Following are excerpts from a TV show, posted on the Internet on August 14, 2012, in which Egyptian cleric Hashem Islam, a member of the Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, issues a fatwa against potential demonstrators on August 24, and from a later TV show, which aired on Dream 1 TV on August 15.
The Internet, August 14, 2012:
Hashem Islam: The revolution planned for August 24 is a par excellence revolution of kharijite apostasy against democracy and freedom. I am currently working on a relevant fatwa.
The legitimate president is Dr. Mohamed Morsi, and anyone who goes out [to protest] on August 24 will be revolution against the January 25 Revolution, and will be committing the crimes of hiraba and high treason against the country, against Allah, against his messenger, and against the believers.
Therefore, I convey the following fatwa to the Egyptian people: Confront these people, and if they fight you, fight them. Oh people of Egypt, confront these people, and if they fight you, fight them. If some of you are killed by them, you will go to Paradise, and if you kill them, no "blood money" will be warranted, because their killing is permissible. Allah's mercy and blessings upon you.
Uproar in the audience
Audience member: I beg your pardon, I'm not planning to demonstrate on August 24, but you cannot say such things...
Another audience member: He has no right to do this. A fatwa must come from the Mufti. Not just anybody can issue a fatwa, pitting the Egyptians one against the other. The revolution was waged in order to have more freedom, not more strife.
Dream 1 TV, August 15, 2012:
Hashem Islam: [My fatwa] was intended as a deterrent. It's like a man saying to his wife: "If you do this, I will divorce you!" I meant to deter [potential] violators of the law. There are people today who say: "I will use weapons, I will burn, I will kill, I will destroy" – my fatwa was intended for those people, not for peaceful demonstrators.