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As al-Azhar and the Council of Senior Scholars escalate their opposition to a bill regulating the Dār al-Ifṭā’, Shaykh of al-Azhār Aḥmad al-Ṭayyib announced on Saturday that he had put in a request with the head of Parliament, ʿAlī ʿAbd al-ʿĀl, to attend the Monday plenary session, which will be...
In a letter to Dr ʿAlīʿAbd al-ʿᾹl, Speaker of the House of Representatives, al-Azhar has communicated the opinion of the Council of Senior Scholars on the bill presented to Parliament pertaining to reforms to the Egyptian Dār al-Iftā’. Al-Azhar stressed that the content of these reforms contravenes...
His Holiness Pope Tawāḍrūs II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, visited Sunday the headquarters of al-Azhar, accompanied by a large church delegation to express felicitations for the occasion of ʿĪd al-Aḍḥā. 
The Azhar’s Grand Shaykh Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb greeted Copts for Christmas, expressing his hope to strengthen the ties between Egyptians.
Shaykh ‘Usāmah Qāsim, the Muftī for the Jihād Organization in Egypt, said women must not be a leader of any Islamist party like the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) on the grounds that it runs counter to the sharī’ah and teachings of Islam.
Muftī of the Republic Dr. 'Alī Jum'ah said that Islam prohibited incitement to shed the blood of anyone and considered it more sacred than "Bayt Allah al-Harām" (Allah's Holy House) [referring to Mecca where Muslims go for pilgrimage]. q
Cairo Criminal Court decided to refer seven expatriate Copts to the Muftī of the Republic (which means death sentence) for producing a film discrediting Prophet Muhammad
Former Grand Muftī of the Republic Shaykh Naṣr Farīd Wāṣil, who represents the Azhar on the constituent assembly writing a new constitution for Egypt, said he does not see any reason for the withdrawal of the representatives of churches from the constitution panel, adding the differences are not...
Muftī of the Republic Dr. ‘Alī Jum’ah praised the Egyptian church’s position regarding the film and cartoons defaming the Prophet Muhammad, adding the crisis has brought Egyptian Muslims and Christians to unite.  
Most Rev. Munīr Hannā Anīs, the head of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt, said Copts have fears about power under the Muslim Brotherhood group, adding more than 100,000 Egyptian Christians emigrated last year.  


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