Al-Azhar, a Controversial University of Arab World

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 15:28

Al-Azhar is a university in Cairo, Egypt which aims at presenting Islamic thought based on moderation as well as achieving excellence and eligibility in education and scientific research.

According to an ISCA report, due to the most recent changes happened in the Middle East, especially announcing Jerusalem as Israel's capital by the U.S president, the position announcements of some of the most important institutions of Arab World became more notable.

Following President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the head of the university rejected this decision.

"The US president's decision denies the rights of Palestinians and Arabs to their holy city; it ignores the feelings of one-and-a-half-billion Muslims as well as millions of Arab Christians who have a connection to Jerusalem's churches and monasteries," said Al-Azhar.

Al-Azhar is also considered the world's highest institution of Sunni Islamic learning. The affiliation of al-Azhar is Sunni, and the university's scholars and committees collaborate with Egyptian government ministries. The Fatwa Committee is a collaboration of al-Azhar's senior scholars whose edicts hold considerable sway for Muslims around the world.

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