Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Tue109 2018

Last update19:14 PM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Issues > Other Issues
Muslim Brotherhood seeks new way to pick al Azhar's Grand Imam
Muslim Brotherhood seeks new way to pick al Azhar's Grand Imam
Sheikh Ali Gomaa, the head of Dar al-Iftaa, or the religious decree house, at Al Azhar is considered to be a likely nominee to replace Sheikh Tantawi.
Friday, March 12,2010 16:15
IkhwanWeb

The death of Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi this week fuelled demands by opposition figures that the head of Al Azhar, the most prestigious Sunni religious institution in the world, be elected by a body of scholars and not appointed by the state as reported by sources.

“We demand that the sheikh of Al Azhar be elected by Azhar scholars and not appointed by the president,” said Hamdi Hassan, spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood bloc, Egypt’s strongest opposition group, in parliament. “Unfortunately, the status of Al Azhar has deteriorated, and it is no longer playing its role for Egypt, Arabs and Muslims,” he said. “It’s very essential that Al Azhar reclaim its role, and this won’t happen while a government employee is at its head.

Since 1961, the Egyptian president has appointed the mufti and sheikh of Al Azhar.

The president Hosni Mubarak, who appointed Sheikh Tantawi in 1996, issued a statement on Wednesday, mourning “one of the respected scholars of Islam and one of the defenders of Islam’s enlightenment and tolerance”.

The independent legislator Mustafa Bakri and others complained, however, that Sheikh Tantawi ignored essential issues

The opposition leader Ayman Nour wrote in the daily Al Dostour: “May God have mercy on Sheikh Tantawi for his religious knowledge, and forgive him for working in politics

“We hope that a respected scholar would come to lead Al Azhar, modernise its role and regain its status,” added Mr Nour, who finished distant second to President Mubarak in the first presidential elections in 2005.

Sheikh Ali Gomaa, the head of Dar al-Iftaa, or the religious decree house, at Al Azhar is considered to be a likely nominee to replace Sheikh Tantawi.

For the time being, Mohammed Abdel Aziz Wassel, the deputy of Al Azhar, will assume Sheikh Tantawi’s duties.

The Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, who is running the state’s affairs until Mr Mubarak returns from Germany, did not publicize a state of mourning. However, Friday prayers across Egypt will be dedicated to Sheikh Tantawi and official condolences will be accepted at Omar Makram Mosque in Cairo on Friday evening.

While some lamented that Al Azhar under Sheikh Tantawi had not done much to bridge the differences between Sunnis and Shiites, Ali el-Semman, the head of the Dialogue Committee in the Supreme Islamic Council, said yesterday "Sheikh Tantawi was very keen on Muslim-Christian dialogue, and he was the one who emphasised that such dialogue won’t address the doctrines of the two religions, but search for the familiar ground between them.”


 

tags: Tantawi / Al Azhar / Sunni Religious / Azhar Scholars / Muslim Brotherhood Bloc / Opposition Group / Mufti / Ali Gomaa
Posted in Other Issues , Islamic Movements  
Add Comment Send to Friend Print
Hozni Mubarak cant Kazi
Hoszni mubarak cannot talk of act on behalf of Al Azhar or Muslims. He is not a chosen or elected representative of Egypt and Muslims. He came to power from back door. He is a despotic brutal dictator.
Saturday, March 13,2010 03:37
Related Articles
Ali Gomaa Egyptian mufti talks about Islam at the John Hopkins university.
Mufti of Palestine warns of massacre inside the Aqsa Mosque
Dismay Over US and Spanish Visas’ Rejection for Several Azhar Imams
National Forces, Topped by Muslim Brotherhood, At Al Azhar on Friday
On Al Azhar’s Protests: A Parade of Foolishness
Muslim Brotherhood students dress as militias in Al Azhar sit-in
MB Bloc Calls For Parliament To Investigate Al Azhar Events
A Week of Escalations: The MB And Al Azhar Demonstrations
MB Criticized On Handling Al Azhar Students’ Case
Habib: We Agree with Egypt’s Mufti, Reject Religious Parties
The Mufti in Newsweek
Defendants In Al Azhar Explosions Case Accuse Gov’t of Torture