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Russian muftis urge Egyptian Muslims to protect Christians

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
       http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=dujour&div=231 Russian muftis urge Egyptian Muslims to protect Christians Moscow, August 20, Interfax - The Russian
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      Russian muftis urge Egyptian Muslims to protect
      Christians
      Moscow, August 20, Interfax - The Russian Association of Islamic
      Accord, which is also known as the All-Russian Muslim Board, has called on
      Egyptians to protect the country's Christian population.

      "It is
      unacceptable to tolerate the continuation of this orgy of Saran followers, who
      have burned down several dozens of churches and have looted monasteries in the
      past few days in an attempt to further fan the flames of this fratricidal war,
      cease the efforts of those to desecrate, destroy and loot numerous mosques and
      madrasahs," Farid Salman, head of the Ulema Council of the All-Russian Muslim
      Board, said in a statement seen by Interfax-Religion on
      Tuesday.

      The mufti called on the Egyptian Muslim population to maintain
      the safety of churches in the country, to protect Muslim and Christian clergy
      and to "severely punish the extremists who sowed the seeds of chaos and
      revolt."

      The Copts once "opened the gates of Egypt to Islam and Muslims,"
      and Allah ordered the Muslims to take care of this country, its heritage and
      people, he said.

      "We urge the brave Muslim sons of Egypt to always
      remember that Almighty Allah put you in charge of this blessed land and that you
      bear the responsibility for its residents, especially the Copts," he
      said.

      The mufti accused the Muslim Brotherhood movement of using
      pseudo-Islamic slogans to "open the gates of chaos and disaster: people are
      being killed, beaten or raped, mosques and churches are being set on fire and
      desecrated, museums are being looted and the heritage belonging to all
      civilizations is being destroyed."

      "The modern history of Syria, the
      Palestinian territories, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt today vividly
      demonstrates what happens to countries when an unholy, false movement called the Muslim Brotherhood appears," he said.

      Salman expressed hope that
      this movement "would never be removed" from Russia's list of banned
      organizations.

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