“Such statements deepen differences and split the Egyptian unity between Muslims and Christians, increasing discord instead of bridging gaps,” Fouad told MCN.
“I am sad at the approach these groups have adopted and I hope Egypt passes through this difficult period of religious violence and strife caused by the statements of such Islamic groups,” Fouad continued.
“The Islam that I know is not the Islam they know and such calls come from obscurant minds and uncompassionate hearts.”
Fouad called on Egyptian Muslims to adopt the position of Al-Azhar, which represents a moderate stance towards religion, and not to be deceived by the thoughts of these Islamic groups, which threaten the homeland.
Dr. Abdel Rahman el-Barr, the Mufti of the Muslim Brotherhood and a member of the Guidance Bureau, issued a fatwa prohibiting the congratulation to Copts on their religious occasions because it is contrary to Islamic beliefs and stressed that congratulating Copts on Easter is not permissible according to Sharia.