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Thousands of Salafists protest for release of woman allegedly held by Copts

The ordeal of Camilia Shehata, who was believed to have converted to Islam but shut away in a monastery, continues with thousands of Salafists clamouring for her release in front of a Coptic cathedral

Ahram Online, Friday 29 Apr 2011
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Islamists protest in Cairo near the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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Around ten thousand Salafists marched from El-Sinia Mosque in Shubra, Cairo stopping by El-Nour Mosque in the Ramses area and continued to the Coptic cathedral in Abassiya calling for the freeing of Camilia Shehata and any other, Copt whom, according to them, has converted to Islam and was locked in the monastery. The military police surrounded the Coptic cathedral to prevent any physical attack against it.

Protesters held banners asking for Shehata’s release and chanted for the protection of any Muslim convert. They also assured that they have no intentions of getting into the cathedral.

However, protesters made it impossible for Sheikh Ahmed Tork to preach the traditional Friday sermon, instead Sheikh Hafez Salama, leader of the Suez protesters, gave the Friday sermon. This is not a regular incident in Egyptian mosques, as usually the sheikh of the mosque is the one who gives the sermon.  

Shehata is the wife of a Coptic priest who disappeared suddenly from her home last summer. She was then found at a friend’s house a few days later. The Salafists accuse the Coptic Church for holding Shehata because she adopted Islam; while the Church has aired a video of her saying she is a Copt.

The protests for releasing Shehata have been ongoing even before the Egyptian revolution. Sometimes they result in violence against Copts. Salafists were working underground during Mubarak’s era, but the revolution that toppled the president and his cabinet has given them the freedom to push their opinions in public.

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RM
03-05-2011 10:39pm
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salafists
How many religions are there in Islam...probably numerous..which is a sign of herecy..... That is why kidnapping and forcing into Islam is a trade mark of islam.. christians never force others into christianity..
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Adam
30-04-2011 11:04am
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Salafists
What would happen if it was a muslim women who converts to christianity?
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SSF
30-04-2011 06:13am
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Salafis
The Salafis will bring Egypt down!
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Shenoufi
30-04-2011 05:45am
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Hypocrisy!!!
These protests are the height of hypocrisy. Do these people protest when innocent Coptic girls are abducted and converted to Islam and married to Muslim men against their will? Do these people protest when a Muslim converts to Christianity and recieves death threats and must flee the country to save his/her life? What are they protesting about? It is certainly not freedom of religion for the two women! It is for "us" against "them" - a "we must win and show them who is boss in this country" mentality. Get with the times, Salafists! Egypt is heading towards civilisation and common sense, both things approved by Allah. He is a just God, and that means justice and freedom for everyone, both the Muslim and the non Muslim, and the one who wishes to convert away from Islam. Be consistent in following the Quran: "There is no compulsion in religion" - and that applies to everyone!
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James
30-04-2011 12:43am
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Salafis are hypocrites
This is why Egypt is now on the list of the worst violators of religious liberty. We know how converts to Christianity get treated in Islam. We see this and then are told "Islam means peace." We are not buying it.
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