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Upon the occurrence of any clash or tension between Muslims and Christians in our country, some Muslim hardliners voice the jaundiced view that the Holy Quran does not recognize any religion other than Islam. Such persons support their opinion by invoking the two Quranic verses «The true religion...
Popular Egyptian talk shows have shown a great deal of interest in several Christian issues.  Highlights of this phenomenon include the aggressive viewpoints of Sālim ʿAbd al-Jalīl [Salem Abdel Galil] (Shaykh), former undersecretary of the Christians.
Egyptian author and member of Islamic Shūra Council in Austria, Bahjat al-`Obaidī, condemned the statements made by the Ministry of Endowment’s Undersecretary Dr. Sālem `Abd al-Majīd, in which he described Christians as unbeliever and their faith as “corrupt”.  
Background: This is an interview with Shaykh Muḥammad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī, the Great Imam of the Azhar conducted by Cornelis Hulsman and members of the Maʿadī Community Church which is a very diverse community. They belong to many different Christian backgrounds and come from forty different countries....
Scholars of Islamic sharī'ah and the Azhar agreed that Shaykh Mahmūd 'Āmir, the chairman of the Ansār al-Sunnah al-Muhammadīyah (Supporters of the Prophet's Sunnah) Association in Damanhūr, was not right in his fatwa prohibiting voting in the elections for Muslim candidates who do not observe daily...
On a Youtube film released on March 28 one sees salafī leader Muhammad Hasān preaching against liberalism which, according to him is anti-Islam. This is a leader who prior to the revolution was unknown to most Egyptians. He was serving in prison for his aggressive speech and was released when the...
Drs. Hulsman comments on a frequently referenced Qur’ānic verse that comments on compulsion in religion, and the misinterpretation that frequently accompanies the verse.
Before I temporarily quit discussing die question of the exclusion of Copts from leading posts, I would like to quote a profound letter written by Mr. Nabil Adly—a colleague at Watani. He writes: ‘The exclusion of Copts from leading posts is an issue which concerns all of us. However, other...
The article is about religious Fatāwá [religious rulings] and the need for scientific integrity in mentioning evidences that supports or contradicts Fatāwá given by Muslim clerics.
The article talks about the second edition of Dr. Muḥammad ‘Imārah’s book which is considered incomplete as it does not include Dr. cImārah’s apology.
Some Coptic websites presented a study realized by Dr. George Bibāwī and Dr. Robert Show. The study deems Pope Shenouda Kāfir and provide an explicit argument to its claims.
Comment on lack of tolerance for differences in views, often related to religious principles and displayed in various media. Two Cairo lectures by William Dalrymple show a strong Christian population decline in the Arab World.
The author criticizes the Faisal Islamic Bank of Egypt for issuing a decree that prevents Copts from buying shares in the bank on the Egyptian stock exchange.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been suffering from the massive state drive to detain senior leaders and subscribers of the group. This started when students connected with the group initiated a parade at the Azhar University, which the state saw as demonstration of the group’s force toward the...
The article discusses some Fatwás issued by prominent Saudi Shaykhs that prohibit participating in Christian or Jewish religious celebrations, such as Christmas.
Sāmih Fawzī writes about Takfīr and Rose al- Yūsuf, questioning the role of the Islamic Research Academy. Fawzī highlights the phenomena of recorded tapes that put national unity under threat as they encourage religious discrimination and call for supporting mujāhids.
Father Zakarīyā Butrus, the controversial priest who foments anger of Muslims, of Egypt in particular and the Arab world in general, through his programs which launched a no-holds-barred attack on the Islamic faith on ‘al-Hayāt’satellite channel, appears for the first time in Arab media.
In this article the author explains why Muslims should not hate the People of the Book. The Prophet himself did not invoke evil on them, as some of the preachers do. On the contrary, he asked God to lead them to the right path. He concluded by wondering how a preacher could, with a heart full of...
The author comments on the issue of jihad in Islam. He believes that Muslims need a new fiqh for jihad that takes into consideration changes in the relations between different nations.
Dr. Youssef Al-Qaradawi believes that some of the Islamic religious discourse expressions are no longer accepted by non-Muslim minorities in Islamic countries. For example, the word “dhimmis.” He believes that this word can be substituted with “citizens.” He adds that the age of globalization...

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