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Leading Salafist Yasser Borhami urges yes vote on constitution

Egyptian preacher warns of possible 'foreign intervention' if the constitution is not approved at the upcoming referendum

Ahram Online, Friday 20 Dec 2013
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Prominent Salafist cleric Yasser Borhami (Photo: Ahram achieve)
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Leading Salafist preacher Yasser Borhami has given his public endorsement to Egypt’s draft constitution, urging Egyptians to vote yes in the national referendum on the draft in January.

"There could be foreign intervention, division in the armed forces, collapse of the economy or an internal war between the people [if people vote no]," he said during a sermon he delivered on Friday at Al-Bokhary Mosque in Upper Egypt's Kafr Al-Sheikh.

The preacher has been in the public eye recently because of his strong endorsement of the amended draft.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, however, has recently called for a boycott of the upcoming referendum, describing the amended charter as null and void because it was "drafted by a minority and is designed to give immunity to murderers who led a bloody military coup that was an insult to the dignity and will of Egyptians."

Egypt's non-Islamist political forces had repeatedly argued that the 2012 constitution was not representative of all sections of society, having been drafted by an assembly that was dominated by Islamists.

The constitution was suspended when the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi was ousted from the presidency by the military in July after nationwide protests against his rule.

Some human rights organisations have criticised the new draft constitution, which was completed in early December, arguing that it enshrines the power of the military and does not go far enough to protect rights and freedoms.

The draft will go to national referendum on 14-15 January.

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selfi
22-12-2013 09:31am
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selfi
agent of ksa Israel usa.enemy of muslim
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John
21-12-2013 09:43am
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Shame
Your a big agent of isreal history will curse you and al azhar grant mufti.both of you enemy of islam
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he's jew
20-12-2013 08:03pm
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he's jew
he's jew
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hh
20-12-2013 07:50pm
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salafist
you are not muslims, siding with the dictator, who has killed inncocent civilians is against ISLAM teachings. muslims will vote NO
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Silence Dolittle
30-12-2013 08:34am
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Enlighten Us
abdulrahman - Ignoring that you took my entire comment and incorrectly summarized it to mean that Islam is only about praying 5 times a day, I agree with you that Egyptians SHOULD HAVE a right to elect the people that will write the constitution. But that is not what the Islamist parties are making it about - they are making it about religion, calling everyone who votes "YES" against Islam when they should be saying something like "it is against the foundation of democracy". How is voting "YES" against Islam as you claim? Enlighten us on what Islam has to say for people who disagree with you politically? Because like it or not, just because people vote "YES" for a document drafted by unelected people, does not make them any less Muslim than you. So save us the theatrics of "Egypt is a Muslim country".
abdulrahman
23-12-2013 06:02pm
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It Is About The Choice By Majority
Silence Dolittle !!!. When we talk about democracy, it is about the choice and voice of the majority. Egypt is predominantly Muslim nation and for Muslims, Islam is the way of life. So let it be.Don't bullshit by saying Islam is only about praying 5 times a day. Egyptians should be allowed to elect people to write their own Constitution and the writing should not be done by illegitimate persons appointed by illegitimate rulers.
Silence Dolittle
22-12-2013 10:58pm
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Right, but siding with an Islamist who lies is exactly what Islam is all about. Is that about right? There we go again with people who vote "Yes" are not Muslim. Guess what, I am Muslim, I pray 5 times a day, I fast in Ramadan, I give money to the poor and charity, I honor my parents, I treat people with respect, and I live by God's word every day. And one day when I am capable, I will be able to visit the Holy City of Mecca. And I am voting "YES". Does that make me any less Muslim than you? Shame on you for trying to convince people of this nonsense. This document may not be perfect but it is better than the last one. And if this government lies about their roadmap too, like the other one did, I will protest against them too.
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