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Legal case against controversial Muslim scholar for defaming Christianity
Outspoken Islamic figure Wagdy Ghoneim, who lives in exile, released an online video calling all Copts 'infidels'
Ekram Ibrahim , Monday 19 Mar 2012
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Wagdy Ghoneim, Islamic scholar.

With Coptic Christians currently going through several days of mourning for the late Pope Shenouda III, Muslim scholar Wagdy Ghoneim caused controversy by uploading a video defaming the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church and calling him the "head of infidels."

The video was seen by more than 150,000 viewers within the first 24 hours of being uploaded and has caused rage among many Copts, especially those who are active online.

Three lawyers, Saeed Fayez, Tharwat Bakhit and Nabil Ghobrail have filed a complaint with the attorney general against Sheikh Wagdy Ghoneim for what they called defaming Christianity.

"There was no consideration whatsoever as to what the Copts are going through. This is a kind of hate speech," Nabil Ghobrail told Ahram Online.

Ghoneim accused Pope Shenouda III of inciting sectarian violence in Egypt by declaring that Muslims are occupying Egypt; he also accused him of having plans to challenge Muslims' faith. The Muslim scholar, who lives outside Egypt, also labelled all Copts "infidels".

In June of last year, business tycoon Naguib Sawiris was been sent to trial after lawyer Mamdouh Ismail filed a case against him accusing him of disrespecting Islam.  The Coptic Christian businessman had posted cartoons depicting characters in Islamic clothing on his official Twitter account.

In February 2012, Egyptian film star Adel Imam was sentenced in absentia to three months in jail with hard labour and a fine of LE1,000 for "defaming Islam" in some of the roles he has played.

Pope Shenouda III passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 88. His funeral is set for Tuesday.





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Mahmoud Abdelsalam
21-03-2012 09:02am
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Just transfer!!!
There's an importan something must be taken into the consideration, that this islamist scholar only transfered what's mentioned in the holy Quran. Actually ALLAH said in several verses that anyone doesn't believe in the prophet Mohmed peace be upon him, as a non believer. on the other hand anybody has doubt simply can return to the holy Quran then he will find out the truth clearly.
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Taz
23-03-2012 08:28am
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No, quran calls Jews and Christians people of the book...
and prophet mohamed said " be kind to the copts for they are your kith and your kin" and was mentioned in the quran the meaning of "there is no compulsion in religion". END
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Mrs.M
20-03-2012 08:35pm
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Wagdy, Wagdy, Wagdy
Wagdy Ghoneim headed our mosque years ago here in Southern California until the U.S government began harassing him to the point of exile. My husband who considered Wagdy a friend has seen him veer of course over the years he has watched him or read him. Although Ghoneim brings up necessary debate points at times, he usually engages in inciteful dialect which is inflammatory as he did with the death of Shenouda. The sad thing is that some people will mimic him, some will be hurt by him and finally this will play into the hands of the media perpetuating Islamophobic discourse, especially here in the west.
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Mrs.M
20-03-2012 08:31pm
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Wagdy, Wagdy, Wagdy
Wagdy Ghoneim headed our mosque years ago here in Southern California until the U.S government began harassing him to the point of exile. My husband who considered Wagdy a friend has seen him veer of course over the years he has watched him or read him. Although Ghoneim brings up necessary debate points at times, he usually engages in inciteful dialect which is inflammatory as he did with the death of Shenouda. The sad thing is that some people will mimic him, some will be hurt by him and finally this will play into the hands of the media perpetuating Islamophobic discourse, especially here in the west.
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ahmad
20-03-2012 12:08pm
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Newspaper's point view shouldn't be reflected in reporting
Don't you think that describing him as an "outspoken" figure is a reflection of ur own point of view? It implies that u find him "candid" and see Christians as infidels as well? Plz, pay attention to ur choice of words
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Taz
20-03-2012 12:06am
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Hope he stays in exile...
Egypt doesn't need people with kind of menatlity. The irony is that he says that H.H Pope Shenouda incited sectarian violence then goes on saying that he is the "head of infidels" . Isn't that inciting hatred and violence?. Who made him or his likes a god that can judge who is the infidel, anyways?.
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Merille
19-03-2012 10:31pm
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the meaning of "Kafer" is rejecter, not infidel
This post is misleading. The Arabic word "Kafer" means "rejecter" Hence, Ghuneim is correct in calling those who reject the Islamic faith kafer. Muslims are also considered Kafer by Christians for rejecting the Christian doctrine of trinity and the Christian belief that Jesus is God in flesh and that he is Lord and Savior. Yes, there might be a problem of lack of sensitivity given the death of the Coptic pope, but otherwise there is nothing wrong in what Ghunim said. There is no Muslim under the sun who doesn't consider the rejecters of Islam and the Prophet Muhammed Kafer.
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expat
20-03-2012 04:06pm
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nonsense
Hi i find it very funny,that the same people,which seek freedom of religion, if they escape their own suppressing regimes for their hardcore islamic ideas, become people judgers,if they gain the strong hand...you should learn one simple message,whatever YOU believe, is your very private thing and the one next to you has the same rights and is neither Khuffar nor infidel, he is most likely more worth than you with your 635 AD ideas of humanity
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20-03-2012 04:03pm
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nonsense
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Taz
20-03-2012 04:17am
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So know you speak for all Muslims...
I think people who claim to be speaking for all Muslims have not seen the sun for quite a while. Instead of playing God at judge people on believes, why not just focus on what brings us together. If you 've traveled and met arabs and Egyptian abroads, you will come to the conclusion that a copt is much closer to you as an Egyptian muslim then any other muslims nationality. Aside from religious beliefs and rituals (which I think should be personal), all egyptians share the same culture, history, taste, menatlityand most important of all destiny.
Taz
20-03-2012 04:17am
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So know you speak for all Muslims...
I think people who claim to be speaking for all Muslims have not seen the sun for quite a while. Instead of playing God at judge people on believes, why not just focus on what brings us together. If you 've traveled and met arabs and Egyptian abroads, you will come to the conclusion that a copt is much closer to you as an Egyptian muslim then any other muslims nationality. Aside from religious beliefs and rituals (which I think should be personal), all egyptians share the same culture, history, taste, menatlityand most important of all destiny. If you were honorable but don't belive in that then you ought to move to a different country.
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Sed
19-03-2012 09:16pm
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Wagdy Ghoneim, who lives in exile
In modern world infidels are also humans. I am glade civilization started with the West, where Human rights and dignity of every human is fundamental.
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Khalid
19-03-2012 08:02pm
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What a clown...
So, Mr.Wagdy Ghoneim...declaring a peaceful leader of a long persecuted minority as "head of the infidels" is not inciting sectarian violence? You are nothing but a hypocritical fear monger.
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Mahmoud Abdelsalam
21-03-2012 09:32am
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One word
what i can say that you are very trivial guy, so even u don't deserve to waste one second for you because

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