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The Sheikh of the Azhar called for boycotting all foreign products that would benefit Israel and harm Arabic and Islamic countries. He said that boycotting foreign products is a duty and a kind of national support of Palestine. The Muftī declared that importing any foreign product that has an...
The Egyptian press exposed religious authorities’ and intellectuals’ points of view regarding the violent confrontations between the Palestinians and the Israeli forces; in his interview with al-Musawwar, the Shaykh of the Azhar condemned the Israeli trespassing of al-Aqsá mosque....
Amid growing anger in the Muslim world over the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, views have differed on whether it is the right time for Muslims to enter into dialogue with Denmark on freedom of expression and respect for religions. This press review highlights the opinions of two...
Views in the Muslim world have differed over the proper reaction to the controversial Danish cartoons. However, most Muslim scholars have stressed the need for drawing clear lines between freedom of expression and irresponsible freedom that insults religious beliefs.
The Grand Imam called for the boycott on American and Israeli goods not to be extended to goods produced by foreign companies in Egypt. He pointed out that these companies employ a large number of Egyptians and generate income for the Egyptian treasury through taxes.
A Lebanese scholar issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims to deposit money in American banks and associations because the interest on this money benefits the Israeli existence. Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Azhar University said that this fatwa complied with the Islamic Shari´a. A member...
Many Muslim scholars explained that, according to the Shari´a, it is not right to use mosques for demonstrations. Mosques are places for worship and preaching, holy places that should not be a place for shouting and gathering. Expressing anger and dissatisfaction could be done through collecting...
In response to the offensive cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, first published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005, moderate Egyptian preacher, ‘Amr Khālid has revealed an initiative to engage in dialogue with Danish youth and intellectuals in a bid to find common...
Authors in several newspapers are calling for appeasement in Arab and Muslim countries over the problem of the Danish newspaper’s cartoons, though many are still furious over the cartoons. A few authors do not consider boycotting Danish products a nice solution, while others propose that an...
In the drama that followed the republishing of the Danish cartoons across several European nations, the Danish and Norwegian Embassies in Damascus, and also the Danish Consulate in Beirut, were all burnt down. These incidents prompted those foreign ministers to advise their people to leave Syria...
It was an astonishing and embarrassing episode to see the absence of the Arab World from the battle for an academic boycott of Israeli universities. Only Palestinian academics pursued the efforts to continue the British academic boycott against Israeli academia.
The Mufti of Egypt denies any intention to resign because of the discrepancy between his fatwas and those of the Islamic Research Institute, headed by the Sheikh of the Azhar, concerning martyrdom operations and boycotting American and Israeli products.
Dr. Yohanna Qolta, the Deputy Patriarch of the Catholic Copts, spoke about his memories about the month of Ramadan and about the impact of Islam on his writings. He pointed out the reasons behind the appearance of the term "emigrant Copts" and the attitude of his church towards them. He also spoke...
In a meeting of Islamic intellectuals, the Minister of Awqaf said that worshipping is more than the performance of religious rites. The Mufti promoted the idea of a Common Arabic and Islamic Market. He declared that importing any commodity that has an alternative in our Islamic and Arabic markets...
The unfortunate and barbaric events in Palestine have taken us into a new wave of angry protests by university students throughout Egypt, shouting their support for their Palestinian brothers, which is perfectly acceptable. However, these protest marches have quickly deteriorated into anarchism...
The secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, declared that the chamber wants to boycott Israeli products and advised traders not to deal with Israel. At the same time, he declared that the chamber will support Egyptian traders against pamphlets that aim at causing conflicts between some traders to the...
Dr. Bayoumi says Dr. Abu Halabiya should have distinguished between Judaism and Christianity as a religion, which Islam does not oppose, and Jews attacking Muslims. Muslims, he says, should defend themselves against such attacks.
The Sheikh of Al-Azhar is seen to dampen the zeal of those calling for tough action against Israel while the Mufti is described as being the exact opposite of the Sheikh.
We have become ’the kings of talk’. We just react by talking. The Arab governments are reacting only by more talk and condemnation.
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