Raping Women In Tahrir NOT ‘Red Line’: Egyptian Preacher Abu Islam

by
Sameera Ehteram
Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah, or better known as ‘Abu Islam,’ an Egyptian Salafi preacher has rankled quite a few rational minds by saying raping and sexually harassing women protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square is justified!

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Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah, or better known as ‘Abu Islam,’ an Egyptian Salafi preacher has rankled quite a few rational minds by saying raping and sexually harassing women protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square is justified!

He goes as far as calling them “crusaders” who “have no shame, no fear and not even feminism.” Inan online video posted Wednesday, and owner of the private television channel of ‘al-Ummah,’ said these women are no red line. “They tell you women are a red line. They tell you that naked women -- who are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped -- are a red line! And they ask Mursi and the Brotherhood to leave power!” he said.

The last time we heard from Abu Islam, he tore up a Bible outside the US Embassy, called Coptic Christians “dogs” and vowed to urinate on it the next time around. This time he’s spreading the traditional Islamic message of tolerance to women.

Incidents of women being attacked, harassed and even raped at Tahrir Square are too rampant to be ignored. But Abu Islam’s rant goes beyond ignorance and apathy!

He is also the one who has been charged for desecrating the Bible in 2012 making him the first one to be chargedfor "contempt for the Christian religion" under the country's umbrella of anti-blasphemy laws in Egypt.

It is pure prejudice and hatred that speaks here. His statement not only degrades women but malign the very religion her professes to uphold!

Here is a video of him making the demeaning statement:

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