Ifta organisations have role to play in correcting misconceptions about religion: President Sisi

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Aug 2021

The Egyptian president's statements were made at the 6th International Conference for Fatwa held in Cairo

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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi with delegates participating in the 6th International Conference for Fatwa

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed on Monday the importance of Ifta organisations in Muslim countries in promoting the “real understanding” of religion and correcting religious misconceptions, the Egyptian presidency said.

Ifta organisations are the bodies responsible for issuing religious edicts (fatwas).

During a meeting with Islamic preachers and scholars from different Muslim countries at the 6th International Conference for Fatwa in Cairo, the Egyptian president underlined the important role Ifta organisations play as the legitimate source of fatwas.

El-Sisi also stressed the importance of Ifta organisations in keeping up with the latest developments in the world, especially with the spread of social media and how some of these platforms spread misconceptions about Islam.

The Egyptian president also pointed out the significant role played by Egypt’s Al-Azhar and Dar El-Ifta in Egyptian social life and their recent use of social media, highlighting that Dar El-Ifta issued 1 million fatwas online in 2020.

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Organised by Egypt’s Dar El-Ifta, the 6th International Conference for Fatwa is being held on 2-3 August in Cairo under the auspices of President El-Sisi.

Delegates from 85 countries, including scholars, muftis, religious leaders, ministers and public figures, are participating in this year’s conference, titled ‘Fatwa Authorities in the Digital Age.’

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