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Egypt's top Islamic authority urges non-interference in Saudi affairs following mass execution

Al-Azhar slammed what it described as 'provocative statements' against the Sunni Kingdom amid a flurry of international condemnation of the executions

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Jan 2016
Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb
Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dec. 1, 2015. (AP)
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Egypt's Al-Azhar, the world's highest seat of Sunni Islamic learning, urged on Monday "non-interference in Saudi Arabia's domestic affairs," slamming criticism of the Sunni kingdom's recent mass execution of 47 men on terrorism charges.

Al-Azhar's Muslim Council of Elders said in a statement that it supports the Gulf country "in its fight to combat terrorism, extremism and to quell sectarian strife and ensure security, stability and peace in the region."

Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that it had executed prominent Shia cleric Nimr Al-Nimr and 46 others including dozens of Al-Qaeda members. The executed included an Egyptian and a Chadian.

The council expressed its "strong condemnation" of attacks on Saudi Arabia's embassy and consulate in Iran following Saturday's announcement of the executions. It also slammed what it described as "provocative statements against the kingdom" amid a barrage of international denunciation of the Saudi action.

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply dismayed" with the executions while France and Germany also condemned the killings.

Egypt has been battling an Islamist insurgency that has spiked since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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Micha
05-01-2016 04:48pm
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Bismillah
Bismillah God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. This is the phrase recited before each sura. Has Azhar or any other moslems any idear what this means besides killing each other by one way or the other?
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Tabani
04-01-2016 07:49pm
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sunni united force should be done
sisi must make a sunni Army they history will remember sisi charter for ever this ia a time sunni Army to protect all Gulf sunnis and world wide
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sadiq ilahi
04-01-2016 07:39pm
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Azhar cleric is not pro sunni
shakih Azhar always support shia terrorist he is not care what is going on in Middle East he need money and sale his faith how he sold his faith during sisi gov,t
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Al
04-01-2016 06:46pm
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selectively hypocritical
Azhar is selectively hypocritical, they seized to be a credible religious institution, but a religious mouth piece to a corrupt government!
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JANJYA
04-01-2016 06:17pm
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HOW many sunnis CLERICS KILLD IRAN LOT BUT WORLD WAS QUIT
IF SUNNIS CLERIC EXECUTE BY IRAN THAN WORLD IS QUIT IF SHIA EXECUTED THAN ALL OF THE WORLD STARTING CONDEMING WHAT IS BULL SHIT SUNNI MUST WOKE UP
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Sam Enslow
04-01-2016 02:45pm
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Heat up the rhetoric.
Who was the Salafi who said he would not die for Egypt but would for Saudi Arabia? This type of condemnation only inflames a bad situation and does nothing to quiet passions. In 1959 this same institution announced that Shi it Islam was acceptable. What event happened to change that opinion? What new evidence emerged? The fight between Iran and Saudi Arabia is not religious. It is standard power politics designed to assuage the egos of politicians. I would have been delighted had Al-Azar told all sides to keep religion out of men's wars of egos.
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