File photo: Egyptian cleric Sheik Youssef el-Qaradawi speaks to the crowd as he leads Friday prayers in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday Feb. 18, 2011 (Photo: AP)
Al-Azhar's Supreme Clerical Committee announced on Monday that it has accepted the resignation of committee member Sheikh Youssef El-Qaradawi.
The clerical committee, an advisory body within the influential Islamic institution, released a statement saying that its members had voted to accept El-Qaradawi's resignation. Al-Azhar's Grand Imam, Ahmed El-Tayyeb, did not participate in the voting, however.
El-Qaradawi, a prominent Islamic scholar close to the Muslim Brotherhood, presented his resignation last Monday in defiance of what he considered a bias in the committee regarding the political events of this summer, in which Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military, after days of mass protests against his rule.
El-Qaradawi described El-Tayyeb, and other key leaders within the institution, as supporters of "a military coup that raped the office of the Egyptian president."
Several Al-Azhar scholars had already called for his membership to be revoked after he made divisive comments attacking the institution and praising the Brotherhood.