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The writer objects to and criticizes the Fatwá issued by the previous Egyptian Muftī Dr. Naṣr Farīd Wāṣil which proclaimed Ṣaddām Ḥussayn a martyr because of his persecution by the Americans.
Rajab al-Bannā believes that Islam is being attacked everywhere, citing examples from Denmark, The Netherlands and Australia.
The author believes that the Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy is no longer able to play an effective role as one of Egypt’s most reputable Islamic institutions.
The Grand Sheikh recently clashed with those more politically minded when he refused to lead a prayer for the martyrs of Kosovo. Explaining that it was unlawful according the Muslim Shari’a, he suggested that those who wished to pray for martyrs do so at home or at mosques affiliated to the...
The polemic continues as regards the issue of the Prayer for the Absentee. According to Sayyed Tantawi, the Sheikh Al-Azhar, there is no need for a prayer for the martyrs who are absent. However this issue has provoked many of the Sheikh’s opponents who are accusing him of mixing politics with...
The statement lately released by the Islamic Center of Al-Azhar concerning the Prayer for the Absentee has caused a crisis especially after the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Dr. Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi refused to perform the Prayer for the Absentee for Muslim martyrs of Kosovo, after last Friday’s prayer.
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