30. Religious dialogue and citizenship

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Labīb, in this article, sheds light on the dialogue of religions.

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Labīb starts his article saying that while participating with shaykh Fawzī al-Zifzāf in the program "Kol Lailah" [Every Night] on Nile Life Channel in an episode discussing dialogue between religions, he was extremely surprised to hear shaykh al-Zifzāf saying that the killing of the Egyptian female citizen Marwah al-Shirbīnī is an expression of the West’s disposition against Islam and that she was killed just for wearing hijāb.
Afterwards, Labīb lists a number of points relevant to the context of the dialogue between religions. He first notes that religions do not themselves enter into dialogue, but dialogue rather takes place between the followers of the religions. Secondly, he stresses the fact that religions occupy a very lofty position apart from the fitnah incidents that take place among the followers of these religions, and apart from the misbehavior of some of the leaders and symbols. Afterwards, Labīb emphasizes that the dialogue
of religions should never be stopped or postponed because of an accident or a passing problem.
Then, in contrast to what was said by shaykh al-Zifzāf, Labīb highlights that killing the Egyptian veiled female Muslim citizen Marwah al-Shirbīnī is the expression of an individual stand, and does not reflect by any means the position of Germany or Europe towards Islam or Muslims.
Finally, the author concludes that the West whether in Europe or in the United States of America deals with the Arabs in general, and the Muslims in particular, with uncertainty and suspicion due to previous historical experiences which can never be changed by anyone except the Arabs and the Muslims themselves through their tendencies and acts.

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