Egypt: Mufti Says Peaceful Protests 'Legal', Right for Every One

Egypt's Mufti Dr. Ali Gomaa on Thursday 23/08/2012 said that peaceful demonstration is legal in Islam and is a right guaranteed for every person.

"Demonstration is one means of the mass protest known by Muslims through different ages and places to oppose the rulers or the occupier," Gomaa said.

The mission of the ruler is to fulfill people's needs, so the demonstrations for these needs are permissible in Islam, he added.

Demonstrations should not be for demanding something forbidden (haraam) and should not include illegal slogans, gestures and signs, Gomaa pointed out.

Demonstrators should not attack public property, harm people, destabilize the country nor disrupt interests of the people, he added.

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