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No deal with Shafiq; men can beat wives on conditions, says Salafist leader
Salafist cleric Yasser Borhamy denies accusations of a deal with former military candidate Ahmed Shafiq, argues against constitutional articles forbidding men from beating their wives
Ahram Online , Saturday 29 Sep 2012
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Yasser Borhami
Salafist Yasser Borhami (Photo: Reuters)

Popular Salafist preacher Yasser Borhamy confirmed in a media statement Friday that the meeting which he was blamed for attending, with former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq, was part of an initiative made by El-Nour Party to mediate between different groups.

Borhamy said the meeting was arranged because of the rising fear at the time that Shafiq might win. He confirmed that discussions tackled only very specific points, including that violence should not be used against protesters, that the Muslim Brotherhood should not be again isolated, that Copts should not be given any “special position” in society and that Quranic verses should not be removed from school curriculums.

According to Borhamy, El-Nour Party member Ashraf Thabet, who had earlier also come under attack for meeting with Shafiq, was also present during the talks, which were only part of an initiative that also included several other meetings with various concerned parties, like the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Borhamy underlined that no deal had been struck with Shafiq, although he had requested that the Salafists support him in the second round presidential elections. “Everyone knows the Salafist Call supported Morsi,” stated Borhamy.

The Salafist El-Nour Party, of whom Borhamy is known as its “godfather,” has been experiencing deep internal divisions of late. After the party's Supreme Committee withdrew confidence from Chairman Emad Abdel-Ghafour last Wednesday, Abdel-Ghafour claimed that several committee members, including Thabet, had been negotiating with Shafiq. Borhami also faced similar accusations.

The controversial preacher went on to warn the media Friday in Kafr El-Dawwar that liberals were attempting to remove from the constitution restrictions on gender equality established by Islamic jurisprudence.

“We do not support violence against women, but God allowed a certain form of beating,” said Borhamy, arguing that in Islam the husband is permitted to beat his wife as long as no physical damage or scar would result.

Borhami is known for his controversial statements, including one in which he reiterated his stance on Jews and Christians, describing both as infidels.

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

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

El-Nour Party was the second biggest winner in parliamentary elections in November 2011, behind the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

Borhamy is a professional surgeon who began his preaching activities in the 1970s. He contributed to the establishment of the Salafist Call in Egypt and is a member of the movement's six-man Trustees Council.





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Dina
19-10-2012 05:47pm
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Why??
Why does anyone give this man any attention? He is a sick, lying, disgusting person. He does not value human rights or dignity. Just ignore him. And maybe he will go away. The more attention people give him, like doing interviews with him, be it on tv or newspapers, the more people will have to actually listen to him. I say just everyone ignore him and eventually he will disappear.
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A.K
01-10-2012 06:46am
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IS THIS FREE SPEECH?
If it is, then I suggest people are paying too high a price for it. Those who oppose this man preaching must respond to him, debate in a civilised manner and use their knowledge of Islam to articulate their case and defend the religion. As for my view, I think the newspapers and online media such as 'Ahram Online' may be going too far and should NOT publish this kind of articles as it is doing no good to the society. The media must be self-regulated or the Law must intervene to stop publishing offence materials.
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Muslim_Feminist
30-09-2012 08:53pm
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He has nothing to do with Islam
He relates to Islam in no shap or form, people like him just twist things to suit their own deranged beliefs... As a Muslim this guy doesn't represent me in any way...
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Woody Pfister
30-09-2012 08:26pm
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Savages
In any war between the civilized man and the savages, we must support the civilized man.
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Shame
01-10-2012 02:45am
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Subway Poster?
Excuse me, where did you pick up your comment from, New York subway add? The only difference is "support Israel", who has 700.000 savages fanatic lawless settlers.
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adam
30-09-2012 06:42pm
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its in the Book
this man had simpley spoken the facts taught in the Quoran. curiously some muslims blame other muslims wihtout blaiming islam for such statements.
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Free Lady
30-09-2012 03:51pm
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Simple Question?
Need one answer. If there is any conditions in Islam a woman can beat her husband?
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Lauren
30-09-2012 07:15pm
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Re: Simple Question?
No. Women in islam are subservient and can't do anything without a male's permission. However, by islamic standards, that makes her free
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M V L
30-09-2012 01:20pm
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Wife beating allowed?
This reminds me of the "joke". It is allowed to beat your wife. If you don't know why she will know why. Kidding apart - it is time we move our of these archaic mentalities. How can any self respecting man beat a being that is mentally equal but physically weaker than him? In reality it proves powerlessness and therefore in a certain way it discriminates against men as it assumes that men do not have the intellectual or oral capacity to deal with women on equal foot and they have to result to physical abuse to make a point. I am
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Lauren
30-09-2012 07:21pm
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Re: Wife beating allowed?
The funny thing is that muslims claim that men and women are equal in islam, but at the same they say that women are "deficient in intelligence", their testimony is worth half that of a man's and daughters inherit half of what the son recieves. What kind of equality is that?
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Joe
30-09-2012 07:21am
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sickening!
these Saudi inspired Wahabi so called scholars need to be rounded up and put in Guantanamo and the key thrown away!
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medo
30-09-2012 12:29am
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lol!
What a man!! So, he believes that all Jews and Christians are infidels, men are allowed to beat their wives and Copts should not be given anything special??? And this is the future of the "New Egypt" God help Egypt, we are moving backwards not forwards while these pathetic views are being spread! Shame on him, the people he represents and the people who follow him
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Shame
29-09-2012 11:40pm
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When did God allow beating women or children?
This is midle-aged religion mentality. Enligthen!
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