Pronouncing Takfir in Heliopolis

Takfir is the Islamic practice of declaring that another Muslim is less than sufficiently Islamic, that he has in effect become a kafir, a non-believer. Throughout the history of Islam, zealous Muslims have repeatedly called takfir on fellow Muslims who were thought to be less than fully pious — and engaged in much intramural bloodshed whilst doing so.

A flare-up of takfir seems to have occurred in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis today, where a mob of Salafists attacked the residence of an Iranian diplomat in protest against Shi’ites and Iran. But the protesters also lashed out at the Muslim Brotherhood for tainting itself by associating with Shi’ites.

No matter how pure a Muslim you are, there’s always someone else who’s even purer.

The video below from an Arab news channel shows the chanting mob in Heliopolis. Listen to the leader shouting “Al Jihad! Al Jihad!” I wonder if he’s referring to an “inner struggle”?

Here’s an article about the incident from Al-Ahram. Note the eyewitnesses’ conflicting identifications of the protesters, as “mostly Syrians” and also as “Egyptian Salafists”:

Salafists attack residence of Iranian charge d’affaires in Cairo

Protesters condemn Iran, Shiism and Muslim Brotherhood during demonstration in Heliopolis; Iranian chargé d’affaires blames protest on Syrian opposition

Dozens of protesters attempted to storm the residence of the Iranian chargé d’affaires in Cairo on Friday.

The protesters, mostly Salafists, threw stones at the building and daubed offensive slogans on the outer wall.

They chanted against Iran, Shias and the Muslim Brotherhood and in support of the Syrian opposition.

“Let all the Muslim Brothers hear, we will not accept relations between Egypt and Iran,” the protesters chanted. “Iranian ambassador, Egypt will not be Shia, Egypt is a Sunni country” and “Egypt and Syria are one hand.”

The protesters carried banners saying “No to Shias in Egypt.”

A number of journalists and photographers were assaulted during the protest.

Security forces dispersed the protesters with tear gas after a man tried to hang the Syrian independence flag on the gate of the residence.

“There were around 40 to 50 protesters in front of the residence. They were mostly Syrians from the opposition and they had the Syrian opposition flag,” Mogabati Amani, Iranian charge d’ affaires in Cairo told Ahram Online.

“These people are dangerous for Egyptian security because they are serving foreign interests,” he said. “We know very well that the enemies of Egyptian-Iranian relations want to harm Egypt.”

Amani said talks were underway with the foreign ministry to ensure such “actions will not be repeated again.”

“Such actions could be harmful to the relations between the two countries, “ stressed Amani.

Eyewitnesses said most of the protesters were Egyptian Salafists.

Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

6 thoughts on “Pronouncing Takfir in Heliopolis

  1. This madness has to be stopped!

    i mean just look at this outrageous violent nut job, even the soldiers look intimidated by this gangster,
    we need real men right now in europe, to hell with feminist racism, to hell with left wing enabelers, just look at this [epithet] in blue shirt, for this is what we are facing now, there are already 80 million of these muslim nazis living and scrounging off of the native western european peoples!
    We have to stop islam now!!!
    we are already at war with these savages.

    charles martel

    • Indeed we are. Notice the quality cotton shirts these thugs are wearing?? Nicely pressed as well!! Where is the money coming from to dress these thugs so well?? Just saying, ya know? Max.

  2. Is it just me or do others see the striking resemblance between this muhamadan and the “Apes and pigs” so redolent in anti-Jewish rhetoric? Max.

  3. Islamist? Hoo boy.

    It’s time to have an interfaith dialogue on the topic of Practicing Muslims, and how their consistently enriching Muslim character makes it impossible for them to engage in an… interfaith dialogue.

  4. Are there no good-looking guys in Egypt? No, not one. It’s aesthetically very painful to look at these ape men.

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