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Egypt's former grand mufti Ali Gomaa harassed by Brotherhood students at Cairo University

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Sep 2013
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Former grand mufti Ali Gomaa (Photo: Reuters)
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A prominent Islamic cleric was taunted on Campus at Cairo University on Sunday by Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers, as polarisation continues following the downfall of the country's Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi on 3 July.

TV footage showed hundreds of students at a Cairo University lecture theatre jeering and taunting former grand mufti Ali Gomaa, who was present on campus for a thesis presentation.

Pandemonium reigned in the hall as Brotherhood supporters shouted insults and expletives at the senior cleric, with some flashing the Rabaa Al-Adawiya (venue of major Brotherhood-led protest camp) sign and others holding up their shoes in a sign of derision.

Gomaa left shortly after, to the chants of angry students asking him to leave.

Morsi supporters staged small protests on Sunday, the first day of the new academic year, at universities in cities including Cairo and Alexandria. Media reports said several students were arrested across the country.

The former grand mufti has been widely blamed by Islamists and Brotherhood followers for giving his blessing to the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Gomaa recently came under fire for a fatwa sanctioning the killing of those who "drive a wedge" between Egyptians, referring to partisans of the Islamist movement who refuted the 30 June protests that culminated in the ouster of Morsi.

The mufti is the country's leading Islamic legal authority.

Gomaa condemned, late on Sunday on TV, what he described as the "delluded Brotherhood youths," who have been "brainwashed by the lies of the group's leaders."

Morsi's ouster was backed by Al-Azhar, Egypt's leading Sunni Islamic institution, which has further infuriated loyalists.

"You failed to raise your sons and youth... you taught them insults and defamation and lack of ethics without piety and righteousness," he said in a separate online message that he directed to the "leaders of the violators."

Egypt's Muslim brotherhood has been rocked by a sustained clampdown since Morsi's exit. Dozens of the group's senior leaders, along with some 2,000 other Islamists and their allies have been rounded up, with tens facing charges of allegedly 'inciting violence' during protests over the last few months.

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Ahmed M Ibrahim
24-09-2013 02:20pm
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Ruffians
The guilty mobsters should be punished and thrown out of university, once and for all times and they should be condemned to earn their living by manual labour.
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john
24-09-2013 08:45am
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Acording the HADIS ths mufti is deef and dump. he making kitmane Haqe . the day of judgment he will stand with sisi and Albaradie ...
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Tammy
23-09-2013 05:55pm
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HOW RUDE!!!
This is so very RUDE & DISRESPECTFUL!! Just because someone does not agree with you, does not share the same views, ideas or even religion DOES NOT GIVE ANYONE THE RIGHT TO BEHAVE SO ABSOLUTELY RUDE!! These young people have a lot to learn when it comes to manners & courtesy, they should be ashamed of themselves for behaving so badly.
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syed hameed
23-09-2013 05:00pm
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he is true munafiq
he is the person if si si says i m god then definetly he issue a fatwa to obey him.
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Abu Haadiya
23-09-2013 02:29pm
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Lol...he deserves it!
The idiots in charge of Al Azhar, have turned it into a laughing stock. If Shaytan came and paid their wages tomorrow then they will issue a fatwa saying it's ok to worship him
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aboujafar
24-09-2013 04:17pm
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He has done NOTHING
@medo: You've gotta be kidding me! He hasn't done ANYTHING for Islam, period. Stop idolizing this guy. Just because he had the title of "Mufti" doesn't excuse him from the errors he has made!
abdullah
23-09-2013 05:48pm
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laughing stocks
agreed they are laughing stocks
medo
23-09-2013 04:11pm
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really????
I think as a Muslim, you should not be making such statements for a person that has done so much for Islam in Egypt. Some may say your words are very ungodly!!!
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