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Liberal Islamic researcher and thinker Islām al-Biḥayrī denied the rumors on a court ruling that allegedly ban him from appearing on TV channels, commenting that the ruling, which was in his favor, is a victory for freedom of thought.
The Copts of the United Arab Republic Of Egypt Front condemned the court verdict that sentenced three Coptic minors on charges of contempt of Islam. The Front described the verdict as 'wrongful' and 'a dishonor to the June 30 Revolution'.
Commenting on the detention of Islam researcher, Islām Al-Beheirī who is charged for contempt of religion, Egypt's Grand Mufti, Dr. Shawqī `Allām, said: “Freedom of thought is part of Islam; however it is not an absolute freedom.”
Egypt’s deep state is a bureaucratic theocracy. This network forms the infrastructure of the official government. It is accountable to the doctrines put forth by the powerful Islamic clerics of Al-Ahzar Institute. The religion of Islam, when merged with the state, can better exert Allah’s powerful...
The Bani Mazār Court will deliver the verdict in the trial of four Coptic Christian students charged with contempt of religion on 25 February.
The Grand Imām Muhammad Sayyid Tantāwī severely criticized a preparatory school student for wearing the niqāb in class. The shaykh was accused of offending the girl and violating personal freedoms. The incident brought about heated discussions about the niqāb in public places. While some newspapers...
The author condemns the fact that no one honored Farag Foda, neither in his life nor after his death, although he fought extremism and was assassinated because of his anti-terrorism ideas. He sheds light on the role Foda played in fighting terrorism.
Last week I read an article by one of them published in Asharq Al-Awsat on August 9. The main idea of the article was based on imagining an Arab-Muslim person in a room with representatives of different religions and races. The author of the article raises the question: How would this Arab-Muslim...
Let’s quickly look at some quotations from the writings of Sayyed Qutb. In his book “Al-Islam wa Mushkelat Al-Hadara” [Islam and the dilemmas of civilization], Qutb wrote “A thousand books about Islam, a thousand sermons in mosques and a thousand films about Islam are not enough. Creating a small...
Dr. Samīr Marqus discusses the concept of cultural citizenship and its relation with the current ruckus in the Egyptian political arena about reforming certain articles in the Egyptian constitution.
A controversial book is released during the Christmas period denouncing Christians as apostates who can legitimately be killed.
‘Ādil al-Dawwī reflects on two recent events that created uproar in the Egyptian society: the crisis of the anti-Ḥijāb statements made by the Egyptian minister of culture, and the semi-militaristic parade of Azhar students who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.
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...
Dr. Isaac Fānūs freely spoke his mind about the issues he found important. Dr. Fānūs was critical about ecclesiastical institutions and leadership, including those in his own Coptic Orthodox Church. In this interview religions are described as societal entities that humans have created and...
Many of the issues considered as belonging to the proven and known in Islām can change according to time and circumstances. What some think as protection from foreign danger is really a restriction of development that gives one group of clergymen the authority to control the beliefs and...
A student of higher studies at the Usūl al-Dīn [Fundamentals of Religion] Faculty, al-Minūfīyah branch of the Azhar University, wrote a PhD thesis deeming that the Rose al-Yūsuf periodical and founder were Kāfir. In week 50, AWR presented a series of reactions published in Rose al- Yūsuf. The...
The following lines review an interview with the Azhar Shaykh Dr. Sayyid Tantāwī in which the Shaykh expresses his complete ignorance of the Takfīr of Rose al-Yūsuf, and asks his interviewer to refer to other people or claim a file against the person.
Rajab al-Murshidī from Rose al- Yūsuf meets three members of the panel of evaluation of the Azhar Takfīr thesis who declare that there were many transgressions and errors in the thesis, and reveal that the panel will not accept the thesis unless its author makes certain revisions.
In an interview, Egyptian writer Muhsin Muhammad defends Rose al-Yūsuf against the Takfīr thesis that he considers to be null and void. Muhammad denounces the lack of liberty in Egyptian reality and foretells the coming of liberalism against the religious current.
Ibrāhīm Sa‘dah denounces the Takfīr of Rose al- Yūsuf, and highlights what he calls some “unjust” issues in the thesis of the Azhar researcher, calling on Azhar scholars and parliament members to take a positive role in defending intellectuals and education from unjust Takfīr.

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