Egypt Arrests Al-Qa'ida Infiltrators Seeking To Revive Activities There

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It wished they had replied to the repudiation by Shaykh Tariq of the declaration made by Shaykh Al-Huwayni! It seems that they read only the headline of the article and then picked up their pens to write offensive sentences using pseudonyms while hiding behind the keyboards. One of them wrote: "Who is this man? We did not hear about him before." Another one wrote mockingly: "He is living in Canada. How could we learn from a man living in the West?" Some other people wrote insane comments. They all agreed on defending their shaykh with falsehood.

This is how the men are assessed according to the perspectives of those pretending to be Salafists! You have to be a shaykh, who appears on satellite channels! You have to acquire the approval of the State Security [Service] to enable you to be prominent, to be famous, and to speak about the Muslim's affairs! This is the contemporary science of defamation and fabrication according to the judgment of the new trivial people of Salafism!

However, in case you were detested and forced to immigrate in the vast lands of God like Canada, UK, or elsewhere, then, your testimony is distrusted even if you tell the truth! You are disbelieved even if you write the truth, which is concealed by those who live in Mecca or the land of the 1,000 minarets [Cairo].

This is how the men are assessed in the era of semi-men.

The righteous Shaykh, Dr Tariq Abd-al-Halim used to be a da'wah [Islamic call to submit to God] and monotheism writer and lecturer in Egypt in the mid 60's before those misleading people were born. He wrote his useful book "Al-Jawab al-Mufid fi Hukm Jahil al-Tawhid." This book was printed by Al-Madani printing house in Cairo in 1978. There is also the book "Haqiqat al-Iman," printed by the same printing house in Cairo in 1979. Moreover, he has a commentary on the book of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn-Taymiyah "Al-Iman al-Awsat!" He has books in Arabic and English concerning Al-Mu'tazilah [a group of people who believe that the Koran is created and not eternal. This group persecuted Imam Ibn-Hanbal, the father of the Wahhabi doctrine] and Irja and Murji'ah [procrastination]. He also wrote a book to reply to the sedition of Rabi al-Madkhali. Moreover, He wrote a book entitled "Ad'iya al-Salafiyah wal-Rad Ala al-Sufiyah." He wrote "Dawrat fi Usul al-Fiqh" and many other useful books.

Then, those who wander near the threshold of Salafism come to defame Dr Shaykh Tariq Abd-al-Halim.

Those pretenders of being part of Salafism should know that the noble Shaykh Tariq Abd-al-Halim wrote his wonderful book "Al-Qawl al-Mufid Fi Hukm Jahil al-Tawhid" when the teachers of the shaykhs pretending to be Salafists, were playing in the streets of the guarded country [Egypt] or when they were studying the principles of the Islamic religion!

Yes, Shaykh Tariq Abd-al-Halim lives in Canada! He was forced to relocate and to pay the price of his immigration because he was prohibited from living freely in his country Egypt!

He has paid the price of the time of estrangement and his commitment to his religion. Here is his dearest elder son Sharif neither lives in the paradise of the West, nor goes to the pubs of Canada, nor makes friends with its beautiful women! However, he lives behind the bars of the freezing weather in Canada after he had been unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment on the accusation of supporting Islam! This is his son who lives in Canada! Where are the sons of your shaykhs? You have isolated them from defending the honor of Islam while you live in the heart of Islam's homeland!

You have made money, enjoyed fame, and increased your wealth during the ruling of the deposed tyrant Husni Mubarak!

Who licensed the Salafist satellite channels and other channels? Was it not Husni Mubarak's regime? The Salafist shaykhs and their families were living in prosperity and affluence! Yet, the suffering and misery were destined for the Islamists, who oppose the regime of the deposed tyrant! The satellite channels of your shaykhs were open to everyone! None of your shaykhs or their sons was proven to be imprisoned or tortured at the time when the prisons of Egypt were at their full capacity and were filled with the monotheist youth! O those who attack Shaykh Tariq, are you not ashamed of yourselves?

The crime of Shaykh Tariq Abd-al-Halim is that he did not trade his call to God. He was never known of taking advantage of his religion in return for livelihood, although he was able to do so if he wanted! However, he has refused to make a living from his religion and stepped down away from the spotlight of satellite channels, from the ornamented winter and summer camps, and from the gathering around banquets and turbans!

Shaykh Tariq has accepted to distance himself from the herd and we know that the herd was abiding by the orders of the tyrants and chanting the song of surrendering to falsehood using Shari'ah false-justifications and parts of false and emplaced fatwas in the books of Fiqh, Sunnah biographies, and history, to make the people subjugate to their imposed fate. The imposed fate here is the destined suffering and misery imposed by the ruler and his quislings on this disaster-stricken ummah at the hands of its rulers and scholars!

To our Shaykh His Eminence Dr Tariq Abd-al-Halim, I say:

O our shaykh, do not be saddened even if they blare and raise their voices! This is the methodology of prophets and the followers of the messengers!

O our shaykh, do not be saddened!

I allegedly say that those deceivers are living in the coma of domesticated Salafism, which was raised, empowered, and fed by the rulers, who usurped the authority of God on the earth. Your debate with them can be likened to the description made by Al-Mutanabi when he said:

[Start of a poetic verse:]

"If I am slandered by a lowly person, this is evidence that I am up to perfection."

[End of the poetic verse.]

O our Shaykh Dr Tariq Abd-al-Halim, do not be saddened!

You are above them with your word of truth. Your writings are inflicting thunders on the supporters of falsehood!

O our Shaykh, do not be saddened!

Those pretending to be Salafists have taken some shaykhs of Salafism as idols to worship, claiming that they are devoted to science! However, the Shari'ah science is innocent of any connection with them!

Those deceivers pretending to be Salafists, who are attacking you, are inflaming with rage because they are not used or accustomed to the word of truth!

Any fabrication made by any shaykh is a unique method taken by those deceivers to achieve their daily falsehoods

O our Shaykh, do not be saddened!

[Start of a poetic verse:]

"The light will replace the darkness no matter how long the night was prolonged with this darkness."

[End of the poetic verse.]

Al-Maqrizi Center for Historical Studies,

9 Jumada al-Awwal 1432,

15 April 2011.

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Egypt talk show discusses differences between Salafists, Sufists

GMP20110508950034 Cairo Al-Yawm TV in Arabic 1700 GMT 07 May 11

The differences between the Salafists and the Sufists was the main theme of private Al-Yawm TV live discussion programme "On Air" on 7 May. Guests in the studio were Salafist Islamic Call Group Spokesman Abd-al-Mun'im al-Shahat and Chairman of Sufist Burhami Sect Muhammad al-Shahawi.

Al-Shahawi said: "In essence, Sufism and Salafism do not differ... Both recognize Koran and Sunna as their basic sources to understand religion... There are some differences in the ways we understand the Koran and Sunna... The Salafists for example are against Zikr [sessions of extolling god and Prophet Muhammad]. But I say to them: what is the problem in extolling God? I do agree that if Zikr uses banned methods, like music or dancing, this is against Shari'ah and should be condemned. But if it abides by Shari'ah, then it is OK."

Al-Shahat said: "There are differences between Salafism and Sufism. They are known and have been debated for centuries... But what concerns me is that these differences are being brought to the surface now to incite hatred and cause problems. There are those who want these differences to become public and play a role in creating animosity between people... I think we can say that who benefits from this is the counterrevolution... We can cooperate with the Sufists to get rid of all heresies and to follow the correct and pure religion as exemplified by the prophet and his companions and followers... If they cooperate, most of the problems will be solved".

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Salafist groups find footing in Egypt after revolution

EUP20110508960008 London BBC News Online in English 1830 GMT 08 May 11

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(BBC NEWS ONLINE \ MIDDLE EAST) - While Western governments have long worried about Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptians are more concerned about the rise of Salafist groups, which have been blamed for a series of violent incidents in rural areas.

The Salafists have denied responsibility.

The Salafists have a strict interpretation of the Koran and believe in creating an Islamic state governed by Sharia law as it was practised by the Prophet Muhammad and enforced by his companions in the 7th Century.

They argue that the Muslim Brotherhood has become too focused on politics at the expense of religion.

“They try to turn Egypt to an Islamic state because they think there is a vacuum”

  • Hala Mustafa Editor, Democracy Review

"An Islamic government is a government that is based on Sharia law", said Abdel Moneem al-Shahat, a rising star of the Salafist satellite TV circuit. "Sharia can't be changed because it comes from the days of Prophet Mohammed."

Egypt's Salafist groups, which started attracting significant support in the 1980s have in the past kept a low profile. But since the revolution they have been much more vocal.

Major political force

Their newly found confidence was on display recently at the vast Amr Bin al-As mosque in Cairo.

At a convention after Friday prayers thousands of men sat cross-legged on the floor as senior Salafist clerics spread the word about their desire for an Islamic government.

With no opinion polls in Egypt it is impossible to gauge the strength of the Salafists movement. Some say their percentage support is in single figures, but others are convinced they now constitute a major political force in Egyptian society.

"The Salafist movement is very big in Egypt," said the editor of Cairo's Democracy Review, Hala Mustafa, who recently devoted an issue of her journal to the Salafists. "The number of its members exceeds the members of the Muslim Brotherhood".

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The Salafists have been brought out from their caves”

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Youth activist Shadi el-Ghazaly agrees. "The Salafists have much more influence than the Muslim Brotherhood in rural Egypt," he says. "The Muslim Brotherhood is a political body. The religious body is the Salafists."

In fact the Salafists' exclusively religious outlook is now changing. Even though they came late to the revolution many Salafist groups, which have traditionally steered clear of politics, are now saying they want to participate in the political process.

Salafist satellite TV channels give an indication of their growing influence.

Founded in 2006 by a Saudi businessman, Al Khalajia TV, used to broadcast pop songs and dancing videos. Then the owner wondered whether religious music and Salafi sermons would turn a quicker profit.

Forced world-view

Nowadays it shows bright-eyed boys learning the Koran and often ecstatic bearded clerics demanding Sharia law. It is one of about a dozen religious TV channels broadcasting in Egypt.

Some Egyptians fear the Salafists will try to impose their world-view through force.

In recent days the Salafists have been accused in rural parts of Egypt of cutting off the ear of an alleged pimp, attacking an alcohol shop and smashing up some Sufi shrines on the grounds that they represent a overly superstitious approach to religion and are unislamic.

Sufi shrines like this one in Cairo have been targeted by Salafist groups

"Suddenly they have become more violent," said Hala Mustafa. "They try to turn Egypt to an Islamic state because they think there is a vacuum."

Hala Mustafa believes that the Salafists are mistaken to think they can take the revolution from the young, and in many cases more religiously moderate, people who fought for it.

But the Salafists and the secularists in Egypt have such divergent visions of the future that it is hardly surprising they view each other with contempt, mistrust and fear.

Mona Makram Obeid, who once taught political science at the American University in Cairo, believes the mainstream has been galvanised by the Salafists' sudden emergence.

"The Salafists have been brought out from their caves," she said.

"Everyone is frightened. There is a lot of fear in society and a lot of concern."

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Egypt's Justice Minister Vows To Defend Peace With 'Iron Fist'

EUP20110508960007 London BBC News Online in English 1830 GMT 08 May 11

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(BBC NEWS ONLINE \ MIDDLE EAST) - Egypt's justice minister has warned that those who threaten the country's security will face "an iron fist".

Abdel Aziz al-Gindi was speaking after 10 people died and 186 were wounded during clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo.

More than 190 people detained after the fatal clashes will face military trials, Egypt's army says.

The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces called the move a "deterrent" against further violence.

"The government's hand is not shaking. The government is not weak," Mr Gindi said.

He was speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting convened by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

Mr Sharaf postponed a visit to the Gulf to hold the meeting.

Continue reading the main story Analysis Jonathan Head BBC News

For months conservative Muslim groups in Egypt have been protesting about the case of Camelia Shehata, the wife of the Coptic priest, who vanished last year. They say she converted to Islam and was being held against her will. But she has now appeared on a TV channel saying she is still a willing Christian.

Last night's attack by a Salafi crowd on the Saint Mena church in Imbaba was about a different woman, who they also allege is being forcibly prevented from converting to Islam.

Prime Minister Essam Shara is sufficiently alarmed by the scale of the violence to cancel his trip to the Gulf.

Some Egyptians believe the military deliberately allows the fighting to continue because it is unwilling to confront the Salafis, who have become more assertive since the fall of President Mubarak. Some believe it is elements of the old regime stirring up trouble. Certainly there are ambitious figures in both communities whose leadership aspirations might benefit from increased strife

Heightened political competition in the run-up to the first post-Mubarak election in September could well spark off more communal clashes. The interim military government's track record in dealing with them, is not encouraging.

The overnight violence started after several hundred conservative Salafist Muslims gathered outside the Coptic Saint Mena Church in Cairo's Imbaba district.

They were reportedly protesting over allegations that a Christian woman was being held there against her will because she had married a Muslim man and wanted to convert to Islam.

Rival groups threw firebombs and stones, and gunfire was heard.

The church and one other, as well as some nearby homes, were set alight, and it took some hours for the emergency services and the military to bring the situation under control.

"The Supreme Military Council decided to send all those who were arrested in yesterday's events, that is 190 people, to the Supreme Military Court," the Egyptian army announced on its Facebook Page.

It added that it should act as a "deterrent to all those who think of toying with the potential of this nation".

The statement also said that a committee would be set up to assess the damage caused by the clashes and "restore all property and places of worship to how they were".

The army warned of "severe dangers facing Egypt during this phase".

This is not the first outbreak of communal violence since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February following weeks of popular protests.

In March, 13 people died in similar clashes in another neighbourhood. Last month, demonstrators in the southern city of Qena cut all transport links with Cairo for a week in protest over the appointment of a Christian governor.

The clashes - coming as the military government leads a faltering transition to democracy - are a worrying development for Egypt, the BBC's Jonathan Head in Cairo says.

Salafist groups - who have made similar claims about women being held against their will before - have become more assertive in the post-Mubarak era, he adds.

Coptic Christians account for about 10% of Egypt's population, and have long complained of state discrimination against them.

Now they are expressing fears for their safety if hardline Muslims do well in the election scheduled for September, our correspondent reports.

Rising toll

Witnesses to Saturday's violence said it began with shouting between protesters, church guards and people living near the church.

A parish priest, Father Hermina, told the AFP news agency that the group had attempted to storm the church earlier in the day.

But one Muslim protester insisted that they had first been fired upon by the Copts.

One person in the area, a blogger called Mahmoud, told the BBC that people who saw the violence break out thought that the perpetrators looked like "regular thugs" rather than Salafists.

He had witnessed the burning of a second church in the same district, al-Azraa, and said that many local people were very upset at the burning of the churches and had spent the night helping the firefighters put the flames out.

BOTh the death and wounded toll kept rising on Sunday morning, with state media putting the latest number of dead at 10 and injured at 186.

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BBC Monitoring: Egyptian Media Fear Societal Meltdown After Clashes

GMP20110509950035 Caversham BBC Monitoring in English 1500 GMT 09 May 11

[Media roundup by BBC Monitoring on 9 May]

Recent clashes in Egypt between Salafist Muslims and Coptic Christians which killed 12 people and left some 180 others wounded have been depicted in the Egyptian media as threatening the very core of society. Rather than discussing it as an isolated problem between two minority groups, the media gave the sense that sectarian violence was an issue to be put down immediately - or else risk all the gains of the revolution.

The main outbreak of violence happened in the Al-Jizah governate south of Cairo on 7 May, when Salafists gathered outside Marmina Church in Imbabah district to demand the release of a woman they allege is being held against her will because she had married a Muslim man and wanted to convert to Islam.

Egypt's justice minister Muhammad Abd-al-Aziz al-Jindi has warned after an urgent cabinet session that those who threaten the country's security will face an "iron fist".

Egypt "in real danger" - press

The press took the clashes very seriously indeed. All Egyptian newspapers on 9 May - state-owned, independent and opposition - devoted major sections to the violence on the weekend, using very strong language to describe their fears. Al-Ahram, a state-owned daily, went so far as to say that "what is going on will take Egypt to the abyss of chaos and will turn it into another Somalia or a new Afghanistan".

Headlines spoke of a sense of extreme anxiety, repeatedly describing the violence as a fire burning out of control. "Extremism burns the revolution"", said one independent newspaper, while others read: "The spectre of Salafism burns Egypt", "Imbabah's fire burns Egypt's heart", and "Civil war in Imbabah".

State-owned dailies took a sterner line, warning of "execution to those who trigger sedition" and "We will not allow Egypt to collapse".

"Egypt is in real danger," Muhammad Mustafa Shirdi wrote in Al-Wafd daily.

Responding to views that have been circulating on social media, writer Majdi al-Jallad of the privately-owned daily Al-Misri al-Yawm said, "Do not deceive yourselves; what has been happening is neither a counter-revolution nor a conspiracy by the remnants of the former regime. It is made by our own hands."

Another writer favoured the deterrent approach of a crackdown. "We should never leave those criminals without harsh punishment," Muhammad Barakat wrote in the state-owned daily Al-Akhbar, adding that such people would push Egypt towards what he called "the labyrinths of sedition".

Crackdown needed - TV

State-run Nile News TV ran a talk show in which Salafist Muslims were depicted as outsiders. Host Muhammad Kamal Imam said that Salafists and other hard-line groups in society "reject everything in society - their family, their ruler, ordinary people" and "isolate themselves from society".

A video report on Nile emphasized the need to arrest people and the fact that 190 had already been referred to military court. The report concluded by saying that "national unity is a red line that should not be crossed," urging Muslims and Christians to "protect the Egyptian revolution".

Nile gave a favourable account of the emergency cabinet meeting called to quell the violence, saying it was a "turning point in the Egyptian government's action in confronting hooliganism".

Nile TV featured a Coptic writer as a guest on a talk show, Hani Labib, who rejected the Egyptian interior ministry's statement that it was a Copt cafowner who fired the first shot in the clashes affecting Marmina.

Similarly, state-run Channel 1 TV gave air time to a sit-in staged by Coptic Christians outside their building. It said the protesters were "demanding deterrent punishment" and trials of those involved in the violence.

Message to leave Egypt not heeded - Coptic website

Absence of the rule of law was the main complaint on the Copts United website. Writer Wakil Subhi conveyed a sense of frustration that Copts were not being protected. "The Egyptian armed forces cannot confront or stop organized outlaws and this is an undisputable fact. The evidence is that the army resorted to the help of shaykhs and 'informal sessions'" rather than enforce the law, he said.

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