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In this article, Egypt´s new Mufti speaks about the duties of Dar El-Ifta´ and the issues on which it can and cannot give fatwas. He said that it is important for specialists beside religious scholars to be consulted on issues such as genetic engineering, banking and medicine. This makes...
The leaders of the Gama´at Al-Islamiya expressed their complete agreement to end the actions to kill. They affirmed that their mistakes in the past came as a result of a false Ijtihad. In this article they explain the legal basis behind their renunciation of violence and reconsideration of old...
Renouncing terrorism does not need books to be compiled, as the leaders of the Gama´at Al-Islamiya have done recently. It needs a true repentance and a confession of being guilty because of the many crimes committed. Some of the Brotherhood leaders said that such renouncement of violence could...
A Saudi judge called for the hadd punishment* of a Tunisian singer because she allegedly compared herself to the Prophet. Some Arab countries demanded the execution of another singer as it was said that she named her dog after one of the prophets. A third singer was imprisoned as he was charged...
Reforming the religious discourse means neither changing any of the bases of Islam nor being biased towards the group to which the religious discourse is directed. Also it is not only confined to developing the ways of Da´awa. Reforming the religious discourse means reforming the Islamic...
The Sheikh of the Azhar, the Mufti of Egypt and many other Muslim scholars warned against the danger of unqualified persons issuing fatwas. They agreed that the issuing of fatwas requires certain conditions to be met and that the person who issues a false fatwa must be punished because his fatwa...
Amr Khaled has appeared again in the field of da´wa, although the ministry of Awqaf declared that he is not qualified and does not have a permit to work as a da´iya. He chose a number of public mosques and other mosques under construction to restart his activities. The article gives the...
Although the Muslim Brotherhood describe themselves as a modernist group that was formed to rejuvenate Islam, the author argues that they have never championed the call for secularism nor have they adopted a modern approach.
The author argues that obstructing the right to ijtihād [legislating or enacting a law which is not based on Qur’an or the Sunna] is hindering the development of Egypt. He argues that those who despise intellectuals and monopolize facts and ideas in the name of preserving Islam are in fact...
A discussion about Tariq Ramadān, his roots and ideology.
The ‘Ulamā give their comments about the new methods of offering fatwas over the phone or Internet.
Although the camp offered Qur’ānic, prophetic and historical citations, the Islamic banks have, in fact, offered nothing different from the ordinary ones.
The author of the article compares a book by Muhyī al-Dīn al-Tu‘aymī, warning Muslim women against wearing trousers this book, to a book written in the forties, defending freedom of thought.
Dr. Mahmoud Hamdy Zaqzouq, Minister of Awqaf [Religious Endowments], emphasized the necessity of renewing religious discourse as compelled by changing times. He clarified that this renewal does not touch on the fundamentals of faith, but concerns matters that require progressive vision.
The purpose behind making Shari’a a source of legislation is because it is a fully developed legal system acknowledged by the international law assemblies. Since the Shari’a includes various concepts, it should be subject to well-formulated legal rules as Shari’a here is the source of legislation,...
In an interview with the Minister of Awqaf [Religious Endowments] Mahmoud Hamdi Zaqzouq, he answers questions about foreign interference in Islamic issues in Egypt, renewal of religious discourse.
The book, Islam and Dialogue written by Dr. Mahmoud Hamdi Zaqzouq and translated by Dr. Mustafa Maher, discusses the idea of reform as an Islamic duty that should be reached through ijtihad and reason, and not just by replicating historical incidents.
The Ibn Khaldoun Center has issued a press release attacking the Azhar and its Grand Imam as the head of the most powerful religious institution in the Muslim world. The brazen release came in direct response to statements made by Sheikh Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai Al-...
The Islamic Shura concept is similar to Western democracy in that both are based on public opinion, power that is within the hands of the ruler and the monitoring of rulers. Both notions acknowledge the idea of dividing power into three areas; executive authority, legislative authority, and...
Many people believe that Azharite professors should be our only source of knowledge, accusing other scholars of being unqualified to deliver the same religious message. An Azharite professor, Dr. Abdel Sabour Marzouq, asserts that it is not right to confine preaching to a specific category. “There...
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