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Egypt’s Muslims express solidarity by acting as “human shields” for Coptic Churches

We thought it is important to show examples of solidarity and tolerance in a time when contention and division are celebrated by the media. In case you missed it, here are a few links:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/3216/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-Muslims-to-act-as-human-shields-at-Coptic-Ch.aspx

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/01/07/egypt.coptic.church.attack/index.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/egyptian-muslims-lend-support-to-coptics-on-religious-holiday/article1860811/

http://www.insidecatholic.com/9228-egyptian-muslims-act-as-human-shields-at-coptic-christmas-mass.html

http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/news/29940-egyptian-muslims-serve-as-christian-body-shields

The ‘True’ Act of a Muslim

heba-only.jpgBy Heba Abdel-Karim

Sitting at Borders on an early Saturday morning, I noticed an elderly couple coming to sit in an area near me. It was crowded, and the only two seats were quite far apart. One of them was right next to me. Being raised to respect the elderly, I happily gave up my seat for the man to sit by his wife. Not expecting a response, I started walking away to find another seat. He stopped me, however, and said something that amazed me, yet left me feeling cheerful until today. He said: “By the way, that was a true act of a Muslim.”

At that time, I was very happy with his comment, and I still am today. But now that I think back and reflect upon it, I am left pondering a question: How are we to know what is considered a true act of a Muslim and what isn’t?
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