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Is Al-Azhar Setting up to Wage War on Shiism?

September 30, 2011

Much of what we hear in the West, regarding Islam, appears to display a unified body of believers. Very similar to Christianity, Islam is rife with different sects and belief systems. The largest two, Shi’a and Sunni, are nominally represented by Iran and everybody else, respectively.

Al-Azhar, the most prominent Sunni religious authority in the world, has come out with recent statements pushing back against what they see as “growing attempts to spread Shiism.”

Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb said on Thursday that he rejects all attempts at spreading Shiism in Egypt and the Islamic countries, as well as Shia “insults” against Prophet Mohamed’s companions and Sunni figures.

This seems fairly innocuous, on the surface.  However, in Islam, all it takes is a fatwa to give people a reason to act. 

Tayyeb went on to say that “Al-Azhar has so far controlled itself in order to preserve the unity of Muslims, but if this situation is left unchecked, Al-Azhar has ideological options.”

Is this a pre-cursor to a call to action?  Is this a statement to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, who has been touring the Middle East fishing for influence?  Only time will tell.


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