Al Arabiya posted some of the latest Fatwas by the radical Salafis who are rising in power in Egypt.
- A woman can only wear high heels for her husband but she is not to do so outside her house
- It is forbidden by Islam to vote for them [Coptics or Muslims who don’t pray regularly] and whoever does that will be committing a grave sin.
- Prominent Salafi and parliamentary candidate Abdel Moneim al-Shahat said that democracy is a form of apostasy and categorized the works of Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz as “atheist literature.”
- Salafi cleric and potential presidential candidate Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail said he is against mingling of the sexes in public places.
Fears of self-appointed morality police are growing after the murders of two young men in Egypt.
Twenty-year-old engineering student Ahmed Said was stabbed to death on Sunday in the Egyptian canal city of Suez – allegedly by bearded men – while walking with his fiancée.
Ahram online reported that 20 year old engineering student, Ahmed Said, was stabbed viciously by three men with long beards and dressed in galabiyas, attire associated with religious Muslims. He was walking with his fiancée and refused to tell them what his relationship was with the woman.
“They shouted at him, demanding to know his relationship with the woman he was with,” Said’s father said in video testimony currently circulating on social-media networks. “And Said replied that it was none of their business.”
The young man was then taken to Suez Hospital and died from his injuries. His brother told Ahram online that it was not the first time.
“Another man was attacked earlier for refusing to divulge details of his relationship with the woman he was with, who turned out to be his wife,” he said.
Ahram also reports that women are coming forward in “significant numbers” to report mob sexual assaults in Cairo around Tahrir Square. They are considered separate and apart from the daily sexual harassment that takes place.
According to Ahram, “Survivors of these attacks as well as other activists and NGO workers believe them to be organised and instigated due to stark similarities in the testimonies and targeted nature of the attacks. The assaults occur during protests and marches, leading many to argue that they are regime-led attempts to discourage street mobilisation against the state.”