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The Azhar appealed to all Egyptians to vote in the upcoming referendum over the Constitution in accordance with their religious and national conscience, calling this a “national duty”. In a speech yesterday, the Azhar called for the referendum to be carried out peacefully and for the avoidance of...
"I have not been able to go home for a month now." It is with this statement that Shaykh Muhammad 'Abdullah Nasr, coordinator of the group Azharians for a civil state and a Tahrir Square preacher, disclosed the chase launched against him by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and the Salafists. In an...
President Muhammad Mursī on Friday (Nov. 8) issued a presidential decree appointing Bishop Tawadrus as Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark as the decree was received by acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Pachomius. [‘Imād Khalīl, ‘Id ‘Abd al-Jawād, Rashā al...
Dr. Ahmad Karīmah, professor of sharī’ah at the Azhar stated in response to al- Qaradawi’s fatwa, calling the participation in the presidential elections harām, that religion has nothing to do with elections and that no person or institution can claim that such a vote or referendum is halāl (...
A recent fatwá of Dr. Yūsuf al-Qaradāwī, stated that calling for participation in the coming presidential elections is harām (religiously prohibited).
Muhammad Mukhtār Jum’ah, Minister of Endowments,  has assured that he will not allow imāms and preachers to campaign for any political group or candidate. 
The Global Fatwa Index (GFI) affiliated to Egypt’s Dār al-Iftāʾ and General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide reported that it has monitored 500 samples on various fatwas that have been issued over the years by official institutes as well as by radical and ultra-conservative Islamist...
Dr. Ibrāhīm Nigm, Advisor to the grand mufti, stated that ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is an organization that has misled many young people in the name of religion. 
Dr. Suheir Abdel Azīm [Suhayr ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm] has recently published a book al-Musīqa fī al-Islām (Music in Islam), which deals with the relationship between aesthetic and moral values of music in Islam. In her book, Dr. Suhayr ʿAbd al-ʿAẓīm describes how music and singing is deeply rooted in Islam...
Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyib, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, said that wearing the niqāb is left for women to decide, as such falls under personal freedom, and comes within the framework of the permissible [in Islam], explaining that “if the employer asks a female employee no to wear the veil at work, she should...
The Observatory for Takfīrī Fatwās and Extremist Thought, associated with Dār al-Iftā’, affirmed that the clash between terrorist organizations has worsened. Every organization is trying to surpass, and destroy, the other. This clash has transformed into a hostile phenomenon that has spread...
Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyib, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, said that human rights in the western world are not concerned with the directives of religion, of ḥalāl and ḥarām, but rather, to completely remove religion from any area of life. Among these rights is homosexuality, for which the Grand Imam emphasizes...
Controversy generated after the announcement made by the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, Pope Tawadrūs II, to dedicate the award prize he received during his Russia visit from The Orthodox Unity Fund, to build a mosque and a church in the new administrative capital of...
Dr. Bakr Zakī ʿAwaḍ, former Dean of the Cairo Faculty of Fundamentals of Islam and member of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, confirmed that there is nothing in the Qurʾān that states that congratulating Christians or building churches is ḥarām. “Whoever can find a clear text forbidding this...
Mūrsī `Atallahwrites in his column this week in Al-Ahrām newspaper: I do not know the reason for this fabricated fuss about the project of a unified Friday sermon unless some people want to transform the mosque podiums from being platforms for awareness and guidance into bombs and landmines for...
Shaikh `Adel Nasr, official spokesman of the al-Da`wa al-Salafiyya Group in Egypt said on the Groups' internet website that khitān (circumcision) is one of the tenets of Islam and of the Millat Ibrahīm (the ideology of Prophet Abraham in the Qur'ān).
Interviewers: Eline Kasanwidjojo, Quinta Smit   Language of interview: English (original interview), English (presented transcript)   Transcript: Quinta Smit   Approval: Requested and no objection received   Khālid Manṣūr talks about the reasons for establishing al-Iṣlāḥ Party and its relation to...
  Interviewer: Quinta Smit   Language of interview: Arabic (original interview), English (presented transcript)   Interpreter: Muḥammad Saʿīd   Transcript: Quinta Smit   Approval: Approved by interviewee     Bassām al-Zarqā, a leading member of the Nūr Party and advisor to president Muḥammad Mursī...
Interviewer: Quinta Smit Language of interview: English (original interview), English (presented transcript) Transcript: Quinta Smit Approval: Approved by interviewee   The interview was conducted with a member of the Waṭan Party, just after he had left politics. He was never involved in politics...
Jamāl al-Bannā was born in 1920 in al-Mahmūdiyyah in al-Bihīrah governorate, Egypt. His elder brother was al-Imām Ḥasan al-Bannā, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Despite being the brother of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Bannā pursued quite different interests. al-Bannā...

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