More than 1,700 Saudi intellectuals have issued a statement of support for pro-Morsi protesters who are calling for the return of Egypt's "stolen constitutional legitimacy". The statement also expressed appreciation for the peaceful protests in the face of army provocation.
According to Tawasul website, the signatories called for the powers opposing the elected president to follow constitutional means to sort out their differences.
Among the signatories on the statement are Dr Saud Abdullah al-Fansyan, Dr Khalid al-Ujaimi, Dr Mohsen al-Awaji, Dr Awad al-Qarni, Dr Sanhat al-Otaibi, Dr Ahmed bin-Said, Dr Abdul-Rahman al-Tamami and Dr Said al-Ghamedi. This is the text of the statement:
In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Compassionate
Statement of Saudi intellectuals in support of Egyptians
All praise be to Allah, who says: "The believing men and believing women are allies of one another." Allah's peace and prayers be upon His Prophet, who says: "The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion and sympathy are just like one body, when one of the limbs is afflicted, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever." The Prophet also says: "Be kind with Egyptians because they are our kinship."
In the light of the current incidents going on in Egypt, and based on the aforementioned Qur'anic and prophetic texts, and following the advice of the Prophet, peace be upon him, we the undersigned affirm on the following:
- We respect the choice of the Egyptians for their legal and legitimate leadership, as the process of choosing him was based on all global constitutions and systems. We call for them to stick to the legitimacy of the elected president Dr Mohammed Morsi, whose term in office was supported by the national referendum on the Constitution.
- We believe in the sanctity of blood, and we condemn the massacre committed [on Monday] at dawn, as well as the killings taking place in the streets and pray for Allah to pour His mercy upon them. We appreciate the peacefulness of the protesters, who dismiss violence and avoid clashes with the army and other security staff.
- We affirm the right of the Egyptians to administer their internal and external affairs alone and we reject regional and international interference, which tries to impose guardianship on them. Such interference opposes the values of Egyptians' history and notable position, which is respected in the Arabic and Islamic worlds.
- We appreciate the just international positions, which refused to recognise the military coup in Egypt and called to return constitutional legitimacy to Egyptians.
- We condemn the policy of censorship and news blackout, which was imposed by the coup authority as it closed the channels that broadcast the facts. We call for the mass media to stick to objectivity when they cover incidents and not to broadcast propaganda and false news.
- We call for our people in the land of Kanana (Egypt) to remain patient, stable and steadfast until legitimacy is returned to them. We remind them that victory is their fate by Allah's will. We also remind them with the advice of our Prophet Musa, peace be upon him, for the believers of Egypt when they faced Pharaoh: "Seek help through Allah and be patient. Indeed, the earth belongs to Allah . He causes to inherit it whom He wills of His servants. And the [best] outcome is for the righteous."
May Allah protect Egypt from any all misfortunes, return legitimacy for them, and protect them from conspirators.