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Al-Azhar condemns 'heinous' Orlando shooting, warns against anti-Islam rhetoric

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Jun 2016
Azhar’s grand imam Ahmed El Taaib (Reuters)
Azhar’s grand imam Ahmed El Taaib (Reuters)
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Egypt's Al-Azhar, the highest seat for Sunni Islamic learning, condemned Sunday's deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, while expressing concerns about utilising the incident to intensify anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Al-Azhar said in a statement late Monday the "heinous crime" violates all tolerant teachings of Islam, urging Muslims in the west to set a model for "good manners and coexistence."

The Islamic Authority also expressed concerns about some politicians "exploiting the incident to escalate against Islam and Muslims to serve purely political purposes."

The Muslim body seemed to be alluding to the response of US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, who is known for his anti-Islamic views, to the attack.

After a deadly December shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, Trump drew a storm of criticism by calling for a temporary ban on Muslims coming to the US.

Shortly following the Orlando shooting, Trump said he would appreciate "the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism." 

In its statement, Al-Azhar warned that the mishandling of such incidents will "trigger more resentment...and only benefit terrorism."

Al-Azhar added that the unlawful killing of a person in Islam is tantamount to the killing of all of mankind. 

Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta, the country's top authority that issues religious edicts, also deplored the rampage, saying that bloodshed in Islam is more grave than the demolition of the holy Kaaba, Islam's most sacred site.

The shooting that killed at least 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando was claimed by the Islamic State group.

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neil
14-06-2016 04:29pm
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not an accident
the Mateen-G4S, Israeli-MOSSAD connection revolves around a known Suicide Bomber! re: the Orlando killer’s employment with G4S, the British corporation, with subsidiaries in the USA and Israel issued a statement; We can confirm that Omar Mateen has been employed with G4S since September 10, 2007. We are cooperating fully with all law enforcement authorities, including the FBI, as they conduct their investigation....Mateen, was employed by the US subsidiary of G4S, which is Her Majesty’s government contractor that runs prisons, checks criminal records, supplies security for government ministers – and, most importantly, works hand-in-hand with other security contractors, many of whom are owned by parent corporations in ISRAEL. Mr Omar Mateen worked for G4S for almost ten years in a trusted position, .... G4S has run security contracts for the government of Israel, and, as Wackenhut/G4S Ltd., has also had sensitive security contracts in Pakistan.
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Allen
14-06-2016 03:50pm
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Two days later??
Did someone force this guy to do the decent thing to do? He rarely condemns terror acts which brings to question his moral standards.
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ross
14-06-2016 01:24pm
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Islam
Dear People of the word….. Do you know the truth about..... Islam? Or do you think it's about Bombing planes and killing innocent people.....? Forget about the lies..... I' am here to tell you how it really is..... You deserve to know the truth About this beautiful way of life..... People of the world Islam is all about peace Terrorism it doesn't teach Its all about love and family and charity And praying to one God This is Islam It's something you should know..... I know it's really helped me grow It does away with greed, filth, arrogance And teaches us morality A perfect way to live..... So don't believe all you see and hear Too many people wear a title of a Muslim..... But they don't practice Islam..... People of the world Islam is all about peace Terrorism it doesn't teach Its all about love and family and charity And praying to one God This is Islam
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Allen
14-06-2016 04:34pm
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We heard this before.
When the words don't match the deeds, your words become meaningless... And it has already.
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Sam Enslow
14-06-2016 12:58pm
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Tolerance from Al-Azar? from Dar Alafta? Minister of Endowments?
When the results of the hateful preachings of these institutions become clear, they start quoting the tolerant verses of the Holy Koran. I had heard or read of their rants against Shia, their silence when Christian churches or Such shrines are attacked by extremists, their reduction of morality to 'Do not have sex or even think of it.' They never cry for social justice, fight against corruption, or show much interest in anything but women and veils. They do not challenge ISIS on theological grounds. In fact they seem to approve of its goals and can justify its punishments. Islam is a religion of Peace, but most often these servants of God seem to forget it. When was the last time anyone gave a sermon on God's Forrgiveness, God's Compassion, God's Mercy? Where are their calls for people to read, to learn? One price for everyone? They seem more interested in protecting their institutions than in elevating the human spirit. What are they doing locally to stop sectarian hatreds?
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Rob
14-06-2016 11:44am
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Be realistic
It's about time these "authorities" step down from their thrones, get down on earth, and understand what is going in the entire world.
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