Why does Egypt’s largest Muslim beacon, Al-Azhar, refuse to declare IS ‘apostate’?

After the Islamic State (IS) militant group declared its responsibility for Palm Sunday’s deadly attacks that targeted two Coptic churches in Egypt’s Delta and Alexandria city, several media figures and organiztions launched severe attack against Egypt’s largest religious institution, Al-Azhar University, considering its teachings as fostering religious extremism.

Through these outlets, Al-Azhar is now facing the backlash of taking part in supporting the IS-affiliated members through its insistance to refuse considering the IS group as ‘apostates’ and through maintaining some extremist teachings in the programd that are taught to its students.

The backlash criticized the educational syllabuses that are being currently taught in Al-Azhar institution that include teachings from some prominent clerics. These teachings directly incite the brutal killing of anyone who does not follow Islam or who had been deemed to be an ‘infidel’.

The criticism, released from those figures and other media outlets, accused the aforementioned teachings of Al-Azhar by increasingly contributing to generate numerous members affiliated to IS.

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  • BillyHW

    ISIS is true, pure Islam, as practiced by the anti-prophet Mohammed himself.

  • Martin B

    Who needs Al-Azhar when we have Imam Trudeau to tell us what is and isn’t Islamic?

  • ismiselemeas

    They won’t be around to declare anyone anything once ISIS get their mitts into Egypt which is clearly what they’re currently setting up.

  • simus1

    All Copts are banned from Al-Azhar.
    No exceptions.
    Calling it a university is a bit of a stretch.

  • Gary

    Mayor John Tory loves to boast about the 300,000+ peaceful muslims in the GTA as a success story for Diversity.

    But when an anti-ISIS rally was held in Toronto , less that 25 of those “peaceful’ muslims came out .
    I judge people by what they do and not what they say. So when I sew a pro-hamas jew-hating rally where the CBC reports close to 3000 muslims at the event……I don’t care if Wynne and Trudeau say that all of the 1,000,000 muslims in Canada are the Peaceful ones.