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Sunni-Shia scholars meeting possible, but with conditions: Al-Azhar's El-Tayyeb

Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb's comments came during a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Khodair Al-Khozaei, who said Al-Azhar can unite all Muslims

Ahram Online, Monday 9 Jun 2014
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Egypt's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb (Photo:Reuters)
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Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb said on Monday that a joint meeting between Sunni and Shia scholars is only possible if the latter issue clear religious edicts from major references in Iran and Iraq that prohibit insults of the prophet's companions and spouses.

He also called for an end to what he said were attempts to spread the Shia doctrine in Sunni states.

His comments came during a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Khodair Al-Khozaei, who said he is certain that Al-Azhar is capable of uniting the Muslim world.

The majority of the population in both Iraq and Iran are Shia Muslims.

In May 2013, El-Tayyeb chaired a meeting with Islamist forces – including scholars, Muslim Brotherhood members and Salafists – during which they declared their total rejection of "attempts to spread Shi'ism in Egypt".

A few weeks before the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, four Egyptian Shias were beaten to death by a mob, a lynching blamed partly on sectarian passions whipped up by ultra-orthodox Salafist Muslim allies of the Islamist president.

There are no official records of the number of Shias in Egypt, which is predominantly Sunni. However, community members estimate them to be between 800,000 and just under 2 million.

Article 2012 of Egypt's constitution that was drafted by an Islamist-led panel during Morsi's rule stated that Sharia law, the main source of legislation, includes credible sources that are accepted "in Sunni doctrines and by the larger community."

The condition of being compatible with Sunni doctrine is no longer mentioned in the 2014 national charter, which states in its preamble that the reference for interpretation of Sharia law are the relevant texts in the collected rulings of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Egypt's Al-Azhar, now the highest seat of Sunni religious authority, was originally a Shia place of worship when it was founded in 970 in order to spread Shia Islam throughout the world.

The Shia denomination emerged in the earliest days of Islam from a dispute over who should lead the Muslim community after the death of Prophet Mohamed. Shias believe leadership should have passed to Ali, the prophet's son-in-law, and his descendants, rather than Abu Bakr, Mohamed's companion.

 

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Ahmed M Ibrahim
10-06-2014 11:16am
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Clerical Iran's political tricks
Shia Islam is a political doctrine rather than a religious current. As per the Holy Quran it has no religious sanction. The Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar is the most qualified and appropriate authority to deal with any such meeting or conference. The ruling Clerical clique in Iran is trying to fool the Islamic world by spreading lies and slander and also disunity among Moslems all over the world. The Syrian calamity is the handiwork of the Iranian Clerics who have destroyed the beautiful country of Syria by their evil intervention on behalf of the butcher who is ruling the roost there.
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arem Sayad, Ismaleyaa
10-06-2014 07:07am
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Rel Problems Now
YWe need the Azhar t address the physical attack and insult on our women NOW. ths is real probem that or rotten society is experiencing your duty is to guide us. Silenwill encurge repated asslt.
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Aladdin, Menya
10-06-2014 03:47am
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Ignorance of Islam
We need urgent Fatwa to condemn those criminals who violate our women sanctity. the revolutions showed how ignorant Egyptian about true merits of religion. they believed in satanic version of Islam propagated by Hassan Elbana who failed twice to enroll at the Azahr. No one from Azhar challenged his false claim of divinity.
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expat
09-06-2014 09:48pm
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yeah,go for it...as your leaders in saudhi do
untill now,only the rich sunni leaders of the gulf and their followers created war against the shia countries as far as i can remember(which goes back to 80-1980) and their greedy wealth from the trade with the khuffar(their own terms for the US) keeps the fire,which destroys the umma countries, burning might it be a "revolution" here,a "civil war" there,its all the same sponsored by the sunni fatherland saudhi under the help of the son country of khatar
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