Archive for December 9, 2013

Friday, 27 September 2013

Coptic political analyst and founder of Anti-Coup Christians, Rami Jan has affirmed that there are many Christian Egyptians who reject the army’s bloody coup and its crimes and massacres committed against unarmed protesters.

Speaking to Al-Jazeera Jan said that, despite having many differences, a lot of Christians still support Mohammed Morsi. He affirmed that these Christians are against a military solution for the crisis, which has strengthened the power of the security forces over the people.

He severely criticized the army’s crackdown on those Egyptians refusing the coup. “Their only crime was that they took to the streets to peacefully express their refusal of the coup,” he said.

Jan added: “We are the grandsons of Makram Obaid, a Christian rebel in the middle of last century who denied the accusations against Hassan Al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, that he was a terrorist.

He said that Obaid was the first one to take part in Al-Banna’s burial, defying strict measures imposed on taking part in that event.

Candidly, Jan criticized the stance of the Church in Egypt, which kept silent regarding the massacres carried out in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda Squares, as well as the crimes committed later on.

He explained how this stance contradicted that of the Church regarding the killing of 18 Christians by military forces after January revolutions. The Church rejected the violence then, “However, we see that it is supporting the violence today,” he said.

Source: Middle East Monitor.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Egyptian Central Bank announced on Tuesday that net transfers from Egyptians working abroad increased during the past fiscal year to reach a record high of $18.7 billion. During the previous year, transfers totaled $18 billion.

The bank said in a statement that capital and financial transactions achieved a net influx of $9.7 billion compared with about only one billion USD during the previous year.

In addition, the Balance of Payments achieved an overall surplus of $237 million compared with a deficit of $11.3 million the previous year.

In Egypt, the fiscal year starts on 1 July and concludes on 30 June, thus these economic successes were all achieved under the government of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

According to the Bank, the deficit was also reduced by 45 per cent to $5.6 billion, compared with $10.1 billion during the previous fiscal year. The bank noted a considerable retreat in the deficit of the trade balance of 7.6 per cent.

Regarding investment in Egyptian stocks, the statement said that it achieved a net inflow of $1.5 billion compared with a net outflow of $5 billion during the previous year.

Meanwhile, the net income from the Suez Canal recorded a slight decrease of 3.4 per cent, down to $5 billion compared with $5.2 billion the previous year.

Payments from investment income also retreated by 11.6 per cent after foreign companies working in Egypt decreased their number of transactions.

However the tourism industry fared much better. The Anadolu news agency cites official Egyptian figures indicating that during the first half of this year, the number of tourists to Egypt had increased by 13 per cent. The same source also cited today the minister of industry and trade as confirming that exports from the agricultural sector increased by 20% during the financial year 2012-13, which coincided with Morsi’s rule.

Economists remarked that these results reflect Egypt’s economic success under the government of Hisham Qandil and President Morsi.

On 3 July, the Egyptian army carried out a coup against President Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, justifying their actions on the grounds that Egypt’s economy could not survive and flourish under President Morsi.

And despite the unprecedented economic success of Morsi’s government, on Tuesday US President Barack Obama candidly announced his support for the military coup, accusing President Morsi of failing to achieve the goals of the Egyptian revolution.

Although the bank recognized these accomplishments, they failed to attribute them to Morsi and his administration.

Source: Middle East Monitor.

September 25, 2013

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces on Wednesday shuttered the office of the newspaper of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party and confiscated furniture and documents, journalists from the Freedom and Justice daily said.

In a statement Wednesday, the journalists appealed to Egypt’s press syndicate to take action against the closure in Cairo’s Manial district, where the office is now sealed. The closure comes two days after a court ordered the group outlawed and its assets seized. Egypt’s interim government however said Tuesday that it would not ban the group until the ruling is upheld by a higher tribunal.

Islam Tawfiq, an editor with the Freedom and Justice daily and a member of the Brotherhood, said the newspaper will continue to be published, and its edition for Thursday is ready for print. He said the newspaper staff had evacuated the office in June, days before mass protests against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, under threat of attack.

The staff has been working elsewhere, he said, and only furniture, electrical appliances, and some documents were confiscated from the office. An order to ban the publication was issued a day after Morsi was ousted on July 4, he said, amid a crackdown on pro-Brotherhood media. The Brotherhood’s TV channel, Misr25, has been off the air since then and was later banned by a court order.

But the state-owned Al-Ahram printers continued to publish the paper, he said, on condition it reduce its pages by half and print circulation down to 10,000 from 100,000. The orders came from security authorities, he said.

The shuttering of the newspaper appears to be part of an extensive crackdown on the Brotherhood since Morsi’s ouster, after millions took to the streets demanding his resignation. Tawfiq said the newspaper staff was informed by press syndicate officials that the office, which served as the historic headquarters of the Brotherhood under now deposed President Hosni Mubarak, was closed not as a political party property but as a property of the Brotherhood.

He said however that the ownership had changed following the official registration of the political party in 2011. The paper was informed, he said, on Wednesday that prosecutors ordered the closure late last month, nearly three weeks before a court decision to ban the group and seize its assets.

A security official couldn’t immediately explain the discrepancy between the two claims. He added that the paper had only rented parts of the building as its office. The security official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

24 September 2013

A Muslim Brotherhood member described a court ruling that banned all of the group’s activities on Monday as a political decision in the form of a judicial verdict.

A Cairo court banned all of the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities as well as the activities of other groups supporting it, affiliated to it or receiving funding from it earlier on Monday.

Ibrahim Moneir, a member of the Brotherhood’s guidance office residing in London, told the Freedom and Justice Party’s official website that “the fascist decision was made on July 3, not today,” referring to the day that the army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi from power in response to mass demonstrations across the country.

The court has also ordered that all of group’s assets be confiscated until a government committee is formed to deal with them after legal proceedings.

A member in the Dameer Front that groups several Islamist movements also agreed that the ruling was of political nature and is another move to pressure the Brotherhood.

He added that the ruling is meaningless because it came at a time where the group’s headquarters have already been destroyed and Brotherhood leaders are mostly behind bars.

Source: allAfrica.

24 September 2013

Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi will hold a demonstration by the United Nations headquarters under the slogan “the coup does not represent Egypt” on Tuesday.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, that groups Mursi’s supporters, said on its official Facebook page on Sunday that the demonstration is to express “the Egyptian people’s rejection of the coup and its institutions and committees.”

The protest comes in response to Egypt’s interim President Adli Mansour asking Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy to head a delegation at the 68’s general assembly of the UN this month.

Mursi’s supporters have been holding demonstrations since the Islamist president’s ouster.

Source: allAfrica.

6 December 2013

In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful!

Praise be to Allah, peace and prayer be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

And then:

Allah Almighty says:

“And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favor you became brethren; and you were on the brink of a pit of fire, then He saved you from it, thus does Allah make clear to you His communications that you may follow the right way”
(The Holy Koran, Chapter 3. “The Family of Imran”, verse 103)

And the Most High says:

“Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way in ranks as if they were a firm and compact wall”.
(The Holy Koran, Chapter 61. “The Ranks”, verse 4)

Nu’man bin Bashir (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever”, narrated by Muslim, and in another narration: “Muslims are like one body of a person; if the eye is sore, the whole body aches, and if the head aches, the whole body aches”.

Out of keenness on unity and rejecting division and disagreement, and to unite the rank and word, the Jihadi Harakat Al-Ansar with the mujahidin of Hizbul Furqan under the banner of (La ilaha illallah Muhammadur Rasulullah) and jihad for the sake of Allah to topple the Iranian regime, and raise the word of Allah, and lift the injustice, and support the oppressed, and establish the Sharia of the Lord of the Worlds, and that our jihad be a brick for the Khilafah which our trustful prophet the best peace and blessings be upon him preached us of its return.

The two groups merged under the name of Jamaat Ansar Al-Furqan.

In conclusion we ask Allah Almighty guidance and success, and peace and blessings be on the messenger of Allah and his family and Sahabah and allies.

Shura of Jamaat Ansar Al-Furqan

Source: Islamic media

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Kavkaz Center

Source: Kavkaz Center.