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The Brotherhood participation in the democratic process, if genuine, constitutes a qualitative leap that entails the renunciation of violence, refraining from the takfīr [to rule that someone is infidel] ideology and accepting peaceful political activities as a means to reach power.
A summary of articles about a controversial document attributed to the Muslim Brotherhood, which bodes no good for the future of the Copts in Egypt.
Failure to separate religious texts from life cause the demise of intellect and makes life become a burden, according to the Syrian poet Adonis.
Khālid Ahmad al-Tarrāh describes the symposium on terrorism and extremism which linked terrorist acts extremism to poverty, unemployment, political struggle and the widening socio-economic gap.
Dr. Yāsir Yousuf Gabriel has commented on an article by Kamāl Gabriel criticizing the Church’s deteriorating performance. The author, Kamāl Zākhir Mousa, explains the differences between the handling of criticism in both the article and the comment.
Radical Islamists have not only settled for censorship in their fight against intellectuals, but have issued fatwas, sentencing to death thinkers with whom they disagree. Intellectuals across the Muslim world have been attacked or assassinated in accordance with these fatwas.
In previous issues I have focused on the “must-know religious information” and the consequent do’s and don’ts which if violated would, according to jurisprudential conditions, lead to apostasy, punishable by death if attempts to secure repentance ended up in failure. We have learnt that this rule...
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-...
Hisba [Refers to the right of a Muslim to defend public morality. Suing on behalf of religion] Takfir lawsuits [i.e. lawsuits in which the complainant accuse other of unbelief] spread on a wide-scale in Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan and Lebanon. The most famous lawsuits among these were filed against Dr....
Indeed, not all Muslims are terrorists but regrettably most terrorists around the world are Muslims. [Muslims] have a bad record. Does that not say something about ourselves and our societies and culture? This is a very harsh situation. What we have to do is to acknowledge those acts and not deny...
[The title is a play on words of the name of the Muslim Group of Takfir and Higra] We have to give up our useless approaches in dealing with the world. We have to adopt an approach that is based on tafkir [thinking] and not on takfir [accusation of unbelief]. We only have to count that number of...
This insider view about the Muslim Brotherhood’s game of interests comes from their lawyer’s book and his experiences with them. In his account, Muntasir al-Zayyāt believes that President Sādāt released the imprisoned Brotherhood members and allowed them to the political space to counterbalance the...
The article gives a brief overview of some extremist books banned by the Azhar - which shows the role of the Azhar in resisting extremism. Some of these books formed a major reference for the Gama’at Al-Islamiya and Takfir groups [that accuse people of apostasy from Islam].
The editor-in-chief of Al-Mussawar met with the leaders of the Gama’at Al-Islamiya imprisoned in Wadi Al-Natrun prison. The meeting focused on the initiative to stop violence and the group’s ideological revisions. The leaders re-emphasized that the initiative to stop violence is final and that they...
Dr. Abdel-Azeem Al-Mata’ani has been behind most of the cases of accusing writers of kufr [unbelief]. The latest writer he accused of disbelief is Ahmed Al-Shahawi because of his book "Commandments on Loving Women." The author believes that because Al-Mata’ani was not paid the attention he always...
The political-religious ideas of the Islamic Liberation Party are more evolved than the previous ancestral ideologies. They alert youth to confront the alliance between Jews and western colonialism along with the ragged Arab regimes.
President Mubārak has declared that the law does not allow forming religious parties. He responded to a question about the transformation of the banned Muslim Brotherhood to a political party.
The Higher Court of State Security [Emergency] yesterday sentenced 26 suspects, including three Britons and a Palestinian, to prison terms that range between one and five years, on charges of promoting the [ideas of] a Hizb el-Tahrir [Liberation Party], an Islamic group banned in Egypt but...
During a televised interviews aired by Al-Jazeera satellite channel, Abdel-Khaleq, the former member of the formation committee and the guidance office of the Brotherhood discussed the stand of Al-Hudaiby toward “Ma’alem Fel-Tareeq” [Milestones], written by Sayyed Qutb and also Al-Hudaiby’s stand...
The British scholar and researcher Montgomery Watt sees that the merits and characteristics of Islam, the Messenger of Islam and the Holy Qur’an give Islam its unique status in comparison with other religions. The Qur’an is unequaled because it is the direct divine revelation that was not ever...
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