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Muslims offer their bodies as human shields...

... for Christians no less:

Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as "shields" to Egypt's threatened Christian community.

Egypt's majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.

From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as "human shields" for last night's mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.

"We either live together, or we die together," was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the "human shield" idea.

Among those shields were movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of citizens who have said they consider the attack one on Egypt as a whole.

"This is not about us and them," said Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly. "We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together."

In the days following the brutal attack on Saints Church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead on New Year' eve, solidarity between Muslims and Copts has seen an unprecedented peak. Millions of Egyptians changed their Facebook profile pictures to the image of a cross within a crescent - the symbol of an "Egypt for All". Around the city, banners went up calling for unity, and depicting mosques and churches, crosses and crescents, together as one.

There is a time for unity, a time for coalescing, a time for merging purposed in confronting an evil.

Now is that time.

A hearty hats off to the Muslim community in Egypt who participated in this.  Most hearty hats off.

Might we see more of it, much more, across the globe.


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Comments (15)

"A hearty hats off to the M... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"A hearty hats off to the Muslim community in Egypt who participated in this."

Ditto!

And if the rest of the Muslim world would take note and act in the same manner, the jihadi minority would be isolated and defeated.

And a caveat for Cougar Kat... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

And a caveat for Cougar Katie, these are, indubitably, nominal Muslims.

Amen... (Below threshold)
G.:

Amen

As the west is pushed close... (Below threshold)
jim m:

As the west is pushed closer and closer to taking up arms against the entirety of the muslim world, muslims are waking to the fact that if they allow their radical elements to push this far enough that they will be the ultimate losers in this fight.

Good on them, lets hope it ... (Below threshold)
mpw280:

Good on them, lets hope it is the start of something and not a one off happening. mpw

Super!!... (Below threshold)
914:

Super!!

Hats off to you for posting... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Hats off to you for posting this, Rick. I wouldn't have thought you would. There's hope for you yet.

I'm surprised to see this s... (Below threshold)
James H:

I'm surprised to see this story offered up on Wizbang as well.

God bless all those brave M... (Below threshold)
sarahconnor2:

God bless all those brave Muslims who openly stood up against terrorism in Egypt.

Metsuyan... (Below threshold)

Metsuyan

Pardon my ignorance, Mr Dil... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Pardon my ignorance, Mr Dill, but what does 'metsuyan" mean?

It means "Excellent" ... (Below threshold)

It means "Excellent"

Thank you. In what language... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Thank you. In what language? Arabic?

Hebrew... (Below threshold)

Hebrew

This is truly heartening, t... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

This is truly heartening, that such a large segment of Egypt truly do see that the jihadi path of murder is a dead end path. As tastes of modern advances and thought has become their normal diet, they don't want to go back to the bile the radicals want them to feed off of.
Next thing I'd love to see is the (state run) news papers in Egypt give up the blood libel against Israel as part of their regular copy.




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