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In an interview with the daily al-Sharq al-Awsat, ‘Abd al-Sabūr Shāhīn stressed the importance of showing the real forgiving face of Islām by denouncing fundamentalism and artificial exterior piety. He also expressed that the simple veil was enough for the Muslim woman, clarifying that the Niqāb...
The controversial draft law banning demonstrations inside mosques, recently submitted by the Ministry of Endowments to the Council of State, was the main focus of al-Ahrām’s recent interview with Dr. Mahmūd Hamdī Zaqzūq, the minister of endowments.
A collection of quotes from journalists and leading political, academic and religious figures on subjects to do with religious identity, Muslim and Christian relations, Islam in society and Islamic preaching.
The article is an interview with Dr. Mahmoud Hamdi Zaqzouq, the Minister of Endowments. He comments on the issues of renewing the Islamic religious discourse, Islamic preaching and attacking Islam. He believes that renewing the Islamic religious discourse does not mean touching upon the pillars of...
The deputy of the head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs says that the Islamic Religious discourse should be improved in order to be effective. He believes that Islam is not well represented in the West and thus is unjustly portrayed. The head of the Australian Organization for Islamic...
An interview with the Rector of the Azhar University on how to correct the image of Islam in the West. He believes that Muslim preachers can play a key role in that respect. That is why the Azhar University concentrates on graduating well qualified preachers.
The imams charged by the Ministry of Endowments with lecturing people between prayers, limit their lectures to timeworn issues that do not relate to our current social concerns. This goes back to the rigid books taught at the Azhar University. The Ministry is also to be blamed for this because of...
The Azhar takes over the responsibility of clarifying the true image of Islam and correcting misconceptions about it. The Azhar sends envoys to different countries world-wide in order to carry out the responsibility of preaching true Islam, which is why it chooses those envoys very carefully. The...
In an Alexandrian youth camp, the Egyptian Grand Mufti, Dr. Ali Goma’a, met with nearly 500 students from Egyptian universities and from delegations studying at the Azhar. Dr Goma’a gave his lecture on the mosque’s role in building the individual. Dr. Goma’a also answered questions on various...
The author questions why we are unable to help the Palestinians. He believes it is because of the weakness of the intellectuals who have dominated our cultural life. Many concepts are undefined and there is a shortage of imams.
Many Muslim preachers are not religiously or academically qualified. In their religious discourse, they speak about nothing but torture in grave. Most of them preach politics instead of preaching religion – which is the thing that most badly affects the religious discourse. The Minister of Waqfs...
Official reports have confirmed that 75 percent of Egyptians are ignorant about their religion. Do all of these belong to true Islam? This is an issue for all Muslims and not only Egyptians. A study stressed the fact that Muslims focus on superficial appearances and rituals without being aware...
The Alexandria Document on the “Problems of Arab Reform: Vision and Implementation" presented a vision of the change which Arab intellectuals aspire for in the Arab World, along political, economic, social, cultural and civil society axes. The aspired reform calls for giving civil society free...
The founder of Al-Wasat party denied that Sheikh Amr Khalid had any relationship with the party and said that preventing Khalid from preaching was a fabricated groundless crisis. Essam Sultan said, for a short time, that Khalid was a Brotherhood member but, he then left the group completely.
The role of a preacher is important, especially if incidents where religion arouses people’s passions are taking place. People with bad intentions are searching for unqualified preachers and use them to excite people through delivering inflammatory sermons. Thus, we can grasp the problem the...
People have the right to get accurate information about their religion, so being guided by a charlatan is a great crime, that will affect not only the person but the religion itself. The prophet Mohammed in his Hadiths [talks] and Ibn Malek in his book "The legislation laws" urged us to select our...
After loosing their credibility, due to major irregularities in their behavior, Islamic extremist groups launched a new strategy, especially after the cessation of foreign aid. They now started to target high-class women and youth, as they are weak [in faith] but able to finance the new Do’a [...
As there was no alternative, people went to the alleged Da’iya sessions. Some of them had great difficulty in consulting the right people of the Azhar over their religious concerns, because these sheikhs from the Azhar set the religion behind the stars as if they were trying to avoid problems.
The Da’awa [call to religion] mission should be carried out through people who have a wide knowledge because the Da’iya is a social doctor who treats the societies’ sickness and tries to fix its wrong behavior. The author listed some of the characteristics of the ideal Da’iya such as courage,...
The Da’iya plays an important role in shaping the nation’s thinking, because they have the authority to "forbid and allow" [to call things haram or halal], so the people who assume this responsibility have to be highly qualified to teach religion. A Da’iya has to be aware of the latest developments...

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