CAIRO: Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb has stressed that Al-Azhar will not be lenient in fighting “terrorism” and extremism and their supporters.
“Al-Azhar is innocent of thoughts of ‘terrorist’ and extremist groups,” Tayeb said in an interview with “Sky News Arabiya” channel on Sunday.
He highlighted a role played by Al-Azhar as the only reference in relation to Islamic affairs.
Tayeb pointed out that Azhar as a religious institution is meant to maintain the moderate thoughts of Islam and tolerant teachings.
“There is no religious state in Islam,” he noted.
He called on the West to avoid exploiting religion in politics.
He also urged Muslims worldwide to close their ranks adopt the same stance and maintain the unity of their people and their land.