It seems that all the battles that break out between the Azhar and the Americans are destined to fail. To illustrate, the former Muftī issued a Fatwá that anybody who detonates himself among Israelis is a martyr. Another Fatwá by Shaykh Nabawī al-cIsh says it is forbidden to deal with the US-backed interim governing council in Iraq.
Yet, only one visit by David Welch, the US ambassador in Cairo, to the Azhar headquarters succeeded in annulling the two Fatāwá.
Shaykh al-cIsh was referred to an investigation committee.
American committees, formed by the US ambassador, are inspecting the Egyptian educational curricula to follow up the amendments to the curricula and remove the parts that promote terrorism, according to the US point of view.
In addition, a book by the grandfather of US President George W. Bush was banned from the Egyptian book market.
The author, a pastor and patron of the Church, included many of his lies about Islām in the book, in addition to falsehoods about Arabs and their characteristics.
Recently, the translation department at the Azhar approved the book’s translation.