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The Ministry of Endowment has filed two complaints against Dr. Yāssir al- Burhāmī, vice president of the Da’wah al- Salafiah.
The Council of Ministers has agreed in its meeting yesterday headed by Eng. Ibrāhīm Mahlab to approve the Bayt al- Zakāh draft law  after it is revised by the Council of State Legislative Department.
Al- Shārqah (Sharjah) city in the UAE was chosen by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) as the Capital of Islamic Culture for the year
  The American Islamic Summit, hosted in the Saudi Arabian capital, coincided with the final football match in the Islamic Solidarity Games hosted by Azerbaijan. 
Seeking to prevent further manipulation of mosques by the Muslim brotherhood, the Ministry of Endowments activated the decision that all the mosques should stay under its supervision.
The sermon delivered by Shaikh `Abd al-Hakam Salāma of Cairo's Al-Hussain mosque last Friday has caused outrage among Islam scholars and imams. In his attempt to ban calls for demonstrations that jeopardize the state's stability, the imam of the mosque cited verses of the Qur'ān and the Hadīth that...
Editor: AWR received this text before President Mubarak announced he would step down. Nothing in the media indicated that this could happen tonight, yet it did.   Ever since the demonstrations began on January 25, men of religion have been stressing the importance of them not being transformed from...
The religious establishment in Egypt is composed of four main branches: the Azhar, the Azhar University, the Ministry of Endowments, and the Dar al-Iftā’. They are independent institutions that are loyal to the state.
The monopolized religious authority is an echo of the political monopolized authority and the result of hard financial conditions and regressing social and educational values.
Many of the issues considered as belonging to the proven and known in Islām can change according to time and circumstances. What some think as protection from foreign danger is really a restriction of development that gives one group of clergymen the authority to control the beliefs and...
Despite the public outrage against the statements of Minister of Culture Fārūq Husnī on the H...
The following lines review an interview with the Azhar Shaykh Dr. Sayyid Tantāwī in which the Shaykh expresses his complete ignorance of the Takfīr of Rose al-Yūsuf, and asks his interviewer to refer to other people or claim a file against the person.
In an interview, Egyptian writer Muhsin Muhammad defends Rose al-Yūsuf against the Takfīr thesis that he considers to be null and void. Muhammad denounces the lack of liberty in Egyptian reality and foretells the coming of liberalism against the religious current.
The author analyses the history of domination over religious institutions in Egypt. He stresses that there is tight control over such bodies under the current government.
Terrorism, extremism, sectarian sedition and the rise of the Baha’ī religion are all the consequences of the diminishing role of religious institutions and political, economic and social factors.
The author in this article criticizes the muftī and the religious institution, refuting the muftī’s defense that it has never been responsible for terrorism, and calls for fatwas taking into account the spirit of modernity.
The religious institution in Egypt has always had a clear-cut position regarding the enemies of Islam and those hypocrites who falsely claim affiliation to the Muslim faith.
Azhar missions are trying to convey the Muslim faith through Islamic centers in Washington, London, the Philippines, Brunei and Pakistan.
The Egyptian Dār al-Iftā’ was established in 1895. The first muftī was the Grand Imām of the Azhar, Shaykh Hassouna al-Nawāwī and he was followed by Shaykh Muhammad ‘Abdou from 1899 until 1905, when he died.
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there was a ferocious attack on the religious institution in Egypt. Most of the criticism was based on subjective opinions, and not on any enlightened analysis of reality.


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