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    » 04/06/2013, 00.00

    EGYPT

    Egypt: Islamist Muslim Brotherhood set sights on al-Azhar



    The Grand Mufti of Egypt criticizes Islamists’ attacks on authorities of the largest Sunni university. The great Imam al-Tayeb and the rector of the University are being investigated for the poisoning of 550 students. But according to AsiaNews sources the move is only a pretext of the Muslim Brotherhood to gain control of the institution. Al-Azhar cleric: "The Islamists are poisoning the minds of our students."

    Cairo (AsiaNews) - "The attacks on the Islamic University of al-Azhar endanger the safety of the whole country." This was stated by Shawky Abdel-Karim Allam, grand mufti of Egypt. In an interview with Ahram newspaper the religious leader criticizes the climate of tension between the authorities of the most important university and the government of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood. "Al-Azhar - he says - is and will always remain independent. It has always served and will continue to serve the whole country, at equal footing from all political factions."

    The clash between the institution and political circles began on April 2 after the alleged poisoning of 550 students from spoiled food. The case has sparked protests - within and outside the university - against Osama al Abd, rector of the University, and Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar to force them to resign. Talaat Abdallah, chief prosecutor of Cairo, and a close ally of the Islamists, is leading the investigation against two of the most important figures of moderate Islam.  In recent months he was the protagonist in several trials against activists and celebrities accused of offenses against Islam and the President. This week, the University Council held a special meeting to discuss the possibility of an internal election for a new rector. Despite having the right to do so, in this way al-Azhar would also contravene the custom that allows the head of state to appoint the president of the University.

    Many leading University figures have taken up the defense of Imam al-Tayeb, Osama al-Abd and the autonomy of al-Azhar. One of them is Sheikh Ahmed Karim, one of the university's religious leaders. In an interview with the Saudi network al-Arabiya he expressed his displeasure at the "humiliation and insults" launched by Islamists and their media against the Islamic institution. " Al-Azhar has never been insulted like it was today, not from the French, the Brits, not from the Turks, not from the Mamaleek." According to Karim, the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies want to gain control of the university: "The escalation of the situation has nothing to do with the poisoning of students' stomachs but the poisoning of students' brains."

    Sources have told AsiaNews that the alleged poisoning is only a pretext to tarnish the Imam al-Tayeb and his entourage, who were accused of having hostile positions against the Islamist establishment. "The great Imam - the sources say - has repeatedly stated in recent months what is being trumpeted by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis is not the real Islam." The sources explained that the attack against religious institutions is just the latest attempt by Islamists to cope with the loss of support among the Egyptians. (SC)

     

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    Al Azhar offers a 'spiritual approach' to stop Egypt's violence
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    12/12/2012 EGYPT
    Cairo, Muslim, Christian, secular and veiled women march for democracy
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    As Muslim Brotherhood sit-in protests cleared, casualty figure uncertain
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    04/12/2012 EGYPT
    Cairo, tens of thousands besiege the presidential palace. Morsi flees for safety
    Police charges to keep away the demonstrators. 18 people suffer minor injuries. Youth, leaders of the democratic parties, members of the institutions, have come from all over Cairo and other parts of the country for the "last warning march." Objective: To force the president to step down. Judges united front for a boycott of the referendum is broken.

    09/08/2013 EGYPT
    Egypt's Pope Tawadros targeted by Islamists
    Catholic sources say the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch is a target for possible Islamist reprisal. His weekly readings in Cairo cathedral have been cancelled for safety reasons. Meanwhile, in many parts of Egypt, anti-Christian intimidation and violence continue with two deaths in the past two days. For activist, "People are waiting for the army to remove Muslim Brotherhood protest camps."



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