The Imbaba incident


The Mina Mary Church burning in Imbaba

On the 25th of January the Egyptian revolution started. No one thought that this would end up removing the old rotten regime, and they surprised everyone. Everyone sat and watched the protests at the Tahrir square, and the stories of the Tahrir were amazing, so amazing that before the 25th it would have sounded like a fairytale.

Christians protected Muslims, Muslims protected Christians, everyone shared their possessions with the other in an atmosphere filled with love and care. It was the change we wanted to see in the new Egypt, but unfortunately this was not the case. Yesterday sectarian clashes broke out killing more than 11 people and injuring more than a 100, and why did this happen? It’s simple Salafis wanted the “kidnapped women” back.

Who are those Salafis anyway?

Salafis are those who follow the Prophet Muhammad and his companions known as Al-Sahaba and try to imitate their way of life. This way of thought was developed by Muslim theologian Muhammad ibn Abd Al Wahhab from Saudi Arabia. The Wahhabis/Salafis consider themselves to be ‘non-imitators’ or ‘not attached to tradition’, and therefore answerable to no school of law at all, observing instead what they would call the practice of early Islam. They are sponsored by Saudi Arabia, and since Mecca and Medina are there this gives great influence on Muslim culture and thinking.

What happened yesterday in Imbaba?

No one knows what really happened there, it all started with a rumor that a Coptic woman converted to Islam to marry a Muslim, but was abducted by the church and was held there against her will. Then 4000 Salafis decided to protest there, hours later shops and cafes owned by Christians were attacked, a church on fire, and someone shooting people. The army and police arrived later to gain control over the situation.

Whose benefiting from this?

It’s hard to say, too many parts maybe involved in this but we’ll try to cover as much as we can. With all of the protests sweeping the Arab World, some regimes may wish to scare the other Arabs fighting for freedom by pointing to Egypt and warn the people that this is what’s going to happen to you if you oust us. Syria for example could be a part considering the protests and the violent response from the government, and their claim that Islamic Organizations are the ones behind all of this, will point out to Egypt as a way to support its claims.

Countries with a possibility to witness protests – Saudi Arabia, for instance, knowing its influence on the salafis, could be a major player in all of this. and knowing its influence on Salafis could be a major player in all of this, and since Saudi Arabia is a US puppet we know that there’s a good chance the US is running things to prevent Egypt from going back to its natural place leading the Arab nations. Of course if the US is involved then Israel too, which would be perfect in this puzzle.

The Solution

Egypt should be a secular civil state, to prevent such situations from happening again. The Egyptians should protect their revolution, because it was the best thing to happen in this region after Tunisia’s revolution. Egypt should be the role model for all nations looking for freedom, our message to the Egyptian people is love each other, don’t fall in the trap. Another Kamilia means another deadly clash, freedom of religion is essential but the attack on the minorities is not the solution, this should be made clear to everyone especially the Salafis.

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