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Salafist says victims of Port Said tragedy died in sin
Stirring controversy once again Salafist Abdel Moneim El-Shahat says “football is forbidden by Sharia law” and that victims at Port Said should not be considered martyrs
Ahram Online, Tuesday 7 Feb 2012
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Controversial Salafist sheikh Abdel Moneim El-Shahat denied that the victims of the Port Said tragedy were martyrs because they died while watching football which he said is forbidden by Islamic Sharia law.

El-Shahat, who is the official spokesperson of the El-Daua El-Salafiya and failed to secure a seat in parliament, said that the 74 football fans who met their death during the violence that ensued following a match between Masry and Ahly died while enjoying an entertainment which is religiously forbidden and so were not martyrs.

Since Thursday of last week, when the tragedy took place, thousands of protesters have been demonstrating in Cairo, and other cities across Egypt over the security forces’ handing of the events in Port Said's football stadium. Security forces are either accused of masterminding the attacks or allowing the attacks to happen.

“Football is forbidden by Sharia,” El-Shahat said, adding, “It is a game that is foreign to Muslims and derived from the West.” El-Shahat was speaking as at a conference in the Fath Mosque in Alexandria on Monday evening. He also stressed that only three sports are approved by Islam: archery, swimming and horse-riding.

“Those who went to the match and died did not go for God but for entertainment,” he declared, before adding that “entertainment is anything that diverts you from worshipping God.”

El-Shahat also demanded that all the money that is spent on football be reserved for Quran memorising competitions instead.

“Unfortunately football has become a professional game just like in the West, to the extent that football players now earn more than scientists,” he said in his comments.

El-Shahat who lost in the run-offs for a parliamentary seat is no stranger to controversial comments. He has previously slammed Egypt’s Nobel Prize winning author Naguib Mahfouz's novels as “inciting promiscuity, prostitution and atheism.” He has also criticised author Alaa El-Aswany and compared the naked images of Pharaohs which are exhibited in Egypt’s multitude of temples as “rotten" and tantamount to heresy.





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Sherri E.
09-02-2012 12:39pm
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Not martyrdom; not sin, either
*Just because these people were killed doesn't make them martyrs. They were obviously not dying for a religious reason. BUT *Just because they were watching a game not mentioned in the Koran doesn't mean they died in sin. I don't think football is forbidden in the Koran. It is the sport of today much like swimming, archery, and horse-riding were the popular sports in the early days of Islam. Can't we all be sorry for the loss of life without the pressure to judge it as sin or glorify it as martyrdom?
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Sherri E.
09-02-2012 12:35pm
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Not martyrdom; not sin, either
*Just because these many people were killed doesn't make them martyrs. They were obviously not dying for a religious reason. BUT *Just because they were watching a game not mentioned in the Koran doesn't mean they died in sin. I don't think football is forbidden in the Koran. It is the sport of today much like swimming, archery, and horse-racing were the popular sports in the early days of Islam. Can't we all be sorry for the loss of life without the pressure to judge it as sin or glorify it as martyrdom?
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Hesham Agag
08-02-2012 10:23am
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Golden advice for you
Mr Al-shahat I allow myself to give you one advice since you like giving away free avices and determined while you were sitting on your sofa, who will go to Paradise and Who will go to Hell !!!!!!!!!!!! Run everyday as much as you can, to shed some weight , Your close friends can help you because their sportive clubs are well equipped.If yo didnt get my message, I,ll explain more. Scaf generals control and run many important fittness halls which are in every club ,so your fitness programme will cost you nothing Then you can save some money which you can give it away for homeless in Cairo What do you think?
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papanok
08-02-2012 08:42am
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your democracy is not working
This man is only saying what he believes is right. If Egypt has fought and many Egyptians died for democracy, then you all need to be ready to listen to views other than yours. You can start by listening and understanding this man, instead of outrightly discounting his opinion and calling him offensive names. This is democracy. This is what you fought for. You can either agree with him or not, at the end of the day it's his opinion, his belief. He shouldn't get attacked for it. And btw, maybe you need to look deeper into what he's saying. You might benefit a thing or two from it. Seriously, killing over a football match? Do you know what other countries are saying about Egypt now because of this ludicrous incident? People who died there lost their lives to the most pathetic of all causes: a football game. Why don't you go reflect on that for a while.
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papanok
08-02-2012 08:37am
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what do you mean?
@moo: it means it's a foreign idea to Islam and therefore it has no place in the religion. your logic is fallacious. who said something about Islam being derived from the east and that Allaah is NOT a universal creator-god? read and understand first before you make illogical and senseless comments.
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Oscar
08-02-2012 06:17am
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Other things derived from the West.
Television is derived from Western science and culture. So are telephones, photography, computers, mobile phones, and all other electronic devices. The clothing he is wearing was likely manufactured on machines invented by Western infidels. Apparently, his rejection of the infidel West is very selective.
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Muslimia
08-02-2012 05:49am
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Keep talking!
I am Muslim and I find the Salafis (Wahabbis)to be a disgrace to all Muslims and Islam. Please let this man and his cohorts keep talking. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
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me
08-02-2012 12:04am
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fatwa
I agree with him. So many things from the west are not Islamic and must not be used in Muslim countries. Such things are disruptive in society, like automatic weapon, tanks, planes, mobile phones, nuclear power, cars, trucks, buses, trains, computers, internet, vaccines, telephones, electricity, printing machines and printed books, television, radio and packaged food. All users of the items listed above will die in sin. I look forward to reading the fatwas concerning using things created, manufactured and produced in the West. Let’s go back to how it was when Islam started we were so much better as a society.
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A woman
09-02-2012 12:19pm
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You are funny
"Let’s go back to how it was when Islam started we were so much better as a society...." Are you sure??? Maybe you should read some good history books (oh, sorry, printed books are also a sin...). But your are really funny: You say Internet is a sin, so how can you use it to spread your words???
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Taz
07-02-2012 11:22pm
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Calling him an idiot is an insult to idiots.
and we have 1/4 of our parliament represented by those morons. One just interrupted a parliamenty session by calling on the Azzan. Adel Imam and Sawaris are being trialed for "contempt to religion" by mocking the Galabyia and the fithly beard (whom ever decided that the Galabiya and beard are now the universal attire of Islam). What's next?? we are more and more becoming like Afganistan.
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Belfast
07-02-2012 10:18pm
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Keep Talking
This numpty is saying everything he should say. Anything to make people realise that Islam is not compatible to the West. If we don't wake up soon it could really do damage.
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