Reg. No. 1084047
Editorial supervisor, Dr. Helmy Guirguis
 
Dr. Helmy Guirguis 71, the president of the UK Copts, passed away on the 31 of January, 2015 after a struggle with illness. UK Copts mourns its founder and leader. He is a leader that touched so many by his life and has been fighting for the coptic case till his last breath. The commemoration mass for his 40th day will be held on Sunday 15th of March, 2014 starting 8 AM in Saint Mary and Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Centre of Birmingham (Lapworth) .For commiserations, please send us an email to info@copts.co.uk

The Wise Mufti

June 5, 2007

A visiting Egyptian tells the truth about Islamist extremism.
There was nothing inaccurate about Tony Blair’s remarks to a conference on Islam yesterday. Nor was there much that was new; he has extolled the virtues and diversity of moderate British Muslims many times before. The contribution that deserved to be singled out for its courage and clarity came, instead, from Dr Ali Gomaa, the Grand Mufti of Egypt. His subject was Islamic law and governance, in which he is one of the world’s foremost experts, and his message was simple: ill-trained Islamic “scholars” who take it upon themselves to issue fatwas, or religious edicts, with little understanding of the contemporary world have no authority to do so. And extremists declaiming in mosques and via the internet that the only legitimate Islamic form of government is a restored “Caliphate”, such as that which stretched from Fez to Samarkand 500 years ago, are simply wrong.

“Why Do the Copts of Egypt Fear Fridays?”

FaithFreedom.org
on Jun 03, 2007

On17 May, 2007, while glancing at the website of the online daily, Elaph, I noticed a very intriguing title of an article on the plight of the Christian community in Egypt: “Why Do the Copts of Egypt Fear Fridays?” The writer, himself an Egyptian now living in France, gave a realistic explanation that should stir our thoughts, and make us fully aware of the suffering of this brave minority. I share with the readers of FFI excerpts from the article, and follow with my analysis and comments.

N.Y. Airport Target of Plot, Officials Say

Washington Post
Sunday, June 3, 2007

3 Held in Alleged Plan to Bomb JFK

NEW YORK, June 2 -- Authorities said Saturday that they had broken up an alleged terrorist plot to bomb aviation fuel tanks and pipelines at John F. Kennedy International Airport, arresting a former airport worker and two other men with links to Islamic extremists in South America and the Caribbean.

Catholic priest shot dead in Iraq

Jun 3, 2007
 
MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) - A Chaldaean Catholic priest and three of his assistants were shot dead on Sunday outside a church in northern Iraq, the local police commander said.

That extra sensitivity

Watani Weekly
3 June 2007

As I commented on the sectarian violence which lately erupted in the village of Bemha in Ayaat, Giza, I suggested that Egyptian society is today bedevilled by a perilous incidence of growing fanaticism. That fanaticism, which remains among the issues society and authorities place on hold, is frequently expressed through a call for Jihad by a mosque imam, which triggers a massive wave of assault and looting against Christian villagers because of their alleged intention to build a church. The assailants, prodded along by the imam’s fanatic address, decide to take the law in their own hands and attack the Copts, believing they are thus doing Islam the greatest favour ever.

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