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36. Islam allows martyrs' families to accept blood money, says al-Azhar president

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36. Islam allows martyrs' families to accept blood money, says al-Azhar president
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2011
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27
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36
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July 6, 2011
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Ragab Ramadan, Haitham al-Sharkawi
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Al-Azhar University President Osama al-Abd said Islamic law allows the families of the revolution’s martyrs to accept blood money in return for dropping their cases against police officers.

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Speaking to a conference in Alexandria on Tuesday, Abd rejected amnesty calls for ousted President Hosni Mubarak and the symbols of his regime.
However, Amna Nosseir, professor of philosophy at al-Azhar University, rejected the blood money suggestion.
“Blood money is paid in individual family feuds, whereas this is a case of national concern,” she said. “Allowing it means forgetting about the trials and letting the criminals get away with their crimes as long as they can afford it.”
Ali Abu Hassan, secretary general of the Islamic Research Academy, supported Nosseir’s view.
 

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