Azhar Grand Imam: Meeting with MB aimed at promoting moderate Islamic discourse

Ahram Online, Tuesday 3 May 2011

Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb meets with leading Muslim Brotherhood members to discuss a unified moderate Islamic discourse

Ahmed El-Tayeb
(Photo: Reuters)

In a first-of-its-kind meeting, Al Azhar’s Grand Imam, Ahmed El-Tayeb, and heads of the Muslim Brotherhood discussed the potential of creating a unified Islamic discourse.

The meeting was attended by Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Abdallah El-Husseini, head of religious endowments, Osama El-Abd, head of Azhar University, Mohamed Badei, MB supreme guide, Mahdi Akef, former MB supreme guide, Abd El-Rahman El-Barr, member of the MB guidance office and Azhar professor.

After the meeting, which lasted half an hour, El-Tayeb said that the MB were always close to Al-Azhar but that past circumstances did not allow for such meetings to take place. He added that the meeting discussed the importance of reaching a unified Islamic discourse that is moderate and that stands against claims of atonement spread by some Islamic movements. 

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