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Jews and Christians are 'infidels,' reiterates Salafist cleric
Hardliner Salafists are unwilling to tone down their views, despite fears over the dominance of Islamists in the coming parliament
Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Dec 2011
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Prominent Salafist cleric Yasser Borhami (Photo: Ahram achieve)

Prominent Salafist cleric Yasser Borhami has reiterated his controversial stance on Jews and Christians, describing both as "infidels".

Borhami, one of several extremist Salafist sheikhs renowned for eccentric and bizarre statements, said he would not reverse his opinion to seek political gains.

“I hold on to my stance that Jews and Christians are infidels, but they do have rights that Allah has given them,” he stated during a press conference in Dakahliah, north east of Cairo.

Borhami, the deputy leader of the Salafist call (Al-Dawaa Al-Salafiyya), was instrumental in forming Al-Nour Party in 2011, commonly viewed today as Al-Daawa’s political arm.

The Nour Party has been thus far the second biggest winner in the ongoing parliamentary elections, behind the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

After the Nour Party’s initial triumph in the ballot, liberals and secularists started to voice fears over the Salafist impact on the political landscape, economy and social freedoms.   

Al-Nour Party President Emad El-Din Abdel Gafour and spokesperson Nader Bakar tried to reassure critics through relatively moderate statements, unlike Borhami.

“We would never give up our thoughts for politics,” Borhami added.

Al-Nour’s parliamentary candidate Hazem Shoman is another Salafist sheikh who has made the headlines for his acid tongue and abrasive nature. He also spoke at the conference.

“Deviating from Islamic Sharia is the reason why Egypt was vanquished in 1967 [by Israel] and 2,700 women have committed suicide for being spinsters,” Shoman said.





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larry
26-12-2011 01:05am
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akbar zeb
He is merly repeating the hatred writen in the Crayon. The book of Moron.
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John D. Larsen
25-12-2011 10:29pm
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Proud Infidel
I am a proud infidel and will never give up my faith in my Lord Jesus, The Messiah.
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A woman
25-12-2011 02:21pm
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A shame
Candidate or not, statements like this are nothing but a shame and the evidence of neverending and oceandeep ignorance and they throw a clear light on the worried mind of the one, who says something like this.
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Alaeldeen
25-12-2011 03:59am
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Fact checking
Sheikh Hazem Shoman isn't a candidate....What are you talking about? check you facts please...
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Ja'far
24-12-2011 07:23pm
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Bizarre and Controversial Salafist Statements
Please provide evidence to support your claim or retract your statement.
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Maude
29-09-2012 11:47pm
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Provocative ignorant
You dont represent Islam. Allah is the SAME name of God to moslems and Arab Christians.

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