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Muslims pray in front of Imbaba church, decry sectarianism

Muslims pray in front of Imbaba church, decry sectarianism | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Dozens of Muslims performed Friday prayers in front of Imbaba’s Virgin Mary Church today to express their solidarity with the Coptic community in the wake of last week’s deadly sectarian violence.

Security forces surrounded the worshippers to protect them and the church. Traffic flowed uninterrupted along Wehda Street.

After prayers, the worshippers gathered in front of the church to chant against sectarianism. Protesters set up a platform with speakers in front of the church, and raised banners reading, “No to sectarian strife,” “Yes to national unity” and “One people, one country."

Opposition forces including the April 6 Youth Movement and the Democratic Front had called for today’s actions.

 

Al-Masry Al-Youm

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Upper Egypt protests over conversion to Christianity rumour

Upper Egypt protests over conversion to Christianity rumour | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Around two thousand people have protested in Upper Egypt against the alleged kidnapping and forced conversion to Christianity of a Muslim woman.

Protesters gathered in Al-Wasti in Beni Suef governorate on Tuesday to condemn what they claimed was the kidnapping last month of a 21-year-old woman by Christians. The woman was allegedly forced to marry a Coptic Christian man and sent to live in Turkey.

Security forces were deployed to protect the local church and police station.

 

El Ahram, via Aswat Masriya

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Muslims attack Christians in Egypt's south

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Hundreds of Muslim villagers in Egypt's south have attacked Christian-owned stores in search of a girl whose family claims was abducted.

The villagers assaulted the stores Tuesday and surrounded two churches in the city of al-Wasta in Bani Suef province in Egypt's south. Security forces guarded the churches. No casualties were reported.

The college-aged girl disappeared around one month ago. The crowd accused local Christian of kidnapping her.

 

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Egypt: Missing Muslim woman thought to be converted to Christianity found after riot

senior security official says a missing Muslim woman suspected of conversion to Christianity has been found. Her disappearance set off rioting in southern Egypt.

Muslims stormed a church in Kom Ombo, charging that the woman was being held there.

Major General Hassan Abdul-Hay, security chief of Aswan, told reporters late Saturday that "family and social reasons," not religion, were behind her disappearance, and she had not converted. He gave no other details.

Hundreds of Muslims threw firebombs and rocks Thursday night at the church, injuring 11 policemen and 12 Christians.

Clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims usually are sparked by rumors of conversion, Muslim-Christian love affairs and construction of churches.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population. They have long complained of state discrimination.

 

this text is from Fox News

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Muslims, Copts join at church to celebrate Christmas

Muslims, Copts join at church to celebrate Christmas | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Christians and Muslims attended a celebration in Dobara Church on Friday afternoon for Christmas. A choir recited hymns during the ceremony.
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A number of public figures were in attendance, including former presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party Mohamed Aboul Ghar, activist Ahmed Harara, Omar Makram Mosque preacher Mazhar Shaheen, television presenter Bothaina Kamel and journalist Alaa al-Aswani.

Kamel presented a shield dedicated by the “We See You” movement in recognition of the church’s efforts toward peacemaking since the start of the revolution.

Shaheen led a march of the youth members of various political forces and parties from Omar Makram Mosque to the church after performing Friday prayers.

They chanted: "Muslims and Christians are one hand."

"Congratulating Copts on their festivals is a national duty for everyone, because they are part of society and belong to this homeland, and no one can strip them off of that affiliation,” Shaheen told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

"Love between Muslims and Christians has to prevail,” he continued.

He called on all Muslims to offer congratulations to Copts in Egypt on Christmas, pointing out that Copts offer Muslims their best wishes on the occasions of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.  

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

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Egypte: funérailles des cinq chrétiens coptes tués lors d'affrontements entre musulmans et coptes

Egypte: funérailles des cinq chrétiens coptes tués lors d'affrontements entre musulmans et coptes | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Par Alexandre Buccianti / RFI

Khoussous est la première grande épreuve à laquelle le pape Tawadros est confronté. Un pape copte orthodoxe que l’on dit moins conciliant que son prédécesseur Chénouda III. Va-t-il se contenter de ces arrangements forcés où les chrétiens victimes d’agressions se réconcilient avec leurs agresseurs musulmans ?

Une chose est sûre : les dix millions de chrétiens d’Egypte sont de moins en moins disposés à subir les exactions qui se sont multipliées depuis la victoire des islamistes aux législatives de 2012 et l’arrivée du président Mohamad Morsi au pouvoir.

Il ne se passe pratiquement pas une semaine sans qu’une église soit attaquée ou des chrétiens agressés à cause de leur religion. Un climat d’intolérance populaire renforcé par les médias proches du pouvoir islamiste.


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Morsi asks India's Muslims to play a 'positive' role

Visiting Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi met top Indian Muslim leaders and asked them to play a more positive role, stressing there is no other country in the world that is as multi-religious as India. He sought deepening of ties with India.

Morsi took out time from his hectic schedule to meet Muslim leaders and asked them to play a more active and positive role in the socio-economic development of India, which he described as a "multi-religious country that is highly respected in the international community".

 

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L'enlèvement des jeunes filles coptes

L'enlèvement des jeunes filles coptes | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Dans la semaine précédant l’évènement, la rumeur  circulait au sujet d’une femme musulmane de la ville de Kom Ombo  dans le  sud égyptien qui aurait été convertie de force au christianisme. Une horde de musulmans s’est alors senti obligée de fomenter une émeute en lançant des attaques à la bombe incendiaire contre le  local de l’église chrétienne copte de la ville.

 

 Le fait qu’une femme musulmane de 36 ans, portée disparue, fut contrainte de se convertir au christianisme et était retenue contre son gré dans l’église Mar Gogis, – la plus grande église copte de Kom Ombo – n’était fondé que sur des suppositions.   Mais cette transgression était apparue flagrante et suffisante pour déclencher les émeutes dans la ville, suffisante pour inciter des centaines de musulmans locaux à  cerner l’église pendant trois jours et à l’assaillir à coups de cocktails Molotov et de pierres, une mêlée qui a provoqué des blessures  chez  des dizaines de chrétiens et de policiers  égyptiens.

 

Bien sûr, il convient de noter que les coptes, qui représentent 10 pour cent de la population égyptienne, sont habitués à subir la colère musulmane, eux qui ont vu au cours des années récentes plusieurs dizaines de leurs églises régulièrement attaquées et incendiées.

 

En fait, la rage musulmane contre les églises coptes et leurs paroissiens dépasse  largement les frontières égyptiennes, comme en témoigne la récente attaque armée contre une église copte égyptienne dans la ville libyenne de Benghazi durant laquelle deux prêtres furent blessés. Cette agression avait été précédée  par l’arrestation à Benghazi de près de 50 chrétiens égyptiens soupçonnés de prosélytisme. Pendant leur détention les chrétiens avaient été torturés et leurs croix tatouées sur la peau brûlées avec de l’acide.

 

Néanmoins, la fureur de Kom Ombo s’était dissipée  quelque peu lorsque la femme disparue, était réapparue au sein de sa famille, où, selon un responsable de la police égyptienne, il fut constaté qu’elle n’avait pas été victime d’une conversion forcée mais avait disparu pour « des raisons sociales et familiales « 

 

Pourtant, tandis que la rumeur de la conversion forcée se révèle être un faux, la réalité  des vrais enlèvements  pratiqués  par des musulmans égyptiens qui poussent des jeunes femmes coptes à des  conversions forcées à l’islam ne fait que  se confirmer. 

 

Bien que cette pratique soit la plaie dont souffre la communauté copte d’Égypte depuis des décennies, le nombre de ces cas d’enlèvement, sans surprise, a considérablement augmenté depuis janvier 2011 date de l’éviction du président égyptien Hosni Moubarak.

 

Dans un rapport de 2012 commandé par Solidarité Chrétienne Internationale et  intitulé Tell My Mother I Miss Her  (‘Dis à ma mère qu’elle me manque’) et co-écrit par Michele Clark professeur à l’Université George Washington et par Nadia Ghaly, militante copte des droits de l’homme,  500 cas de femmes coptes enlevées et converties de force à l’islam ont été signalés.

 

Les cas de jeunes femmes et de jeunes filles qui ont eu la chance d’échapper à leurs ravisseurs, ont été décrits dans leur  froide horreur  par l’un des auteurs du rapport CSI devant une commission du Congrès américain en Juillet 2012: (...)

 

Plus: http://www.europe-israel.org/2013/03/lenlevement-des-jeunes-filles-coptes/

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Sectarian strife turns violent in Upper Egypt village

Sectarian strife turns violent in Upper Egypt village | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Tensions between Muslims and Copts in Qena Governorate's al-Marashda Village turned violent after a Muslim family accused a Coptic resident of sexually assaulting their four-year-old child.
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Muslim residents of the town destroyed the shop owned by the accused, as well as three other shops belonging to other Coptic residents. The vandals then gathered in front of the village church to protest against the alleged abuse.

Salah Mazied, the head of the Qena Security Directorate, sent security forces to the scene. The forces dispersed the crowd and set up a security cordon around the church.

The alleged victim is to undergo a medical examination, and the accused perpetrator has been arrested pending investigation.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

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Muslims, Copts join at church to celebrate Christmas

Hundreds of Christians and Muslims attended a celebration in Dobara Church on Friday afternoon for Christmas. A choir recited hymns during the ceremony.

 

A number of public figures were in attendance, including former presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party Mohamed Aboul Ghar, activist Ahmed Harara, Omar Makram Mosque preacher Mazhar Shaheen, television presenter Bothaina Kamel and journalist Alaa al-Aswani.

 

Kamel presented a shield dedicated by the “We See You” movement in recognition of the church’s efforts toward peacemaking since the start of the revolution.

 

Shaheen led a march of the youth members of various political forces and parties from Omar Makram Mosque to the church after performing Friday prayers.

 

They chanted: "Muslims and Christians are one hand."

 

"Congratulating Copts on their festivals is a national duty for everyone, because they are part of society and belong to this homeland, and no one can strip them off of that affiliation,” Shaheen told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

 

"Love between Muslims and Christians has to prevail,” he continued.

 

He called on all Muslims to offer congratulations to Copts in Egypt on Christmas, pointing out that Copts offer Muslims their best wishes on the occasions of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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