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The Egyptian writer, thinker, and Islamic affairs specialist Islām Buḥayrī (Islam Behery) said on the television program “The Compass” that Muftī ʿAṭīyah Ṣaqr, head of the former fatwa committee at al-Azhar, released a compilation of fatwas in May 1997. One of these well-known fatwas forbade the...
The article sheds light on ‘Urfī marriages and the necessity of the Azhar institutions to interfere to deliver Fatwás showing the right path to the confused youths and to prevent the spread of corruption in the society.
The Egyptian Football Federation seeks to implement a betting system for the Egyptian football league, but the Muftī says betting is forbidden and a form of gambling.
The author analyses the case of Heidi Hakīm Manqarius Salīb, a Christian girl who converted to Islam. This case was reported in Al-Katība al-Tībīya (The Theban Legion) and on the websites of several Christian organizations as a kidnapping, but in fact there is no proof of any physical force or...
The new Mufti of Egypt decided to entrust the task of issuing fatwas to the Islamic Research Institute. The author believes this not to be a good decision, as the Institute has charged many intellectuals with kufr [unbelief] and is not known for defending the freedom of opinion. He suggested the...
The latest fatwa of Sheikh Atiya Saqr that forbids shaking hands between men and women is a return to the dogmatic opinions that preceded the explosion of terrorism in Egypt. The author wondered how could Egypt fight terrorism without fighting such strange beliefs that create the atmosphere for the...
Many Azhar professors said that shaking hands between women and men is not haram as long as the people involved in the handshake do not have bad intentions of lust or desire. Dr. Abdel-Mo’ti Bayoumi criticized the way Sheikh Atiya Saqr follows in interpreting hadiths. He said that Sheikh Saqr...
The fatwa that forbids shaking hands between men and women contradicts the moderation Sheikh Atiya Saqr is known for. It was better for Sheikh Saqr to present the opinions of jurists on this point and let people decide for themselves. This fatwa put many of the Azhar scholars in a critical...
Sheikh Atiya Saqr stressed that he would not withdraw his statement about prohibiting shaking hands between men and women, as this is stated in a true hadith. He said that he would not take the trouble and respond to those who criticized his fatwa, as some of them deny the sunna. He added that if...
Al-Qaradawi’s fatwa that allows non-Muslim women to stay with their husbands after converting to Islam caused controversy. Dr. Abdel-Sabour Shahin agreed with the fatwa and explained that the Qur’an prevents a woman who has joined Islam from staying with her apostate husband and not her Kitabi...

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