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The Azhar and Dār al-Iftā’ will not stipulate a specific form of takbīr (the exclamation ‘Allahu Akbar’), according to puresunnah during ‘Īd al-Fitr, and in a fatwá stated that the form of takbīr used by Egyptians for a long time, as opposed to that used by the Companions of the Prophet, was...
The past few years have seen a large degree of chaos in the field of religious discourse in Egypt and, in particular, who has the right to issue fatwás. However, June 30th’s uprising reinstated that Dār al- iftā’, Committee of fatwá and the Committee of Da’wah Research are the only two institutions...
At the religious seminar organized by the Center for Innovation in the city of Damanhūr, Dr. Shawqī ‘Allām, the Mufti of Egypt, declared that the Media Center of the National Fatwá-issuing Authority has annulled 155 extremist fatwás that called for terrorism, murder, and destruction
A committee of intellectuals and religious scholars has been formed by Grand Imam of the Azhar, Doctor Ahmad al-Tayyib, to discuss the issue of the representation of the prophets in cinema, in response to the recent film, ‘Noah’. 
Sheikh Sharīf al-Hawārī, member of the al- Da'wah al- Salafīah  shūra “advisory” council, announced his support for the police reports filed against outspoken non-observers of Ramadan.
Minister of Endowments, Muhammad Mukhtār Jum’ah, has requested that a law regulating fatwá affairs be drafted, to be presented to the Council of Supreme Scholars headed by the Azhar Shaykh Ahmad al- Tayyib.
Dār al- Iftā’ has called to coordinate the Islamic efforts to monitor the incorrect fatwás that are tarnishing the image of Islam and the Muslims and responding to it in a practical and scholarly manner.
The Azhar Shaykh, Ahmad al- Tayyib, received Dr. Khudair al- Khuzā’ī, vice president of Iraq. Khuzā’ī stated that the Islamic ummah agrees that the Azhar is the symbol for moderate thought.
Dr. Hammīd Abu Tālib, member of the Islamic Research Institute, stated that Dr. ‘Umar Nāssif, secretary of the Islamic Council for Preaching and Relief, decided to suspend the activities of the branch of the World Union for Muslim Scholars that is headed by Dr. Yusuf al- Qaradāwī inside Egypt
Writing in 1999 for al-Usbūʿ newspaper, Hānī Zayyāt and Muṣṭafā Sulaymān expressed the
While Egyptian officials try to contain the repercussions of clashes that erupted between Muslims and Christians in the district of Dahshūr, south of Cairo, which left one killed and dozens others wounded, sectarian violence took place in al-Zaqāzīq, the capital of al-Sharqia governorate. Financial...
A state of anxiety is dominating the village of Dahshūr as the 33 Coptic families that were forced to leave their dwelling places after clashes between Muslims and Copts that left Mu’āz Muhammad Hasab Allāh dead are to return home. President Muhammad Mursī had ordered all authorities concerned to...
The sectarian strife in Dahshūr is certainly not the first one and probably will not be the last if Egyptians did not take a pause and look to the future. The tragic incidents must prompt us to seek haven in the law and ruthlessly apply it on inciters who burn the whole society with their...
Developments taking place on the lands of Egypt are not compatible with the Egyptian character that has always been resistant to attempts to break or invade it. Does it really make sense that Egyptians gather outside the embassy of Myanmar to protest persecution and injustice against Muslims while...
In a bloody terrorist attack by extremist jihādī groups supported by jihādī elements in the Gaza Strip on Sunday (Aug. 5), sixteen Egyptian army soldiers were killed and seven others wounded in the city of Rafah while they were starting to have their iftār meal. “Jihādists sneaked from the Gaza...
[Reviewer’s Note: The paper mentioned that Israeli Member of Knesset Michael Ben-Ari from the National Union Party has burnt a copy of the Bible while he actually tore a New Testament from a copy of the Holy Book and threw it in the trash bin] Najīb Jabrā’īl, Chairman of the Egyptian Union for...
Another Coptic activist, John Tal’at, called for expelling the Israeli ambassador in response to Ben-Ari’s destroying a New Testament, urging strong actions against such “insolence”. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, July 20, p. 13] Read original text in Arabic
A salafī-leaning newspaper, al-Rahmā, harshly criticized public figures in the Egyptian society and said those persons are conspiring against the January 25 Revolution. The paper named talk show host Sayīd ‘Alī, former parliament member Muhammad Abū Hāmid, outspoken critic of Islamists Tawfīq ‘...
The addition of the phrase “...and non-Muslims may have recourse to their own religious laws” to the constitution is needless because Islam guarantees non-Muslims to practice their rituals and beliefs freely anyway. There are no texts in the Egyptian constitutions since 1923 that forbid a woman, a...
For the third week running, the missionary Al Hayat TV is still airing its programs insolently attacking and insulting the Prophet Muhammad, his wife ‘Ā’ishah and the sahābah (companions) on Nilesat. Several citizens appealed to President Muhammad Mursī via messages and faxes to the republican...

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