Egypt’s prosecutor has referred a female writer to trial for allegedly insulting Islam by criticising the slaughter of animals during a major religious festival, a judicial official said on Saturday.
“Happy massacre,” Fatima Naoot wrote on her Facebook page in October during Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice.
Animals are slaughtered during Eid to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to fulfil God’s command to sacrifice his own son, although in the end God provided him with a sheep.
“Massacre committed by men over the past 10 centuries and followed by men each year with a smile,” Naoot wrote at the time.
“Annual massacre observed because of a nightmare of one (prophet) about his son… ,” she wrote in Arabic.
“Although the nightmare has passed for the prophet and his son, each year helpless animals pay with their lives the price of this sacred nightmare.”
Naoot, who is Muslim, deleted her posts from Facebook after controversy erupted about them.