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Published On: Sat, Jan 12th, 2013

Egyptian preacher Hesham el-Ashry announces on TV that woman cover-up unless ‘they want to get raped’

Egyptian preacher Hisham el-Ashry may have shocked viewers with his latest appearance on TV this week, saying that women must cover up for their own protection and advocated the introduction of religious police.

“I was once asked: If I came to power, would I let Christian women remain unveiled? And I said: If they want to get raped on the streets, then they can,” Ashry told Nahar TV last week.

Hesham el-Ashry

Hesham el-Ashry

El-Ashry, a Salafist leader and founder of the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice Authority says the Jan. 10 Christian Post article.

Introducing a Saudi-style anti-vice police force to enforce Islamic law was “not a bad thing”, el-Ashry said.”In order for Egypt to become fully Islamic, alcohol must be banned and all women must be covered.”

el-Ashry’s comments prompted Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, senior adviser for Islamic law, to condemn the preacher’s comments.

“This sort of idiotic thinking is one that seeks to further destabilize what is already a tense situation,” Gomaa told Reuters  in a separate article.

“Egypt’s religious scholars have long guided the people to act in ways that conform to their religious commitments, but have never thought this required any type of invasive policing,” Gomaa added.

Tensions between Copts and Muslims in Egypt are currently running high, as a recently-approved constitution, created by a Muslim majority, reportedly provides too much power to Islamic lawmakers and stifles civil liberties.

 

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  1. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    AS A MUSICIAN, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW “VICE” IS DEFINED IN EGYPT, AS WELL AS, OTHER PARTS OF THE MIDDLE-EAST. AT SOME POINT I PLAN TO PURCHASE AN EGYPTIAN UD WHICH IS HANDMADE IN EGYPT – BUT, AT LAST CHECK, THE PERFORMANCE OF UD MUSIC IS BANNED IN THE MIDDLE-EAST.

    SO, SOMEONE DOES NOT HAVE ALL THE FACTS. IF FEMALES ARE UNCOVERED (BUT, NOT MURDERED), THEN THAT IMPLIES Hisham-el-Ashry RECOGNIZES A CERTAIN LAXNESS IN ISLAMIC BEHAVIOR. MY POINT IS, WHICH CULTURAL GUIDELINES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED?

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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