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Egypt slams 'Bible-burning' Islamist preacher with 11-year sentence
Court rules on religion charges raised against Abu Islam following 2012 'Innocence of Muslims' demonstration during which Bibles were desecrated; son also punished
Ahram Online, Sunday 16 Jun 2013
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'Bible-burning' Islamist preacher Abu Islam in his way to court surrounded by his supporters (Photo: Ahram)

An Egyptian misdemeanors court has issued an 11 year prison sentence to Islamist preacher Ahmed Abdullah (AKA Abu Islam) on charges of insulting religion and burning the Bible.

Abu Islam, who is the head of two Islamic satellite TV channels – the Umma and Mariya – has also been fined LE3000, but the verdict will be suspended pending appeal.

The court also sentenced Islam, Abu-Islam's son, to eight years in prison and fined him LE 2000 for taking part in burning the Bible with his father. This sentence is also suspended pending appeal.

During an 11 September 2012 demonstration in front the US embassy in Cairo protesting the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims," the Muslim cleric publicly burned copies of the Bible. Before leaving the demonstration, he told the crowd that he would later send his grandson to urinate on the Bible.

Last week, Amnesty International expressed concern over the increasing number of charges for blasphemy and insulting religion in Egypt.

Amnesty stated that the majority of those targeted by such accusations in Egypt are Coptic Christians.

In February 2013, the prosecutor general ordered Abu Islam's arrest for allegedly insulting Christianity.

  





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KTShamim
27-06-2013 11:42pm
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Both sides must show patience
[Qur'an 3:187] "... you shall surely hear many hurtful things from those who were given the Book before you and from those who set up equals to God. But if you show fortitude and act righteously, that indeed is a matter of strong determination."
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Bob Koomans
20-06-2013 01:47am
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Harsh Sentences Unjust
To all who believe in God, I say that the sentence of long imprisonment is unjust. I am a Christian in faith, believing in the ORIGINAL teachings of Yeshua The Risen Christ, which gives ALL MEN an equal chance, despite their errors of the past, a chance to belong to God as Abraham (Ibrahim) and Moses were taught. We know that Emmanuel had to come to Earth as Yehoshua to correct the Jews for their errors in the past, as men had made so many by-laws added to the Original Commandments given to Adam and reminded Moses of in writing, that the additional laws became like shariah law, which God had Y'shua object to, as there was no mercy in them, and the maxims of the law of God were not adhered to, making sentences harsh and unjust, and without mercy. And God REQUIRED us to have MERCY! - And so, I oppose the harsh sentences given, as it was God who was insulted by burning a Book which was written by His Servants... yet God will make a way to give those in error a CHANCE to repent of their "Babylon" of mistakes and unhearing attitudes... many times, until He no longer wishes to. THAT is the MERCY of GOD which Christians are to follow. And even many "Christian" churches are in a similar "Babylon" heading for their own end, even without the help of other infidels (people who do not accept what God teaches). I ask the Judges on Appeal, to hear this, and think of mercy and fairness: They have not put anyone in prison, so do not put such people in Jail. (Eye for eye, tooth for tooth is the MAXIM-um sentence, but mercy and compassion be asked to be upheld.)
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Mansour Ansari
18-06-2013 02:37am
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be kind to others
One of the proofs of tolerance in Islam is that the Christian Arabs have been a protected and respected group in the Arab countries. My own family can trace hundreds of years in Lebanon and Syria during which their Christian heritage was protected and respected. For the so-called Salafist to perform such heinous acts on the book of the 'Ahl al-Kitab' is shameful and cannot be considered an allowed act within Islam. It seems that some of them want to create mischief in the land in order to de-stabilize the great Egyptian society which stands for human rights, justice and peace.
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Al-Misry
17-06-2013 05:24am
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Is this British or USA Judge ?
Had this offence been committed by a Homosexual or Atheist or similar in the west against Islam there would have been no charges never mind 11 years in jail. What he did was stupid and reacted to what was done against Islam in the USA. This sentence is no way justifies the offence. Name and shaming him would have been sufficient punishment . I hope the appeal judge would quash this ridiculous junior court sentence. Nobody of any religion or none should offend others no matter grievances one may have. I would punish this man by putting his photos in his local mosque or grocery shops until he apologises on tv, radio or whatever means he used in the first place.
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aboujafar
16-06-2013 11:42pm
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Welcome to "Salafi Dawah"
This is the reality of "Salafi Da'wah". He deserves to be in jail for his foolish acts.
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Areg
16-06-2013 08:18pm
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Good justice
it is good that such type of people are presecuted, although the final prosecution is by GOD which is real judgment as far as christianity concerned. he will be burned in hell. concerning egypts constitution it would have been good if it is fair specially for coptics.
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tesfay
16-06-2013 08:13pm
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justice
Coptic christanity has been part of Egypt long before Islam came to egypt
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Egyptian-Canadian
16-06-2013 07:45pm
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These acts MUST STOP
Never have the Three Abrahamic Religions been more disrespected than these days, when sheikh so and so followed by another sheikh so and so; carry acts and demeaning words. I am a strong Moslem believer, and I find these acts atrocious. When SWT Said: "People of the Book"; HE did not say "Not Moslem people"; Even PBUH endured all the hardships he had to go through, when he went to war, he instructed his people: "not to harm a child or a woman; not to harm a tree which produced; and NOT TO HARM ANY Religious Institution. He said ANY he did not say:Protect Islamic Mosques only. So if SWT and PBUH give such clear instructions, who are those who desecrate and insult? What differences are there, between them, and those who actually do so, against Islam? الاسلام دين الرحمه والاداب والاخلاق Islam is a Religion of Mercy and Morals
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MEDO
16-06-2013 06:31pm
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YES!
BRAVO TO THE EGYPTIAN COURT SYSTEM!!! FINALLY, A DECISION THAT IS RIGHT!
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Karim Meleka
16-06-2013 05:52pm
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No to Blasphemy Charges
No to Blasphemy Charges in Egypt
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meskie
17-06-2013 11:12am
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NO goes both ways
If we are going to say no to blasphemy, it needs to go both ways, there is so much discrimination in Egypt, Again I say it needs to go both ways. I say NO to favoring a sect to another, I pray for the day to see Egyptian citizens ALL be treated equally.
Sam Enslow
16-06-2013 07:27pm
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These are matters for God, not governments
There are legitimate charges that can be brought, inciting to riot, inciting to violence, etc. But no matter how bad the speech is or crude and rude the act is to charge someone with "insulting religion" is wrong. Refute his statements, but make them criminal and these laws will be used for political purposes. I know, for example, no church law against tearing up a Bible. Who determined his actions were illegal - not just rude and inflamatory?

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