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Arab spring a plot to divide countries: Egypt's Grand Imam
'Some Arab spring revolutions brought benefits but others were planned to destroy and divide countries', Ahmed El-Tayib says
Ahram Online , Monday 12 May 2014
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Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb
Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Egypt's leading Sunni Muslim scholar, at the historic al-Azhar mosque and university, in Cairo, October 2, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Some Arab spring revolutions were launched to divide the countries of the region, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayib has asserted.

"Some Arab spring revolutions brought benefits but others were planned to destroy and divide countries," he said in an interview on Al-Hayat TV channel on Sunday.

The West invented "corrupted" theories in order to steal the wealth of the East, El-Tayib added.

"The East has not met the level of West, the gap is widening between them," he said, adding that there was a conspiracy to keep the East weak.

"The West presented the clash of civilizations theory in order to provoke a clash with Islamic civilization."

"There are non-Western nations with old civilizations that are capable of leading the world in a more reasonable way than the West," El-Tayib said.

Western civilization is in a state of extreme moral, spiritual and religious poverty, he asserted.

However, he noted that Islamic civilization was capable of coexisting with Western civilization.

"The history of Islamic civilization is full of examples of respect for and recognition of the other."





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Joe
13-05-2014 11:24am
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God help Muslims
Al Azhar has failed miserably. It is their job to spread real Islam. It is their JOB to shout out loud that Wahabism is a curse to Islam and I mean loudly! It's their JOB to ban the niqab which has no place in Islam or a respectable society. It is their JOB to sweep Al Azhar clean of every single extremist and that goes for most Salafists who look down on other Muslims as not being real Muslims. It's their JOB to make sure that EVERY mosque in Egypt is teaching the religion of the prophet NOT some warped ideology from Saudi Arabia! UNTIL the day that Al Azhar steps up and takes control for the correct interpretation of Islam, the Muslims around the world will never find Salam-Peace. Not in their hearts not in the souls not in their minds. Al Azhar has failed muslims and if it is to have any credibiliy at all it needs to change and change FAST. One first move would be a public clean sweeping out of the Salafist nut cases!
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Joe
13-05-2014 11:23am
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Awful
Al Azhar has failed miserably. It is their job to spread real Islam. It is their JOB to shout out loud that Wahabism is a curse to Islam and I mean loudly! It's their JOB to ban the niqab which has no place in Islam or a respectable society. It is their JOB to sweep Al Azhar clean of every single extremist and that goes for most Salafists who look down on other Muslims as not being real Muslims. It's their JOB to make sure that EVERY mosque in Egypt is teaching the religion of the prophet NOT some warped ideology from Saudi Arabia! UNTIL the day that Al Azhar steps up and takes control for the correct interpretation of Islam, the Muslims around the world will never find Salam-Peace. Not in their hearts not in the souls not in their minds. Al Azhar has failed muslims and if it is to have any credibiliy at all it needs to change and change FAST. One first move would be a public clean sweeping out of the Salafist nut cases!
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Ameen Abdullah
13-05-2014 07:35am
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HELP
We need Al-Azhar to denounce those terrorists who falsely claim Muslim while killing and bombing indecent people. I am main stream Muslim and we all should stand against the Mofsideen fi Al-Ard. We respect and love our religious clergy men and their role under your leadership.
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Aladdin, Egypt
13-05-2014 04:29am
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Islamist terrorists
I have said the same thing 3 years ago. The west gave us poisoned bait and we swallowed. Arab and Muslims countries in general do not have the institution and background for Western Democracy. The answer is confederate Democracy lead by group of sage people elected by majority or selected. The revolutions have exposed how superficial understanding of majority of merciful Islam. We need to weed-out those terrorist who claim to be Islam sits. I hope Azhar demand certain qualifications from anyone who wants to be called Islamists and define his obligations and duties. Allah Akber.
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Dr.Feelgood
12-05-2014 09:36pm
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What do you smoke?
Change your dealer or better convince your followers to stop breeding like rabbits! This would be a first step to admit your responsibility to the country!
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Aladdin, Egypt
13-05-2014 07:36am
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Curde of scum
you have constipation in your head and diahera in your mouth.
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Kareem Aly, Fayoum
12-05-2014 07:36pm
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Islamists?
Azhar should define for us who is the "Islamist" and who has the right to teach Islam? Anyone now can claim credit and start spreading his poisoned version among simple people. Brotherhood of Kazabeen falsely claim its Islamic identity. It leaders since beginning have no formal education in Islam.; including Mr. Hassan Elbanna. Allah AKber.
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Paul Khalid
12-05-2014 07:25pm
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Poltical Islam
It is nonsense at our time as well as Islamic economy. I am devout Muslim with many degrees in modern economy. religion should be devoted to personal improvement and values. I think Shareha governEgypt since the Mamluk time. thanks for your advise.
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
12-05-2014 05:17pm
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The role of Al Azhar
The Institution of Al Azhar has played its role in a very dignified way. The Grand Imam, Dr.Ahmed al Tayyab is perhaps the most distinguished scholar in the entire Islamic World. His thoughts and words deserve careful attention. Despite its glitz and glamour the Western Civilization has reached a dead end and about to disintegrate if not properly guided. The Islamic World has very strong and close contacts with the Western World though relations are not very warm and cordial. However the Islamic World should try to cultivate more friendly contacts with the Western Civilization and World through cultural contacts. The Institution of Al Azhar can play a very important role in strengthening these contacts and relations through cordial dialogue and mutual understanding.
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Aladdin, Egypt
12-05-2014 07:19pm
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Teaching Moderate Islam
I am questioning Dr. Tayab credibility. I blame the Azahr for laxed attitude and for not spreading the moderate Islam. A lot of Egyptians and Muslims have no complete understanding of our true faith. As a result, Islamist terrorist spread among us. There thousands of Zawas in egypt run by anti-Islam teaching and spreading poison. It is my Jihad Elnafs to warn against those fanatics who hijacked Islam and called (02:06) Mofsideen fi El-erd.
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Mokhtar, Alex
12-05-2014 03:08pm
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Look to Libya
You can see how it is divided as in Iraq under Western Democracy. We are backward tribal people. shame on Azahr for not teaching true Islam
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Ali
12-05-2014 03:03pm
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Pathetic
LOL what a joke the state religious establishment has become. Amin El-Tayib is spouting anti-democratic, anti-human rights conspiracy theories, and Tawdros is declaring other sects illegal. Anything to help their beloved Wahabi dictator. The Wahabization of Egypt is underway.
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Ali
12-05-2014 07:55pm
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Political Wabahism
The problem is that the establishment is now becoming a tool for Saudi-backed dictators. The religious views of these individuals may be at odds with Wahabbism, but its political manifestation is still emerging.
Muhammad
12-05-2014 03:50pm
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You've got it very wrong
Errrr do you have any idea what Wahabism is? If anything, Al-Tayib has fought his life against the Wahabization of Al-Azhar by opposing all those with an extremist interpretation of islam( e.g. the Brotherhood who tried everything they could to get rid of him).

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