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The government approved on Wednesday (January 18) a draft decree law to re-organize the Azhar and its affiliated bodies, known as the Azhar Independence Law, according to Minister of Planning & International Cooperation Fāyzah Abū al-Najā. [Mansūr Kāmil, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Jan. 19, p. 3]   “The...
Meanwhile, Dr. Yūsuf al-Qaradāwī, Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said the results of the third round of Egypt’s People’s Assembly (parliament) elections reflect the supremacy of Islamists, led by the Muslim Brotherhood group and the Salafīs. Speaking in a Friday...
“Muslims and Christians in the East make a united national fabric. Past dictatorial and despotic regimes have harmed both Muslims and Christians,” Dr. Tayyīb said during a meeting with Patriarch Gregory III Laham of the Church of Antioch on January 5. The top Sunni Muslim cleric also appealed to...
Islam criminalizes attacks on churches and non-Muslim houses of worship as Islamists, namely the Muslim Brotherhood and a number of Salafī parties, volunteered to protect churches during the New Year celebrations. [Dīyā' Abū al-Safā, Akhbār al-Yawm, p. 7, Jan. 1]
Dr. Hassan Nāfe`, professor of political science at Cairo University, said that the main objective of Saudi King Salman's visit to Egypt was the reconciliation of Al-Sisi with the Muslim Brotherhood to form a strong Sunni front to counter Iran's Shia influence in the region, according to Nāfe`.
According to Al-Azhar - affiliated Dār al-Iftā's Observatory on monitoring and fighting Takfīri Fatwas and Extremist Thought, the terrorist organization Dā`esh has developed a method to recruit women to practice Jihād Al-Nikāh, (sexual jihād ) through social media to search for females who want to...
Dr. Mokhtār Jūm`ah, Egyptian Minister of Endowments, and chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs announced the signing of the document to reject extremism and racial discrimination, and to send a message of peace from Egypt to the whole world to reject radicalism. The document was...
The Aswān Governorate in southern Egypt hosted the 26th Conference of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs at the Ministry of Religious Endowments on Saturday, and was attended by representatives from several Islamic countries.
Egypt and Tunisia have signed an agreement on cooperation in religious fields, and coordination of efforts to address deviant thought. This was agreed to on the sidelines of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Conference held in Aswān.
Shaikh `Abdallah Nasr, better known as Shaikh Mīzū, criticized what he terms the Sunni marriage of Salafis in Upper Egypt, especially in Sohāj, with minor girls under the age of 18, considering such marriages as `Ūrfī (not officially registered).
The Islamic preacher and MP, Dr. Āmna Nosseir, said that the veil is a Jewish tenet, and not an Islamic one, pointing out that Islam came and took over this Jewish tradition which was rooted among tribes. “Islam never ordered or imposed the veil on women,” Nosseir said.
Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, Grand Imam and Shaikh of Al-Azhar Institution, said that “The Qūr'ān did not specify a punishment for those who enter Islam and later renounces it, but there are ahādith permitting the killing of a person who has renounced Islam, hence becoming a threat to his own self and to...
The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) on Thursday discussed the preparations for an international conference organized in cooperation with the High Commissioner for Human Rights to be held early December. The conference will discuss the role and responsibilities of religious leaders for the...
In its new edition to be published coming Friday, Sawt al-Azhar newspaper presents Al-Azhar position in support of women issues, rights and assess her contribution in the enlightenment and development of communities.
The Religious Institution in Egypt lives in a state of pandering to the end of the order of the fatwa, in light of the boldness of those who are unqualified and adhering to extremist currents of Islam. It seems that the situation in Egypt is common in the Islamic world, but to varying degrees. The...
Between rejection and acceptance reflect the reaction in political circles and Islamic movements to the law on building churches, which was adopted during the plenary session of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday. However, all these reactions, the view of Al-Azhar in this regard remained...
Shaikh `Adel Nasr, official spokesman of the al-Da`wa al-Salafiyya Group in Egypt said on the Groups' internet website that khitān (circumcision) is one of the tenets of Islam and of the Millat Ibrahīm (the ideology of Prophet Abraham in the Qur'ān).
The British Daily Mail newspaper has published an important report on the failure of the efforts to de-radicalize British terrorists after jailing them. It stated that about 70% of the Islam-inspired terrorists in the UK refuse to give up their radical ideas (Mahmūd Hussām, al-Tahrīr, Jan. 11, p....
Media presenter and physician, Khāled Muntasser, said that religious institutions, in particular the Al-Azhar institution, have not interacted with innovative thinking and reformed religious discourse, both required to combat radicalization and fanaticism.
During the Laylat al-Qadr (Night Of Decree) ceremony organized on Wednesday by Egypt's Ministry of Religious Endowments, President `Abd al-Fattāh al-Sisi called to avoid acts of "extremism and fanaticism" that harm the religion of Islam, according to a statement disclosed by the Presidency.
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