Sheikh of Al Azhar calls for more tolerance between Shias and Sunnis
By: News Desk
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Dr Shaikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al
Azhar, on Monday urged more tolerance among different Islamic
schools and doctrines, saying it was the best way to combat
extremism. Speaking in Jakarta during a meeting of the Muslim
Council of Elders and the Indonesian Council of Ulama, he said most
of the wars taking place in Muslim countries today are a result of
the sectarian divide.
"The greatest challenge in the Muslim world is that differences
among Muslim doctrines are not tolerated and rather lead to
violence. Education has contributed to this mistake," Dr Al Tayyeb
The Grand Imam of Al Azhar argued that to try to define a single and
rigid Islam is a failure to understand the heterodoxy of the
religion and the glory of the differences it encompasses.
"We have no objection to one believing in a school or doctrine, but
no one can claim that he or she represents the true or authentic
Islam," Dr Al Tayyeb said.
The Grand Imam of Al Azhar said he did not differentiate between
Sunnis and Shias.
"All are Muslims unless any of them denies matters which every
Muslim must know from Islam by necessity.
"The war that has destroyed Syria, Iraq and Yemen was caused by the
Shia-Sunni divide," Dr Al Tayyeb said.
Dr Al Tayyeb said the erroneous beliefs some scholars espouse are
passes on to school children.
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