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Muftī

Islamic scholar, high ranking government official, delivers fatwás.

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11. Grand mufti Bin Baz passes away

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11. Grand mufti Bin Baz passes away
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May 14, 1999
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Muhammad Murad
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Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti of 25 years is dead, but his Islamic missionary efforts will continue via his extensive writings and an Internet web page.

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28. Rape clause repealed

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28. Rape clause repealed
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Apr 29 - May 5, 1999
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Mirz Tadrus
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It is certain that there will be fewer marriage proposals made by rapists to their victims, now that the People’s Assembly has approved the annulment of clause 291 of the Penal Code, which waives aside criminal charges against a rapist if he offers to marry his victim. The removal of the clause is intended to discourage would-be rapists from committing the crime, believing that they can get away with it.

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10. Rafa’t Al-Sa’id in a frank conversation: I agree to the initiative of stopping violence but...

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10. Rafa’t Al-Sa’id in a frank conversation: I agree to the initiative of stopping violence but...
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May 3, 1999
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Salim &#8217Azouz
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An interview between Rafa’t Al-Sa’id of the Tagammu’ Party (who is fiercely critical of the Muslim Brotherhood), and Saleem ’Azouz (the interviewer). He says: "A religious [political] party will start or directly lead to terrorism. I tell you frankly that politicization of religion or religionization of politics will lead to emergence of a political party that claims it represents the religion. If this happens, those who will oppose will be [labeled] ’unbelievers’... "

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4. Debate over ’sinful’ entertainment

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4. Debate over ’sinful’ entertainment
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April 29 - May 5, 1999
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Jamal ‘Isam al-Din
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Sheikh Nasr Farid Wasel, the Grand Mufti of the Republic, took parliamentarians by surprise last week when he objected to a government-sponsored draft law imposing an entrance tax on a wide range of places of entertainment.

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16. The Grand Mufti calls the Islamic World to help Muslims of Kosovo

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16. The Grand Mufti calls the Islamic World to help Muslims of Kosovo
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April 26, 1999
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Dr. Nasr Farid Wasel, the Grand Mufti, demanded that the Islamic world support Muslims of Kosovo as it is obligatory for all Muslims. This, he said, can only be achieved by unifying our efforts and words.

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7. Home Talk. [The Mufti of Egypt’s views on the old schools of fiqh -Islamic jurisprudence]

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7. Home Talk. [The Mufti of Egypt’s views on the old schools of fiqh -Islamic jurisprudence]
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April 27, 1999
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‘Ala’ al-Dab‘
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Egypt’s mufti Nasr Farid Wasel is a staunch critic of the theories proposed to update the principles of the old schools of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). He is particularly opposed to the leaders of this campaign, Professor Abdel Mo’ti Bayoumi and writer Gamal Al-Banna.

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5. The Mufti says: Pilgrimage is permissible -halal- for actresses

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5. The Mufti says: Pilgrimage is permissible -halal- for actresses
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April 23, 1999
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Iqbal Sa‘id
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The fatwa of Dr. Nasr Farid Wasel, the Grand Mufti, published lately in one of the papers stating that pilgrimage of actresses is not halal (not religiously permissible) caused a big fuss and much ado. Then the Grand Mufti denied that he released such a fatwa. Dr. Wasel wanted to stop the media frenzy caused by his fatwa, but instead he simply provoked more questions about actresses’ and belly dancers’ money.

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4. Home Talk

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4. Home Talk
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April 20, 1999
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‘Ala’ al-Dab‘
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Over the past few years, Al-Azhar has been the venue of very serious confrontations between hard-liner and moderate sheikhs and scholars. This confrontation reached a peak during a seminar where professor Abdel Mo’ti Bayoumi, Dean of the School of Theology at Al-Azhar, presented his new theory of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) which caused quite a stir among the attendants.

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27. The marriage of the rapist from his victim does not prevent him from being punished

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27. The marriage of the rapist from his victim does not prevent him from being punished
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April 9, 1999
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‘Atif Di‘bis
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Dr. Nasr Farid Wassel, the mufti of Egypt, confirmed that the marriage of the rapist with his victim should not prevent him from being punished.

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26. No escape clause for rapists

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26. No escape clause for rapists
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April 8-14, 1999
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Mirz Tadrus
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Under the existing law, a rapist has the choice of either facing criminal charges or marrying his victim. Article 290 of the Penal Code stipulates that rape is punishable by death, but Article 291 states that if a rapist offers to marry his victim and she agrees, criminal charges are dropped and he is set free.

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