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Islamic scholar, high ranking government official, delivers fatwás.
An article, written by the Muftī of Egypt, Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah, was published on the Muslims Speak Out on-line forum and affirmed that unless they disturb public order, those who revert from Islam face no worldly punishment.
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The Muftī of Egypt Dr. ‘Alī Jum‘ah asserted that Muslims are free to change their faith as it is a matter between an individual and God.
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The author classifies those who issue Fatwás in our modern time into three major categories; scholars with some knowledge about Islam but who refuse to recognize modern needs of the era, scholars who have little knowledge of Islam but who have modern appearances to convince people with what they say even if it was far from the Islamic Sharī‘ah, and finally, the true Muftīs who mix the genuine understanding of religion with current developments.
Shaymā’ ‘Abd al-Laṭīf interviewed Dr. Muṣṭafá al-Shak‘ah, member of the Islamic Research Academy, on Islamic-related issues such as his opinion on the recent controversial Fatwás, the role of the academy in censoring books, and the recent calls to purify religious books from weak Ḥadīths.
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While the majority of Muslim schools impose the death penalty on people who convert from Islam, the Qur’ān imposes no earthly punishment for conversion, and the Prophet Muhammad never killed anybody for apostasy. In the following lines Muslim thinker Jamāl al-Bannā writes about tolerance in Islam and proposes a solution for converted Christians who wish to re-embrace Christianity.
97% of Egyptian women are circumcised. The Fatwá of the Egyptian Muftī prohibiting female circumcision, the official rejecting stance of legislative institutions in the country, and the highlighted dangers of the operation seem to have little influence on the conservative traditional opinions of more traditional people men of religion. The task seems more difficult in the south of the country, where circumcision is a deep-rooted tradition.
An engineer filed a communiqué to the Public Prosecutor demanding to sack the Muftī ‘Alī Jum‘ah and to refer him to a medical committee in order to test his mental ability.