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Grand Imam of Al-Azhar: Legitimacy will not be gained by blood or chaos

Al-Azhar vows to remain politically disinterested and warned of further polarisation


Grand Imam of Al-Azhar: Legitimacy will not be gained by blood or chaos (AFP/ File photo)
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar: Legitimacy will not be gained by blood or chaos
(AFP/ File photo)

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb told the Muslim Brotherhood that legitimacy could not be gained by “blood or chaos,” in a statement on Saturday night televised on State TV.

In his first reference to the organisation by name, Al-Tayeb said non-violent Brotherhood members still have a chance in shaping Egypt’s future if they “work for national peace” and “protect their country from strife.”

Al-Tayeb said the current strife had been planned by “external regimes,” and assured that Al-Azhar would remain unbiased.

The Grand Imam asked army and police forces to protect the lives of non-violent protesters, and to deal with the violent ones within the limits of the law.

“Political differences do not mean anybody is a traitor,” he added.

Al-Tayeb also addressed Christians and said the burning of    churches is not from Islam “by any means.”

Media advisor to the presidency, Ahmed El-Moslimany, said the Grand Imam’s statement is “a great message from a dignified Imam”, state-owned Al-Ahram reported.

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