Sunni world. Why are the Shiites heretics? They follow the same religion like rest of the muslims.. Moreover, these excuses are just taking egypt on a Back gear. Why are we mixing politics and religion. Its for the benefit of the country. The fate of egypt is in total dilemma cuz the governing bodies are the MBs. Egypt needs funds badly and it doesnt matter from where it comes from. These radical salafis are the parasites that will bring down egypt so soon.
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Democracia
31-03-2013 08:55pm
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Glass of water....
Is this a problem you have Mr. El Erian??? Are you a politician or a cleric? Is this an important problem Egypt has in the moment? My God, what kind of people are governing this county... The only problem I see with this tourists is that they will sit all day and evening in front of a cheap glass of table water and so of course will flush 'billions' into the empty Egyptians pockets, hahaha...
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Democracia
07-04-2013 11:46am
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Dear Ali, wrong...
Dear Ali! Your accusation is incorrect, because I visited Iran in 1976 and 1977 (I am already and old one as you see...) when it was not yet a theocracy... Later on I never again went there and I never will as long as it is a duty to wear already a scarf when you enter the Iranian airplane...
Ali
03-04-2013 03:42pm
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Who are you?
So you enjoy visiting a theocracy abroad while you arguing for secularization of egypt?
Democracia
02-04-2013 03:02pm
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Sorry...
Dear Reza! Sorry I did not want to insult any Iranian. I know who you are, I visited your country twice and my life was saved by an (ex)Iranian doctor of neurosurgery. Iranians have actually more culture, education and civilized behavior than the average of Egyptians ever will have. Sorry again, but the political situation here and those politicians make some people (including me) very cynical...
reza
01-04-2013 10:49am
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Before judging about iranian, you should know who they are!
Iranian including me have always loved Egypt. That is why we love to have a good relation witth and I am sure we will find more valuable things than sitting in front of a cheap glass of water in Egypt.
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Ali
31-03-2013 07:48pm
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How can Muslim Brotherhood say that they will and salafis will protect the Sunni identity when infact they themselves are not sunnis but wahabi khawarijis? Complete two faces, the Najdis trying to represent Ahlus sunnah Wal Jamaah
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