CAIRO: A number of Coptic and Islamic figures, along with the head of the Egyptian Human Rights Union Naguib Gibrael, filed a police report against deputy of head of the Salafist Call Yasser Borhami, accusing him of contempt of religion, according to MBC on Saturday.
“Borhami crossed all the lines through his statements and fatwas,” Gibrael reportedly said in his report, adding that Borhami’s fatwa that Easter is Christians’ most “unfaithful feast” should be considered inciting sectarian divisions, MBC reported.
Gibrael demanded that Borham be placed on trial for contempt of religion and for also inciting the rape of women in his last fatwa, according to MBC. In the fatwa he stated that a man is entitled to leave his wife to rapists if he is sure that they would rape her even after killing him, so that he would be able to run away and save his life, according to Youm7.
The Ana Salafy, or “I am Salafi,” website also posted a voice recording of a fatwa issued by Borhami that Christians are “unfaithful” because they say that Jesus is God’s son.
The fatwas issued by Borhami recently have also caused controversy between members of the Salafist Call and the Nour Party, its political arm. Leaders have said Borhami has opened the door for those waiting for a reason to attack them, sources at the Salafist Call told Al-Masry Al-Youm Sunday.
A number of party officials are considering mass resignations, while some others are criticizing the uproar, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
“The place that is entitled to issue any fatwas in Egypt is Dar Al-Iftaa of Al-Azhar, Islamic Research Academy and Dar ul Aloom,” Deputy Minister of Endowments for Dawa Matters Mohamed Ezz el-Din Abdel Sattar told the Tahrir Channel on Sunday.