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Al-Azhar Grand Imam threatens retreat if bloodshed continues
Ahmed El-Tayeb calls for national reconciliation, 6-months transitional period, release of all political prisoners in televised speech Monday
Ahram Online, Monday 8 Jul 2013
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Egypt's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb (Photo:Reuters)

Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb threatened on Monday to go into solitary retreat in response to the current political strife and bloodshed. 

"I might be forced to enter into a retreat in my home until everyone takes responsibility for protecting the sanctity of blood and preventing the country from a civil war," El-Tayeb said in a statement broadcast by Egyptian state TV. 

Fifty-one people were killed and at least 435 were injured as former president Mohamed Morsi's supporters  – largely from the Muslim Brotherhood – clashed with the Armed Forces at the Republican Guard in the early hours of Monday.

The Egyptian army said one officer died and 42 soldiers were injured, including eight in critical condition.

Former president Morsi was deposed by Egypt's Armed Forces on Wednesday following nationwide protests calling for his ouster. Judge Adly Mansour, the head of the High Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the country's interim president on Thursday. 

In his statement, El-Tayeb, who approved Wednesday of the roadmap for a political transition post-Morsi, put forward several demands to solve the current political strife.

"Al-Azhar calls on those in power to open an urgent investigation into the incident [at the Republican Guard] and to publish its results for the public so that the truth is revealed and calm is restored," he said. 

In addition, El-Tayeb said that a time-frame for the transitional period must be announced and should not exceed six months. There should also be a clear plan outlining a "democratic transition" that guarantees the people's unity, he said. 

The Grand Imam asked that all political prisoners be released "and returned safely to their homes." 

Several members of the Muslim Brotherhood, in addition to Islamist Morsi supporters, have been arrested or detained since the president's ouster. 

El-Tayeb also called for the formation of a national reconciliation committee that would include "all factions" to reach consensus. 

Earlier on Monday, Al-Azhar, Egypt's 1000-year-old seat of Islamic learning, condemned the "painful incident" in front of the Republican Guard, which it says will portend a dark time of strife.





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Faruk
09-07-2013 11:38am
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Yes, you might as well...
You might as well go into retreat and ask the Almighty to forgive you....It is shameful how little foresight you have.
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Mohamed Musa
09-07-2013 10:18am
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Going into Retreat
Tauba Ya Al-Tayyeb There is blood on your heads Retreat is not the way Go to Nasr square Tauba and teargas I'tikaf no demonstrate and organise Say the army the police the people are not one Heal Nasr City and Tahrir Square
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Not so Azhar
09-07-2013 05:57am
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You are partly responsible!
By agreeing with the military you can not be absolved with your sins by going into seclusion. Your greed to stay on as sheikh al azhar had been exposed with your endorsement!
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abdulrahman
09-07-2013 05:01am
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Independent and Transparent Investigation
The Grand Imam may be regretting for blessing the coup and military road map. For him to seek recluse is not an act of Islamic leadership because Islam calls for justice and fair play. Giving the military, police, judiciary or any state institution the task for investigation will make the investigation a farce. The Imam must now dictate that the investigators to be accompanied by persons of high integrity and supervised by an independent team of Egyptians and foreigners - if permissible one Senior Criminal Investigation Officer from Finland and Norway.There is a fear that the investigation would be an exercise to vindicate the security forces.
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VoiceOfEgypt
08-07-2013 05:15pm
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Now you don't want to take the blame
Mr. Grand Imam: You sided with the military coup, you patted them and gave your approval sitting side by side with Pope Tawadros. This blood is on your hand as well. No going in solitary retreat can not exonerate yourself by this act. This will not bring the lifes taken unjustly. The Justice above all is wathcing and "Wamain Ya'mal Misqala Zarratin Sharrain Yarh". Repent, repent and repent
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Otunba
09-07-2013 12:12pm
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Who do you represent?
Dear grand Imam of Al-Azar, you are feeding and gaining popularity by virture of Islam but you are anti Islam. By Allah in whose hand the soul of every one is, you shall not pass except that Allah the exalted takes you into account properly
Bassem
09-07-2013 07:23am
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33 million people did it!
What are you talking about?! The constitution CLEARLY states that the people of Egypt are the ultimate authority on ALL governing powers within the country. When the army sees 33 million Egyptians asking for their constitutional RIGHT to dismiss Morsy, then the army obeyed. Egypt has decided , not Pope Tawadros or El Tayeb. You are clearly a trouble maker.
key
08-07-2013 10:39pm
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It's not a military coup
When you see the so called brotherhood killing other Moslims you think that is Jihad?

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