• Copts
  • May 13, 2007
  • 3 minutes read

Brotherhood MP Lashes Out At Giza Sectarian Incidents

The Muslim Brotherhood attacked the incidents that took place in a southern Giza district, and attributed them to the incorrect understanding of Islam.
Nine Muslims and Copts were injured in the district of Al-Ayat, south of Giza, due to leaflets calling for preventing building a church.
The cause of the sectarian incidents are attributed to distributing leaflets showing that Christians plan to build a church in the village; this raised the anger of some Muslims who built a mosque in front of the land reportedly planned to be the site of the church; a leaflet was distributed after the Friday Prayer calling for preventing the project of building the church; this statement stoked a sedition among residents of the village; fire erupted in ten houses and six shops, including a wood store belonging to Hassanein Al Sayed and another woods store owned by his son Sobhi Abdul Sayed and a grocery’s owned by Fayza; also, 5 houses under construction owned by Christians were demolished; those injured included Sahar Abdul Aziz, Hanna Ghali Hanna , Mariam Rajab Abd Al-Masih, Saber Habib and Sami Shaker, Dimyan Awadallah, Sami Adel Abdullah, Saber Bakhit Hanna and Rizqah Ibrahim Erian; all of them are currently hospitalized at Al-Ayat Central Hospital.
For his part, Ahmed Abdou, a Muslim Brotherhood MP for the constituency of Mazghona, Giza, said that the Egyptian people are living in a complete state of harmony and there is no sectarian strife but there some people who harm the state of peace and stability to their own benefit.
Abdou said in a statement to Ikhwanweb that there is a prevalent state of ignorance of Islam and its sound teachings; this group of Muslims distort the true image of Islam with their ignorance; Islam does not ban building churches and does not restrict religious freedoms for any one; he added that these incidents are out of a popular grain which will end as soon as people are taught the correct teachings of religion.
Ahmed Abdou lamented this prevalent ignorance and hoped everything will be made clear; when asked about the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in fighting this ignorance, he said:” We actually want to teach people their rights and others’ rights, but the security prevents us from doing this role; the security services hinder us from teaching Muslims and spreading the right concepts about Islam and how to correctly and tolerantly deal with the other.
Abdou confirmed that the Muslim Brotherhood’s attitude towards the Copts is clear “they are our partners in the homeland and they have the same rights which we have and have the same duties which we have” and that all Coptic fears from the Muslim Brotherhood’s reaching power have been mainly spread by the Egyptian regime among all opposition powers, not only the Copts only, to maintain its dictatorial grip on power.