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Salafist preacher warns of 'Islamic revolution' if opposition attempts coup
Saeed Abdel-Azim accuses opposition leaders of following US diktats, vows that any attempt to unseat Egypt's elected president would be met with 'Islamic revolution of unprecedented numbers'
Ahram Online, Monday 10 Dec 2012
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Leading member of the Salafist Calling Saeed Abdel-Azim (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Leading member of the Salafist Call in Alexandria Saeed Abdel-Azim warned on Monday of an "Islamic revolution" if Egypt's political opposition "attempted to overthrow" the country's elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

"If secularists try to topple President Morsi or storm the presidential palace, we will not stand still," Abdel-Azim declared at a Monday conference in the coastal city of Alexandria. "We will organise a massive Islamic revolution in Egypt involving unprecedented numbers."

The popular Salafist preacher also accused leaders of Egypt's political opposition of "receiving foreign funds" and of being influenced by the US, which, he alleged, was trying to sow chaos in Egypt for Israel's sake.

"They are the enemies of Islam," Abdel-Azim said of certain opposition leaders.

He went on to voice his displeasure with the cancellation of President Morsi's 22 November decree, which, he said, had served to "protect the president's decisions [from a hostile judiciary] so he might combat widespread corruption."

It was not the first time for Abdel-Azim to make such statements.

On Saturday, he made a similar statement at a press conference held by Egypt's Islamic Coalition, attended by several Islamist figures including Muslim Brotherhood number-two Khairat El-Shater.

At the conference, Abdel-Azim accused opposition leaders – especially reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei – of standing against the implementation of Islamic Law in Egypt, which, he said, was "non-negotiable."

"The hostility towards Islam is clear, but a constitution that does not represent Islamic Law is unacceptable," he said.





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Abla Hanan
12-12-2012 08:54pm
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US dictats
I misunderstood - I thought the west had been funding the Muslim Brotherhood in order to sow miscontent in the Arab word.
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Mohammad
11-12-2012 06:51pm
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Please compromise
I agree with Parvin - Dialogue, compromize, give-and-take, and reconcillation are the only option left for Egyptions. Every one must agree to sacrifice something. Tough talk, anger, and accusation can be very harmful. Street protests will take you no where. Moderates should come forward to actively play role in the recolliation between the two camps. Educated, well off, westernized people have vast potential to contribute to the nation. Islamists must recognize it. Elites should also keep in mind that Egypt is a muslim nation and there are religious people with vast appeal on the poor, backward, disadvantaged mass.
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Freud
11-12-2012 01:45pm
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Evil
he looks pure evil.....
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Amouh Ahmed, Giza
11-12-2012 11:55am
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Nice Pix AO
He is spreading evil and promote mayhem. It is typical criminal behavior of those satanic group to kill anyone who is different. Allah Ma-ana Ya Beni Misr.
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Ameer Mahmoud
11-12-2012 11:45am
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Non-Islamic Behavior
He should be arrested for his criminal attitude. Salafies have long criminal record of murdering leaders, judges, and innecent people. They are driven by greed. Allah Kabeer Ya Beni Misr.
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Karim
11-12-2012 09:43am
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You are threating us?
How much extremists you will gather? 1 million fachists from all Egypt it is your maximum!!!
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Parvin
11-12-2012 04:08am
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Start Dialogue
Folks: Start dialogue, give up ego. Do it for the interests of your Nation. Hatred is not a solution. Egyptian elit must realize that vast majority of the disadvantaged people are Islamists. Again, they are the majority. Islamist must realize that elites are in the minority but have ability, capital, and intellectual capacity to serve the nation better. Your Nation will be the ultimate loser if you continue to fight. It's not what Prophet of Islam has taught the mankind to do.
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Prettycool
11-12-2012 09:46am
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Not all are
I disagree not all of egyptians are islamists you cannot speak for 85 million people, these people want equality in everything they do. Sharia is not equal it. People take it to extreme and create what they want out of it. Then they say it's god's law. If they don't fight their voices will never be heard and no change can happen for themselves and others if they do not speak up!

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