Iran condemns Egypt's sectarian killings as 'contradicting Islam'

DUBAI Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:41am EDT

Egyptians stand outside El Sayeda Nafisa Mosque after funeral prayers for Shi'ite victims, who were killed in sectarian violence, in Cairo, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egyptians stand outside El Sayeda Nafisa Mosque after funeral prayers for Shi'ite victims, who were killed in sectarian violence, in Cairo, June 24, 2013.

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's foreign ministry condemned the killing of four Shi'ite Egyptians near Cairo, saying such extremism violated the tenets of Islam, state television reported late on Monday.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran denounces any act of extremism and violence which contradicts Islam and the tenets of Islam," read a foreign ministry statement published by the website of English-language news channel, Press TV.

"Iran is certain that the sensible and revolutionary Egyptian nation, through its prudent leaders ... will also exercise vigilance vis-à-vis plots to foment discord among various schools of Islam," it added.

The four worshippers had gathered on Sunday at the home of a prominent Shi'ite on the outskirts of Cairo to mark a religious festival when the house was attacked by a hostile crowd, which accused them of heresy and beat them to death.

Egypt's Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, condemned the "heinous crime" but stands accused by Egyptian Shi'ite leaders and liberal opposition of promoting sectarian anger over the war in Syria as a means of appeasing its own hardline Sunni allies.

Around 90 percent of Iranians belong to the Shi'ite denomination, whereas in Egypt the figure is estimated at no more than 2 percent.

(Reporting By Marcus George; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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randburg100 wrote:
Iran condemns Egypt’s sectarian killings as ‘contradicting Islam’

I assume that islam has no issues with suicide bombers, maiming / slaughter of schoolgirls, machine-gunning peasants, using small boys for sodomy, stoning women to death….sounds like a fun cult!

Jun 25, 2013 1:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:
I don’t know any other religion that creates so many rabid dogs with hair trigger emotions ready to slit the throat of their children if they accidentally dripple on the Koran.

There must be a physiological effect to the bowing and praying so much right from an infant to death. Maybe all the pain in your knees and back are a constant reminder of your sacrifice and anyone who dares question it should be slaughtered – least you think your life of suffering was worth nothing.

Jun 25, 2013 2:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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