Authority over Azhar Mosque transferred from ministry to Azhar institution

Ahram Online, Monday 6 Jan 2014

Al-Azhar Mosque is henceforth to follow Al-Azhar Institution, not the Ministry of Religious Endowments

Ahmed El-Tayeb
Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb (Photo:Reuters)

Minister of Religious Endowments Mokhtar Gomaa decided on Monday to transfer the authority over Al-Azhar Mosque to Al-Azhar Institution, the oldest seat of Sunni Islam, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

The historic mosque, as all other mosques in Egypt, had hitherto operated under the authority of the Ministry of Religious Endowments.

Al-Azhar Mosque will henceforth follow Al-Azhar Institution theologically, administratively and financially.

Gomaa said in a conference for Islamic preachers, held under the auspices of Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb, that the ministry's committee for religious affairs met and took the decision in response to a letter sent by Al-Azhar Institution Deputy Imam Abbas Shuman.

Located in Islamic Cairo, Al-Azhar Mosque was constructed in the 10th century as per the Fatimid Caliphate's commission.


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