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Egypte actus's insight:
rominent Salafi leader, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, demanded on Tuesday “empowering religion instead of the people after the January uprising.”
“Our mission today is to shift the people's empowerment, after the uprising brought down tyranny, to the empowerment of religion,” the disqualified presidential candidate said on his official Facebook page.
The Islamist politician added, “The people could not agree about whether enabling a certain person is better than enabling another, but we could not disagree for a moment on all the goodness that lies in religious empowerment.”
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Former head of "Asala" Salafi Party, Adel Afifi, called on citizens on Monday to defend themselves and their property in the light of what he described as the weakness of police performance on the streets.
The Salafi (ultraconservative Muslim) leader told Aswat Masriya that the Brotherhood's position in the Friday clashes falls under Article 245 of the Penal Code that stipulate self-defence.
The clashes between the Islamist group's members and their opponents have left around 200 persons injured.
"The people must help the police in facing thugs, we cannot leave the whole matter to the police, who are fragile at this point," the Shura Council member said.
Depuis l’arrivée au pouvoir des islamistes et l’élection de Mohamed Morsi, en juin 2012, à la présidence, plusieurs figures de l’islam radical se sont prononcées en faveur de la démolition des vestiges de la civilisation égyptienne. Idolâtres et païens, ils seraient, selon elles, contraires à la religion. Sur le plateau de Gizeh, la célèbre pyramide de Khéops, construite il y a quatre mille cinq cents ans, inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité et dernière merveille du monde antique, est ainsi la cible des salafistes. Certains ont même suggéré qu’on la recouvre de cire pour empêcher tout acte d’adoration.
Police arrested prominent Salafi leader Gamal Saber on Tuesday in connection with a deadly family feud in Shubra district that left three people dead.
According to reports, members of the Assal and Saber families have been exchanging gunfire and Molotov cocktails since Monday following the stabbing death of high school student Saad Dorra.
Central Security Forces had deployed three armored vehicles Tuesday evening in an attempt to stop the conflict, which had also injured dozens of people, including nine policemen.
Al-Masry Al-Youm, via Egypt independent
...The wonderful thing about Salafis(...)is that they are so unabashed and frank about what they believe. Such is the degree of brainwashing that they have undergone. Unlike the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded much earlier, doublespeak is not second nature to the Salafis.
The most recent example comes from Al Hafiz TV, an Egyptian Islamic station. During a roundtable discussion on the U.S. and foreign aid to Egypt, an Islamic cleric, clearly of the Salafi bent—he had their trademark mustache-less-beard—insisted that the U.S. must be treated contemptuously, like a downtrodden dhimmi, or conquered infidel; that Egypt must make the U.S. conform to its own demands; and that, then, all the money the U.S. offers to Egypt in foreign aid can be taken as rightfully earned jizya.
Abu-Ismail said that the latter will mobilise on the streets to resist a "conspiracy" aimed at bringing the military back to power.
"In the past few months we've stayed away from the street, hoping that the constitutional path would bring stability, but the past week has shown that conspiracies being plotted through the disastrous court verdict that suspended the elections, as well as police strikes, could provide a reason for the army to redeploy to the streets," Abu-Ismail said at a press conference held in Giza.
"We're not leaving the streets for the opposition anymore; we will force the rats back into their burrows," he said.
Abu-Ismail went on to assert that the coalition will prepare itself to contest the elections, although the new polling dates have not yet been decided after elections were postponed indefinitely following a court order that ruled the new electoral law to be unconstitutional.
Abu-Ismail announced during Friday's conference that the coalition will contest seats on both the electoral lists and the individual list during the upcoming parliamentary polls. He also called on other Islamist parties to "unite" with the coalition in the parliamentary elections.
In addition, Abu-Ismail called on President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, to take stronger measures against the opposition.
"The current policies [of the government] are influenced by outside forces and pressured internally by protests. We should not allow the government to comply with any initiatives that only lead the country to further inflammation," he said.
Ahram Online, via Egypt.com
Egypte actus's insight:
The Salafi Watan Party has proposed a new initiative to solve the political and economic crisis in Egypt and called on political parties and forces to sign what it called a "code of honour and national responsibility" on 23 March.
The initiative comprises 13 points including a political truce, a council for economic development, election monitoring, a national coalition government, social justice, and economic identity, the party said on its Facebook page.
"The simple Egyptian citizen is not concerned with political differences ... as much as he is with improving his living conditions."
The party said it proposed the initiative out of a sense of national responsibility.
It urged political and national powers, heads of political parties, Shura Council members, former prime ministers, and economic institutions to attend a media conference to be held in al-Azhar Unniversity's grand conference hall on 23 March at 7 p.m.
The goal of the conference is to discuss the economic state of Egypt and its repercussions on the country's economic future and to sign the code of honour and national responsibility, the party's statement explained.
Watan Party is a newly founded party that branched out of the Salafi Nour Party. Former head of Nour Party Emad Abdel Ghafour is now head of the Watan Party.
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A prominent Salafi leader and former presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail warned Saturday of “popular” resistance to preempt any attempt by opposition groups or trials to impose a government to reinstate military rule.
Abu Ismail’s comments came today during a news conference to announce the formation of a new electoral alliance joining hardline Salafi parties.
The new block includes the parties of Raya — which is headed by Abu Ismail himself — and Fadila, Asala and Labor as well as the Free Islamic Coalition and General Islamic Current.
Citizens in the Suez Canal region in February started to collect petitions to mandate the army to rule their governorates instead of President Mohamed Morsy.
Residents of these governorates said they were fed up with political unrest and frustrated by the month-long curfew Morsy imposed in January after deadly clashes broke out between protesters and police. The wave of violence broke out after a 26 January court ruling in the Port Said Stadium violence case.
So far, military leaders have not responded to the petitions or growing calls for their return to power.
Abu Ismail explained that no government should be formed under pressure, and that consent between opposition and government must be the grounds for the formation of a government.
He expressed hopes of a “new state,” slamming policies of “political entities,” which he said waste guarantees for a strong nation.
Abu Ismail’s speech on the formation of the government was a blatant reference to National Salvation Front, which conditions its participation in a Morsy-sponsored national dialogue to the formation of a new government.
Abu Ismail said today that the torching of the Police Club headquarters and Egyptian Football Association Saturday is an evidence of a “scheme of global powers to sabotage the country.”
The preacher claimed that these powers plan to burn Arab Spring countries at this time. He stressed that “all should respect judiciary rulings.”
Abu Ismail also called on Shura Council, the upper house of Parliament, to take its legislative responsibility over amending the elections law, for which the Supreme Constitutional Court demanded earlier modifications to some clauses.
The Salafi Jihadi movement called for a new vice and virtue ministry as a first step to a hardline application of Sharia.
Morgan Salem, a leader of the group, said that every Muslim was obliged to promote virtue and combat vice, and the leader of the nation must address that by establishing a ministry to hold sinners accountable. This ministry would be the most important body in an Islamic state, he said.
The ministry would also be responsible for purging other ministries and state institutions of corruption, Salem added.
"[The ministry] uses violence and force when there is a rebellion against the rule of God," he declared.
"When a drinker is advised to abandon drinking alcohol and he does, he should be left [alone]. But if he continued [to drink] and rebelled, he should be held accountable by force to follow Sharia by the ruler or the judge affiliated with the ministry," Salem continued
Judges affiliated with the ministry should be Muslim scholars, he said.
Salem concluded that Hesham al-Ashry, the founder of a virtue and vice coalition, is incompetent to lead that group, as he dresses like a Westerner, and must be held accountable.
Almasry Alyoum, via Egypt.com
Two prominent Nour Party members resigned from the Jurisprudence Commission for Rights and Reform on Monday in protest against the Muslim Brotherhood’s domination of that panel.
The Commission was established by Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairet al-Shater as a cooperative platform for the Brotherhood and Salfis parties.
Adel Nasr and Ali Ghelab, both members of the Nour Party’s Sheikh Council, were critical of Brotherhood members’ control of the Commission. Some members attacked the Salafi Dawah and Nour Parties, Nasr claimed.
“They [the Salafi parties] both stood up for Sharia in the Constituent Assembly and the Shura Council, while the Commission did not stand up for those who were mistreated, and did not attack those who wrongly and falsely accuse Muslims, as we see evident in the case of Khaled Alam Eddin [a recently dismissed presidential advisor].”
Nasr added that the Commission did not support members who had been wrongfully criticized by the panel’s deputy head, despite their efforts in the fight for Sharia. (Egypt independent)
Sheikh Raslan's rejection of politics and strict adherence to Salafist beliefs draws followers not only from Egypt, but from all over the world. Bradley Hope reports from Sobk El Ahad (...)
Sheikh Raslan's rigid beliefs have made him one of the most influential critics of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that has risen in the aftermath of the 2011 uprising to become the most powerful political group in Egypt. Mohammed Morsi, a former top official of the Brotherhood, was elected as president in June and the group's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, won nearly half the seats in the first parliamentary elections in 2011 and 2012.
In a video in September, Sheikh Raslan let loose a tirade that makes the frequent criticisms from political liberals of the Brotherhood pale in comparison.
"They sow corruption on the earth in the name of religion, they cause people to deviate from the creed in the name of Islam. What do they offer to people? Delusions and superstitions, since they are ignorant of the truth of what was brought by Mohammed, Peace be upon him," he said, according to a translation published on the North Africa blog Arabist.net.
Sheikh Raslan then directed his comments to the Egyptian people: "You're a nice, oblivious people that suffered great wrongs. You are about to receive the severest punishment in an age of corruption that claims to be transitory, even though it is more corrupt. Their marriage with the authorities will be like Christian marriage - without divorce. Those people, if they are able, will get into your pores and your minds, mingle with your blood, and take possession of the key posts of power in the country in such a way that they will only be able to be dislodged by spilling rivers of blood."
Since the uprising, Islamists of every stripe - from jihadists released from prison to the pragmatic and secretive Muslim Brotherhood - have flourished in the new Egypt. No longer the target of secret police, they have founded new political parties and their leaders have become regulars on television talk shows.
Implementing Sharia, or Islamic law, is a major discussion in politics - something unthinkable during the 60 years of autocratic rule under Mubarak and his predecessors. A sign of their influence is the new constitution, which contains religious phrasing and enshrines a role for senior scholars from Egypt's 1,000-year-old Al Azhar mosque and university in determining whether laws are Sharia-compliant.
But the new Islamist parties have also begun fracturing because of disagreements about strategy and whether it is appropriate to take part in a process that requires compromising their strict Sharia principles. (Bradley Hope/The National)
Security agencies will not negotiate with Salafi protesters who have blocked the Bir Lahfan-Arish Road to demand the release of those accused in the 2004 Taba bombings, a North Sinai military source said.
The source said 100 people, whom he called jihadis, were blocking the road, but added that the matter is in the hands of the president and judiciary, which six months ago agreed to hold retrials for the accused.
Disorder has spread in Sinai since a popular uprising ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak last year. In August, Islamist militants killed 16 guards at the Egypt-Israel border.
L’Islam c’est la seule idée forte qui entrave encore la marche forcée de la mondialisation asservissante de l’humanité. La chrétienté n’est plus un obstacle, surtout depuis Vatican II, alors le tour du combat d’envergure contre l’Islam est arrivé. (...)
Le spectre salafiste à la sauce Al Qaida ou du générique AQMI (Al Qaida au Maghreb Islamique) un peu plus proche de la France donc, est cultivé afin de donner un visage à un ennemi aussi bien à l’extérieur qu’à l’intérieur. Et il n’a pas été trop difficile de trouver des personnes musulmanes dites islamistes qui ont l’accoutrement des salafs pour les embrigader dans cette voie qui non seulement leur est préjudiciable mais serait préjudiciable à tous les musulmans.