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Egyptian grand mufti condemns mob Shia killings

Senior Sunni cleric says that killing is a worse sin in Islam than the destruction of the sacred Kaaba in Mecca

Ahram Online , Monday 24 Jun 2013
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Grand Mufti
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Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam strongly condemned the mob killing of four Shia Muslims in a Giza village on Sunday, an incident which has heighted fears of worsening sectarian frictions in Egypt.

Four Egyptian Shias were killed in a mob attack in the village of Zawyat Abu Musalam in Giza on Sunday.

An anti-Shia crowd gathered outside the house where a group of Shia Muslims were meeting. The violence, which included the murder of four Shia residents and the injuring of several others, was captured on video.

"Islam does not recognise such [violent] practices which contradict human nature," Allam said on Monday.

The senior Sunni cleric stressed that bloodshed is highly prohibited in Islam and is deemed more serious a sin than the demolition of the Kaaba, the Muslims' sacred building located in Mecca.

Recent restoration of ties with Shia Iran, and fallout from the Shia-Sunni conflict in Syria, sparked a debate over the potential "spread of Shiism in Egypt" particularly among Islamist groups.

One of those killed was a local Shia leader, Hassan Shehata, officials said.

Allam went on to explain that Islam prohibits the mutilation of the dead body. "Islam mandates treating the body as a living human, prohibiting beating and dragging of corpses."

Allam warned against mounting sectarian friction in Egypt that has "sucked the country into a vortex of violence."

There is no official statistics on the number of Shia Muslims in Egypt, but Shia figures sometimes claim up to a million Egyptian adherents.

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Muhammad Hussain from Pakistan
25-06-2013 06:24am
Muslim Unity
القرآن یقول "من قتل نفساً بغیر نفس او فساد فی الارض فکانما قتل الناس جمیعاً، کیف ھٰولاء الذین یقتلون الناس او مسلمین و یدعون انہم مجاہدین فی سبیل اللہ، افلا یتفکرون، ام علی قلوب اقفالہا؟ Allah Alimighty in Holy Quran has marked a killing of one person as a killing of whole huminity. Then how these killers of hunanity are claiming to be the Mujahid in the path of Allah? why the people do'nt think?
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Syed Rizvi
25-06-2013 03:45am
Shia Killings in EGYPT
Really shocked,as I have lived in Egypt for 7 Years,I know Egyptians as a very friendly/hospitable and kind people,this is something which is not the nature of Egyptians,I respect Egypt and Egyptian a lot please do try and torment your image.
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