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Friday, February 18, 2011

This is NOT YOUR revolution!

Google executive Wael Ghonim, whose heart breaking appearance on TV reignited the protests leading to the ouster of Mubarak, is reported to have been barred from the stage in Tahrir, where hundreds of thousands have converged today to attend to the Friday sermon by a revered Islamic preacher.

Ghonim tried to take the stage in Tahrir, the epicenter of anti-regime protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, but men who appeared to be guarding influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi barred him from doing so.

Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm

Deeply frustrated, Ghonim has apparently broke out of Tahrir with his face wrapped in an Egyptian flag.

We told you this is not your revolution. Now move aside

Besides Ghonim, al-Qaradawi also sent Hosny Mubarak packing with the following words:

There is no staying longer, Mubarak, I advise you (to learn) the lesson of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali,... Go Mubarak, have mercy on this people and leave so as not to increase the destruction of Egypt.

Source: AFP

Al-Qaradawi has just returned to Egypt after a prolonged exile in Qatar. According to Reuters, today's sermon was "expected to focus on telling the faithful about the importance of their role in building a free and democratic society in the world's most populous Arab nation". Often a controversial figure in the West, al-Qaradawi, in the words of some informed Western reporters, is actually "very much in the Sunni Islamic mainstream". This is quite true.

Al-Qaradawi in his own words

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