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Tahrir Imam holds Morsi accountable for 'betraying revolution'
Mazhar Shaheen gave the Friday sermon at Omar Makram mosque on the edge of Tahrir Square, condemning calls for violence against opposition figures
Ahram Online, Friday 8 Feb 2013
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Omar Makram imam, Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen, photo taken May 2011 (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen, preacher at the Omar Makram mosque in Tahrir Square, called on opposition forces and activists to preserve the revolution and continue their determination to achieve its goals in his Friday sermon at the mosque.

"The people responsible for the deaths of young revolutionaries today are the same people who opposed the exit of the ruling regime during the January 25 revolution,” he said.

Shaheen, who has been dubbed the “Tahrir preacher”, directed his words at the ruling Islamist regime, headed by President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Preaching the Friday sermon ahead of protests set to take place in Tahrir as well as at locations outside Cairo to mark the “Friday of human dignity,” Shaheen said that it was regrettable that opposing forces call for the death of their opponents.

“It is unbelievable that when a person opposes the ruling regime, he is threatened with death.”

Shaheen’s comments come after a highly controversial fatwa made last week by Al-Azhar University professor and host of a religious television show on the ultraconservative TV channel El-Hafez, Mahmoud Shaaban.

Shaaban stated that the opposition should be punished by death for attempting to bring down a leader elected by the public, directly naming National Salvation Front (NSF) heads Hamdeen Sabbahi and Mohamed ElBaradei.

“Islam is innocent of such questionable examples,” said Shaheen.

Directing a statement at Morsi, Shaheen said: "We will not allow for the martyrs’ blood to go in vain; these martyrs are the reason why you [Morsi] are now in power...You have to bow down to the demands of the public.”

Shaheen further added that the Al-Azhar institution had to remain independent and should not be used to stand in support of one political faction over another.





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Ayyub
10-02-2013 01:04pm
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Stumble in their mistakes
The more MB stays in control of 'every thing', the more they'll stumble in their 'own' mistakes.
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mohammed moiduddin
09-02-2013 11:25am
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Is the guy for real?
What madhab are you from, NSF? Is he next going to say alcohol, pork, and porn is halal? Morsi is elected the people on the street or the 3 stooges are not. They should be focusing on grass roots and helping people instead of protesting. Shame on the NSF.
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Jimmy
08-02-2013 06:03pm
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Paid Infomercial, by a lefty
the preacher is renting Friday's prayer to NSF like minded. Shame on him. Morsi's home is surrounding with thugs and he blame Morsi for the violence that NSF has dragged us to. Al-Azahar has lost its edge on islamic teachings.
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Deen
08-02-2013 05:42pm
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We are the REVOLUTION
The Revolution was about bringing everyone a voice...bringing EVERYONE the opportunity to VOTE...Giving the power to the people. This government is the ELECTED government of the PEOPLE...This is what we fought and won. You want CHANGE...EASY..ORGANIZE and have a credible message and plan...PEOPLE will follow you..BUT PEOPLE WILL NOT FOLLOW THIS IGNORANCE! To bring down a government and blame the government when it is this MINORITY "opposition: that continues to enflame the country and paralyze this government from moving us forward...WE CAN SEE THE TRUTH..Your chances of any electoral power grows WEAKER by the day due to your childish games...Including this imam's message!
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Fairuza Cengis
10-02-2013 02:33am
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Elections are just the beginning
Deen, with all respect to u and your opinion, Mursi was elected but a leader must do more than just win an election.He or She must guide the country with wisdom and fairness, be the bridge between the people and the problems solving apparatus, n and fail to listen to the people, not stack the government and every positon with your friends and bash your critics! So far in 8 months, Mursi has shown no Wisdom, No Fairness and No Leadership so until HE CHANGES HIS STYLE OF GOVERNANCE, there will be NO PEACE IN EGYPT The only thing I see from Mursi and the MB is a Fascist style ruling, lots of lying when he does speak, and royal arrogance and idiocy! Sickening. Egypt was once a Fabulous and Great Nation, Mursi and the MB have Turned Egypt into a Failed State!
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Ray Gibbs
08-02-2013 03:11pm
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"Friday of human dignity"
Peace not storm.
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