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Al-Azhar head says IS murderers deserve to be 'killed, crucified'

Al-Azhar strongly condemns the burning to death of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State militants

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Feb 2015
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Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, Egyptian Imam of al-Azhar Mosque (Photo: AP)
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The head of Al-Azhar, Egypt's pre-eminent Sunni Islamic institute, has strongly condemned the killing of a Jordanian pilot by the "terrorist, devilish" Islamic State (IS).

A video released on Tuesday showed Muath Al-Kassasbeh being burned alive by militants in Syria.

Ahmed El-Tayeb said: "The Quran mandates that the perpetrators of this cowardly act, which goes against God's word, deserve to be killed, or crucified, or have their legs and arms amputated."

He also called on the international community to fight against the "barbaric, savagery" of IS that is against the teachings of Allah and his prophet Mohamed.

At the end of his statement, El-Tayeb extended his condolences to Jordanian King Abdullah II.

Meanwhile, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also condemned the killing. He called the militant group "a savage cowardly organisation that violates all heavenly doctrines."

Egypt has announced it supports the US-led international coalition to fight the Islamic State but would not play any direct military role. Instead, Cairo has reiterated it contributes to the fight against jihadists by spreading moderate Islamic thought to counter extremism through its prestigious Sunni Islam institution of Al-Azhar.

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Aladdin, Alex
05-02-2015 03:49am
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Critical Junction
One of attribute of Islam is its universal, all time faith. The hijackers of Islam want us to believe in one old version that is not adequate to present time. Let retake Islam from the Mofsideen fi El-Ard and show it glorious, shining vales to modern time. Allah AKber, Tahya Misr.
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Anon
12-06-2015 11:48am
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Universal Attribute
Given his own words it seems to me one universal attribute of Islam is the followers being very keen to kill their enemies. Both he and the ISIS share this.
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Aladdin, Alex
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One of attribute of Islam is its universal, all time faith. The hijackers of Islam want us to believe in one old version that is not adequate to present time. Let retake Islam from the Mofsideen fi El-Ard and show it glorious, shining vales to modern time. Allah AKber, Tahya Misr.
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expat
04-02-2015 09:40pm
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oh lord...
el tayebh uses exactly the sura and words the IS is using to rectify their actions.... wonderful world of islam :) could the god not interfere here and get rid of all this idiots? which like pupils talk in his name?
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democracia
06-02-2015 03:06pm
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Exactly!
Yes it is unbelievable, you really get the point, expat. All the time they try to tell us, no no, this is not Islam and then they quote exactly those suras who demand this violence... It is just ridiculous....
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democracia
04-02-2015 07:01pm
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Stoneage
YOU, Mr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, also still live in stoneage!!!
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Ayah
04-02-2015 04:54pm
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no shame!
Violates all heavenly doctrines?! Ummmm remember...Rabaa' and Nahda?! What heavenly doctrines were you following/violating when you shot and burned alive my family?!
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John
04-02-2015 03:23pm
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Live by FIRE die by FIRE...
I don't see what all the noise is about. This pilot lived by sending fire from the sky, burning women and children, so he died by fire. NO BIG DEAL!! Just like you live by the gun you die by the gun!! All pilots must be prepared for the consequences of the choices they make!!!
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