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The Grand Imām, Dr. Ahmad al-Ṭayyib, yesterday received Shaykh Hamzah Aktan, Head of the Supreme Council for Religious Affairs in Turkey, who is currently visiting Egypt. Among the matters they discussed was the Azhar's call for a meeting of Sunnī scholars in preparation for a dialogue meeting...
In response to angry letters to the Al-Azhar demanding an apology for the remarks made by Al-Azhar professor Dr. Ahmed Taha Rayan on an Arab satellite TV show about the Alawis [a sect in Islam], the Sheikh of Al-Azhar formed a committee to evaluate the situation and give a final opinion.
Clearly expressing his views about three Muslim sects, a sheikh from Al-Azhar is accused of speaking irreverently of them. Angry reactions from the followers of these sects range from calling for apologies to the taking his life ’as the only decent reply to his disrespect of their beliefs.
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