Egypt's Al-Azhar, the 1083-year-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning, condemned with the strongest terms the Israeli forces' storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday as a "terrorist act" that comes amid global silence.
A total of 22 Somali imams and preachers attended a Sunday training course at the World Organization for Al-Azhar Graduates on “Contemporary Intellectual Currents.”
The delegation also met with Al-Azhar Deputy President Mohamed El Deweiny who affirmed that dialogue and peace are the only ways to put an end to the ongoing wars and crises. Deweiny discussed Al Azhar Imam Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayeb’s efforts in providing a clear image of Islam’s tolerance, besides signing the fraternity document with Pope Francis, said Al Azhar Sheikhdom in a statement on Saturday.
They have gone to excess in guarding the mean and barbaric crimes perpetrated under the specious inhumane and immoral banner or their so-called “freedom of expression,” the statement read.
Egypt’s Al Azhar has strongly condemned the “barbaric behavior” committed by an extremist Israeli official when he stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of Israeli occupation forces.
Egypt strongly condemned an explosion on Istanbul’s historic Istiklal Street that killed at least six people and wounded 53 others.
Egypt's Al-Azhar, a top Islamic Sunni institution, welcomed Australia's reversal of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
During her meeting with the Grand Imam, the Queen had indicated that the world strongly relies on religious leaders to enhance world peace and stability.
Al Azhar has denounced the terrorist attack that targeted a mosque in Herat, western Afghanistan, on Friday, killing at least 18 worshippers, and injuring some others.
The aid was sent during the past few days to the residents impacted by the devastating floods, in coordination with the Egyptian Embassy in Khartoum, said Al Azhar Sheikhdom in a statement on Saturday.
He also directed Al-Azhar University hospitals to receive the victims of the fire for treatment and all aspects of support along, in cooperation with the hospitals of state institutions, besides providing the necessary psychological support, said a statement from Al Azhar Sheikhdom.
Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt's top Islamic authority, Al-Azhar said that extremists do not represent neither Islam nor Christianity, and that the ‘brotherly relationship’, moderation and respect for the other, is the only thing that strengthens the bonds and save humanity.
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Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s top Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, extended condolences to Pope Tawadros II, the Pope of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria, and the Coptic people after a priest was killed in Alexandria.
The Cultural Development Fund has set the operating hours for visiting the Naguib Mahfouz Museum during the holy month of Ramadan.
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“We pray to God who answers the troubled if he calls Him to protect the Moroccan child Ryan, and to help the rescue forces to rescue him as soon as possible, and to acknowledge his parents, family and the world to acknowledge his return safely,” Al Azhar said in a statement.
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"My sincere congratulations to my friends; Pope Francis, Pope Tawadros, Archbishop Justin Welby, Patriarch Bartholomew I as well as to all Christians around the world on the occasion of Christmas," El-Tayyeb said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayeb said Al-Azhar relations with the Vatican remain a model for spreading peace and tolerance and countering extremism, hate, wars, and conflicts.