Al-Azhar TV channel to confront radical Islamists

06-09-2012 04:04 PM

Georgette Sadeq


Professor of Islamic Sharia at al-Azhar University Sheikh Ahmed Kraima said that al-Azhat, the venerable Islamic university that was established in the 10th century and is today the topmost Islamic institution in the world and a bastion of moderate Islam

Professor of Islamic Sharia at al-Azhar University Sheikh Ahmed Kraima said that al-Azhat, the venerable Islamic university that was established in the 10th century and is today the topmost Islamic institution in the world and a bastion of moderate Islam, said that al-Azhar was planning to launch a TV channel of its own. Sheikh Kraima was on the talk show Nasbook broadcast by Rotana Misriya satellite channel and hostd by Hala Sarhan. He said the channel’s main purpose would be to present correct fatwas (Islamic legal opinion), and to confront the radical channels that have spread so much of late and which make it their business to dabble into unqualified fatwa-making. They have earned a reputation for erroneos, radicle fatwas which sow confusion among Muslims and deride both specific individuals and entire sectors of society. 
Kraima said  that we currently suffer from moral decay because of intruders who allege to be well-informed Islamic scholars. He was commenting on a recent incident which drew the ire of artists and film makers and which now awaits a ruling from the court of law. The incident involved a tirade of obscene words launched by Sheikh Abdallah Badr, a professor at al-Azhar who nevertheless adopts radical ideas, in a scathing verbal attack against the Egyptian film star Ilham Shahin. On al-Hafez Islamist satellite channel, Sheikh Badr outright accused Shahin if being an adultress. Shahin has filed a libel case against Sheikh Badr and the head of al-Hafez channel Atef Abdel-Rashid..  
Sheikh Badr’s attack against Shahin came after she expressed on a talk show her apprehension regarding the hostility of the Islamist movements towards art and culture in every sense.
Watani International 
6 September 2012
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