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'Morsi 1st president to declare war in a football stadium': Egypt's revolutionary sheikh

Recent decision to sever Egyptian diplomatic ties with Damascus is aimed at bolstering President Morsi's, Muslim Brotherhood's popularity, prominent preacher Mazhar Shahin declares

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Jun 2013
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Egypt’s Imam Mazhar Shaheen (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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President Mohamed Morsi's recent decision to sever diplomatic ties with the Syrian government is merely an effort to bolster the popularity of the Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails, Imam Mazhar Shahin, Egypt's so-called revolutionary preacher, has asserted.

“For the first time, war has been declared from a football stadium,” Shahin said sarcastically in an interview on Sunday with the private Sada Al-Balad television channel.

On Saturday night, before 15,000 supporters at Cairo's indoor stadium, Morsi announced the closure of the Syrian embassy in Cairo and the recall of Egypt's diplomatic mission from Damascus, declaring that the time to talk to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was “over.”

Morsi also accused Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah, which is currently fighting alongside Syrian government troops in the ongoing conflict, of committing “crimes” against the Syrian people.

While the president said both the Egyptian people and armed forces supported the foreign-backed armed insurgency against Al-Assad, Morsi stopped short of making any commitment to arm the insurgents.

Shahin described Morsi's move as a kind of “flirtation” with the US, adding that such decisions should be taken in the Presidential Palace after discussions with all Egyptian political forces.

Shahin also criticised the Muslim Brotherhood for “turning every battle into a battle between Islam and infidels.”

At Saturday's rally at Cairo Stadium, Brotherhood Sheikh Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud described those planning to take part in upcoming anti-Morsi rallies on 30 June as "infidels."

Shahin, known as “the revolutionary sheikh” for his sermons delivered from Cairo's Tahrir Square, has been a harsh critic of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi.

In April, Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowments (Awqaf) ordered Shahin to suspend his preaching activities at the Omar Makram Mosque following charges that he had “criticised the president and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The ministerial decree, however, was subsequently overturned by court order.

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muhammad
17-06-2013 08:39pm
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Is this really called a shiekh
Alas, this man is only seeking worldly gains at the expense of his hereafter . I suspect his being a normal man. He calls for chaos and supports anti Islam groups and unbelievers who fight against Allah and his Apostle .
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Farida Moharram
18-06-2013 09:42am
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Wake up, it's the 21st Century
In what era exactly do you think you are living in? You want to keep living in archaic times then get off the internet and your laptop. And Morsy is God's apostle? I am pretty sure you have never heard about that incompetent human being before he ran for president.
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