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Egypt Interior Ministry bans religious slogans on vehicles

The widespread sticker reading “Have you praised the Prophet today” will be removed from cars, says Interior Ministry official

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Jun 2014
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"Did you praise the Prophet today?" sign posted on windshield (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Security forces will be removing from vehicles the widespread sticker asking onlookers “Have you praised the Prophet (Mohamed) today,” among other religious slogans, Deputy Interior Minister for Media Affairs Abdel-Fattah Osman said in a televised interview on Sunday.

The phrase, which has spread extensively on cars and street shop façades of late, is inspired by a Quranic verse in which Muslims are clearly requested to emulate God and his angels' praise of Prophet Mohamed.

Talking to TV host Amr Adeeb in the Al-Qahera Al-Youm TV programme, Osman said this is not the first time the interior ministry launches a campaign against banners or stickers betraying religious affiliations which, he argued, could lead to “sectarian tendencies”.

Osman added, however, that no banners whatsoever, religious or otherwise, will be allowed on vehicles. "Nothing but license plates will be tolerated," he said.

Security forces have launched an ongoing crackdown on Islamist groups loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood. Thousands have been arrested and hundreds have been killed in clashes since last August.

Militant attacks have also escalated against security personnel, leaving over 500 killed since Morsi’s ouster.

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Allen
18-06-2014 01:35am
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You just wonder
What good are all these demonstrative prayers, and requests for one to pray, when the country is loaded with women abusers, rapists, and the prisons loaded with terrorists. Don't get me wrong, prayer is good and noble. BUT what are the results so far???
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Islam
16-06-2014 09:34pm
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This is not secularism
Secularism, which is what I assume this is supposed to be establishing, is not removal of all religious symbols, but equally respecting all symbols. Remove them from Government property OK, but removing them from personal property just creates resentment and even more hatred of the minority.
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patkar
16-06-2014 07:11pm
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the road laws
the rear window of car should be unosbstucted for the driver to be able to monitor the traffic behind him through his rear view mirror. today most cars carry messages like " I love you ... etc , but what about visibility ?
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