Egyptian Muslims protect Copts at church


by Rumbold
10th January, 2011 at 11:09 am    

After the recent murderous attacks in Egypt on the Coptic Christian minority, thousands of Egyptian Muslims, outraged by these attacks (which many believe are due to foreign terrorists), have banded together to protect Copts at church:

Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside. From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.

“We either live together, or we die together,” was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the “human shield” idea. Among those shields were movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of citizens who have said they consider the attack one on Egypt as a whole.

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    [...] Muslims Protect Christian Churches as human shields [...]


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  1. earwicga — on 10th January, 2011 at 11:12 am  

    I was reading about this on Twitter as it was happening. A fantastic thing to happen, and the pictures were great.

  2. eleanor — on 10th January, 2011 at 11:37 am  

    I was reading this last night too and it cheered me up tremendously – as someone who was born and bred in a country with a Muslim majority country, Malaysia. We need more stories like this.

  3. Refresh — on 10th January, 2011 at 11:55 am  

    Fabulous!

  4. sofia — on 10th January, 2011 at 12:02 pm  

    Nice to see the solidarity:)…the fanatics who try to spread hate need to be stopped

  5. Don — on 10th January, 2011 at 12:22 pm  

    yes, that brightened my day when I first heard about it. Not much mainstream coverage that I saw, though.

  6. Brownie — on 10th January, 2011 at 1:16 pm  

    Excellent. Nice find, Rumbold.

  7. meatpie — on 10th January, 2011 at 1:22 pm  

    That loonwatcg is the yankee version of bob pitts islamphobiawatch. IE any criticism large or small of islam is wrong.

  8. jamal — on 10th January, 2011 at 1:37 pm  

    The auhtorties in egypt do not protect any people muslim, copts, non religious. The only ones that seem to have safety are the super rich and if you are associated with the mubarak regime.

  9. Nadeem — on 10th January, 2011 at 3:04 pm  

    Agree Meatpie – whilst this behaviour is to be applauded, everything posted on Loonwatch is heavily spun by the agendas of those who maintain the site.

  10. Kismet Hardy — on 10th January, 2011 at 3:13 pm  

    beautiful.

  11. Rumbold — on 10th January, 2011 at 3:16 pm  

    Thank Brownie (et al).

  12. friend — on 10th January, 2011 at 3:25 pm  

    meatpie and Nadeem you mean unlike on Harrys Place or the Daily Mail, Express, Sun , Telegraph etc?

  13. meatpie — on 10th January, 2011 at 3:49 pm  

    Who is defending harry s place ,the Sun and Telegraph?.All media as a agenda.
    Just pointing out it follows the same trajectory of pitts monomania on islaomphobiawatch. Which like that yank site means literally ‘any criticism of Islam ‘from theological debates to ‘paki bashing’.

  14. Rumbold — on 10th January, 2011 at 3:56 pm  

    Whatever the nature of the site, it is an excellent and uplifting story.

  15. Shamit — on 10th January, 2011 at 4:07 pm  

    Ditto Rumbold.

  16. Sarah AB — on 10th January, 2011 at 4:33 pm  

    A really heartening story.

  17. Nadeem — on 10th January, 2011 at 4:54 pm  

    @friend
    I don’t doubt all of those media outlets you name have their own agenda, but I don’t read them (beyond the headlines, which are pretty hard to miss in the shop).

    So why are you telling me this?

  18. douglas clark — on 10th January, 2011 at 6:28 pm  

    Nice one Rumbold.

  19. Laban — on 10th January, 2011 at 8:47 pm  

    Some good news for a change – and much needed.

  20. Yawar — on 11th January, 2011 at 10:24 am  

    Brilliant!! Must do this everywhere. Don’t let those who fuel hatred win. Religion is the love of Allah and His creatures. Not hatred. All power to those who stood by their neighbors.

  21. platinum786 — on 11th January, 2011 at 11:40 am  

    A good move by those involved.

    It’s a shame the media outlets covering the bombings of the churches, were not covering this story too.

  22. Golam Murtaza — on 12th January, 2011 at 9:01 am  

    People who complain that Muslims don’t do enough to fight Islamists should consider this example: about 8,000 members of the the Afghan, and Pakistani security forces have been killed fighting insurgents since 2001. This figure includes 800 Afghan soldiers killed in 2010 alone (about eight times the number of British troops killed). God knows how many more Afghan/Pak security personnel have been permanently maimed – and they sadly won’t have access to the level of medical care routinely demanded for American and British troops.

  23. KJB — on 12th January, 2011 at 11:21 pm  

    Golam Murtaza – If I could ‘like’ your comment, I would!

    This was a genuinely wonderful piece of news that I read elsewhere – the kind of thing you want to hear at this sort of time.

  24. Dez — on 24th January, 2011 at 1:48 pm  

    (which many believe are due to foreign terrorists),

    What is meant by this comment?

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