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Al-Azhar facing 'smear campaign' from critics: Grand imam

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Jan 2016
Egypt
Egypt's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb (Al-Ahram)
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There is an ongoing campaign to smear Al-Azhar by quoting selectively from books published by the university that purport to show links with terrorist ideas, Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb told state TV on Friday.

"They want to show that Al-Azhar's curriculums spread terrorist ides and views although our heritage books have been in place since long ago…so why they are doing this now? For sure, to demolish Al Azahr," El-Tayyeb added without pointing his finger at any particular groups or persons. 

Al-Azhar, the highest seat of Sunni Islam, has been criticised by some for failing to combat extremist ideas.

In December controversial TV presenter Islam El-Beheiry was sentenced to five-year in prison on charges of “contempt of religion.”

El-Beheiry was a harsh critic of Al-Azhar, and the institution requested the Egyptian authorities stop airing his show, describing him as "leading a fierce campaign against the foundations of Islam and Islamic heritage."
 

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zahra
15-01-2016 07:42pm
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double standard policies Grand imam
Al azhar not that valuebal university now all these kind of imams did mess up Grate Azhar old respect they are changing statement as unlawful gov,t want this imam pro shia and shia religion always oposit real islam what this fake mufti want from sunnis we don.t know him
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aboujafar
22-05-2016 12:36pm
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Remove the EGYPTIAN aspect from Al-Azhar and you'll have a great university
Al-Azhar is great. It is the EGYPTIAN culture that is the problem. You can see it with the people. Muslim in NAME ONLY.
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Sam Enslow
15-01-2016 06:11pm
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Changes in Egypt
In 1959, Al Lazar ruled that Shi'a was an acceptable form of worship. Now it has become an enemy. What new learning was found? Controversy erupts every time Christians want to build a new church it renovate and old one. A Muslim mob forces a Christian family to leave their homes. Silence reigns. Salafi destroy Sufi shrines. Silence. Every message from Al Lazar seems to be about fearing God and punishment. Where are the messages of Hope to uplift Egyptian spirits during these hard times? Where are the calls for social justice, just rulers, tolerance of all others? It seems they have reduced Islam to 'Do not have sex.' or take any pleasure in the life God gave us. The Prophet (pbuh) stressed the value of learning from all. What happened. Egypt has changed from the Egypt I first knew in 1978.
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aboujafar
22-05-2016 12:39pm
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Gamal Abd el Nasser ruined it
The credibility and righteousness of Al-Azhar took a downward spiral the moment Gamal Abdel Nasser made it a government entity, opening it up to EVERY form of theft and corruption possible, including government LACKEY Imams and Sheiks
Joe
16-01-2016 11:58am
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Agree 100%
Totally agree with you. Just look around at Muslim faces and sad the empty sadness no matter where you go in the world. Islam has been reduced to ritual and thought about the death. No exhuberance, love of life, joy, care for the environment, love of life, it's very sad
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Tut
15-01-2016 05:40pm
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It is not a "smear" it's Reality
Azhar used to be a credible, tolerant, and politically independent religious authority; and the key word here is "used to be". Now it is anything but tolerant and independent; it allowed itself be a religious tool in the hands of the government; opposing whomever the government opposes and turning a blind eye on whomever the government needs e.g. Wabbit Saudi! This is not smear, it's the sad reality of how the Azhar have developed into!!
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