CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam condemned Saturday fatwas issued by controversial cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi that forbade participation in the presidential election scheduled for May 26 and 27.
In a Saturday speech on state-run TV, Allam called the Egyptian people to take part in the presidential poll “for the interest and stability” of Egypt.
“Participating in the presidential poll is a national duty that must not be ignored,” said Allam.
Allam criticized the ambitions of the Muslim Brotherhood and Qaradawi for “exploiting Islam to pounce on the government,” and said that their fatwa “lack the basic logical and religious standards.”
“The fatwa is not only misleading and politicized but also contradictory,” said Allam who cited that Qaradawi urged Egyptians to participate and vote for Morsi in Egypt’s 2012 presidential elections.
He also called on Egyptians to be optimistic and positive in Egypt’s “current critical phase” which requires hard work and the enhancement of moral values.