Grand imam of Al-Azhar expresses sadness as Eid approaches while Gaza suffers

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 1 Apr 2024

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb expressed Monday deep sadness that Palestinians in Gaza continue to suffer amid an ongoing humanitarian crisis as Muslims across the world prepare to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr.

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A Palestinian woman reacts as she sits amidst the rubble of Gaza s Al-Shifa hospital after the Israeli military withdrew from the complex housing the hospital on April 1, 2024. AFP


"The Zionist aggression has violated all aspects of life in Gaza. It has killed children, elders, women, and youth, targeted displaced persons, demolished homes, hospitals, and schools," the head of the world’s leading Sunni Islamic institution said.

El-Tayyeb made his remarks while receiving Pope Tawadros II, the pope of Alexandria and patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and a high-level delegation from the church to offer their congratulations on the upcoming Eid Al-Fitr.

“In truth, I find no explanation or justification for what is happening in Gaza, except that it is an exclusion of the voice of religion and the system of values, ethics, and human norms, and a deafness to the voice of human conscience," he added.

The grand imam expressed his appreciation for Pope Tawadros' visit, which "confirms the depth of relationships and cohesion in one national fabric, Muslim and Christian Egyptians."

El-Tayyeb also talked about the role of the Egyptian Family House initiative – launched by Al-Azhar and the Coptic Orthodox Church in cooperation with other Egyptian churches over ten years ago – in preserving the Egyptian social fabric.

He described it as one of the fruits of cooperation between Al-Azhar and Egyptian churches, playing a pivotal role in preventing strife and confronting and eliminating extremist ideologies.

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