Young Egyptians use Facebook, coffee to bring religions together
Members of the Salafyo Costa group in Tahrir Square during the first Friday protest in Cairo on July 8.
December 14th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

Young Egyptians use Facebook, coffee to bring religions together

From Shahira Amin, Special to CNN

(CNN)– A group in Cairo is using a Facebook page to unite Egypt's different religions at a local coffeehouse in the upper-class suburb of Maadi.

Over a cappuccino and a muffin, an orthodox Christian, a liberal Muslim and an ultra-conservative Islamist discuss their differing ideologies in the hopes of changing stereotypes.

They are known as the Salafyo Costa group, and they say one of their aims is to change the public perception of the Salafists, a puritanical branch of Islam that dictates only the followers of the prophet Mohammed practice the correct Islam. Salafists are often perceived as terrorists, the group says.

As Egyptians come to the end of the first round of voting in the country's historic elections, Islamist parties appear headed for a decisive majority in the first freely elected parliament since the ouster of former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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Filed under: Belief • Egypt • Islam

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  1. John


    December 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • .....

      TRASH ALERT – don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link to get rid of this stupid TROLL!

      December 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  2. Muneef

    It is a great move for Egyptians to get together after all this land was all the time the way it is united under the religions of GOD... May GOD Bless their uniting motives against the fraud of the corruptors....Amen

    December 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
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      April 4, 2012 at 12:02 am |
  3. Jimtanker

    Now if they could only drop the religion part and be left with the coffee.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  4. Ungodly Discipline

    It is the Mary Fields Massacre of 2011!

    December 15, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  5. Reality

    Please post the following on your Facebook and Twitter pages and help save the world:

    ( From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi )

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    December 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      Way to bash religion. Maybe you should give church a try. It's not so bad. Maybe you'll find out like the rest of us that God IS real. Jesus does love even you.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • Mary Fiields

      Or not.

      December 15, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • Reality

      JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

      Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

      Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

      So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, insane, preacher man would do or say?

      December 15, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • .........

      the best way to save the world is to hit report abuse on all reality bull sh it

      December 15, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Rosa

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      April 1, 2012 at 12:31 am |
  6. Ungodly Discipline

    The way for peace and harmony to exist between Muslims and other religions it to buy Beard Trimmers for all the Muslims! Merry Christmas! Imagine a nice tightly cropped beard replacing all of those nappy looking things, they will love it! Then next year we can have a talk with the Jews about their nappy looking things. And that spitting business. This could even lead to soap! Viva la Revolution!

    December 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      That is a horrible thing to say!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      It's a joke! I am kidding. I love you HS!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Are you referring to me as HS? If so, what have I got to do with what you wrote? If you weren't referring to me ... then never mind.


      December 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Mary


      December 14, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  7. Joby

    In Soviet Cairo, beans roast YOU!

    December 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  8. Keith

    It's just a ploy by the muslims to find the Christians so they can kill them and burn down the rest of their churches that they missed so far.

    December 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Keith

      Eygpt is just another islamic hell hole courtesy of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. There is not, nor will there be, tolerance for Christianity nor Judiasm. Way to go Obama!

      December 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • Keith

      And yet cnn plays the willing role of useful idiot for islam by printing such nonsense.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • Ghani1992

      Wake up Keith! Islam doesn't want to kill christians or burn churches! people who do that are not muslims and they are going to hell! Peace be upon you. =]

      December 26, 2011 at 5:40 am |
  9. Ungodly Discipline

    When does the Mohammad toaster come out? I hope in time for Christmas.

    December 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      That would be histerical!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline


      December 14, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  10. Mary Fields

    This wouldn't be an issue if other religions weren't around. Christianity is the oldest of them all. The others copied systems of beliefs from the Bible and have tarnished it, causing pain and suffering.

    December 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
    • Mary Fields

      That is incorrect. Please try again.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • Ghani1992

      What people fail to understand is that Judasim, Christianity, and Islam are essentially the same monotheistic religion. When Moses came, he had followers and he brought them the Taurat (a simplistic monotheism). When Jesus came, he brought his followers the Injeel (a more enhanced monotheism). When Muhammad came he brought the Qur'an (a complete monotheism for all of mankind). These 3 religions (essentially meant to be ONE) are reffered to collectively as Abrahamic faiths. Tampering with the original scriptures sent before Muhammad has created differences between us when there were meant to be no differences, just progression of monotheism. Quran (2:79) "So woe to those who write the "scripture" with their own hands, then say, "This is from Allah ," in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn."
      Peace be upon you.

      December 26, 2011 at 5:52 am |

    We here in Canada don't have to worry about all this religious tension. It's rather refreshing to say the least.

    December 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Yo!

      Yeah, but your health care is not that desirable. LOL!

      December 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm |

      I'll take crappy health care over that idiot obama, or even worse, that moron rick perry. Great public representation you've got going for yourselves down there in that dump.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • captain america

      canadian opinion remains the dog sh it on these blogs sidewalks.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm |


    December 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Yo!

      You don't understand religion. LOL!

      December 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  13. Sam Yaza

    No no no! I like it when the fight if they unite and find a common ground which is their tyrant God we are all done fore

    December 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  14. I hate coffee and jesus toast


    December 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
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