Egypt's Al Azhar Grand Imam visits Germany, set to give speech before Bundestag

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Mar 2016

Grand Imam Ahmed El Tayeb said that that peace and mercy are necessary for the stability of humanity

Ahmed El Tayeb
Al Azhar's Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El Tayeb (Photo: Al Ahram)

Egypt's Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El Tayeb paid a visit to Berlin on Monday where he met with top clerics in Germany's Catholic church and is also expected to give a speech before the Bundestag, Germany's parliament.

"I came with a lot of hope in my heart and we hope to be peace makers to save humanity in this world which has lost peace," El Tayyeb said in a press statement following his visit to the Catholic church.

"Peace and the mercy of religious principles are necessary for the stability of humanity," the Grand Imam said.

"We are all partners in humanity, and all human beings have the right to enjoy peace, so we must exert our efforts to penetrate the culture of peace among all people," he added.

El Tayeb, who is the head of the world's most prestigious Sunni Muslim institution, visited the Indonesian capital Jakarta last month where he met with President Joko Widodo as well as top Muslim clerics and preachers. 

He will also attend a gathering of the World Association of Al-Azhar graduates.


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