Upon the death of president Abdulnasser in the year 1970, the minister of Islamic affairs issued a decree to the Imams of the Mosques in Egypt to offer the funeral prayer in absentia using a fake coffin as a symbol of the coffin of Abdulnasser.

Sheikh Omar Abdulrahman, who was an Imam at a Mosque in the city of Faiyum, ascended the pulpit and uttered the following courageous and defying words:

“It is impermissible to offer the funeral prayer for a fake coffin, and it is impermissible to offer funeral prayer for Abdulnasser.”

An arrest warrant was issued immediately and directly from Anwar Sadat, the vice-president at the time, and Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman was arrested for the first time on August 14, 1970.