You Say Shiite, I Say Sunni

Or: “Salafing All the Way”

Following are excerpts from a press conference held at Al-Azhar, Cairo, with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on February 5, 2013. The press conference was aired by the Al-Jazeera network.

Hassan Al-Shafi’, advisor to Sheik Al-Azhar: I have visited Iran. I lived nearby, in South-East Asia, and I am familiar with the situation there. Let’s not bury our heads in the sand. Some might say that [the Sunni-Shiite conflict] is a thing of the past. No, it isn’t. It is a contemporary issue.

Out of a desire for unity, we say: We must remove these obstacles. A reference was made to the civil rights of some of our Sunni brothers in Iran. I’ll make do with that… Moreover, His Excellency…

Advisor: That’s not what we agreed upon, Hajj. We didn’t agree upon those words…

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: We said we would talk about unity…

Hassan Al-Shafi’: I am talking about unity, and I say…

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: … and about brotherhood…

Hassan Al-Shafi’: Removing these obstacles in order to highlight unity…

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: Well said!

This was also well said:

An Egyptian citizen attempted to assault Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Cairo on Thursday evening.

According to a report in the website of the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, the assault occurred at the residence of Mojtaba Amani, the acting Iranian ambassador in Cairo, during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Iranian Islamic Revolution.

The attacker attempted to physically assault Ahmadinejad as he chanted, “Down with Iran, he must leave,” Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

This is the second attempted attack on the Iranian president during his stay in Cairo.

Earlier this week, a young Syrian man tried to assault Ahmadeinjad as he was coming out of a mosque, throwing his shoe at the Iranian president.

They think he’s a real heel.

But the Moud-ster shouldn’t feel bad. They’re not that fond of each other in Egypt either:

Following are excerpts from statements made by Egyptian Salafi cleric Sheik Mahmoud Shaaban and by former Egyptian MP Alaa Amer, which were aired by Al-Hafez TV via the Internet on February 1, 2013.

Egyptian Salafi cleric Sheik Mahmoud Shaaban: The leadership of the National Salvation Front, which clearly aspires to the [presidential] throne, should be killed, according to Islamic law. Are you with me, Dr. ‘Atef? According to Islamic law, they should be killed.

This is according to a reliable hadith of the Prophet Muhammad. Since I expected that this would come as a surprise to everyone, including Dr. ‘Atef, I brought with me the Sahih Muslim collection of hadiths, with commentary by Al-Nawawi.

The National Salvation Front, which wants the presidency, and whose leadership is setting fire to Egypt, in an effort to gain the presidency, should be killed.

The National Salvation Front, if you can’t keep the teams straight, is the opposition, Mohammed El Baradei’s (et al) motley crew.

Do you ever get the feeling this is like coming into a movie late? Isn’t this where we came in? Shiites and Sunnis hating each other, fundamentalists and reformers at each others’ throats. I don’t know why I should expect any different; they’ve been at it for centuries. Now they’re just better armed.

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