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Free Egyptians Party

Free Egyptians Party support Al-Azhar Defence Front

Free Egyptians Party 45%

 

The Free Egyptians Party declared in a statement on Monday it would support Al-Azhar Defence Front “in the face on the onslaught against the centrist and ancient institution, considered a beacon of tolerant Islam, respect for others and a symbol of the Egyptian unity and their struggle against the repressive power of ideological extremism.”

 

The party called on all political groups, civil movements, intellectuals and organisations to support the front in its fight against what is perceived as an increasing radicalisation of the ancient institution.

 

The front was established on Saturday in a declaration made at the Press Syndicate. Gamal Fahmy, the syndicate director, said the creation of such a front is a stark indicator of the danger the country is facing. “The declaration,” Fahmy said addressing the syndicate “is not only for the defence of Al-Azhar but also for the defence of our homeland and our mosques and churches against anyone who tries to distort the spirit of Egypt and its civilisation.”

 

Al-Azhar is regarded as the most important authority regarding matters of Islamic faith in the world, and has a large influence on mainstream Islam.

 

Amir Boshra, a member of the Free Egyptians Party and the Maspero Youth Coalition, said the front was established to counter the growing influence of certain sheikhs who claim to know more about Islam than Al-Azhar sheikhs. These sheikhs, he said, are attempting to tarnish Al-Azhar’s image and challege its influence on the Islamic world.

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Luiz Sanchez

January 22, 2013

Read more: www.dailynewsegypt.com

2013-02-06


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