Arab nations have ‘religious legal duty’ to halt Israeli aggression: Azhar grand imam

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Nov 2023

In a heartfelt address ahead of the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit on the Gaza war, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayyeb affirmed that ending Israeli aggression is a “religious legal duty” for Arab leaders and people alike.

File Photo: Egypt s Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb. Photo courtesy of Al-Azhar Facebook page.


The head of the world’s leading Sunni institution expressed his unwavering support for Arab leaders’ efforts to end the war.

“We pray that God Almighty guides your efforts to halt the aggression and atrocities inflicted upon our brothers and sisters in beloved Palestine,” El-Tayyeb prayed.

Arab leaders have the support of the entire Arab world behind them, he added.

The Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit is being held in Riyadh on Saturday to coordinate a response to Israel’s military escalation in the Gaza Strip and other Palestinian territories

El-Tayyeb concluded his statement with a Quranic verse saying: “Do not become weak, nor be sad, and you will be triumphant if you are indeed believers.”

Israel’s five-week war on Gaza has killed 11,078 Palestinians, including 4,506 children, according to the Palestinian health ministry in the strip. In addition, 27,490 people have been wounded.

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