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Selon le Grand Shaykh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Al-Azhar n'a aucun rôle politique

Selon le Grand Shaykh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Al-Azhar n'a aucun rôle politique | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, head of Egypt's leading Islamic institution al-Azhar, said that it has no political role, adding that it never sought and never will seek to have one of its scholars or clerics become a ruler or a governor or a president.

The Azhar leads revolutions then goes back to its halls and never takes part in politics, Tayeb told the Egyptian state television on Friday.

The history of Azhar asserts that its national role was to save people Egypt and its people from the injustice of rulers and regimes.

When the people agree on something, the Azhar must rise to stand by them, Tayeb said.

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An Al-Azhar student faces investigation for being Shi’a

A female student at the Al-Azhar College for Girls in Assiut is facing an investigation to ascertain if she is a Shi’a or not.

Mahmoud Shehata, dean of the college, confirmed on Monday that the student has been referred to the legal affairs department. He added that if she is found to be a Shi’a then legal action will be taken against her, according to state-affiliated news agency Al-Ahram.

Shehata also confirmed that the director of the girl’s dormitories Magda Thabit has been relieved of her duties following complaints filed by a number of students, reported Al-Ahram.

 

Joel Gulhane | Daily news Egypt

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Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen forms front to defend al-Azhar

Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen forms front to defend al-Azhar | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen, Imam of Omar Makram Mosque, announced on Friday the formation of the "National Front to Defend al-Azhar and 'Waqfs' (endowments)" to improve conditions for preachers and prevent the "Brotherhoodisation" of the Ministry of Endowments.

The front's first demand is to "denounce the Brotherhoodisation of the Ministry of Endowments and all its bodies and sack all outsiders who took up top positions in the ministry", Shaheen said in a statement.

Sheikh Shaheen also demanded a special pay structure for Imams and preachers and equating them with judicial bodies since the role of preachers is equal to that of judges.

The front will not have anything to do with politics and members of its executive bureau will not run in any electios.

Several Azhar officials and preachers working at the Ministry of Endowments as well as public figures attended the press conference at which Shaheen made his statement.

 

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Egypte-Al Azhar manifeste son autorité à propos des finances

Egypte-Al Azhar manifeste son autorité à propos des finances | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La principale autorité de l'islam en Egypte, l'université-mosquée Al Azhar du Caire, a fait savoir jeudi qu'elle aurait dû être consultée sur une loi inspirée par les Frères musulmans qui autorise l'Etat à émettre des obligations islamiques.

Cette loi autorise les Soukouk, ces produits financiers qui permettent l'emprunt tout en étant conformes à la loi musulmane (charia) qui interdit le prêt à intérêt. La loi doit maintenant être promulguée par le chef de l'Etat.

Lors d'une réunion jeudi, l'Institut de recherche islamique d'Al Azhar présidé par son imam, le cheikh Ahmed al Tayeb, a estimé que le texte, approuvé par le parlement la semaine dernière, aurait dû être transmis à ses services, conformément à la nouvelle constitution.

 

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Azhar students want justice for assaulted students

At least seven female students were injured while protesting against worsening living conditions inside student dorms

Al-Azhar University students are calling for change in student dorms after a week of protesting and marching against poor living conditions in the dorms.

Amr Al-Faramawy, the coordinator of Al-Azhar Students’ Movement, said some of the girls who were holding a hunger strike to push forward their demands were taken to a hospital on Tuesday after their health deteriorated.

 

Hend Kortam | Daily news Egypt

 

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Élection du pape François : le monde musulman espère renouer le dialogue avec l'Église

Élection du pape François : le monde musulman espère renouer le dialogue avec l'Église | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le monde musulman a espéré jeudi avoir de meilleures relations avec le Vatican sous le nouveau pape François, après des années de rapports difficiles avec Benoît XVI, critiqué pour des positions jugées hostiles à l'islam. L'Organisation de la coopération islamique (OCI), qui regroupe 57 pays, de même que l'institution d'al-Azhar au Caire, le plus important centre théologique sunnite, ont exprimé des voeux en ce sens.

 

"Nous espérons de meilleures relations avec le Vatican après l'élection du nouveau pape, pour le bien de l'humanité tout entière", a déclaré Mahmoud Azab, conseiller pour le dialogue interreligieux du grand imam d'al-Azhar, Ahmad al-Tayyeb. Mahmoud Azab a toutefois laissé entendre que le nouveau chef de l'Église catholique serait jugé sur pièces. "Dès qu'apparaîtra une nouvelle orientation, nous reviendrons au dialogue avec le Vatican qui avait été suspendu début 2011", a-t-il souligné.

 

Le pape Benoît XVI avait entretenu des relations difficiles avec les musulmans(...) Le dialogue avec al-Azhar avait repris en 2009, avant d'être de nouveau rompu après un appel du pape à protéger les minorités chrétiennes, après un attentat-suicide contre une église d'Alexandrie en Égypte dans la nuit du 31 décembre 2010 au 1er janvier 2011. Al-Azhar avait vu dans ces déclarations sur les chrétiens d'Orient des "attaques répétées contre l'islam".

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"Un rétablissement de bonnes relations entre le monde musulman et le Vatican dépend de la personnalité du nouveau pape, de sa pensée et de sa vision pour le rapprochement entre les religions et les peuples", estime Ali Bakr, spécialiste des mouvements islamistes du centre d'études stratégiques d'al-Ahram au Caire. À la suite des soulèvements arabes de 2011, les islamistes sont devenus la première force politique dans plusieurs pays de la région, aggravant le sentiment d'insécurité des minorités chrétiennes. C'est notamment le cas en Égypte, pays le plus peuplé du monde arabe avec plus de 80 millions d'habitants, où un membre des Frères musulmans, Mohamed Morsi, a été élu à la présidence en juin 2012. L'Égypte compte la plus vaste communauté chrétienne du Moyen-Orient, les Coptes, dans leur immense majorité des orthodoxes mais dont une petite partie est liée à l'Église de Rome.

 

Les craintes des chrétiens d'Orient sont particulièrement vives face à la progression des salafistes, tenants d'un islam rigoriste et d'une application stricte de la charia (la loi islamique). Chaabane Abdel Alim, un dirigeant du principal parti égyptien de cette obédience, al-Nour, a toutefois assuré, au lendemain de l'élection du pape François :

"En tant que salafistes, nous ne sommes pas contre le dialogue (avec le Vatican), au contraire nous l'accueillons favorablement."

 

Georges Fahmi, un chercheur de confession copte du centre al-Badaël (les alternatives) d'études politiques au Caire, affirme quant à lui que le nouveau pape devrait "faire prévaloir les valeurs communes de l'islam et du christianisme" pour favoriser "un retour au dialogue".

 

http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/election-du-pape-francois-le-monde-musulman-espere-renouer-le-dialogue-avec-l-eglise-14-03-2013-1639994_24.php

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L'institution sunnite d'al-Azhar espère de meilleures relations avec le Vatican

L'institution d'al-Azhar, la plus haute autorité de l'islam sunnite, a espéré jeudi entretenir de meilleures relations avec le Vatican sous le nouveau pape, François, que sous Benoît XVI.

Nous espérons de meilleures relations avec le Vatican après l'élection du nouveau pape, a déclaré à l'AFP Mahmoud Azab, conseiller du grand imam d'al-Azhar, Ahmad al-Tayyeb, pour le dialogue interreligieux.


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Al-Azhar warns Iraqi government against political exclusion

Al-Azhar warns Iraqi government against political exclusion | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb has called on the Iraqi government to set fair rules for all Iraqis, warning it against excluding or marginalizing any particular faction in light of renewed Shia-Sunni political tension.

Tayyeb met Sunday with an Iraqi delegation headed by Ahmed Abdel Malek al-Saadi, who represented Abdel Malek al-Saadi, a prominent Sunni religious figure in Iraq.

They discussed the general situation in Iraq, particularly recent protests by Sunnis who feel marginalized by the predominately Shia government.

Tayyeb agreed to increase the number of scholarships for Iraqi students to student at Al-Azhar.

Widespread demonstrations in the northern and western Iraqi provinces started on 23 December. Protesters demanded the prime ministers dismissal, legal amendments and reforms in various areas, and a halt to political exclusion for sectarian reasons.

 

This text is from El Masry el Youm

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Opposing currents: Internal rifts may risk the credibility of Egypt’s religious institutions

Opposing currents: Internal rifts may risk the credibility of Egypt’s religious institutions | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Sheikh Shawky Ibrahim is due to begin his tenure as grand mufti in March, when the term of the current Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa draws to a close.

Ibrahims election a fortnight ago by the Supreme Council of Scholars has been approved by President Mohamed Morsy, who is likely to give it the go-ahead.

The change in leadership comes at a critical time, when growing political polarization has challenged the rule of Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhoods political arm, from which he hails.

But, more than a political battle, the choice of Ibrahim, who keeps a relatively low profile, would seem to reflect a desire by the council to keep the post nonpartisan, amid growing concern over the politicization of the countrys top religious institutions.(...)

The selection of a politically neutral figure has dispelled mounting concern after a wave of speculation pinpointed Brotherhood-affiliated Abdel Rahman al-Barr as the likely candidate for the post from among a list of 28.

 

Barr, however, did not make it to the final list of three candidates, which included Ibrahim along with two similarly nonpartisan scholars of Sharia and jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University.(...)

 

Some foresaw battles between moderates and hardliners within Al-Azhar as extending to Dar al-Ifta. Ibrahims appointment is perceived as a victory for a current in Al-Azhar led by Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, reportedly engaged in a pseudo cold war against hardline religious groups.(...)

 

The Supreme Council of Scholars was revived in January last year when the then-ruling military council passed a law stipulating that the council appoint both the mufti and Al-Azhars grand sheikh.

 

The military junta passed the law just days before the first post-uprising elected Parliament was seated. It stipulates that the Al-Azhar grand sheikh appoint the supreme councils members, who are then entitled to elect the grand sheikh and the mufti, as well as to make decisions on all issues pertaining to the institution.

 

Islamist parties who had enjoyed a majority in the now dissolved Parliament had heavily criticized the way in which the law was passed, but failed to further challenge the decisive legislation.

 

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Al-Azhar on the Tightrope

Al-Azhar on the Tightrope | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt’s most prestigious Islamic institution should fight for its autonomy—but stay out of politics.
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Following the fall of Hosni Mubarak, al-Azhar’s leadership took steps to break free from longtime regime manipulation. In June 2011, Grand Sheikh el-Tayeb—alongside a group of intellectuals and politicians—issued an eleven-point paper on Egypt’s future, dubbed the “al-Azhar Document.” This blueprint sketched out post-revolutionary priorities: emphasizing freedom and equality for all, fighting corruption and achieving social justice, reforming education, reducing unemployment, and abiding by international treaties. The document also pressed for the independence of al-Azhar from state control. 

In January 2012, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) hastily issued a lawchanging the process by which al-Azhar’s grand sheikh is chosen—from a presidential appointment to an election by a council of senior al-Azhar scholars. This reinstated the old selection method that the religious institution had used prior to Gamal Abdel Nasser’s decision to make the post a presidential appointment. The law stirred up controversy, however, due to a lack of concrete articles to enforce political and financial independence for al-Azhar. Its approval process—days before the first meeting of the elected Parliament—effectively bypassed legislative oversight. There was also a total lack of transparency regarding the motivation that drove the SCAF to issue this decree; it remains unknown even now what terms and exchanges the SCAF had with the grand sheikh before the passage of this law.

In any case, the spirit of the SCAF-approved law on al-Azhar was enshrined in the recentlyapproved Egyptian constitution. In Article 4, al-Azhar is described as “an encompassing independent Islamic institution with exclusive autonomy over its own affairs.” The article stipulates that the senior scholars’ council is to be consulted on issues pertaining to the application of Islamic law (sharia), but the language does not indicate when or which branches of government must do such consult. Mindful of the institution’s important and powerful role, the State also reserves the right to provide “sufficient funds for al-Azhar to achieve its goals,”—leaving the door open for continued State influence and even coercion. As with several other articles in the constitution, Article 4 concludes ambiguously: “All of the above is subject to regulations of the law.” This provision allows an already vague text to be redefined and restricted by subsequent decrees from the legislature. 

Al-Azhar’s new constitutional consultative role might make it vulnerable to influences from both the state and a range of Islamist understandings of Sharia. However, these changes seem nominal in the face of rising popularity of Salafi preachers, who could eventually infiltrate al-Azhar’s leadership and overpower the institution’s typically moderate views.  This might explain why the SCAF issued the al-Azhar law to “empower” al-Azhar–as a counterweight to the rising Salafis. (Sada)

 

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Al-Azhar investigates allegations professor touched students

Al-Azhar investigates allegations professor touched students | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb has ordered an urgent investigation into allegations related to unspecified sexual harassment within Al-Azhar University.

University head Osama al-Abd has been tasked with investigating accusations made in an article by former MP Mostafa al-Naggar published in Al-Masry Al-Youm on Monday and titled “Harassment at Al-Azhar University.”

Naggar wrote that a professor who supervises thesis-writing within the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Alexandria has asked female students to “come to his house under the pretext of reading him what they wrote in their theses, since he is blind, and has no one to do it for him.”

The professor, Naggar alleges, “takes them alone, away from the eyes of his family, in a separate office, touches their bodies and asks them things that are too outrageous to be told.”

 

Naggar claims a senior Al-Azhar female scholar who studied in the same department said she was aware of the incident and tried to take action but was given no assistance.

 

In response to the piece, Al-Azhar announced it was starting an investigation and was keen on protecting the safety and security of students.

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Al-Azhar scholars welcome Egypt's 19th Grand Mufti

Al-Azhar scholars welcome Egypt's 19th Grand Mufti | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Top Al-Azhar scholars on Monday (February 11th) elected Shawqi Ibrahim Abdel Karim Allam as Egypt's 19th Grand Mufti, in a move they say will help propagate moderate Islam.

Allam, who will succeed Ali Gomaa as Grand Mufti, received the majority of votes cast by the 40 members of the Al-Azhar Senior Scholars Authority.

He is the first elected mufti in Egyptian history. Ever since the founding of Dar al-Iftaa, headed by the Grand Mufti, in 1895, the state customarily appointed the senior scholar.

However, after the January 25th Revolution, Al-Azhar bylaws were amended to allow for the mufti's selection via secret ballot by members of the Authority. Following the election, Authority members present the results to the president for his endorsement.

Mufti candidates must be graduates of Al-Azhar University, have served in the institution as professors, have authored jurisprudential and scholarly works, and be under 60 years of age. (...)

With the new mufti's election, Al-Azhar took an important step towards achieving full independence from the executive authority, according to Mahmoud Ashour, former undersecretary at Al-Azhar.

"Allam's selection is appropriate, as he is known as a moderate thinker who renounces fanaticism, and this will affect how the followers of the various jurisprudential schools come together," he told Al-Shorfa, adding that the new mufti is qualified to do so as he conducted extensive research on fatwas and sharia law.

Allam is taking office under difficult circumstances and amid on-going struggle between moderate and extremist currents, Ashour said. (Al-Shorfa)

 

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Azhar looks to smooth ties with Vatican

Azhar looks to smooth ties with Vatican | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Egypt's Azhar (most prestigious Islamic institute) expressed on Wednesday its hope to restores ties with the Vatican in light the recent changes in the Roman Catholic Church, reported the Middle East News Agency.

Pope Benedict XVI, 85, announced on Monday that he is stepping down because of old age and declining health.

The Grand Sheikh of Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, has frozen all dialogue with the Vatican over what it called Pope Benedict’s repeated insults towards Islam.

Benedict has urged the European Union to adopt effective measures to protect religious minorities in the Middle East, saying they showed the need to adopt effective measures to protect religious minorities.

He has said that there is “a strategy of violence that has Christians as a target,” following a bombing of a church in Alexandria in 2011 which left 23 people dead. 

Pope Benedict became the head of the Catholic Church in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. (Aswat Masriya)

 

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Des dignitaires musulmans en Egypte estiment que la renonciation de Benoît XVI pourrait rouvrir la voie au dialogue avec l'Eglise catholique, rompu après des déclarations controversées du pape. Mais de meilleures relations entre l'Eglise et Al-Azhar, la plus haute autorité de l'islam sunnite au Caire, dépendront de la position du futur pape sur le monde musulman, selon eux.

"La reprise des relations avec le Vatican dépend de la nouvelle atmosphère créée par le futur pape", affirme Mahmoud Azab, conseiller du grand imam d'Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb pour les questions inter-religieuses. "L'initiative est maintenant entre les mains du Vatican", souligne-t-il. En 2006, Benoît XVI avait provoqué une brouille avec le monde musulman en citant un empereur byzantin décrivant le prophète Mahomet comme propageant des idées "mauvaises et inhumaines" par la violence. (Le Figaro)

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Al-Azhar approves sukuk law

Al-Azhar approves sukuk law | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Al-Azhar on Thursday approved a law that would allow the country, which is struggling with a soaring budget deficit, to issue sukuk (Islamic bonds), but said some articles passed by the Shura Council must be amended.

The Freedom and Justice Party-dominated Parliament approved the law in March and referred it to President Mohamed Morsy. Al-Azhar, the country's leading Islamic authority, protested, saying its top scholars should have been consulted, as stated in the new, Islamist-tinged Constitution.

The scholars have now agreed to the bill on sukuk, on condition that certain articles are amended, according to a statement from the Senior Scholars Authority.


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Food poisoning scandal further deepens political split inside Al-Azhar

Food poisoning scandal further deepens political split inside Al-Azhar | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Thousands of supporters of Al-Azhar’s top cleric, Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, took to the streets across Egypt’s governorates after Friday prayers, protesting against what they believe are attempts within the Islamic institution to remove the cleric from his post and Brotherhoodize the institution.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Azhar Council decided to sack Al-Azhar University President Osama al-Abd following a scandalous food poisoning case in the university's dorms, in which 500 students were hospitalized.

The decision came after mounting pressure from Al-Azhar University students, who stormed the offices of Al-Azhar’s top cleric late Tuesday and blocked the road in front of the university's dorms in Nasr City days ago.

The SAC called for the election of a new university president for the first time in the university's history, in accordance with an Al-Azhar law that was passed by the then-ruling military council in early 2012.

 

Mai Shams El-Din / Egypt independent

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Egypt's Islamic authority asserts role, clashes with Brotherhood

Egypt's Islamic authority asserts role, clashes with Brotherhood | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's leading Islamic authority Al-Azhar said on Thursday its clerics must be consulted on a law allowing the state to issue Islamic bonds, setting it at odds with the Muslim Brotherhood which drove the legislation through parliament last week.

It marks the first time Al-Azhar, a thousand-year-old seat of Islamic learning, has said its Senior Scholars Authority should be consulted on issues pertaining to Islamic law as set out in Egypt's new, Islamist-tinged constitution.

Al-Azhar's intervention could set a precedent for clerical oversight of other affairs of state. The Salafi Nour Party has said Al-Azhar must also approve an agreement Egypt is seeking with the International Monetary Fund because it includes a loan upon which Egypt will pay interest.

The Islamic bond, or sukuk law, will allow Egypt to issue debt compliant with Islamic principles, allowing the state to tap a new area of finance as President Mohamed Mursi's administration grapples with an unaffordable budget deficit.

 

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Al-Azhar of post-revolutionary Egypt

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Al-Azhar recently issued a document renouncing violence as an attempt to pacify angry protestors and unify opposition forces under its umbrella. In light of this document, the newly passed constitution, the amendments of Al-Azhar’s regulatory law and the appointment of a new Grand Mufti, the Daily News Egypt investigates the features of Al-Azhar’s role in the politics and public life of post-revolutionary Egypt. (...)

Amid the political turbulence, Al-Azhar continues to play a great role in politics. Its religious authority has been legally determined. It is challenged internally by its own structure and need for reformation on multiple levels. It also faces external challenges; co-option by or possible confrontation with the regime and competition in religious influence from the Salafis. Nevertheless, the new Egypt and Al-Azhar will continue to mutually shape one another in the future.

 

Sarah El Masry | Daily news Egypt

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Egypt: UN Document On Women to Be Referred to Senior Scholars Authority

Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayyeb decided on Monday 18/3/2013 to refer a UN document designed to combat violence against women to the Senior Scholars Authority for discussion.

 

The authority will announce its stance soon whether to approve or reject it, an official source in al-Azhar said.

 

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Egypte : Al-Azhar veut renouer avec le Vatican

L’annonce a été faite suite à l’élection du nouveau souverain pontife François. Les dignitaires musulmans égyptiens pourraient renouer le dialogue avec l’église catholique. 

En 2006, l’ancien pape Benoît XVI avait provoqué une brouille avec le monde musulman. 
Il avait cité un empereur byzantin décrivant le prophète Mahomet comme propageant des idées « mauvaises et inhumaines » par la violence.

Al-Azhar, la plus haute autorité de l’islam sunnite, avait donc décidé de suspendre ses rencontres avec le Vatican, considérant les déclarations de Benoît XVI comme des « attaques répétées contre l’islam ».

Le dialogue avait finalement repris en 2009 avant d’être de nouveau rompu après un appel du pape à protéger les minorités chrétiennes, à la suite d’un attentat suicide contre une église d’Alexandrie en Egypte, à la veille de la nouvelle année de 2011.

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No sectarian strife in Egypt: Al-Azhar Grand Imam

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University Ahmed El-Tayyeb rejected suggestions that there was any sectarian strife in Egypt, describing recent "skirmishes" as caused by political and social factors which had been mistaken for religious issues.

 

“Islam and Christianity are both religions of love, peace and forgiveness that don’t result in the making of extremists,” said El-Tayyeb on Wednesday during a speech given at Al-Azhar's 'Family's House,' a project launched to bring together Muslim and Christian scholars aimed at reducing divisions between the communities.

 

In a session on Wednesday dubbed 'Together for Egypt' attended by Christian representatives and Al-Azhar, El-Tayyeb was asked about the fanaticism expressed by a number of Salafists against Christians in Egypt.

 

“There are such elements in all societies, and the Salafists in their last meeting with Al-Azhar confirmed their commitment to avoid any causes of strife,” added El-Tayyeb, urging religious preachers of both religions to deal "wisely and flexibly" with extremists.

 

Following the January 25 revolution, several sectarian incidents occurred in which Salafists besieged churches in cases related to conversion.

 

Earlier this week, a Coptic Orthodox Church in Kom Ombo in Aswan was attacked by youths amid rumours that a local Muslim woman had been kidnapped by Christians and forced to convert.

 

El-Tayyeb for his part promised that the sessions promoting tolerance among Egyptians will continue through preparing religious figures to challenge any sectarian strife. 




Ahram Online, via Egypt.com

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Al-Azhar cracks down scholars forging credentials

Al-Azhar cracks down scholars forging credentials | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb said Wednesday that the religious institution is cracking down on teachers guilty of forging Al-Azhar accreditation and contracts.

According to an ongoing investigation, 350 teachers have been found guilty of faking documents to get employment within Al-Azhar or its educational institutes so far.

After questioning, the teachers were referred to Public Prosecution to be charged formally.

 

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Al-Azhar in response to Iranian news agency: We have only one face

Al-Azhar in response to Iranian news agency: We have only one face | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

In response to a report that the news conference held after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejads meeting with Al-Azhars grand sheikh had been unscheduled, Al-Azhar said Wednesday that it has “only one face and one discourse, and transparency is our priority, and it is not true that the press conference came as a surprise to anyone.” (...)

During the news conference, the senior Al-Azhar cleric told Ahmadinejad that he should not seek to meddle in Gulf states affairs, nor attempt to spread the Shia Islam in the region. The statements, which amounted to a public scolding of the visiting leader, drew much media attention both at home and abroad — highlighting the many ideological divisions between the two unlikely bedfellows.

 

The Iranian news agency Fars on its Arabic-language website published what it described as previously “unpublished details on the Iranian presidents talks with Al-Azhar scholars,” which gave an account that differed from the one circulated in Egyptian media.

 

Fars cited Ahmed Mousavi, chairperson of the Iranian Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, as saying that Ahmadinejad was not scheduled to hold a news conference after the Iranian delegations meeting with Tayyeb, adding that such conferences in which the Iranian president was to take part had been scheduled in advance.

 

According to London-based Asharq Al-Awsats Thursday issue, Al-Azhar said, “There was nothing but complete honesty and transparency, and the conference was held in that spirit, and President Ahmadinejad shook hands firmly with Hassan al-Shafie.”

 

Mousavi added that during the conference, Al-Azhar officials “were trying to bring up the problems between Shias and Sunnis, and the Syrian issue, prompting us to threaten to leave the press conference if controversial issues were discussed in public.”

 

In its response statement, Al-Azhar said the Iranian president wanted to visit the Islamic institution, and he was well-received by the grand sheikh and a group from the Al-Azhar Supreme Council of Scholars. The response said that after the meeting the Iranian president and his delegation, they were told Tayyeb does not take part in news conferences and that his senior adviser, Shafie, would be present on his behalf at the conference, which the Iranian president and his delegation did not mind at all.(...)

 

The Iranian president was disappointed by the choice of Shafie because Iran is seeking to spread Shia doctrine in Egypt,” a source from Al-Azhar said.

The source added that Ahmadinejad had a private conversation with Shafie in which the senior Al-Azhar adviser said, “We regret to continuously hear insults to the companions of [Prophet Mohamed] and Prophet Mohameds wives. This is altogether rejected.”

 

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Author summoned by prosecution over Al-Azhar complaint

Author summoned by prosecution over Al-Azhar complaint | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Supreme State Security Prosecution has summoned author Youssef Zeydan for interrogation over a complaint by Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Academy, the details of which remain unknown.

Zyedan said the he is summoned Tuesday to the prosecution's office in Cairo's Fifth Settlement, and that he had been informed that the summons is related to his book, “The Arab Theology.”

Complaints related to the insult of religion against actors, authors and media figures have been on the rise, coinciding with the mounting political influence of Islamist forces since the January 2011 uprising.

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Egypte: Cheikh d'Al Azhar - " La femme arabe souffre encore des traditions "

Egypte: Cheikh d'Al Azhar - " La femme arabe souffre encore des traditions " | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Lors de son entretien avec le président du Parlement arabe Ahmed Al Garawan et la délégation qui l'accompagne, le Grand Imam d'Al Azhar, Cheikh Al Azhar a affirmé que le rôle d'Al Azhar représente à réaliser la paix entre tous les égyptiens musulmans et coptes.

Et d'ajouter, Cheikh Al Azhar a indiqué que le message d'Al Azhar s'accorde avec tel du Parlement arabe sur les deux nivaux arabe et islamique.

 

Le Grand Imam a souligné qu'il ya beaucoup de défis font face au Parlement arabe en tête le problème de la femme arabe, et de la libérer de certaines traditions et habitudes qui vit encore avec nous comme d'habitudes et qui remontent à l'ère de l'avant Islam

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Egypt's Al Azhar looks to strengthen ties with new Pope

Egypt's Al Azhar looks to strengthen ties with new Pope | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's Al Azhar Institute, the top Islamic authority for Sunnis, said on Wednesday that it is aiming to strengthen ties with the new Pope, following Benedict XVI's resignation on Tuesday.

According to the BBC, Al Azhar is looking to "re-establish ties based on mutual respect and understanding", following a series of fall outs between the Islamic Institute and the Catholic church. 

The statement marks the first response by the Institute to news that Pope Benedict has decided to resign. Benedict caused upset within the Muslim community after his comments in 2006 at the University of Regensburg.

At the lecture, he quoted Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos, saying: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."

 

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Al-Azhar veut redialoguer avec le Vatican

http://www.alqarra.tv/egypte-al-azhar-veut-redialoguer-avec-le-vatican/

 

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