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Woman Attacked With Acid For Refusing To Accept Triple Talaq Over Phone
16 Apr 2017
woman's in-laws attacked her with acid.
having refused to accept triple talaq over phone, a woman in her 40s was
attacked with acid allegedly by her in-laws in Neuria area of Pilibhit.
the complaint filed by the victim Rehana, the Uttar Pradesh Police has begun
its investigation into the matter. So far, the cops have registered FIR against
five people. "She has received burn injuries on her back. We are waiting
for the medical report," a police officer said.
married Matlub 18 years ago, following which she went to the United States with
her husband. Their relations turned sour in 2011 after which they came to India
for some time. Matlub went back to the US and assured Rehana that he would call
her there after a few days.
did not call Rehana back to the United States and told her that he had got a
new job in New York.
Matlub called Rehana few years back and divorced her over the phone. Rehana
refused to accept the same.
in-laws later assaulted her to ensure that she leaves the house and also threw
acid on her. "They should be punished for what they did. I want them to be
in jail," Rehana said.
first set of women Qazis await their moment of glory
AnjuMaskeri | Posted 16-Apr-2017
does it take to come from a community stereotyped for its shocking gender bias,
and dream an unbelievable equality dream? Behrampada'sSuraiyaShaikh, training
to be a judge under Islamic law, a first for India, has the answer
up in the narrow alleys of Behrampada, Bandra East's congested neighbourhood,
SuraiyaShaikh remembers being privy to domestic squabbles that were often
conducted in full public glare. But one incident is particularly etched in her
memory. It was chaandraat, a time of celebration when families and friends
would gather on the last day of Ramzan to spot the full moon. That night, a man
stood on the terrace of their building at 2 am and shouted triple talaaq to his
wife. "It was heartbreaking to hear the wife wailing, children crying on
what was meant to be an auspicious occasion. At that time, even as a 10-year-old,
I remember telling my father, a maulana, that what the man did was wrong. I
told him that I wanted to put an end to this injustice. And, all my father said
was, 'Do whatever you want when you grow up'." After all, he was aware
that his daughter was the rebel among his nine children - six daughters and
decades later, the daughter has let the maulana's words guide her. On a
sweltering Tuesday afternoon, we meet Shaikh, clad in a cotton salwarkameez
with a dupatta loosely hung over her head, at the Bharatiya Muslim
MahilaAndolan (BMMA) office in Bandra East's Sarvodaya Colony, where she is
undergoing a year-long training that will end with her being certified a qazi.
on the floor in a room devoid of furniture, she is busy pouring over her notes
jotted in a bound ruled book. "Since the Quran is in Arabic, we translate
some of the duas (prayers) in Hindi so that we can help people understand the
meaning of what they are reading," she says. As a teen, Shaikh owned a
similar notebook where she would list all the questions that she never received
answers for. "I had decided that when I die I'd ask Allah why could my
brothers go to school and college while I and my sisters had to be home, why
can a man ask for divorce but women can't, why can a man be polygamous but not
a woman?" she says. Today, she's slowly beginning to unravel answers to
her childhood conundrums. "The truth is that the Quran treats men and
women as equal. But it's society's multiple interpretations that have led to a
skewed understanding. Each word in the Quran has 17 different meanings."
to her, lies a neatly folded sleeveless red overcoat. Soon, she will don the
jacket once she takes on the role of a qazi.
is among Mumbai's first batch of female qazis - Islamic judges who oversee
marriage, divorce, and other personal matters in Muslim communities. She is
part of the inaugural class of 30 women from across India including Gujarat,
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, West Bengal and
Odisha. The recently launched year-long programme, initiated by prominent
activists and founders of BMMA, ZakiaSoman and NoorjehanSafiaNiaz, is training
women to be judges, a role traditionally reserved for men. Currently, there are
five women being trained to be qazis from Mumbai. The training is free of cost
and follows a self-learn format. BMMA founders ZakiaSoman and
NoorjehanSafiaNiaz are overseeing the content and syllabus.
day, the 43-year-old reaches the BMMA office by 10.30 am to assist in handling
cases of aggrieved women and go on field to get surveys done that would aid in
understanding the condition of the Muslim community. A good part of the day
also involves discussions on verses pertaining to women - marriage, divorce,
polygamy, guardianship, a woman's role in society. During these discussions,
Shaikh says she hears of bizarre cases where men would declare talaaq over SMS
or WhatsApp. "There was one man who had happened to see a woman wearing
the same footwear as his wife sitting in a rickshaw with another man.
divorced her on the basis of that, when in reality, his wife was at home,"
she says. These incidents made her ponder over the reason behind the growing
victimisation of women. "We realised that despite courts deciding matters
on Muslim Personal Law, the qazis still form an integral part of the community,
acting as advisors and playing a crucial role in personal matters like
solemnisation of the nikah, talaaq and inheritance issues," she says,
adding that when a talaaq comes up, more often than not, the male qazi takes a
call based solely on the man's version. "They never hear the woman's side
of the story." Traditionally, Shaikh says, the qazis have all been men,
and their judgment has never been questioned. "There is a general ignorance
of the Quranic injunctions. Hence, well informed female Qazis will be able to
stand up for women."
a qazi, Shaikh says her duty will be to listen to both parties. "Just
because I'm a woman doesn't mean I'll favour my gender. The idea is to be fair."
As a Qazi (Muslim priest), Shaikh wants to do more than just have the power to
solemnise a nikah (marriage) and preside over divorce matters. "I want to
counsel the women and men of my community. I want to help them resolve issues
concerning their rights and ensure that they get justice, irrespective of
her, the decision to become a qazi emerged organically as she grew more
involved in the activities of the organisation that has been fighting for
Muslim women's rights for nearly a decade. "I had approached BMMA a couple
of years ago for my sister who was then having trouble with her husband. He
would beat her up. But, I liked the way they handled it amicably, speaking to
both parties and arriving at a consensus." Slowly, the Naupada resident
started dropping by the office often assisting them in their daily counselling
cases and organising talks on gender equality for both women and men in the
community. Today, she is accompanied by her mother who is also a regular at the
organisation, and a silent supporter of Shaikh's feminist leanings.
my father was a cleric, he was a liberal man. But as was the norm at that time,
I was married off soon after completing Std X. "I protested, but they
reasoned that if I didn't get married, the rest won't. Had I been as aware back
then as I am today, I would have never married," she says. Today, Shaikh
has two grandchildren. Back in the day, she reveals that she even contemplated
leaving her husband a couple of times. "But, he never gave me a reason to
leave him. He was too nice a man. He would do all the household chores,"
led California mosque opens doors to all
California: The second women led mosque in the United States held its inaugural
service in California on Friday, but unlike a Los Angeles congregation that
opened two years ago, the new female-led Muslim house of worship in Berkeley is
open to both genders, according to the Arab News.
Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque “is a place for women to worship in the sanctuary,
to not be hidden away in dank rooms,” said Rabi’aKeeble, founder of the
Berkeley mosque, whose name means “heart of Mary” in Arabic.
mosques around the world admit men and women, but most segregate the genders.
the Women’s Mosque of America in Los Angeles, male worshippers over the age of
12 are excluded, making the new Berkeley mosque the first of its kind in the
uplift the female, and just as the Prophet loved women, we must follow in his
footsteps and love ourselves and each other,” she said.
is a 40-something convert from Christianity with a master’s degree in religious
leadership from the Starr King School of Ministry, a seminary affiliated with
the University of California, Berkeley which has donated space for the mosque.
by Rafiqul Islam)
asks Muslim women to quit begging, says practice lacks basis in Islam
Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’adAbubakar, said on Saturday that begging has no basis in
Islam and challenged those engaging in the act to find legitimate means of
earning a living.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sultan Abubakar made the remark in
Sokoto at the graduation of 2000 women trained in various skills by the Wife of
Sokoto State Governor, MairoTambuwal.
training was conducted in collaboration with Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment
Commission to empower the women drawn from the 86 districts of the state.
Sultan said, “Our women should always desist from street begging, as it has no
basis in Islam and it only generates more harm than good among the society.
have always been the pillars for any societal development, so we need to do
more in encouraging and supporting their living standard in order to yield a
empowering women is one of the positive base to a better, secured and
commended Mrs Tambuwal for initiating the programme and admonished the
beneficiaries to utilize the opportunity to enhace their livelihood.
monarch is the President-General of the Nigerian Islamic Council for Islamic
the governor’s wife had expressed appreciation to the Sultanate Council, the
state government and Zakkat commission for supporting the initiative.
said the skills training initiative was principally to make women in the state
Tambuwal, who was represented by Hauwa Muhammad, called on the beneficiaries to
apply the new skills they acquired to uplift their economic status and
contribute to the overall development of the state.
Overseer of the Zakat commission, LawalMaidoki, said that the 2000 women were
carefully selected and empowered to live above the poverty line.
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widow of a Brit beheaded by Islamic State's Jihadi John has revealed the stress
of her ordeal caused her breast cancer.
Dragana, 47, who was wed to David Haines, has been having chemotherapy for the
worker David, 44, who grew up in Perth, spent more than a year in captivity
after being kidnapped in Syria.
was beheaded by British jihadist Mohammed Emwazi – known as Jihadi John – in
2014, the Daily Record reports .
said: “There is no history of cancer in my family. The oncologist who diagnosed
it said my cancer is a direct consequence of all the stress during that time.”
who lives in Croatia with daughter Athea, seven, began chemotherapy in
John was killed in an air strike the year after beheading David Haines (Photo:
posted a picture of herself online after losing her hair and hopes that
speaking out about her experience will inspire other mums going through
have to stay strong for our daughter. There’s no time to feel sorry for myself.
important to decide you’re going to win and to keep smiling.”
will have three more weeks of treatment before finding out what surgery she
RolaSleiman became the first Arab female pastor
may be the first female pastor for Arab Christians, but Sleiman says it was a
natural transition for her [Courtesy of RolaSleiman/Al Jazeera]
Lebanon - To anyone's knowledge, RolaSleiman is the first female pastor in the
entirety of the Arab Christian world.
a straightforward tale: a young churchgoing girl decides to study theology in
university, and upon graduation returns to the church of her youth in Tripoli,
Lebanon. The only twist is that she is the first woman to reach such a
didn't really have it in my head to become a pastor," says Sleiman as she
sat in Tripoli's National Evangelist Presbyterian Church. And yet, she became
an officially ordained pastor on February 26, 2017 - a historic appointment for
a role which had previously been restricted to men.
evident that Pastor Sleiman's direct demeanour and good humour helped pave her
path to the pulpit. She stands at the podium, making sure her pants are hidden
while she jokes with the church's organ player. "I'm getting photographed
in my jeans - it's going to scandalise our congregation!" she laughs.
how she fell into the role of the first female pastor, she recalls the initial
circumstances which brought her to this point. "The way everything turned
out, looking back, I think it was God's will to make this statement."
says this tentatively, processing the enormity of her ordainment.
is my church, and I wasn't going to leave it,
read the Bible, the Quran, the Old Testament … and I was convinced with my
faith. I'm not saying it's the 'Truth' for everyone, but to me, this is where I
path was clear at an age where most teenagers struggle with their purpose. When
Sleiman was 17, she applied to be adopted by the National Evangelical Synod of
Syria and Lebanon, the denominational umbrella which forms the Evangelical
Presbyterian federations throughout the Levant.
Synod adopted her and subsequently sponsored her degree in Theology and
graduation, she had the option to serve in several of the Synod's churches
around Lebanon, including in her hometown of Tripoli. Sleiman was drawn to
Tripoli and the church she had grown up attending. "I felt there was
something that I had to do here, in my hometown … I just felt that I had to
church was used to me. They didn't think of me in terms of gender, as a woman
or a man. I served them' [Nada Homsi/Al Jazeera]
was a gut feeling which proved accurate. In 2006, George Bitar, the pastor of
the church which Sleiman grew up attending, left the country to travel. Having
formal theological training qualified Sleiman to take on the task of leading
Sunday services on a temporary basis.
as the 2006 July War with Israel erupted in Lebanon, Bitar was unable to book a
flight home, and Sleiman ended up conducting services for six months.
Pastor Bitar returned, it was brief. He had attained a visa to the United
States, and in 2008 moved there with his family for good. In the absence of an
appointed pastor for the church, Sleiman continued as interim minister,
building a relationship with her congregation as time passed.
is my church and I wasn't going to leave it," she says with conviction.
as Reverend Sleiman was not an officially ordained pastor, difficulties
manifested. She was unable to perform sacraments or baptisms without
supervision from an ordained cleric in the Synod - male supervision.
the Synod's committees, a collection of elders and pastors from across Syria
and Lebanon, could not vote on a number of issues without the presence of an
ordained representative from Tripoli.
National Evangelist Presbyterian Church needed a pastor. It was time for the Synod
to officially appoint a representative so decisions could be made.
the church was asked who they wanted to represent the congregation, the answer
was obvious. After years of being interim minister, "My church was used to
me. They didn't think of me in terms of gender, as a woman or a man. I served
them, doing visitations, preaching well, and I convinced them through my
service," says Sleiman.
the vote to ordain Reverend Sleiman passed in the Synod 23 to one, with
remarkably little resistance.
city of Tripoli, known as "the second capital of Lebanon", has been
heavily affected by the neighbouring civil war in Syria, with sectarian
fighting and car bombs making news headlines. Furthermore, in 2014, assailants
set fire to Tripoli's Christian-owned Saeh Library and torched up to two-thirds
of the library's 80,000 books and manuscripts in what was reported as a
religiously motivated attack.
didn't really have it in my head to become a Pastor' [Courtesy of
mainstream media has depicted her beloved city in a skewed light, insists
Sleiman, by focusing on distorted sectarian divisions and a small number of
youth that join organisations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
(ISIL, also known as ISIS).
Lebanon's delicate confessional system has historically suffered due to
sectarian divisions and civil strife, Sleiman believes in representing her
denomination peacefully. "To me, it was about pastoring our small group,
in order to take care of it and ensure [our] continuity," she says.
is a historically diverse city, but its Christian population dwindled during
Lebanon's 15-yearlong civil war, that began in 1975. Heavy economic burdens
intermingled with religious tension, leading many to immigrate. Christians now
make up an estimated six percent of the population in Tripoli.
Presbyterians are a tiny denomination spread across Lebanon and Syria, and
representing their presence is a significant factor in Pastor Sleiman's
decision to lead and foster her congregation in its current location, which
consists of approximately 33 families.
there is an Evangelical Presbyterian sister-school on the outskirts of town,
the National Evangelical Church itself is situated in the centre of the old
city, surrounded and well-known among the majority Muslim shopkeepers in the
congregation is on great terms with the surrounding community, asserts Sleiman.
"I can't imagine living in any other city," she says. "The
people [of Tripoli] are so supportive."
the first female pastor in the Arab world is a responsibility that at times
seems ordinary to Sleiman; other times the enormity of the historic appointment
weighs on her.
title hasn't added to anything I wasn't already doing. On the other hand, I
feel there are so many more eyes on me, like people are waiting either for me
to succeed or fail."
the historic religious decision, Sleiman has been thrust into the position of
promoting gender equality in Lebanese society through her work.
is a historically diverse city, but its Christian population dwindled during
Lebanon's 15-year long civil war [Nada Homsi/Al Jazeera]
delicate political structure has left much to be desired politically,
especially for women, who frequently bear the brunt of most socioeconomic
problems. The month of March marks International Women's Day every March 8.
year, as hundreds of women marched the streets of Beirut to demand equal
rights, Rev Sleiman began her role as an officially ordained pastor in Tripoli.
Sleiman, who has a Syrian father and a Lebanese mother, was born and lived in
Tripoli all her life and considers herself Lebanese, but does not have Lebanese
nationality. Because Lebanese mothers cannot pass on their nationality to their
children, Sleiman must periodically renew her Syrian passport and residency
permit to maintain legal status in Lebanon.
have laws that oppress women," she says, while clarifying her position
against the oppression of all peoples. "It's time to leave all that
people would tell you my ordination happened late. I think, better late than
never. At least a door has opened," Sleiman muses. "These doors need
to be opened everywhere."
Sleiman's strides are not lost upon her. "Alhamdulillah," she says,
using the Arabic word which both Christians and Muslims use to denote
Saudi woman’s plea for help exposes risks runaways face
United Arab Emirates (AP) — A young Saudi woman’s plea for help after she was
stopped in an airport in the Philippines en route to Australia where she
planned to seek asylum has triggered a firestorm on social media and drawn
attention to the plight of female runaways.
runaway Saudi women, fleeing can be a matter of life and death, and they are
almost always doing so to escape male relatives.
Saudi Arabia’s conservative interpretation of Islamic law, a male guardianship
system bars women from traveling abroad, obtaining a passport, marrying or even
leaving prison without the consent of a male relative.
mystery around what triggered Dina Ali Lasloom’s cry for help has only added to
concerns for her safety. In an online video, the 24-year-old says her passport
was taken from her at an airport in the Philippines on her way to Australia
my family come, they will kill me. If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be
dead. Please help me,” she pleads.
a beige coat, the woman does not show her face in the video. Most women in
Saudi Arabia cover their face with a veil known as a niqab. Many do so
believing it is a religious obligation, in addition to covering their hair and
body. Some also cover their faces due to social pressure.
am kept here as a criminal. I can’t do anything,” Lasloom says in the video.
The Associated Press could not independently verify the video’s authenticity.
rights advocates in Saudi Arabia say Lasloom was ultimately forced to board a
plane to the kingdom with two of her uncles, who flew from Riyadh to stop her.
They said authorities then took her to a women’s shelter because of the
attention around her case.
cannot leave, however, without a male guardian’s permission. Activists say only
officials and relatives can contact her there.
there are no public statistics on how many Saudi women attempt to flee abroad,
the issue has gained attention through a number of publicized cases. This
despite gains made in recent years for Saudi women, including the right to run
in, and vote in, local elections in 2015, and a government effort to increase
women’s participation in the workforce.
who have managed to flee abroad say they were barred from marrying or forced
into marriages. Others have told rights groups that male relatives were abusive
and confiscated their salaries.
of them, they just want to be free,” said MoudiAljohani, who fled last year and
is seeking asylum in the U.S.
26, says her family felt she’d become “too Americanized” after a year of study
in Miami. What was supposed to be a weeklong visit home turned into months of
confinement, she says.
eight months of being locked in Saudi Arabia has created an angry, rebellious
person inside of me that I don’t want to be silent anymore,” she said. “What
happened to me in Saudi Arabia created a person who just wants to speak out.”
the past 15 years, four of the late King Abdullah’s daughters, Princesses
Jawaher, Sahar, Hala and Maha — all in their 40s — have allegedly been held in
a royal compound in Saudi Arabia. Their mother, who lives in London, has spoken
out in the British press to try and bring attention to their plight. Two of the
princesses managed to release videos in recent years pleading for help.
courts have heard numerous cases of women asking for a transfer of their
guardianship to more sympathetic male relatives — in some cases to their own sons.
Saudi women’s rights activist reached by phone in Riyadh said Lasloom was
apparently trying to flee relatives in Kuwait who threatened to send her to
live in Saudi Arabia.
have been a lot of Saudi girls who sought asylum abroad, but now it’s a trend.
A lot of younger girls in their 20s are seeking asylum,” she said, speaking on
condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.
they say honor killings do not exist, it’s not true. It’s just invisible,” she
said, referring to the killing of daughters in the name of family honor.
Leah Whitson, the Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, says Saudi women
fleeing their family can face so-called “honor” violence if returned against
their will. She called on Saudi authorities to protect Lasloom from her family.
to the Philippines’ Inquirer news website, Lasloom was barred from her
Australian-bound flight by Saudi Embassy officials in Manila who asked airport
officials to stop her.
Saudi Embassy in the Philippines wrote on Twitter that what occurred was “a
family matter in which a girl was returned with her family to the homeland.”
asked by The Associated Press whether Saudi diplomats in the Philippines had
requested that authorities in Manila stop Lasloom from boarding a flight to
Australia, Foreign Ministry official Osama Nugali said: “Saudi embassies abroad
respect the institutions and laws of host countries and do not interfere in
Airport General Manager Eddie Monreal told the AP he had no knowledge about the
case. An immigration official reached by the AP said the airport’s immigration
officers neither detained nor held any passenger under that name.
Saudi Arabia, activists tracking her plea for help attempted to meet Lasloom at
Riyadh airport overnight Wednesday. They say instead, another activist, Alaa
al-Anazi was detained by security officials at the airport and transferred to a
girl’s detention center in the capital.
Interior Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Rights Watch report released last year on guardianship laws in Saudi Arabia
found that even with greater opportunities for women in the kingdom, a woman’s
life rests largely on “the good will” of her male guardian.
clerics in the kingdom support male guardianship based on a verse in the Quran
that says men are the protectors and maintainers of women. Other Islamic
scholars argue this misinterprets fundamental Quranic concepts like equality
and respect between the sexes. Most Muslim-majority countries do not have
similarly restrictive guardianship laws.
Press writer Teresa Cerojano in Manila, Philippines contributed to this report.
are always sweet, but there's something extra poignant about the reunion
between Saffiyah Khan and SairaZafar, who now share a special bond thanks to an
encounter at a tense demonstration.
this month, Khan was among the counter-protesters at an English Defense League
rally in her home city of Birmingham, England. The EDL — a frequently violent
far-right street protest movement known for its anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim
stance — gathered in response to the deadly terror attack in London in March,
and Khan says she soon saw dozens enraged protesters surround fellow
counter-protester SairaZafar, who was wearing a hijab.
hesitation, Khan stepped in to defend Zafar, who was holding a sign that read,
"No to Islamophobia, No to War." While the defense and solidarity
itself was (thankfully) nothing new, it was Khan's calm demeanor and unfazed
look that quickly drew praise. Instead of asking for a fight or raising her
voice at the protesters, Khan simply smiled and kept her hands in her pockets,
as seen in the powerful photo below.
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the interaction Khan told Buzzfeed she "didn't feel threatened in the
slightest way," and later explained her peaceful response to the BBC,
adding, "Sometimes it's more important to smile than to shout."
person who was grateful for Khan's smile was Zafar. Per Huffington Post, the
two women reunited on April 10, and in a Guardian Wires video Zafar told Khan,
"I do really appreciate the fact that you did step in. It is very
important to have solidarity and to show that if something happens to this
person they're not on their own. Thank you."
EDL's] aim was to silence me, and I was not silenced," Zafar added.
"Muslim women are not oppressed, we're not easily intimidated. We are
quite strong in who we are."
said she predicted EDL members would confront counter-protesters, and went to
the counter-protest to lend her support. "There's no excuse to do
nothing," she explained.
we alluded to earlier, Khan's rational approach to intense hate puts her in
good company. She is one of the many people in recent months, who has
peacefully but effectively dealt with Islamophobic protesters. Last year, for
example, a Muslim American teen named IbrahemDalati combatted the hatred of an
anti-Muslim crowd by drowning them out with music and dancing.
let's not forget the two prominent Muslim activists who raised over $162,000 in
February to repair the dozens of headstones damaged and defaced by vandals at a
historic St. Louis Jewish cemetery.
Thursday, the authorities said they had also identified the suicide bomber who
attacked the Tanta church.
the second incident which occurred several hours later, a suicide bomber
detonated himself when he was stopped by security guards at St. Mark's
Cathedral in Alexandria, leading to the deaths of some 17 people.
Tuesday, parliament approved President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's decision to
declare a three-month state of emergency following the suicide bombings in
Alexandria and Tanta, which killed 45.
president has picked three former leaders at state news organizations during
the era of deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak to lead new media watchdog agencies,
part of measures to tighten his control over the country following a pair of
horrific Islamic State church bombings last weekend.
the many messages of sympathy he had received from around the world since
yesterday's attacks, he said: "Prayer is the most important thing we can
ask for at this time".
eyewitnesses said that police had not taken serious steps to secure the church
even though they had defused an explosive device near the church 11 days
earlier, HRW said.
with Easter approaching, and Pope Francis scheduled to visit on 28-29 April,
the Copts fear further collateral damage in a deadly war, being fought with
action is needed to protect Church communities in Egypt from attack, according
to one of the country's Catholic bishops, who has appealed for prayer for the
victims of two bomb blasts targeting worshipers on Palm Sunday.
sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt".
social challenge converts into a security challenge for President Abdel Fattah
Donald Trump expressed his condolences on Twitter, writing "So sad to hear
of the terrorist attack in Egypt", and that he was confident Sisi would
handle the situation properly.
ministry said Tawadros was unharmed, and a church official said he left before
the explosion. Islamic State later claimed responsibility for that attack.
group later released a video threatening Egypt's Christians with more attacks.
group continues to target security in the Sinai Peninsula nearly daily while
carrying out sporadic operations in mainland Egypt.
15-year veteran of the church, Father Danial said that the church
"definitely" was in need of better security but stopped short of
blaming the government.