UPDATE: It appears the tweet has been removed alhamdulillah. Perhaps that Twitter account is not the official one of Shaykh Muhammad.

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I don’t know how I can explain such a tweet from Shaykh Muhammad except that someone hacked his account or someone is doing a really good job of impersonating him on Twitter.  I hope this is not his official account and I pray that he never said this.

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Link to the tweet on Twitter here.

The symbol he is referring to is this:

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This is the symbol that has been adopted by the anti-Coup protesters in Egypt. They are against the ouster of President Morsi by the Egyptian military. The story behind this symbol is that there was an anti-coup protest in the Rabaa al-Adawiya in which the Egyptian military responded by firing upon the crowds killing many and injuring many more.  “Rabaa” in Arabic means fourth so the protesters began raising their four fingers to symbolize the oppression by the Egyptian military against the protesters in Rabaa al-Adawiya.

I really hope Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi did not make this statement.