Egyptian poet goes on trial accused of contempt of Islam

A prominent Egyptian poet could face up to three years in jail over a Facebook post in which she criticized the slaughter of animals at a Muslim festival, a case which rights activists say shows how the government is muzzling free speech. Fatima Naoot described the Prophet Abraham’s dream – in which, according to Islamic belief, God tells him to sacrifice his son as a test of his faith – as a “nightmare”. Before Abraham can carry out the deed, God provided a sheep instead as a sacrifice. In her post, the poet criticized the sacrifice of animals at Eid al-Adha, also called the Feast of the Sacrifice, a festival that honors Abraham’s willingness to obey God.



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