Bishop fears radical Islam will affect shape of Middle East’s future


May , 2011 Posted in Islam, Persecuted church |

By Brian Hutt, Christian Today

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali expresses concerns over radical Islamist element running through protests in the Arab and Islamic world

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has expressed concern over the future shape of the political landscape in the Arab world and Middle East after deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians in Egypt.

Thousands of Christians have been camped out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest against sectarian violence which left 12 dead at the weekend.

Violent skirmishes spread through the rundown district of Imbaba in the western section of the city after conservative Salafi Muslims set fire to the Coptic church of Saint Mena on Saturday night. Another church nearby was also set ablaze.

The Muslims were seeking revenge in response to rumours that the church was holding a woman against her will because she wanted to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man. The church denies the claims.

The violence has prompted fears among Christians that the unpopular regime of President Hosni Mubarak, ousted by the January 25 Revolution, will simply be replaced with an Islamic state under which conditions will be even worse for Christians.

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