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Pro-revolutionary group questions credentials of Friday's Sharia protest

Egyptian Second Revolution of Rage Movement supports freedom of assembly and expression, but criticises Salafist 'moralistic extremism'

Ahram Online, Friday 9 Nov 2012

In reaction to the Salafist organised protest in Tahrir on Friday for the implementation of Sharia law, the Egyptian "Second Revolution of Rage Movement" said though it believed all Egyptians have the right of "freedom of assembly and expression,"  protesters should not aim to change life as most Egyptians know it.

Hisham Al-Shal, the coordinator of the pro-revolutionary web-based movement, questioned what he sees as the vague and extremist nature of the Salafist interpretation of Islam.

"Which Sharia are they talking about, a Salafist, Muslim Brotherhood or Sufist-influenced law? We need to receive precise answers about that," Al-Shal added.

Al-Shal said many people dislike the way Salafists speak about Islam accusing Salafism of being an "undesirable model" for Muslims who follow the Quran and teachings of the Prophet Mohamed.

"The core of Islam is to uphold religion through wisdom and valuable advice; the Salafists are not aware of this until now," Al-Shal sarcastically said.

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