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Egypt's new Grand Mufti elected for first time ever
Following a vote by senior figures at Al-Azhar, Shawqi Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam has been chosen as Egypt's new Grand Mufti; President Mohamed Morsi must approve the choice
Ahram Online, Monday 11 Feb 2013
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Shawqi Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam is to become Egypt's new Grand Mufti following a vote by members of the Al-Azhar Senior Scholars Authority on Monday. 

It is first time the Grand Mufti has been chosen in a vote as opposed to being appointed by the president.

President Mohamed Morsi is expected to approve the decision, after which Allam will officially take up the role.

He is set to replace the outgoing mufti, Ali Gomaa, who will retire in March at the age of 61. His tenure was extended by one year in 2012 by the former ruling military council.

Earlier this month, the president turned down a request by Al-Azhar to extend Gomaa's tenure further.

Three finalists were chosen on Monday in a closed session held by senior members of the Al-Azhar Senior Scholars Authority. There was then a vote by members of the authority.

The authority was headed by Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb, in addition to Gomaa and Qatar-based Islamic scholar Youssef El-Qaradawi.

Following the decision, Allam stated: "It is an honour to have been chosen by the Al-Azhar Senior Scholars Authority. I hope to fulfil people's trust in me and I hope to God that I am fit for the position."

He said he would remain in his current position as head of Islamic Jurisprudence and Sharia Law at Al-Azhar University, Tanta Branch, until President Morsi officially approves his appointment.

Allam, 55, was born in the Nile Delta governorate of Beheira. He received his PhD in 1996 from the Al-Azhar University Faculty of Sharia and Law. His most famous book concerns the predetermination of the sex of a fetus and its legality and legitimacy according to Islamic law.

He has also written a book on the political rights of Muslim women.

The bylaws of Al-Azhar say the new Grand Mufti must be under the age of 60.

The candidate should also have worked continuously inside the religious establishment following the completion of his studies, and be a scholar of Jurisprudence and Sharia law. He must also be fluent in a second language other than Arabic.

Al-Azhar is the main source of religious edicts for Sunni Muslims worldwide and the post of Grand Mufti has been in existence since 1895. Allam is the 19th holder of the post.

The list of nominees for the post sparked controversy when it appeared that a member of the Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Bureau, Abdel Rahman El-Bar, had intended to nominate himself for the role. It later seemed he had not.

Allam does not appear to have any political affiliations.
 





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wOLff
31-03-2014 11:40am
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! please Clèmence !
In Egypt, a kangaroo court has sentenced to death 528 people. This is certainly the largest mass execution of the century. A man has ten days to stop the massacre. Call the Grand Mufti Allam to use its moral authority to seek clemency and prevent this barbaric decision. Join our urgent appeal to stop executions:
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
14-02-2013 01:03pm
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New Grand Mufti
Al Azhar has vindicated the confidence of the Islamic nation which stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific; under the wise guidance of Sheikh al Azhar Ahmed al Tayyab, who deserves to be heartily congratulated for maintaining the independence of this universal institution.
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Malik
12-02-2013 12:01pm
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Thanks
Thank you
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AG
12-02-2013 02:37am
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All you need to know about the state of Egypt
All you need to know about the state of Egypt is that last part about the rumors against a Muslim Brotherhood member that proved to be false. Anyone who can, esp. people with media access are making up anti-MB rumors to make them look like they are power hungry and they are "worse than NDP" as if they are taking over everything. Anyone who can is growing a beard, as if this is what makes you a member of the MB, much less a Muslim at all, and then running around pretending it gives them privileges, Meanwhile people of little understanding are believing that those people really are MB. It's sick and disgusting. Let's remember that these people were all in prison for years with no hope of success and no hope of ridding Egypt of the government, they sacrificed for what they believe. I doubt they care much about power. I don't know much about the MB but I do know they are getting a bad rap for no reason. They are clearly not "power grabbing" as others say they are simply trying to push the
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Anwar Adib
12-02-2013 10:08pm
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they simply hate the Islamists
it is ideological vegeance. that is all. We are talking about legions of former communists and Nasserists who lost the way to people's minds and hearts. They would rather see Egypt torn off to smithereens tahn see the Islamists succeeds.

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