46. Dr. Muhammad ‘Umārah: <i>fitnah tā’ifīyah</i> has been an issue ever since Shenouda III became Pope
Date of source:
September 29, 2010
Haytham talks about the great number of fitnah tā’ifīyah issues occurring everyday. He criticizes the church’s silence about Bishop Bīshūy’s recent comments and its failure to issue an apology to date. Islamic Research Academy member Dr. Muhammad ‘Umārah said that Bīshūy’s comments not only reflect his personal point of view, but also that of the church. He also claims that Pope Shenouda III used to be a member of an organization who believed that Arab Muslims are invaders of a Coptic Egypt.
Key Words: Bishop Bīshūy - Islamic Research Academy - Dr. Muhammad ‘Umārah - Pope Shenouda III – Wafā‘ Constantine – Kāmīliyā Shihātah – Azhar
Saqr follows up his article from last January where he warned against shaykhs and priests who are set out to cause fitnah tā’ifīyah. In this article he asks, since all mosques are under state control, why isn’t the church? He also criticizes the way the state cautiously deals with the church, as if it were a foreign entity.
The Committee of the Azhar for the Dialogue with Monotheistic Religions has been in existence for twenty years now. But that did not stop the Grand Mufti, Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, from deciding to dissolve it due to "infeasibility" at a time when it is most needed. Many Azhar figures expressed their disagreement with Al-Tayyeb's decision and said he should have instead updated the committee instead of getting rid it all together.
Key Words: The Azhar – Ahmad Al-Tayyeb – Mahmūd <sup>c</sup>Azab - <sup>c</sup>Alī Al-Sammān – Mahmūd <sup>c</sup>Ashūr – Muhammad <sup>c</sup>Abd Al-Fadīl Al-Qawsī
A new law issued to organize the work of NGOs has been a recent hot topic of controversy in Egypt. While some are opposed to the law, many see it as an important step towards improving NGOs and volunteer work in Egypt, which they believe do not function efficiently.
Al-Barādi‘ī, Copts and the winds of change in Egypt
Repeated heated arguments are taking place recently about Muhammad al-Barādi‘ī’s anticipated nomination to the presidential elections that are scheduled for 2011. Alleged secret deals are taking place between the Coptic Orthodox Church and al-Barādi‘ī.