Grand Mufti launches English website to reach Westerners
Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam - YOUM7/Dina Romeiah

CAIRO: Egypt’s Dar Al-Ifta—the semi-governmental body responsible for issuing fatwas—announced Tuesday that they had launched an English-language website for Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam with the aim of reaching English speakers with a message of moderate Islam.

Dr. Amna Nosseir, the former dean of the Human Studies Faculty at Al-Azhar University in Alexandria, told The Cairo Post in a phone interview Tuesday that Allam with the website must “face all the untrue images spread by criminals based on a wrong understanding of religion.”

She praised the English website launch, saying that it will play a major role in transmitting the “true peaceful concepts of Islam that condemn hurting any human being.”

Nosseir was referring to widely covered regional Islamist violence, especially in Syria and Iraq.

She said Allam’s English website will “silence all the wrong ideas and behaviors regarding religion and will deliver the correct Islamic concepts to the entire world.”

Allam has already posted on his new website, saying, “It’s a blatant mistake to designate a terrorist group like ISIS an Islamic State, because it violates all the Islamic values, the higher objectives of Islamic law as well as universal values shared by all mankind.”

Dr. Ibrahim Negm, scientific supervisor of the website, stated in a press release Tuesday the website “gives attention to causes related to our modern times, which will interest the Western reader.”

The causes he said included women’s role in Islam, the definition of minorities, the importance of dialogue and other subjects.

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