On Friday to protest against a senior Coptic Christian bishop who cast doubt on the authenticity of some verses of the Quran, dozens of Egyptian Muslims gathered outside a Cairo mosque.
A security official said, people gathered outside the Al-Fath mosque in central Cairo after Friday prayers calling for an Islamic state and condemning statements by Bishop Bishoy,
The demonstration ended quickly without any incident, the official said, “They were very angry about some of Bishop Bishoy’s statements,” he added.
Secretary of the Coptic Church’s Holy Synod, Bishoy, angered Muslims last week when he said that certain verses of the Koran contradicted Christian faith and were added into the holy book after the death of Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H) by one of his successors.
In statements carried by many local papers, Bishoy reportedly also said that Muslims were “guests of the Christians,” because Christians were the original inhabitants of Egypt.
At the Friday demonstration, the demonstrators shouted: “Bishoy, Muslims are not your guests,”.
The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Shenuda III, said he was “very sorry that the feelings of our Muslim brethren have been hurt” after Bishoy’s comments.