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Meanwhile, the independent syndicate of imāms issued a statement expressing support for the initiative announced by the Azhar under the auspices of Grand Shaykh Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb to prepare guiding proposals on criteria for the re-formation of a constituent assembly to draft a new constitution for...
Supporters believe the visit is consolidating the concept of the Arabism of al-Quds (Jerusalem) while opponents think it lends legitimacy to the “Zionist entity” that allows entry into the holy city only after it puts its seal on passports and entry visas. The second team stressed support for the...
A recent visit by Muftī of the Republic Dr. ‘Alī Jum’ah to Jerusalem and prayers at the al-Aqsá Mosque along with official Jordanian figures sparked a row among clerics and scholars in the Muslim world. [Ahmad ‘Abd al-Fattāh and Nādir Abū al-Futūh, al-Ahrām, April 19, p. 13] Read original text in...
The increasing phenomenon of the deposition of Orthodox priests has caused great controversy within the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The author probes the reasons behind the defrocking of two priests, Father Mina Ishaq and Father Bisada Zakī.
A church source explains that publishing the pictures of defrocked priests was not to expose them but to warn other Copts against them. Because there are no special laws specifying clergymen’s uniforms, defrocked priests can commit irregularities.
The church has given a decision stripping a priest in al-Jīza of his priesthood after being found guilty of collecting funds for himself in the name of the Coptic cathedral.
Father Bisādā Zakī, whose name at birth was Fakhrī Zakī Fakhrī, has been defrocked and dismissed from his position at the Giza Bishopric. The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate has warned its followers against having future financial dealings with the defrocked priest.
Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria has given orders to defrock two priests for violating the church’s teachings.


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