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Background: The recording included questions regarding how Muslims should treat Jews and Christians. Dr. ʿAbd al-Muʿṭī Bayūmī,  member of the Islamic Research Academy in Egypt and a professor at Al Azhar University responded to the questions. Side B: Dr. ʿAbd al-Muʿṭī Bāyūmī talked about the idea...
Two truths mentioned in the Qur’an that form Islam’s stand towards other religions. First, there is an objective unity between Islam and other revealed religions. Second, the Qur’an does not mention any religion, whether revealed or not, in a negative way.
Separation of executive, judicial and legislative authorities is one of the bases of the civil state. Many people believe that this separation is the invention of Western civilization not Islamic civilization. In fact, this is not true. This separation appeared for the first time in the first...
The author of the article, Dr. Wā’il ‘Azīz, discusses religious freedom versus freedom of expression. He calls on Muslims to acknowledge the achievements of all Muslim scholars and intellectuals, and asserts that no one has the right to issue fatwás of Takfīr against anyone unless they publicly...
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....
The last two years witnessed increasing Western attacks on Islam. Muslim reactions, however, in many cases Muslims violent reactions, enforced the negative image of Islam. Nevertheless, some Muslim intellectuals called for peaceful reactions through changing the violent image of Islam by showing...
Al-Sharq al-Awsat interviews Dr. ‘Abd al-Mu‘tī Bayyūmī, a member of the Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy and the former deputy head of the Religious Affairs Committee at the People’s Assembly, about a number of issues, including the controversial statement of Pope Benedict on Islam and...
A new bill amending some of the articles of the Hamaiouni law which is concerned with building churches is allegedly being discussed.
The article discusses the possibility of establishing an Islamic stock exchange based on the laws of Islam that prohibit practices harmful to society such as usury, long-term selling transactions and monopoly.
This press review deals with a controversial announcement made by Max Michel, a Christian who split from the Coptic Orthodox Church and set up a church in the Muqattam area and named himself Archbishop Maximus I, amidst an outcry from the Egyptian mother church and severe criticism.
The author reviews the discussions in a symposium hosted by a group of senior Muslim scholars about the fatwas given recently by Hasan al- Turābī which sparked shock waves in the Muslim world as they contradicted firmly-established beliefs about the hijāb and the impermissibility of...
In an attempt to curb the sea of fatwas, the Azhar has recently submitted a proposal to the People’s Assembly, in which it called for introducing legislation to criminalize the issuance of fatwas by unqualified Muslim scholars, Muhammad Khalīl writes.
The article is an interview with Dr. Abdel-Mo´ti Bayoumi. He comments on ijtihad, secularism and the legality of women issuing fatwas. He also comments on his expectation of being appointed rector of the Azhar University.
“The National Council for Human Rights is to have an active role during the upcoming presidential elections through an operating room that is mainly concerned with receiving complaints about any transgressions in the voting process,” Mukhlis Qutb, secretary general of the council, said in an...
The second principle of the civil state in Islam is the separation of religious matters from worldly matters. The Prophet Muhammad was the first to enact such a separation within an Islamic framework.
Ibn Al-Qayyim listed ten opinions regarding whether non-Muslim women are to stay with their husbands after converting to Islam. Dr. Youssef Al-Qaradawi preferred the sixth of ten opinions on this matter. Al-Qaradawi added to the sixth opinion that full marriage, including sexual intercourse, is...
Dr. Abdel-Mo’ti Bayoumi expressed the opinion that giving fatwas to Muslims, regarding their personal and general affairs is not limited to the Mufti and that all scholars share this with him. The Mufti believes that all Muslim scholars are allowed to give fatwas, but there are guidelines. He said...
Dr. Abdel-Mo’ti Bayoumi and Bishop Bissenti differ concerning Eve’s creation from Adam’s rib. The former rejected the idea, arguing that it would belittle women’s position and stressed that it was not mentioned in Islam. Bishop Bissenti said that this fact is assured in the three heavenly religions...
Dr. Zaghloul Al-Naggar wrote an article on the cosmic verses in the Qur’an. In this article he wrote that the revealed books before the Qur’an were all lost or altered. Therefore, the Qur’an is the only book where reciting it is like praying. The author believes that Al-Naggar should not have...
The Taliban movement destroyed ancient Buddha statutes in Afghanistan. Abdel Mo’ti Bayoumi said that not every statue is an idol and it is not right to demolish statues even if they were previously worshipped. Abdel Shafie Mohammed said that what happened is an unnecessary frantic act. Dr. Abdel...

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