Protesters in Cairo’s Rabia al-Adawiya Square believe they have seen the light.
In a show of support for Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Mursi, a preacher giving a sermon at the Square this week told the crowds of a miracle.
In the speech, broadcast on Egyptian satellite channels, the preacher said the Angel Gabriel had been spotted among the crowds at the pro-Mursi Square.
Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Hadi, a Muslim Brotherhood preacher, addressed protestors saying: “Some good men in Madina Al-Munawara (in Saudi Arabia) told me of a vision in which Gabriel entered Rabia al-Adawiya’s mosque to keep people praying stationed in their positions.”
He added that there was another vision in which there was a gathering attended by Prophet Mohammed, Mursi and others. In the vision, when it was time for prayers, the people asked the prophet to head the prayers, but the propher asked Mursi to lead instead.
Abdel Hadi also said that a “righteous man” saw another vision in which “there are 50 camels, youths and children in a desert.”
“After a while, the camels, youths and children got very thirsty. As they pleaded to God for help, the earth split and a stream appeared. The people drank and then they heard a voice saying: ‘Take care of President Mohamed Mursi’s camels.’”
Meanwhile, Egyptian Sheikh Mosaad Anwar drew a comparison between Mursi and Yussef, the prophet, and said they were similar considering that they both ruled after years of suffering and detention.
‘Poison in honey’
Sheikh Shawki Abdel Latif, a representative for the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments), told Al Arabiya that “such dreams only aim to make what’s wrong become right, to put poison in honey and lie about the prophet, peace be upon him.”
As for the claims that Gabriel visited the mosque of Rabia al-Adawiya, Abdel Latif said that this too is a lie as Gabriel is an angel that only appears before the prophet.
“Such statements attempt to exploit religion for political reasons and to grant legitimacy to ousted president Mursi,” Abdel Latif said.
He added that those who claimed the prophet told Mursi to head the prayers in their vision must be held accountable because such claims are an insult to Islam and the prophet.
Tens of thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohammad Mursi assembled on Friday in Egypt, pledging to keep fighting for his reinstatement, as rival rallies defending his overthrow highlighted the country’s political polarization.
The Muslim Brotherhood from which Mursi hails is now in decline in the country, with many of its leaders arrested or in hiding following the ousted president’s overthrow on July 3, which the Brotherhood and many of its supporters regard as a military coup.
Shootings in front of a military facility Monday in Cairo have left dozens of people dead and dozens more wounded, according to an Egyptian health ministry official.
Reports about who ignited the shoot-out conflicted, with Muslim Brotherhood supporters accusing the army.
At a military news conference, an army spokesman showed video footage of handguns, tear gas grenades and bottles of whiskey he said the soldiers had found in the Islamists’ tents.