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Azhar chief tells Egypt's Muslims: Opposing rulers is not a sin

Grand Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb warned against 'false' religious rulings by 'incompetent' sheikhs

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Jun 2013
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Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb, Egyptian Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (Photo: Reuters)
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Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb warned members of different Islamist groups against accusing their opponents of blasphemy on Wednesday.

In a statement, El-Tayyeb said that Al-Azhar, Egypt's core Islamic institution, calls for agreement between different factions and warns against violence and attacking others' religious beliefs.

"This is against sharia [Islamic law]," the statement read.

Tensions have been on the rise in Egypt recently as the country anticipates nationwide demonstrations on 30 June aimed at pushing President Mohamed Morsi – who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood movement – to step down and hold early presidential elections.

In response to anticipated opposition protests, Islamist forces and government sympathisers are expected to hold "anti-violence" protests on 21 June. 

El-Tayyeb criticised "false" religious fatwas by "incompetent" sheikhs who issue statements saying that those who oppose the ruler are "hypocrites and infidels" in the eyes of Islam.

The statement came following El-Tayyeb's meeting with President Morsi on Tuesday, in a joint visit with Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II to discuss the current political situation in Egypt.

The imam said that "peaceful opposition against [rulers] is accepted according to sharia… and has nothing to do with belief or lack thereof," adding that violence and militant actions are a "great sin" but not an act of "disbelief [kofr]."

Opponents of the groups calling for 30 June protests have criticised the protests, describing them as acts of hypocrisy that contradict Islamic rules and beliefs.

On Friday, Egypt's ultra-conservative group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya accused opposition groups calling for protests of being "entities being funded from abroad that aim to stir chaos and make Egypt like Syria or Libya," the group's spokesperson Mohamed Hassan said.

 

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abdulrahman
23-06-2013 10:12am
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The Meaning OF Opposing Rulers Has A Very Wide Context
there is a clear mention by the sheikh that that opposition must be peaceful. It means by any standards that it must never allowed to become violent.He wentnon to mention that violent and militant actions are great sins but to extent becoming a believer. However I wish to state if any Muslim who fights a ruler because such ruler wants to uphold Islam, that Muslim becomes a disbeliever. Oh Allah! Please forbid us from becoming a disbeliever.
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Modern_Humaniora
20-06-2013 07:06pm
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It is also not a sin
It is also not a sin to set a date for election to parliament [lower house] - so as to curb unease in society, among ordinary people, and create a constructive atmosphere of realistic expectations. I read this between the lines. I understand that you [Grand Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb] of course mean this too ...
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sam
20-06-2013 04:09am
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No question that some unrest is being financed from abroad same thing appened in turkey.....islam has been under attack since the pope sent the sword weilding crusaders to kill in 1095...'the disbelievers seek to snuff out the light [quran]from god but they will never be able to do so no matter how much they hate it'....thanx
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native egyptian
23-06-2013 01:55am
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expat's right.
Egypt is a land currently under arab-islamic occupation, not that christianity was any better though.
expat
21-06-2013 08:01pm
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you ever read???
the levante was christian,before your army under a caliph overrun it,if i overun egypt,you will not like to be named an agressor,if you fight back,you want to be named patriot...YOUR umma was the aggressor
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expat
19-06-2013 08:57pm
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just to make it clear..
i like the personality and integrity,not the religion or her system,the sharia,as its not equal to humanity
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expat
20-06-2013 08:29pm
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dont want to listen to the truth? well,the world thinks like this apart from YOU
get adult and face,what you do everyday to minorities...and dont wonder,why nobody trust your taqqiya
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expat
19-06-2013 06:07pm
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a real sheikh
this is a honest and honourfull member of the luxor westbank community and a voice of common sense in all this desaster arround
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expat
21-06-2013 10:25pm
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my word stands
i would really one day enjoy to sit down with the al azhar sheikh to think through sharia....
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