Editor’s Note: Even though Egypt is not within the scope of reporting of this site, Iran Press Watch decided to publish the following updates due to their significance.
1. April 29, 2009: “The Egyptian Parliament is Discussing a Bill to Declare All Baha’is Criminals”: The Joint Commission on Defense, National Security, Arab Affairs and Religious Endowments has demanded that the Egyptian Parliament expedite the issuance of a new law criminalizing Baha’ism…The head of the commission, Dr. ‘Umar Hashim, declares that Baha’is pose a greater threat to national security than extremists and terrorists because they are a product of Zionism…He adds that recent events in the village of Suhaj [in which the homes of several Baha’is were burned] has sounded the alarm…Representative Mr. Safwat ‘Abd al-Karim accuses Baha’is of giving money to unemployed youth to entice them to join their group…Mr. ‘Askar, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, emphasizes the absence of any authority in “this wayward and misguided group” and accuses Baha’is of corrupting Islam and distorting the Holy Qur’an. [Source: Moheet News and Masrawy News]
2. 28 April 2009: “They Permit the Two Sisters to Marry One Another and Allow a Woman to Marry Her Nephews…Baha’ism is in the Service of Zionism”: Nabuls TV [based in the West Bank] reveals that a secret memo drafted by the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque [and perhaps the highest religious authority among Sunni Muslims], Muhammad Sayyid Tuntawi, maintains that the Baha’i Faith is a sect bent on serving the interests of Zionism and western imperialism in the Islamic world through promoting moral decay and strife among Arabs and Muslims, in particular in the Middle East…The report states that Baha’ism commands its followers to destroy every single holy place including Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, and the shrines of the Prophets and Muslim saints…It also forces Baha’is to pay a 19% tax to Baha’u’llah or his successor, permits two sisters to marry one another, declares prostitution and unlimited temporary marriages to be lawful, and allows a woman to marry her nephews. [Source: NablusTV]