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Muslim Brotherhood use Eid sermons to oppose planned constitutional declaration

Muslim Brotherhood preachers use their Eid prayer sermons to call for a quick handover of power to a civil government and urge people not to allow March's constitutional referendum results be undermined

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Aug 2011
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In several of Cairo’s mosques, preachers belonging to the previously banned Muslim Brotherhood led Eid prayers for the first time since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The main theme of their sermons was freedoms gained in the January 25 revolution and how they should be defended.

The Brotherhood preachers also urged people to seize these freedoms, adding that they should not allow any manipulation of the people’s will or choice, as expressed during the previous constitutional referendum. The speeches also stressed the importance of handing over power to a civil government.

Brotherhood members also handed out flyers during the sermons and after prayers urging people to protect the revolution’s demands and gains, for which, the material assures, the group is striving. The flyers reemphasised the importance of handing over power to a civil government as soon as possible.     

 

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Masry
31-08-2011 03:03pm
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I don't understand how the government of Egypt is not intervening and applying the law - no parties should be established on religion. How can they grant licenses to parties that are blatantly discriminatory by nature? The government should also never allow mosques to be used in campaigning, and parties breaking that rule should be punished. Lastly, I truly believe that Islamist are in the minority, and getting people to say Yes is easier than getting them to vote for a specific candidate. However, they are formidably organized, and get a lot of attention from the media, who in turn complain how the Salafis are getting all the attention. We need a clear civil coalition, like the Egyptian Block, and they need funding to advertise to get their message across. I also believe the secular parties should congregate behind El Baradie as he stands the biggest chance to win the election. If revolutionaries are to change Egypt, then they need to be voted in.
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Musry
30-08-2011 05:36pm
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Time and time again the MB and other religiously based parties have shown that their primary motives are not full democracy for Egypt, but a blatant hijacking of the system which they ultimately wish to undermine. When you preach to someone that it is 'haram' to vote yes or no as was done during the referendum or for a specific party then the fundamentally important distinction between faith and politics is breached. If they ever form a government God then their true colours will emerge, because of course how can you argue with 'God'? Let this be a warning Egyptian people, the revolution which was fought over with your blood and tears and sacrifice is being hijacked by people who do not hold Egypt's interests at heart but who ultimately see Egypt as subservient to their own religious dogma. They didnt wave Egyptian flags in Tahrir they waved foreign ones this speaks volumes. God bless Egypt and its people.
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