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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Sheikh al-Azhar sides with the Iraqis

Grand Mufti of al-Azhar, Dr. Muhammad Sayid Tantawy, called for the Arab and International cooperative efforts to work for the stability of Iraq and to end the bloodshed before it results in a sectarian war. He asked the Iraqi government to attack, with an iron fist, those who participate in explosions against civilians, and he described these activites as "the worse form of mischief on earth".

Sheikh al-Azhar confirmed during his meeting with the Iraqi representative Abbas Fadhil al-Hassan that "anyone, who participates in the killing, explosion and sabotage activities that are happening on Iraq's land, is impossible to be Muslim, he is a saboteur; and stopping those mischievous is a must, and standing up to them is a legitimate duty." [Arabic report]

I think this is a very positive statement, especially coming from the highest Sunni authority in Egypt. My hope is that this will be followed by similar statements from Imams in other Arab and Muslim countries; and then maybe, Arabs and Muslims wake up and realise that the so called resistance is just a figment of their imagination. Or am I asking too much?

When I read it, I thought I thought this is big and it must've been reported somewhere; but I was wrong, I didn't find it in the MSM. However, someone did report it, guess who? Juan Cole! Yes, Mr Cole reported it; but read what he wrote, and tell me if it has the same meaning as to what I've translated above!
The Grand Imam of al-Azhar Seminary, Shaikh Muhammad Sayyid al-Tantawi --a preeminent Sunni religious and legal authority-- called the bombings in Iraq "the worst form of corruption in the land." The latter phrase is from the Quran. He called for Arab intervention to stop the country sliding into civil war.
Mr Cole, why did you translate only parts of it? What were your intentions by reporting it the way you did? You are not trying to twist the information, are you? Or is that how "informed" you are? Tsk!


Blogger Goesh said...

This is encouraing news. He is a powerful man.

July 12, 2005 6:42 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

This is very encouraging sign from Al-Azhar.

Don't worry about information twisters. Let's focus on the positive message even though it came two years later.

July 12, 2005 7:34 pm  
Blogger dcat said...

Twisting fact is a clue isn’t it?

Thanks again Ahmad

July 12, 2005 7:35 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Very encouraging, indeed. And about time too.

You are probably right; I shouldn't bother with people like Cole.

July 12, 2005 7:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

read on a comment strand of an Egyptian blogger:

Someone said that the best response to killing the Egyptian Ambassador would be for Egypt to send an army division to Iraq. I hope that this done- it would a fitting & honorable response.

Would Iraqis welcome assistance from Egypt?

July 13, 2005 12:13 am  
Blogger Louise said...

Actually, Ahmad, I think you should bother with Cole. As I am sure you are aware, this is not the first time an Iraqi blogger has outed him. He shouldn't be allowed to get away with his self-serving deceptions. Good for you. In fact, some Iraqi scholar should set up a website to focus solely on the likes of Juan Cole and the other idiots in academia with political agendas.

July 13, 2005 2:36 am  
Blogger Goesh said...

- or letters to the main newspapers where such distorters live, or if they are academics, letters to the college newspapers

July 13, 2005 2:18 pm  
Blogger Mark said...

Alykhan Velshi a Muslim writes of the challenge for Muslims.

“You’re either with us,” said President George W. Bush, in a much-maligned speech delivered after 9/11, “or you’re with the terrorists.” At the time, our thoughts turned to whether the United States of America and her allies would have the steel to fight the war on terrorism to a victorious conclusion. Since then, a goodly number of America’s allies have wobbled, especially over Iraq, but even they realize that the United States is not the bad guy. One cannot say the same for the many Muslims living in the West who have yet to pick a side in the war on terrorism.

July 13, 2005 6:21 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Yes we would. Help would always be apreciated; saying we don't need help is just plain arrogance.

I would recommend you read Tony, he showed Cole's idiocy numerous times. Cole can't even begin to defend himself against Tony's arguements.

Are you suggesting that the MSM interested in the truth?

July 14, 2005 12:19 am  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Thank you Mark, that was a good read. Sad, but true.

July 14, 2005 12:37 am  
Blogger Ryan_Liam said...

Why is Juan Cole so respected as an expert on the Middle East, whilst Iraqis such as yourself and people like Iraq the Model are regarded as 'CIA funded Operatives' ??

Can anyone give me links debunking Juan Cole as a non biased non left leaning researcher who doesn't loathe US commitments in the Middle East? That I would like to see.

July 14, 2005 8:31 pm  
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