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Scholars call for inclusion of all beliefs in Azhar document as others slam it

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: While experts hailed an Al-Azhar document issued last month, labeling it a step toward restoring the Islamic institution’s status, they expressed some reservations during a press conference Wednesday. Scholars said the document should include rights of atheists and beliefs other than Christianity and Judaism, while others criticized the document for stripping Egypt …


Cabinet, political powers hail Azhar’s call for democratic state

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Egypt’s Cabinet and different political powers hailed an Al-Azhar document calling for a “modern, democratic” and secular state in Egypt. Deputy Prime Minister Yehia El-Gamal commended the document in the Cabinet’s 16th meeting on Wednesday, describing it as one of the most important charters issued to date. Members of the Cabinet and …


Muslim body urges ‘modern’ secular Egypt

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s top center of religious learning, called on Monday for a “modern, democratic” and secular state in Egypt where places of worship are protected. The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, in a news conference broadcast live, revealed a document formulated by Al-Azhar and Egyptian intellectuals that aims to …


Azhar-Church initiative holds guidance sessions for Copts wishing to convert

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: An Azhar-led initiative to combat sectarian strife decided on Sunday to reinitiate the guidance sessions held for Copts wishing to convert to Islam which are to be held at Al-Azhar and attended by a Coptic clergyman and a family member of the person wishing to convert. These sessions were prohibited by the …


Al-Azhar says grand sheikh should be elected not state appointed

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Al-Azhar said Wednesday that its Grand Sheikh should be elected not appointed by the state, insisting that its independence wasn’t compromised during the revolution that toppled the president. At a press conference, Al-Azhar’s Grand Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb said this prestigious religious institution didn’t butter up the ousted regime. “Al-Azhar is a …


Suicide is against Islam: Al-Azhar

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the most prestigious centre of religious learning in the Sunni Muslim world, said on Tuesday that Islam bans suicide for any reason. “Sharia law states that Islam categorically forbids suicide for any reason and does not accept the separation of souls from bodies as an expression of stress, anger or …


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