Wagdy Ghoneim Says Toilet Is “House of Satan”

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Wagdy Ghoneim
Wagdy Ghoneim

MEMRI has translated remarks excerpted from an address by Egyptian cleric Wagdi Ghoneim (aka Wagdi Ghneim, Wagdi Ghuniem) in which he call the toilet “the bathroom of Satan.” According to the MEMRI translation:

Following are excerpts from an address by Egyptian cleric Wagdi Ghoneim, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on August 13, 2010:

Wagdi Ghoneim: Don’t spend too long [in the toilet], because this is the house of Satan. [Islamic] etiquette requires that we do not spend too much time inside. Some brothers take newspapers and magazines into the bathroom. This is the house of Satan. Today, some people even take their laptop in with them. They sit with their laptop and begin surfing the Internet. By God, you should get out, and then you can do whatever you like. This is the “house of Satan,” you shouldn’t linger there. Some people even take their morning coffee inside, because they like to “smell” the coffee first thing in the morning. But that’s another thing. We must enter quickly and leave quickly. Make sure you step out with your right foot. That’s Islamic etiquette. When they eat, some people act as if they are using a shovel. They use it do dig holes in the rice. God help us.

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When you drink, don’t breathe into the glass. When I drink, I breathe three times. I breathe outside. I don’t blow missiles into the glass. You should breathe outside the glass.

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When you are about to yawn, cover your mouth with your hand. When some people yawn, they open their mouths wide, as if they want to show you their wisdom teeth. On top of that, they start making music… What’s this? Only God knows. You should cover your mouth. Muslim etiquette requires that you cover your mouth. First, you should fight the urge to yawn, but if you must, you should cover your mouth with your hand. If you don’t, Satan will urinate in your mouth.Do any of you want Satan to urinate in his mouth? You don’t believe me? You can see that when someone yawns without covering his mouth, he goes like this… Get it? He tastes it.

Mr. Ghoneim is an Egyptian cleric known for his anti-Semitic speeches. In January 2005, Mr. Ghoneim agreed to be voluntarily deported from the U.S. based upon Department of Homeland Security concerns that his past speeches and participation in fund-raising activities could be supportive of terrorist organizations. Following deportations from Bahrain and South Africa, he appears to have settled in Qatar where MEMRI reported on remarks by Mr. Ghoneim which aired on Al-Jazeera TV and which praised violent Jihad and criticized the U.S. and Europe as “Godless” nations. Ghoneim is closely tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood and has been a frequent speaker or invited speaker at Brotherhood events including those sponsored by the Union of Islamic Organizations in Italy (UCOII), the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI), and the League of Swiss Muslims. Known for his anti-semitic speeches, global media have also reported that he is closely associated with Hamas. Ghoneim was recently identified as one of sixteen individuals on a Home office list of people banned from the U.K. on the basis of ” unacceptable behaviour by seeking to foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs and to provoke others to commit terrorist acts. In July, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that Mr. Ghoneim was added by Egyptian authorities to a list of 90 leaders of the “International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood”

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