An Egyptian politician has issued a statement saying that Cairo is more holy to Islam than Jerusalem, and the pyramids are more holy than the Al-Aksa mosque. Mohammed Abu Hamed’s statement, on his Facebook page, was meant to emphasize the importance he attaches to Egypt as an independent entity.
“We speak of a country and they [the Muslim Brotherhood] speak of what’s known as a Caliphate,” he said. “We speak of Cairo as the capital of a state, and they speak of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the capital of a Caliphate.”
Hamed’s statement was harshly criticized not only by the Muslim Brotherhood, but by his own Salafi Muslim party. One sheikh accused him of taking bribes, saying, “He tasted the taste of money and betrayed his religion.”