CAIRO: Al-Azhar, the most prominent Sunni Islamic institution in the world, has started negotiations with international Islamic scholars, including Shiite clergymen, from 34 countries to form an Islamic Alliance to fight terrorism and extremism, Youm7 reported Monday.
The Ideological Arab Islamic Alliance is a supplementary to the Saudi new Islamic military alliance of 34 states that was announced in December 2015 against terrorism, an official from the Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb’s office told Youm7 on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief media.
Azhar’s alliance includes Lebanese Shiite scholars Sayyed Ali al-Amin and Ali Fadlallah. The talks will also be attended by scholars from League of Islamic Universities, the Muslim Council of Elders, and International Islamic Fiqh Academy of Jeddah, the official added.
During the celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday on Dec. 22, 2015, Al-Tayeb called for forming an Islamic alliance to counter terrorist ideologies in the world.
The official noted that Al-Tayeb will hold a conference at the end of January to announce officially the new alliance.
Additional reporting by Loai Ali.