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Background: During a press conference, Shaykh Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī answered several questions asked by foreign reporters. Questions are related to violence, the situation in Palestine, minority rights and gender equality in Islam. All the answers in Arabic were interpreted to English however the...
The article represents different opinions of many youth who have lost their confidence in men of religion because they believe that the new Fatwás issued by these men only serve politics.
The Islamic Research Institute issued a fatwa to the effect that jihad against the US in its war on Iraq is an individual duty on all Muslims. The fatwa has received both positive and negative comments and is reported to have raised the anger of the US Embassy in Cairo.
The fatwa of Sheikh Nabawi El-Eish about the Iraqi Transitional Ruling Council did not only cause embarrassment for the Azhar but it also showed how divided the Azhar is. The Sheikh of the Azhar rejected the fatwa and said that Egyptian religious scholars are not allowed to give fatwas concerning a...
Some Islamic bank owners threaten to bring a case over the unconstitutional practice of the fatwa of the Islamic Research Institute that permits bank interest. A Brotherhood member of parliament has criticized the fatwa stating it is religiously illegal.
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More than 10,000 Muslims and Christians attended the ?National Conference to Support the Palestinians? that was held in the St. Mark Cathedral upon the call of Pope Shenouda. The conference was an expression of Egyptians? objection to the Israeli practices against the Palestinians. Pope Shenouda...
The increasing phenomenon of Fatwás being issued by “satellite Shaykhs” is discussed. The author questions who has the authority to control these Fatwás, and why they issue is not being focused on.
The medical tests that Shaykh of the Azhar Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī is undergoing in Saudi Arabia raised the ambitions of several Shaykhs to assume the dignified and highly respectable office of Shaykh of the Azhar.
Shaykh of the Azhar Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī asserted that he had not yet announced his final approval to visit the Vatican, stating that the decision as to whether to approve or reject the visit requires deliberation and would not be made until the Azhar receives a formal invitation from Pope...
The Supreme Administrative Court set the date of December 16, 2006 to release its final verdict on the issue of registering the Bahā’ī faith in official documents in Egypt.
Are women allowed to be heads of states under Islamic sharī‘a? The decision of well-known feminist, Dr. Nawāl al-Sa‘dāwī, to run for president during the elections of 2004 was opposed by a large number of Muslim scholars, who argue that the physiological nature of women prevents them from...
Despite the considerable number of fatwas allowing bank dealings, some Muslims argue that bank interest is an adjusted form of usury [Reviewer: Ribā], which Islam regards as a major sin.
The review deals with the issue of the Bahā’ī faith in Egypt in the light of a recent court ruling allowing their religion to be included in official documents like identity cards, passports or birth certificates, amidst an outcry from the Azhar and several intellectuals.
Some Egyptians have filed lawsuits against the grand imām of the Azhar, Shaykh Muhammad Sayyīd Tantāwī calling for his dismissal for his "unacceptable" opinions about the hijāb in France and his position regarding the Danish cartoons against the Prophet Muhammad.
The article reports on a modern Islamic study that demands applying capital punishment on anyone who offends the prophet, based on a fatwa issued by the grand imām of the Azhār.
The Sheikh of the Azhar accused Israeli paper Ma´ariv of attributing false statements to him about martyrdom operations. Ma´ariv claimed that the Sheikh of the Azhar stated to it that the perpetrators of “martyrdom” operations are not martyrs.
The article reports about the statements the Grand Imam of the Azhar Dr. Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi made to Israeli TV in which he announced that martyrdom operations are haram [unlawful] and that the one who carries them out is committing suicide. The Grand Mufti, along with 38 other Muslim scholars...
The Grand Imam of the Azhar Dr. Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi told Israeli TV that martyrdom operations are haram [unlawful] and that the one who carries them out is committing suicide. The Grand Mufti, along with other 38 Muslim scholars, released a statement to prove the opposite of what the Grand Imam...
The author states that he is an Egyptian Copt and yet he writes this article in the defense of the Sheikh of the Azhar, who has been lately attacked because of the fatwa of Sheikh El-Eish about the Iraqi Transitional Ruling Council. He defends the Sheikh of the Azhar because he believes that the...

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