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Egyptian Revolution: Muslims and Christians united
by Samir Khalil Samir

Many wonder if the Egyptian revolution and the overthrow of Muhammad Hosni Mubarak, who was a politically moderate president, will result in Egypt falling into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood in or some extremist Islamic group.

There is no doubt that Mubarak was opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood and that he aspired to a secular state and a modern secular society (dawlah madaniyyah hadîthah, rather than dawlah ‘almâniyyah, as he himself said in his speech at al Azhar of September 5 2010 and again in Parliament December 19, 2010).

Meanwhile, however, the Muslim Brotherhood movement has changed somewhat in the aftermath of giving up violence, and no longer seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate, or to apply Islamic Sharia in all its aspects. Indeed it aims to maintain the general practice along the lines of Islam, but it is not yet known to what extent. However, alongside this movement others equally as strong want a more neutral, and more liberal society regarding religious traditions, as has clearly emerged from a survey carried out in Cairo and in Alexandria on February 5 to 8, which we will return to a t a later date.

We know that the Patriarch Shenouda III was not favourable in the first week, towards the popular movement and ardently defended President Mubarak. The reason was that no one knew how this movement was going to end. The Coptic people, took tot he streets from the very outset of the protests. The "revolution," or rather the Egyptian intifada, was the peoples revolution. Copts and Muslims, hand in hand, without discrimination. Perhaps in reaction to the savage attack against the church of Saints in Alexandria New Year’s eve.

Rather than a long analysis, it seemed more useful ¬ - for once – to let the pictures from Liberation Square (Midân al-Tahrîr) speak for themselves. Here are ten pictures showing Muslims and Christians, with their religious symbols, hand in hand. For us Egyptians, this event recalls the "Egyptian Revolution of 1919" against the United Kingdom which occupied Egypt and Sudan, just after the armistice of 11 November 1919 after the First World War in Europe.


 Manifesto con croce e luna crescente e scritta “Gli Egiziani una mano sola”

1 - Poster with cross and crescent and the word "Egyptians, one hand"

 Manifestanti con cartello che recita: “cristiani e musulmani una mano sola”

2 – Protesters with sign that reads: "Christians and Muslims, one hand"
 

 Christians stand guard over Muslims in prayer

3 – Christians stand guard over Muslims in prayer

 

  Muslim and Christian with Cross and the Koran at a rally on 6 February in Tahrir Square

4 - Muslim and Christian with Cross and the Koran at a rally on 6 February in Tahrir Square

 

  Coptic Christian and Islamic imam raise their fingers in a sign of victory

5 - Coptic Christian with a sign: "Muslims and Christians are brothers, go Mubarak you are a coward"

 

  Coptic Christian and Islamic imam raise their fingers in a sign of victory

6 - Coptic Christian and Islamic imam raise their fingers in a sign of victory

 

  Egyptian Christians and Muslims together for freedom

7 - Egyptian Christians and Muslims together for freedom

 

  Bambino con Croce e mezzaluna crescente

8 - Child with the cross and crescent 

 

 

9 - Muslim with crescent and the cross on sunglasses, prays over the Egyptian flag

 

 

10 - Young protesters with cross and Koran
 


Dossier
The Year of Faith and the martyrdom of Fr Fausto Tentorio
John Paul II is beatified
Education can stop the Taliban in Pakistan
Egyptian Revolution: Muslims and Christians united
World Peace Day 2011
Religious freedom, the path to Peace

The Church's Synod for Peace and Justice in the Middle East
Mother Teresa, an inestimable gift for the world
Pope in Cyprus for peace in Middle East
Easter in Asia
Save Christians and Pakistan from the blasphemy law
60 years of the PR China: the Party against the people
Peace Message 2010: The Pope’s advice to Copenhagen
The Pope's new encyclical Letter: Caritas in veritate
Barack Obama for a "new beginning" with Islam
Tiananmen 20 years on

Benedict XVI visits the Holy Land


Easter in Rome and in Asia
At Lent, let us pray for the Pope
Charter 08: for human rights in China
World Day of Peace 2009
Orissa: the Hindu pogrom against Christians

Sydney WYD 2008
The New Pentecost of the Youth


Beijing 2008: The Olympics
of suspicion and silence

World Day of Prayer
for the Church in China

PIME: 150 years
in Hong Kong

Moratorium on abortion

Message for 2008 World Day of Peace


Spe salvi: the new encyclical of Benedict XVI
Pope’s Message for the 2007 World Mission Day
Hegazi case:
Islam's obsession
with conversions

Beijing:
Olympic Games and Human Rights

The Joy of the Church
at Father Bossi's Liberation

Pope's letter
to the Church in China

Iraqi Christians
facing "extinction"

The Pope in Brasil
Terrorism,
disease of Islam

Pope's letter following the synod on the Eucharistic
China - NPC: the wounds of a "harmonious society"
Pope writes
to China's Catholics

Alarm pollution
for China’s rivers

Tsunami, two years on...
The Pope in Turkey
The Pope misunderstood by Islam
Thailand
Asian Mission Congress

October:
Rosary and mission

European Christians to the aid of Chinas young Church
The crisis in Islam
(by Samir Khalil Samir, sj)

China - Vatican:
the illicit ordinations

Fr. Andrea Santoro
a missionary killed in Turkey

�Deus caritas est�: God�s eros and agape
The Mohammed cartoon strips:
Islam shows its darkest face

Java Earthquake
H5N1: The avian flu
Nuns beaten in Xian
Pope names 4 Chinese bishops as members of the Synod on the Eucharist
Synod on the Eucharist
Islam and the West
Year of the Eucharist
Pope's words
to the young people of WYD

AsiaNews - PIME
for tsunami victims
in Asia

YOUNG PEOPLE IN COLOGNE
"We have come
to worship Him"

Israel's Attack on the Pope Is a Smokescreen for Abandoning Talks with the Holy See
Holy See - Israel:
10 years later, the problems still to be resolved

Beijing and the Vatican: small steps and religious freedom
Vatican - Russian Orthodoxy: return to dialogue
Benedict XVI, cooperator of Truth
Asian Churches prayig for the Conclave
Days of Conclave
Asia in the Conclave
Papal trips to Asia
A United WorldHonours the Pope
John Paul II, missionary for the Third Millennium
Easter 2005:
Asia, signs of hope
stronger than death

Miners in China,
the cost of
economic development

Petition to Chinese Parliament: free bishops and priests. List of bishops and priests in prison.
Lebanon, again a model for the Middle East
Elections in Iraq
Tsunami in Asia - the sorrow and the compassion
A CHRISTMAS FULL OF JOY IN A WOUNDED ASIA
Brian O�Connor: �My story, a Christian in a Saudi jail�
A bishop facing Beiging
Hong Kong and the freedom of the education

A maimed Europe signs its constitution
THE POPE VISITS LOURDES
IRAQ: Churches targeted
Tiananmen, 15 years later
China - Europe: Europe learns from Pope on how to deal with China
Vatican: Churches should not be used as mosques
The Passion of The Christ
Saving Baghdads revival from blind European pacifism
New churches built to destroy even more
Christmas in Asia, peace in wartime
The wall between Israel and Palestine
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
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