Salafi Leader Threatens Coptic Christians in Egypt

ICC Note:

“Egyptian Islamic cleric and Salafi Leader Muhammad Mustafa, also known as ‘Abu Shadi’, has used his position to incite vile hatred against the Coptic community,” Pakistan Christian Post reports.

By Assad Elepty

9/23/2011 Egypt (Pakistan Christian Post) – Egyptian Islamic cleric and Salafi Leader Muhammad Mustafa, also known as “Abu Shadi”, has used his position to incite vile hatred against the Coptic community. He delivered a disgraceful speech that contained direct threats aimed at the Coptic community.

It is truly hoped SCAF and the interim Government will arrest this individual and bring his taunts and threats to an end, sending a clear message that all Egyptians are equal irrespective of faith as stated in the constitution.

Incredibly the radical cleric commenced by alleging the Egyptian revolution was the direct result of the Salafi movement: He unambiguously stated:

“Nobody denies that the Salafi current has the greatest share in initiating the revolution, as it exposed to the people the loyalty of the Arab regimes to the West, their squandering of the resources of the Umma [Islamic Nation], and their failing to preserve its holy sites.”

Abu Shadi then made some shocking statements, that can only be viewed as divisive and direct threats aimed at the Coptic Community and those striving for secularism.

1. He alleged he was one of Tahrir Square’s preachers during the revolution,

2. That Jihadi Salafism is present in Egypt, and in large numbers, in the millions, according to him.

3. In his view (Abu Shadi), the street [i.e., the average Muslim Egyptian] is in complete agreement with Salafism, and the attack on the Salafis comes from the “enemies of Islam,” or as he describes them, “the forces of infidels and crusaders.”

4. Moreover, he asserts with confidence, that the Egyptian Islamic movements have the “mechanism to deal with the infidels”

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