- Other Views
- November 8, 2007
- 6 minutes read
Fear God Sheikh of Al-Azhar
I remember when I spoke about the Burmese Buddhist Monks protests and I wonder why we do not have religious men like them,the photo I posted about the Sheikh of Al-Azhar drew some criticism , well I am sorry I will have to post this photo again in this post because it is too relevant
First of all as man of religious knowledge I respect Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, the current Sheikh of Al-Azhar ,even before he was appointed in the position “Sheikh of Al-Azhar ” -“the head of Al-Azhar University” which is considered the highest religious position in
the Sunni world yet since being appointed in that position , the man seemed to be following the regime”s orders in a way that sometimes contradict his role as a Shekih and his responsibility towards the Islam and Muslims from fighting injustice in land ,seeking equity ,freedom and fighting corruption with all its kinds . The man seemed to forget the pioneer role of Al-Azhar in standing with righteousness and followed the orders of Orba Palace in an automatic way.
With my all respect the man began to act in complete arrogance issuing strange Fatwas ,despite it is not from his role to issue Fatwas , yes he can issue according to his position but do not we have already a position independent from the Al-Azhar Shekih called the grand Mofty ??
Sheikh Tantawy began to issue Fatwas that tailored to fit with the regime”s wants and needs using religion to scare people .
I mean from couple of weeks in Ramadan Tantawy came and said that those who spread and publish rumors from journalists should be lashed ,that came in the same time of Ibrahim Eissa and the other journalists” trials
Tantawy made his Fatwa based upon a rule in Islam , of course he twisted his rule 180 degree using it not in the right place or time or context ,
yes it was about those who spread rumors and false claims especially against Women ,the original rule was about those who claim that a specific man or woman is adulterer without bringing 4 people as witnesses –thanks to IRC President– the rule as you see or did not say or even hint to the journalists who are demanding the truth about their president”s health who are exposing corruptions and thieve ,the thieves whose hands should be cut in public whoever they are according to the Islamic rule , why did the Sheikh ignored that rule in that time of huge corruption !!
Why he came up with this rule and forgot about the other rules !!!??? Interesting question with a disappointing answer in few words I would say the disease of hypocrisy reached to him and so no wonder the people began to search for other alternative for religion knowledge ,they know very well that this a governmental/regime speaker ,and this is one of the reason why people in Egypt abandoned the traditional sheikhs “there are other reasons” and went to listen to other sheikhs,clerics and preachers ,regardless of their backgrounds , some of those Sheikhs were good , few of them in fact and the rest with all respect are very dangerous substitutes .many of them are spreading the Wahbi teachings I do not know on purpose or because of Ignorance , some of them are spreading sectarian division between the Muslims themselves that make you wonder and ask whom they are working for , the Sunni and Shiite game, now there are channels on the Nile Sat attacking the Shiites , saying that they are our main enemy instead of the Israelis who are occupying our third holiest site and want to destroy today before tomorrow .
Back to the strange fatwa , the man is insisting on it after the huge storm it created between the journalists and him ,he even made a provocative interview in the MBC channel with lots of firing statements , like for example how he is against the election system of Al-Azhar , you see in the old good days the Al-Azhar the Sheikh position was an election based position away from the government , but now the sheikh of Al-Azhar is chosen by the government , of course Tantawy must be against the election system because he knows very well that he would not have come to this position in the first place if there were elections in the old institute , his justification is that this system creates hates between the co-workers !! Well those who hate him now are more than the co-workers for sure
Really May bless the soul of Sheikh Ali El-Maraghy who refused to issue a special Fatwa for King Farouk to forbid Queen Farida from re-marrying again after their Divorce??
Tantawy I am afraid became another governmental employee waiting for the orders of the regime ,forgetting that the worst kind of clerics are those following the tyrannies not God
It is sad because I know that this man has a huge responsibility over his shoulder that on the judgement day he would be asked about