- (Reuters/David McNew)
The leader of an Islamic group has renewed threats to Christian Copts in Egypt, warning them to cancel their planned demonstrations scheduled for June 30. The leader has also urged Muslims to rally together, insisting that his Islamic colleagues would die and go to heaven, where as Christian dead would burn in hell.
"We advised the Church to prevent its followers from participating in June 30 demonstrations," Assem Abdel Maged, leader of Islamic group Gamaat Islamiyya, has said.
Abdel Maged urged followers to be present in front of the presidential palace.
"Rest assured that our dead go to heaven, whilst their dead burn in hell," the leader insisted.
"This is a conspiracy made by the former regime, Coptic extremists and communists," Abdel Maged claimed. "We advised the church not to rally people, and the sectarian crowds increased after the Pope met the American ambassador."
"We have gave 3,000 martyrs in Mubarak's time, and if Morsi falls we will have an Islamic revolution," he threatened.
In an interview on Al-Nas Islamic channel, Abdel Maged claimed that "communists, Coptic extremists and atheists are the ones calling for the demonstrations."
He also and warned Copts, seemingly claiming that their families were in danger. He warned the Christians to "not sacrifice your sons."
Islamic preacher Wagdi Ghoneim, well-known for his hostility to Egyptian Christians, recently stated that "to come out against President Morsi on June 30 is to blaspheme."
"These demonstrations are forbidden and whoever protests against Morsi is an infidel," he added.
In his video posted on YouTube, Ghoneim said, "Rebellion against Morsi is a rebellion against Islam and its project … secularists who envy Islam, thugs, and Coptic extremists are driving these demonstrations."
Meanwhile, Al-Azhar, the highest Islamic authority in Egypt, issued a statement confirming the eligibility of peaceful protests against the rulers yesterday.