Sunni Scholars Association: Egyptians should not participate in elections
YOUM7/Hussien Tallal

CAIRO: A Sunni Scholars Association called the Egyptian for Boycotting Presidential Elections issued a fatwa saying participation in the upcoming elections would provide legitimacy to what it described as the “military coup against the legitimate President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.”

 “The Egyptian people should resume their revolution to restore their freedom, constitution, and dignity and to achieve retribution against those who killed the revolutionaries,” it added in a statement on Friday. It said the military institution should return to its barracks to perform its role to protect the borders.

This fatwa is not the first of its kind; Chairperson of International Union of Muslim Scholars Yusuf Al-Qaradawy issued similar fatwa days ago to forbid the participation in the upcoming presidential elections.

Azhar Sheikhdom refused this fatwa in a statement issued on May 13: “The participation in the presidential elections is a national duty.” It said such a fatwa contradicts with Islamic teachings, describing such fatwas as extremist. “Islam urged the people to participate positively in building the country to pave the way to achieve serious reform.”

“The Egyptians do not respond to such fatwas, as they realized the reasons behind launching them,” Sheikh Abdel-Aziz Al-Nagar said in an interview with Mehewar channel on Friday. He said the Muslim Brotherhood promote such fatwas to smear Egypt’s image to the world.

Salafist preacher Mohamed Al-Abaseery described such calls as the fatwas of devils, stressing that positions adopted by the Muslim Brotherhood come to cope with the interests of the U.S. and Israel. He said they turn to use religion to achieve their personal interests.

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