Al-Azhar to launch Arabic language centre in Bosnia capital Sarajevo

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 30 Apr 2024

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb said the Sunni Islamic institution is ready to establish an Arabic language teaching centre in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, to teach Muslim children the Quran language and help them maintain their Islamic identity.

Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb with Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Denis Be irovi In a meeting in Cairo on Monday 29 April, 2024. Photo courtesy of Al-Azhar.


Al-Azhar will also offer unlimited scholarships to Bosnian students to enrol at Al-Azhar University, Sheikh El-Tayyeb revealed in a meeting on Monday with Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Bećirović in Cairo.

Additionally, the institution will host and train Bosnian imams at the Al-Azhar International Academy to enhance their skills in addressing contemporary issues, particularly integration and coexistence challenges.

It will also open a regional office for the Council of Muslim Elders in Sarajevo to support Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Europe.

The Bosnian president expressed his pleasure at visiting Al-Azhar and meeting Sheikh El-Tayyeb, highlighting the significant contributions of Al-Azhar graduates to Bosnia and Herzegovina's development and their deep impact on the nation's history.

He conveyed his country's admiration for Al-Azhar's Islamic identity and commitment to pluralism and diversity, ensuring an inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy their rights fully.

President Bećirović officially invited Sheikh El-Tayyeb to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, expressing his nation's happiness and anticipation for this historic visit.

The grand imam welcomed the gracious invitation, confirming his intention to come at the earliest opportunity.

During the meeting which included discussions on the key issues and challenges facing the Islamic world, especially the Gaza situation, El-Tayyeb also stated that factories in America and the West are leveraging the Arab and Islamic world resources.

Sheikh El-Tayyeb warmly welcomed the Bosnian president to Al-Azhar, emphasizing that this visit holds special significance in light of the ongoing genocide committed by Israel in Gaza.

He said the atrocity in Gaza is a stain on humanity, which reminds the world of the genocide suffered by Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, urging Muslims to unite to overcome these successive crises.

The real problem lies in the weak response of Islamic and Arab nations due to the division and fragmentation that afflicted them, he added. 

Following his arrival in Cairo earlier Monday, President Bećirović met with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, where they held talks followed by a press conference.

Bećirović’s visit to Egypt is the first in over 14 years.

Egypt was among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

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