Hardliners Laden

May 4, 2011 by staff 

Hardliners Laden, A leader of a hardline sect increasingly important in Egypt praised Osama bin Laden, on Tuesday and said the jihadi leader was a martyr who died with his “head held high.”

Yasser Al-Burhami, a Salafist cleric in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, said Bin Laden was a “martyr” who “died with his head held high, and God does not give it to his enemies,” the official MENA news agency.

He said that the elimination of bin Laden’s body at sea after the U.S. command killed him in a hideout in Pakistan was the United States “does not know the holiness to the living or dead.”

Salafis believe Muslims should return to the practices of their ancestors. Followers of the sect are mostly peaceful, but its ideology has also inspired militants, including Saudi-born bin Laden.

They have begun taking a more active role in Egyptian politics after a popular revolt toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Salafi popularity is difficult to measure, but their aggression is a growing concerns secular Egyptians and large Coptic Christian minority in the country.

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