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Egypt's Grand Mufti condemns attacks on Copts, criticises police

Mufti Ali Gomaa said Coptic residents of Dahshur 'had not been displaced following sectarian clashes but had chosen to leave voluntarily', and they should now return to their homes under 'Muslim protection'

Ahram Online , Friday 3 Aug 2012
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Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa described the recent sectarian clashes in the town of Dahshur, Giza as "painful" during his Friday sermon at the Fadel mosque in 6 October City, Greater Cairo.

Gomaa warned about the gravity of the situation, which went beyond a "traditional fight."

Violence broke out after a personal quarrel between a Muslim and Coptic Christian in the town quickly escalated, drawing in residents from both communities.

Clashes ensued, eventually leaving one Muslim resident dead and several injured, and the Christian residents of the area were forced to leave, according to a report by Coptic activist group the Maspero Youth Union.

Gomaa also criticised the slow reaction of the country's security forces, saying that so far no serious investigation has been launched.  

Gomaa urged the Coptic residents who left their homes following the outbreak of the clashes, estimated to be around 120 families, to return back to their town "under the protection of Muslims."

He urged the media not to use the term "displacement", as Copts were not forced to leave their homes; rather, he said, it was a wise personal choice by Christians to leave temporarily in order to prevent more bloodshed.

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sawsan mostafa ali
06-08-2012 12:49am
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TO: GARTHE KINDLER & EXPAT( COMMENT NO. 1 & 2)
I believe that everybody has the right to express his free opinion, but I feel that both of you are trying to set a fire on the fire. You do not understand Egypt - Moslems and Christians are living here together more than 1000 years- we are neighbours - living together at the same buildings, go to the same schools, universities, work together - go to the army together - go to wars together.The relationship between Moslems and Christians here can not be affected by any saying from you or any other people in the world.We live here together and we die here together. What are you trying to say and for which purpose????
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sawsan mostafa ali
06-08-2012 12:49am
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TO: GARTHE KINDLER & EXPAT( COMMENT NO. 1 & 2)
I believe that everybody has the right to express his free opinion, but I feel that both of you are trying to set a fire on the fire. You do not understand Egypt - Moslems and Christians are living here together more than 1000 years- we are neighbours - living together at the same buildings, go to the same schools, universities, work together - go to the army together - go to wars together.The relationship between Moslems and Christians here can not be affected by any saying from you or any other people in the world.We live here together and we die here together. What are you trying to say and for which purpose????
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expat
04-08-2012 10:27am
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Hi this is a real hypocrit statement... if you are forced by violence to abandon your house in order to save your family,this is a "wise" decision and you should then return under the guardiance of "the attackers"? is this still a modern state or already a khalifat with christians as dhimmis? justice is far away, hopefully the global community gets some pressure on this repeating issue in egypt expat
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Garthe Kindler
03-08-2012 08:59pm
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Grand Mufti condemns attacks on Copts
While the Mufti's concern about the welfare of the Copts seems commendable and just at first glance, he is, in fact, denigrating the Copts and reducing them to subservience in accordance with the rules of Sharia. The Copts have no right to life, liberty, property as full citizens of Egypt. They are dhimmis and therefore have no rights except those allowed by their muslim superiors and no guarantees this fragile tolerance may not be arbitrarily revoke without warning. The Mufti is being hypocritical.
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