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Monday, July 15, 2013

Al Arabiya: Preacher Says Angel Gabriel at Morsi Rally

I shouldn't even cite this, having recently called out Al Jazeera for bias, since its rival Al Arabiya tends to be as biased, but with an anti-Brotherhood tilt. But I can't resist. Al Arabiya has a headline: "Divine intervention? Angel Gabriel ‘spotted’ at pro-Mursi protest." The story doesn't fully live up to the headline as it involves someone having a vision:
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.

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